2/1/19 Logic Thwarts Medical Experts, or Not

Several times, I have had doctors ask me, “Do you have any medical training?” Formerly, I was asked it in the manner of a rebuke, as if physicians were implying that it was not possible for me to have any valid opinion about the rabbit hole I could see them going down, that it was…

4/15/18 Two More Years

I have been on the Ruxolitinib trial for two years now. It has been good so far. The trial was designed to address the symptoms of CLL and prove, disprove, or measure its efficacy in individual patients. The requirements of the trial were that each person enrolled must not be treatment naive, meaning that 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…

Tribal Bonds Broken

Tribal bonds run deep, sometimes deeper than we realize, and the core unit of any tribe is a family. Tribes, however, have their own way of forming, and the bonds can be as strong as covalent bonds that bind one chemical to another, or atomic bonds that keep electrons in orbits to contain protons and…

2/6/14 Upworthy Unworthy

In 1569, Gerardus Mercator developed a world map that is still in use today. My earliest recollection of a world map is a Mercator projection, and it still is the first thing that pops into mind now. It is the map that makes the most sense to one looking at a map, simply because of…