Archive for July 2015

When doctors do hurtful things: losing my temper after it's all over

When doctors do hurtful things: losing my temper after it's all over
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Our challenge is to publish a post in one hour. Our community manager throws out a topic at 9 and we have to post by 10. This is tonight’s topic: “Write about a time you lost your temper or somebody lost their temper at you” I have a wicked tongue and the soul of... Read more »

Getting the couch out of the basement, or how I made peace with the kid inside

Getting the couch out of the basement, or how I made peace with the kid inside
My husband and I bought a brand new couch in 1996. Within a few months of getting it, we had a party and someone spilled red wine on it. In my opinion, that sort of thing just takes the pressure off. You know it’s going to get a stain or damage at some point, so... Read more »

Women and bladder cancer: no, women should not be able to get over-the-counter antibiotics for UTIs

Women and bladder cancer: no, women should not be able to get over-the-counter antibiotics for UTIs
Last week, NPR reported on research by British physician Kyle Knox, who argues that women should be able to purchase antibiotics over-the-counter for UTIs. He argues that doing so would save unnecessary and expensive visits to clinicians, that urinalysis misses low grade infections while still causing discomfort, and that women would get quicker relief from the... Read more »
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1989 World Tour: I spent Saturday night with Taylor Swift and 55,000 of her closest friends at Soldier Field

1989 World Tour: I spent Saturday night with Taylor Swift and 55,000 of her closest friends at Soldier Field
I’ve only been to a handful of concerts in my life, and most of those have been small venues with an adult demographic. Singer song writers, moody, intellectual. The crowds mostly stayed seated. You can imagine, then, how overwhelming was the spectacle of Taylor Swift at Soldier Field last night. Part of the 1989 World... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: gratitude for these 7 things

This little girl, this face, this tiara. After she got to the bottom of the slide she said, "Can I do it again?" All you need is a tiara and a little bit of courage. (Thanks to Lori and Janson for sharing their photo and their daughter with me.)
I am by nature a grateful person, but I am also by nature an anxious person. I tend to dwell in the anxiety. Part of my new year’s resolution is to invest in moments that are good, to really enjoy them, to feel the gratitude and to let go of fear of the future. If... Read more »

You have symptoms, should you google them? Yes, but follow these rules of thumb

You have symptoms, should you google them? Yes, but follow these rules of thumb
I am an inveterate, restless, relentless, committed researcher. Nothing makes me happier than having a question that needs an answer. I’m pretty sure Al Gore created the internet for me. Like just about everyone else on the planet, when I or anyone in my family has symptoms, I turn to the internet. Back in 2012... Read more »
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Listen to evidence-based treatment protocols: TURBT is the gold standard for nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer

Listen to evidence-based treatment protocols: TURBT is the gold standard for nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer
In my online support group, a list serve managed by Inspire for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, there has been lots of chatter about whether removing a tumor in the bladder can “seed” cancer cells. Those who argue that it can and does stir up fear about a very safe and successful procedure that has... Read more »