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About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2

7:45 p.m. Friday


An aide is walking down the hall at James Square crying out “Anybody? Hey, anybody? Is there anybody here?” She is alone with 34 patients.

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James Square, One Month


August 5 I awake around 7:30 a.m. in James Square and push my call bell for somebody to come in and either empty my catheter bag so I can get out of bed and go to the bathroom to rinse … Continue reading

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“It Used to be Better”


So Barbara moved into my room at James Square rehab six days ago. She had gone from here to the hospital to back here. She says it used to be better. https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/medicare-fraud-and-james-square/ She was on an oxygen machine, a Bi-PAP, … Continue reading

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Medicare Fraud and James Square


On Friday, August 7, James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre put a BiPAP machine by the empty door bed in Room 357, where I am in the window bed. Later the same day a big gray machine was also brought … Continue reading

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So Which Hurts the Most?


I awake around 7:30 a.m. in James Square and push my call bell for somebody to come in and either empty my catheter bag so I can get out of bed and go to the bathroom to rinse my dentures … Continue reading

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Search Terms


Sometimes it is fun to check the last 30 days of search terms used on this blog. Today’s round-up starts with— Can you wear dentures with BiPAP Dentures should be worn during the day and left out during the night. … Continue reading

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Medicaid Secondary, Medicare Primary


My name is Anne C Woodlen. I am 68 years old and reside at McCarthy Manor, 501 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13210. In early June I developed sciatica in my right hip and was ambulanced to SUNY Upstate/Community General … Continue reading

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