Category Archives: Medical care

Physical or Mental Illness?


Last year—The Year of the Beast—while I was a patient in Crouse Hospital I had multiple episodes in which I was fully conscious but unresponsive. Following severely stressful events I could hear what was happening around me but I could … Continue reading

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And Now the Idiot du Jour’s Boss


[Consequent to https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/dr-w-c-elliott-the-idiot-du-jour/%5D Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, Director UHCC Adult Medicine MR Nephrology Dr. Elliott Dear Dr. Iannuzzi, I am in receipt of your letter of Sept. 10 regarding the above-captioned matter in which you threaten to terminate my health care … Continue reading

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Dr. W.C. Elliott: The Idiot du jour


So I am sitting in a treatment room in the Nephrology Clinic at Upstate Medical Center when Dr. W. Clayton Elliott walks in and introduces himself. He is a late-middle-aged man who used to be known as Dr. William C. … Continue reading

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Home Aide, Homeopathy and Immunology (Part II)


Continuation to https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/home-aide-homeopathy-and-immunology-part-i/ On the bus, I pull out the most recent lab reports. I have been using homeopathic remedies for exactly three months, so how’s it working? There is no significant change in the blood work; the urinalysis results … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.” (Part IV)


Without aides— I only get a shower about once a week. The bed sheets get changed about twice a month. My income is $834/month. I spend about $60/month on private-pay aides. Because there is no one to wash the dishes, … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.” (Part III)


Continuation to https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/i-dont-know-i-really-dont-part-ii/ Around this time—“this time” being near the beginning of June—Long Term Care’s nurse supervisor, Marge Owens, named the licensed home health care agencies with whom the county contracts: All Metro Health Care, Home Aides of CNY, Interim … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.”


The NYS Dept. of Health lists 56 licensed home care agencies that serve Onondaga County; the Onondaga County government only contracts with five of them. Everyone says that right now the list of patients on Medicaid who are awaiting home … Continue reading

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