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Good News, Chariot’s Comin’


Yesterday I went to see a new doctor—not my most favorite thing. It was only about eight blocks away from my apartment so I wheeled over, thereby saving you $53 in round-trip Medicaid transportation expenses. This is one good reason … 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 to Know If Your Drugs Are Hurting You


My mother was in her eighties when she became constipated, so she started eating whole wheat bread and drinking prune juice.  It didn’t help.  At her next regularly scheduled physician’s appointment (after you develop chronic illness, they tell you when … Continue reading

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Waiting on God’s Pleasure


I hate it when I sleep late!  Because I live a good and clean and virtuous life, I’m usually awake between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m., but once in a while I sleep until 7:30 and I hate it because I … Continue reading

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