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What is Wrong with this Woman? Recovering from Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part VI)


The chief of hospitalists listened long and thoughtfully to my tale of woe and he got it!  He took over management of my case and relieved me of the line of hospitalists, one of whom had stood at my window … 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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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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Exercise or Insulin?


Sorry.  A doctor poisoned me with unmonitored lithium.  There is no literature about the effect of lithium poisoning on the immune system, however, I clearly have immune dysfunction, type unknown.  It causes, among other things, chronic fatigue syndrome and hypersensitivity … Continue reading

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Syndrome W


Some time ago, a group psychologist treated me most unjustly.  In a rage of hurt and anger, I asked my individual psychologist, “What can I do?”  He replied, “You can write about it,” and thereby my call was given.  I … 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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Dumbfounded and Smiling


We need to talk.  Or, rather, there’s something I need to tell you and I’m having a rather hard time doing it.  I could tell you about Carol, who was a friend I had made in some civic organization.  We … 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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St. Joe’s: Discrimination on the Basis of Disability


  This guy is driving out in the country and he comes to a field that contains a donkey and a sign that the donkey is for sale. The guy’s always kind of wanted a donkey, so he stops to … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions


Family physician prescribe lithium Medicaid ANYONE TAKING LITHIUM SHOULD HAVE LITHIUM LEVELS DONE EVERY TWO MONTHS; KIDNEY FUNCTION SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND AN EKG SHOULD BE DONE ONCE A YEAR.         Family physicians should not be prescribing lithium.  … Continue reading

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