Tag Archives: Conditions and Diseases

The $5.2 Million Man: When Is It Time To Die?


Five-point-two million dollars were spent to keep one 69-year-old retired prison guard alive in the Duke University Hospital ICU for 34 days; he was then discharged to death. His wife said, “I was just hoping it would save my husband’s … Continue reading

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Meeting Mickey Lebowitz, M.D.


On Monday, I also met Dr. Mitchell Lebowitz, whose business card says he’s Mickey and Senior Medical Quality Director/Endocrinology, Quality Improvement & Dept. of Medicine.  He maintained a private practice as an endocrinologist for seventeen years, then came over to … 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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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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Ethical Issues Related to Treatment Induced Harm (Part I)


Or:  Every resource available to get off psych meds By Ron Unger on September 8, 2012 Many people come into the mental health system often after being betrayed and traumatized in a number of ways: too often, the mental health system … Continue reading

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Aides to the Bible


Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Let’s start with the bad news, get it over with, and move on. Tuesday the home health care agency sent Sonya, supposed to be here from 8:00 a.m. to … Continue reading

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The Only Option


This is the iced tea I’ve been drinking all my life and Hospice plans to take it away from me.  What Hospice will do is discontinue Amelia, who knows how I like my iced tea, and replace her with their … Continue reading

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It’s About the Iced Tea


I do hope, dear reader, that you understand that I’m not writing these blogs to draw attention to myself.  The goal is to inform you about end-of-life issues:  how do you decide when your life is over?  What do you … Continue reading

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About That “Free” Health Care


Believe me, folks, you do not want to be poor and sick in America.  I read the comments of the people who think we get “free” health care and how lucky we are and how grateful we should be and … Continue reading

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Part II: Ask for a Social Worker, Get a Nurse


In the afternoon of July 24, Visiting Nurse Association Director Amor Bango called again to inform me of the terms of termination—30 days for this, denial of that, nursing visit on the 30th, etc.  I told her that I had been … Continue reading

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