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$351 to Drive 288 Miles: Your Medicaid Money


I have just gotten off the phone with Diana, in Texas, who reports that the temperature there “has been cold, but went up into the sixties today.”  I reported that here in Syracuse, New York, it was -9 degrees when … Continue reading

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The Lousiest Neighbor


The fireman’s radio has reported that it was a sofa fire, and he says it’s out, so he gives me his oxygen. In a few minutes another fireman stumbles through the door carrying the big red tote that has the … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Fire that Kills You


So on the first day I was at home, I had no telephone land line and my cell phone was rapidly running out of power and minutes. So Steve added minutes and found my cell phone charger, which was no … Continue reading

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It’s All About Power


It is my right, as an American citizen who is disabled, to use a power wheelchair. The Iroquois Nursing Home, where I currently reside, has made a policy that no resident may use a power chair. The policy is clearly … Continue reading

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Wheelin’ the Iroquois


Monday 5 August To the Americans with Disabilities Centers: I have been using an electric wheelchair for ten years.  Last month I was admitted to a nursing home that refuses to let me use the electric wheelchair.  They require me to use a … 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 Loaded


As a society we maintain a fiction that electric wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to be independent.  The fact is that people with disabilities no longer have anyone upon whom they can depend to push their wheelchairs; that’s why we … Continue reading

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