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The 1:4732 Solution (Part II)


The homeopath thought my cold was pretty cool. From his point of view, my body was doing a nice job of riding itself of accumulated bad gunk. From my point of view, the constant runny nose meant that I could … Continue reading

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Flying on the Weird Side


So I go to sleep, then wake up around midnight. I lay here and think about an ex-therapist who was a really good guy, and wonder about paying him a visit just to see—after the passage of years—who he is … Continue reading

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To Shuffle Sideways or Not


This morning I feel stronger. There is no more medically-approved word for it: I just feel stronger. Let me tell you how the week has gone. Last Saturday I went to church and knew after I got there that it … Continue reading

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424


My glucose average is 424; it should be below 120. Statements from medical professionals, family, friends and patients about behavior consequent to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar: • It can hit you really quick pretty much without warning. • Irritability, … Continue reading

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The Fantasy Team


My treating team includes seven people: two massage therapists, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, a psychologist, a homeopath and a chiropractor. Among these seven, five are male and two are female. Four are middle-aged, two are over sixty, and one … Continue reading

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Into the Light


It is all very strange, and probably would be vastly improved by a lovely box of chocolates but I haven’t any. On December 30, I laid it out: twice a week there would be acupuncture, massage, psychotherapy and physical therapy, … Continue reading

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Upstate Medical Center’s Zero Alternatives


So I’m in Upstate Medical Center’s emergency room, admitted at 5:00 p.m., requesting a glucometer check, insulin, and a psych consult. They put me on a stretcher in the hallway and leave me there for about five hours. My glucose … Continue reading

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