Tag Archives: end-of-life

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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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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Do You Know?


I have just attended an outrageously unsafe event at the Iroquois Nursing Home. A retiree was offering a piano performance in the Activities room on the first floor. Twenty-five to thirty people in wheelchairs were packed into the room. There … Continue reading

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Without Speaking


I wake before dawn dreaming about Drs. Warren Zeigler and Grace Healy and the Futures Invention project. I am shutting down the project, wrapping up loose ends and filing final reports but I give up because I know that nobody … Continue reading

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I WON!!!


The way I know I won is that the judge turned to me, smiled, and said, “You win.” The Iroquois Nursing Home had the burden of proof, consequently they went first.  I never got to testify because the Iroquois failed … Continue reading

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Who Will Act for the Activist?


I have been fully disabled since 1991 having, among other things, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus with an indwelling catheter, chronic kidney disease, immune dysfunction type unknown, and using an electric wheelchair. On June 27, I was admitted 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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Death of a Citizen; Birth of a Christian


In the homeless shelter, I was required to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD).  In July 1991 I was declared totally disabled and awarded SSD; with that came Medicare and Medicaid.  Transitional Living Services got me out of the shelter and … Continue reading

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The Un-Labor Day


Not yet dawn, it is cool in my apartment—74 degrees.  Only 59 degrees outside but it runs fifteen to twenty degrees warmer inside.  I am glad to turn off the air conditioning and open the window.  Silence falls in as … 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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