Our country seems to be spiraling out of control. The unending political discord post-election continues to divide our citizenry. The Presidential election is over, accept the results, and move on. There are much more serious issues to have our full attention and among them is the war against COVID-19. This deadly contagion has claimed over a quarter of a million lives in the United States and shows no signs of ...

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"Customer #4, please step up to the counter. How may I help you today?"  As a patient, have you ever felt that it seemed you were waiting in line at the deli department, listening for your number to be called?  Sorry to say, the practice of medicine has evolved in this direction in the past couple of decades.  Gone are the days when one could enter the physician's office, and ...

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It has been a year of change and constants. Shortly after a new year was ushered in, we heard of a virus that was sweeping across China and Europe. We saw the devastation that this virus brought to humanity, people gasping for air in ICUs, no known or reliable means of treatment, lack of medical supplies, and healthcare professionals giving up their lives to save others.  And then COVID landed ...

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In this age of the coronavirus pandemic, every moment of life takes on new meaning and importance. Decisions must be made based upon facts known, not assumed. Everything requires careful thought and planning, like a trip to the pharmacy for refills of prescriptions or a trip to the local grocery store to pick up needed food supplies. Even a trip to the local park for much-needed exercise requires thought of ...

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Do you wake up these days thinking that you've been whisked off your feet by some strange force and dropped in some unidentifiable place, similar to what happened to Dorothy and Toto in the Wizard of Oz?  For the two of them, there was a happy ending. The ending of our current dilemma seems to be uncertain. As a patient with more than one chronic disease in my repertoire,  I find ...

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Pages of my life turn over As the breezes of time flow over me. Remembrances of your presence As the world welcomed my first born so many years ago. Your calming voice and words of wisdom reminded me that life Would be different, but oh so much better. My little baby girl would grow to be a healer just as you, Offering hope and consolation to those who seek her out. Expert hands stitching the brow of my ...

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Where have the months of summer gone? The hazy, lazy days of summer to be spent out on the lake, picnicking with friends and family, state fairs, all the fun things we long to take part in. Occasions that should call for one to be present at with anticipation such as class reunions, weddings, baptisms of new babies, graduation ceremonies - all have come to a screeching halt. Even the ...

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It's mid-summer. Time for family vacations, camping trips, backyard barbeques with family and friends, all the great things we look forward to during those cold days of winter. However, where do most of us find ourselves right now? I'll tell you where: In the clutches of COVID-19 and with no end in sight to its tyranny. I'm a fairly well-educated individual and of sound mind and body (according to popular opinion), ...

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It is a special group, a mish-mash of medical professionals all with a common purpose: Honing the ability to practice medicine in a more empathetic and compassionate manner, which will benefit both the patient and the professional alike. All meet to share viewpoints, share feelings, share the"what might have been." Sessions are first given over to close examinations of selected prose, poetry, art, or music. Reflecting upon what is placed before them, ...

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You are there to help bring a new life into the world, comforting and reassuring new parents. You are there in the middle of the night to return a call to a distraught mom whose child is running a high fever and is panicked. You are there to encourage and instruct a diabetic heart patient who wants to make changes in his life and who looks to you for guidance. You are there ...

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There is a haze lurking overhead clouding rational thinking. Thoughts wander back to times when my body was unencumbered, and I felt nothing was out of my grasp.  Maybe that was an unrealistic thought, but it is how youth and inexperience protect one from the somewhat harsh realities of growing older. Coming to terms with chronic health conditions is perplexing. There are days when everything goes just right. The sun is ...

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Sunlight is diminished by threatening clouds infiltrating the once azure blue sky, clouds that are framed in blackness indicating dangerous times ahead.  Nature's creatures are seeking refuge for they are wise to see the signs of impending danger.  If only man was wise enough to take cover. It was heralded as the dawning of a new age in health care for all: the electronic health record or EHR.  My interpretation and ...

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As I age, the probability of acquiring yet another health condition seems to, unfortunately, increase. There's always one test or another that is on my to-do list, be it bloodwork, X-ray, MRI, or maybe a CT scan thrown in for good measure. I comply usually with a sense that it is for the benefit of my health, i.e., to enable my doctors to determine the best mode of treatment for ...

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I was cleaning out the top shelf of my closet — a location where, hypothetically, treasures can be found. I came upon something that was wrapped in a nondescript brown paper bag that smelled oddly of mothballs. I cautiously reached inside and found an heirloom quilt that apparently had been passed down through generations. I had discovered it an estate sale, and now it had finally come to rest in ...

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According to Wikipedia, a livestock guardian dog is a type of pastoral dog bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators. If only our doctors had these noble creatures to protect them from the predators of the world, to alert them when those interested in only the "bottom line" entered the halls of healing, our medical practices. Apparently, a "fox is guarding the hen house," one who is not ...

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Death is an inevitable part of the journey of life. We all have experienced its effects: the death of a family member, the death of a friend or those special individuals who we might have barely known but who left an indelible mark upon our consciousness of living. I will share with you a remembrance of someone who was loved very much by all who knew her and who left the ...

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The mud is deep and thick and black. The smoothness of its surface is deceiving, drawing me closer to it with promises of contentment. It lures those who dare to tread upon it into its hidden depths. Hopes are dashed as one struggles for freedom. It is tenacious: Lift one foot upward and the other sinks deeper into Mother Earth. A sense of futility in escaping its grasp erodes the ...

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As we have moved into the 21st century, we have witnessed a deterioration in our perception of our doctors of medicine. This has been a gradual, eroding process, quite possibly by the design of those in powers of authority in our government, health insurance corporations and the plethora of health care corporations. The assumption might have been to make these changes in the mode of operation gradually so that they ...

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A thought, a word, a story. Simple concepts in a complex world, but they can have a profound effect on how we live our lives. Today's world may seem, at times, a blur. We are inundated every day with headlines of natural disasters, man's inhumanity to man, and simply, just life slapping us in the face. How can we maintain a sense of sanity and security when the world around ...

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I sit before you and others like you, in silence, anxious about what I might be told. You deliver a litany of questions to my countenance as I sit in a chair beside you. Your attention is diverted to the cold and detached computer screen where my responses are entered without you ever noticing the fear in my eyes. There is no acknowledgment to indicate a level of understanding of ...

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