Category Archives: Spirituality

The Christmas Presence


All I want for Christmas is to be moved to a semi-private room. I have lingered in punitive segregation for 99 days. The world has turned enough that the sun now is between the end of the physicians’ office building … Continue reading

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Soul Care


What if we started with soul care? What if we said that it is inhuman to make a dozen people sit and listen to the same CD play repeatedly for four hours while we change their bed sheets? What if … Continue reading

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Update


The cost of a med/surg bed at Crouse Hospital is $1,639 a day.  I have been here 16 days, therefore the cost is $26,224.  The cost of a skilled nursing bed at Iroquois Nursing Home is $315 a day.  If … Continue reading

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I Had Two Good Days


Sunday woke calm and quiet.  I had been missing my God-connection most terribly—St. Joe’s, home without help, Crouse—it had all been too chaotic.  (How do you do morning devotions with a phlebotomist putting a too-tight tourniquet on your arm?) Somebody wrote … Continue reading

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Jamila and Enoch’s Walk


I kinda-sorta have an agreement with the VP for Parking that I won’t write about the patients.  We have no such agreement about the staff, so let me tell you about Jamila Kafi.  She’s a tall, light-skinned African-American woman on the housekeeping … Continue reading

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That is All


As a child, I learned that if I wrote down my feelings then they were externalized and ceased to cause pain.  Why else do you think I became a writer?  Over time I came to understand that my feelings were in … Continue reading

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Greetings, Gentlefolk


“I have spent the past twelve days in St. Joseph’s Hospital on inpatient psychiatry (Unit 3-6) with Dr. Roger Levine attending. I am now going to file complaints with the New York State Dept. of Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, … Continue reading

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