1/31/19 Obscure Marx Brothers and Blood Cancers

This is a long read. I do not apologize.  Did you know there were five Marx brothers? Everyone knows Groucho, Harpo, and Chico. There were two more: Gummo and Zeppo. They weren’t nearly as well known. Rumor has it that there may be two more, younger, perhaps illegitimate brothers, heretofore unheard of. When it comes…

9/16/14 My Anniversary

This month is the 6th anniversary of the unknown infection that put me in the hospital for a week. Mainmost (one of my long-time physicians) failed to find any specific thing wrong, but after a week of non-stop testing and IV antibiotics, I improved enough for them to let me go home, having had, they…

5/3/14 Patient Advocacy Chapter 2

After my hospital adventure with the kidney stone, I return home on Tuesday, April 22, pain medicine in hand, to wait it out until I went to see Uroman, my long-time urologist, on Friday the 25th. He knows me well and is a friend as well as my physician. He has always been helpful, lays…

5/2/14 Patient Advocacy Chapter 1

When you are a patient, who do you suppose is your best advocate? The clerks at the hospital admissions? The people in billing? In insurance? The folks in your doctor’s office? Your doctor? Nope. None of them. It’s most likely going to be you, and you will have to learn how to become one if…