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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

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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Tonight on Onondaga Hill


Greetings. I come to you from high atop Onondaga Hill where I am in the Observation Unit of Upstate-Community General Hospital (again) and can see all of Lake Onondaga and a good bit of the North Country. And now I … Continue reading

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Writing: Journal or Blog?


Thanks to Maie Liiv for forwarding. Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write By Rachel Grate September 15, 2014 The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary. No matter the quality of your prose, … Continue reading

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Medicaid Services: Too Little, Too Late


We spent two or three months trying to get a care manager from Health Homes, “we” being me and Dr. Katherine (Kate) Lewis, a psychologist with Psychological Health Care. He—Leonardo Sanchez—finally showed up at Sunnyside Care Center last Thursday morning. … Continue reading

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Complaint against Sunnyside Care Center


1. I cannot turn over in bed. At SCC I could power my bed down flat, grab the side-rails above my head, and pull myself up. At home, my hospital bed has no side-rails and I am too weak to … Continue reading

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“Exploding”


After five days on Upstate/Community General Observation Unit and eight days at Sunnyside Care Center rehab, what are my conclusions? Not much. 1. I am tired, too tired to know or care. 2. Care of the sick is given over … Continue reading

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