Tag Archives: God

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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Wednesday 2 April 2014


The sun is shining. THE SUN IS SHINING. THE FREAKING SUN IS SHINING—DO YOU HEAR ME? Seriously amazing. The temperature is 52 degrees, the crocuses are blooming, the tulips are sprouting, and the snow piles in the corners of parking … 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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Update


The cost of a med/surg bed at Crouse Hospital is $1,639 a day.  I have been here 16 days, therefore the cost is $26,224.  The cost of a skilled nursing bed at Iroquois Nursing Home is $315 a day.  If … Continue reading

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Jamila and Enoch’s Walk


I kinda-sorta have an agreement with the VP for Parking that I won’t write about the patients.  We have no such agreement about the staff, so let me tell you about Jamila Kafi.  She’s a tall, light-skinned African-American woman on the housekeeping … 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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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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The Pre-Dawn Light


Well, it’s been quite a week here at Lake Wobegon.  I got the cops called on me—again.  One way you know if you’re being a good activist is if they call the cops on you, and this is two weeks … Continue reading

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From God to Linda McKeown–There’s a Trip


How do I know that God’s got my back? The first and biggest confirmation of this came about three years after I was diagnosed with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which is a rare form of kidney damage that is caused by bad doctors … Continue reading

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On Being a Bond-Servant


So Rev. Craig Schaub and I prayed and then we, along with my psychologist, Dr. Paul Cohen, went up to see the hospital’s medical director, whose name is not worthy of repeating.  His job was to catch the flak, as … Continue reading

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