Tag Archives: Call-a-Bus

Centro and the Smoke Alarm


This morning I learned that in November 2013 a palliative-care nurse practitioner testified at a hearing that with my glucose level as high as it was, I would be dead within six months. Here I still am. I’ve been counted … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part III)


I had learned that the cause of depression is the perception of powerlessness; once I got my power back then I would be all right. Um, well, not exactly. Around 2009 I moved to another HUD-subsidized apartment building in Syracuse.  … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part II)


Healthy diet I have diabetes mellitus, type 2, and am overweight.  My glucose was too high so I worked with a dietician to get on a proper healthy diet.  For people with diabetes, the hemoglobin A1C test results should be … Continue reading

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Call-a-Bus Meets Anne Woodlen


We interrupt this series of blogs about Medicaid patients being unable to get home health aides in order to bring you a short history of Call-a-Bus. Call-a-Bus, hereinafter referred to as CAB, is public transportation solely for people who are … Continue reading

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MY DAY or It’s About the Immune System, Stupid


So I dragged myself out of bed after a disrupted night’s sleep and—tired all to pieces—I got a glass of orange juice, which sent me into a sneezing fit, which—along with the extreme fatigue, not to mention the shortness of … Continue reading

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From Upstate Medical Center to Frank Kobliski


Taxpayer’s alert:  Michael Abbot, auditor for the State University of New York, states that when he got a complaint that Upstate Medical Center’s $50 million Institute for Human Performance had been sitting two-thirds empty since its construction in 2000, he … Continue reading

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Calling Washington


What Sally Johnston did was create a program whereby the client, i.e., the competent citizen, would hire, train, schedule and supervise the aide.  The program would be embedded in an Independent Living Organization, such as ARISE, which would do the … Continue reading

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From Politics to Sally Johnston


This brings us to the question of politics.  According to Wikipedia, “Politics (from Greek politikos ‘of, for, or relating to citizens’) is the art or science of influencing people on a civic, or individual level, when there are more than 2 people … Continue reading

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Annie Enters Politics


So Peter Cahan and I sat in the office of Beata Karpinska, ARISE’s director of advocacy, and had this conference call with attorney David Knight in the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights.  I told David story after story of … Continue reading

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