Archive for September 2017

Earthquakes, hurricanes and backyard weeds: getting life in perspective

Mexico was hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday and with a 6.1 earthquake today. It turned buildings to rubble, including a school where 19 children died. One hundred percent of Puerto Rico is without electricity after Hurricane Maria, which is causing a dam to fail, threatening the lives of 70,000 people. And, my... Read more »

Living with cancer: financial toxicity and the cost of treatment

Living with cancer: financial toxicity and the cost of treatment
Another bill from a radiologist came in the mail today. My state of Illinois insurance is just now getting around to paying bills from 2015, and the clinics are going to keep sending me bills until the State catches up. Still, they always take my breath away. I wonder how people without insurance cope. The... Read more »

The spider beside me, with apologies to Ann Rule

The spider beside me, with apologies to Ann Rule
I came in to work this morning, arms full of stuff—lunch bag, work bag stuffed with papers, two bags full of office supplies, a coffee cup, my purse, and an umbrella. I have no problem carrying all this stuff anymore because I’ve been working out. I just have to remember to wear a short sleeved... Read more »
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How you can avoid medical errors

How you can avoid medical errors
Johns Hopkins estimates that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. My mom died as a result of a “laparoscopic cholecystectomy.” Removing the gall bladder before 1988 required a large incision, a multiple day hospital stay, and a six-week recovery. The scope form of the surgery, introduced in 1988, was... Read more »

Jason Isbell doesn’t ignore the elephant in the room: “maybe time running out is a gift”

Jason Isbell doesn’t ignore the elephant in the room: “maybe time running out is a gift”
My daughter and I saw Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (with Amanda Shires) last night in the Chicago Theatre. Concerts are magical. You’re sitting in a room, an ornate and beautiful room at that, surrounded by people. If you’re like me, you’re keenly aware of how steep the stairs are to the seats that... Read more »