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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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What Is Going to Happen?


So God says “Come on home,” and my mother shows up in my dreams to help me pack, and then it occurs to me:  all I have to do is stop drinking. An incompetent psychiatrist kept me on lithium long … Continue reading

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Foley Catheters: A Personal Journey (Part I)


Frederic Foley was a Boston surgeon who invented the catheter around 1930.  It is a narrow piece of plastic tubing that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder.  After it is positioned in the bladder then a balloon filled with … Continue reading

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How a Day Goes to Hell, Hospital-style


At 6:50 a.m., I wake up, ring for a nurse to empty my catheter bag, go to the bathroom, and start the morning’s clean-up.  As I stand at the sink, I wonder why I don’t feel better.  After I got … Continue reading

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Happiness is . . .


            In April 2001, despite having about a dozen chronic illnesses, I stopped taking drugs.  So what have I learned in the past decade?             I have learned that happiness consists of a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, challenging … Continue reading

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How a Day Goes to Hell if You’re Disabled (Part I)


I woke up.  Not a problem.  A good beginning. Around 6:00 a.m. I got up, cleaned up, made my tea and turned on the lightbox.  I have seasonal affective disorder, a problem common to Central New Yorkers, and it is … Continue reading

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