Category: Healthcare

Why "We Are Not Accepting New Patients" Is Literally Driving Me Mad

I guess a lot of people would just say it’s my own fault. I should get a better paying job. I should get a job with insurance. I should, should, should — I’m tired of getting should on by society, truth be told. If all of those things were that easy, don’t you think that... Read more »

Parenthood Bringing Me Back

SPOILER ALERT Season 4 of Parenthood the TV show ahead. Everyone has raved about the TV show Parenthood. I’m finally getting around to it. I really love it for a million reasons. It’s super real — there are so many times I’m super annoyed with characters and I love how the spouses and siblings and... Read more »

The Blessings of "Western" Medicine

I’m addicted to Facebook. It’s awful, and it needs to stop. I’m constantly getting a bunch of random articles, popping up in my feed, telling me some fact about this, getting me riled about that, contradicting itself an hour later. Today, I saw this article from Slate about a wonderful video that I should watch that... Read more »

You've Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

… know when to walk away, know when to run. Kenny Rogers had something there. I think this advice goes for all sorts of different situations besides shady poker tables, but to me, the gist is — You have to know the rules. And know when to break them. And know when to get out... Read more »

Coming To Terms With The ACA ... It Really Is Affordable Care

I started this post last week and got a good percentage of the way through … and Robin Williams died. Then Ferguson. Then the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s been a hell of a week. I was a huge supporter of Obama. Honestly, I still think he’s a good guy working in a shit system. There’s... Read more »

An Apology For Naysaying The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a sensation that’s sweeping the nation. It was created to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). And people are loving it or … hating it is a strong word … let’s go with the old school “dissing.” The premise is you film a video of yourself being doused... Read more »

I Can't Get Too Complacent With The Cancer

When my dad was first diagnosed with leukemia, I thought I’d be posting about cancer more often. I guess that would require that I post more often. But, I don’t know. I guess I’m just keeping this more close to the vest. I don’t know what there is to say a lot of the time.... Read more »

The Story Of Josh Marks: When Reality TV Gets Too Real

A friend posted a link to Chicago Magazine’s article “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head” on Facebook a few days ago. I was going to write something here at the time that he killed himself, but reading this helps me get my mind around it a little more. Kind of. Honestly, at some point, reading... Read more »

What It's Been Like WITHOUT The Affordable Care Act

So, I’m going to try and use the next 30 days as a way to mine some of the topics that I want to cover in my theoretical book about manic-depression, navigating it, my memoir of my own journey, etc. I’m going to just write about what I’ve gone through and work it out here.... Read more »

Ariel Castro Killed Himself And I'm Not Happy

This wasn’t the post I thought would be leading off the day today. Instead, I wrote this uplifting post about how your kids might end up alcoholics despite your best efforts, in response to a post about one woman’s hope to keep her daughters from turning out like Vodka Samm. But by the end of... Read more »