Archive for April 2017

Three Gleaming Rings, One Shining Marriage

When I was young I believed a wedding ring was forever. After you put one on, you never took it off. That same ring remained on your left ring  finger till death do you part, or even beyond. It is a direct line to the heart and all that. But over the last 38 years I have learned... Read more »

Let's Talk About PSA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Whew, that’s a lot to say. Hard to have a conversation when your mouth is that full. But the Task Force, or USPTF, is worth talking about and is asking us physicians to do some talking too. In a draft recommendation, the USPTF is telling men between the ages... Read more »

The Biggest and the Best Says Goodbye

April 20, 2017 It has been rough. When I saw the vet last month he thought I might have a good six months to a year ahead of me. He sent home some pills for the pain in my hips. It has helped, but I still haven’t been myself. Thirteen years is a long time... Read more »

The First 100 Days: 10 Ways Raff Trumps Trump

Yes, we are approaching that milestone. While Barb and I join with the rest of the country in our countdown of President Trump’s first three months in office, we are almost at that 100-day point in our own transition to new down-sizers. Has the “honeymoon” period been a success? Let’s check in with how our... Read more »

The Mother of All Swans

We love our “down-sized” new home, our walking friendly neighborhood, and the serene pond next door. That is, we love it all except for the Canada Geese that come with it. Waddling, honking, and pooping, these big birds are a nuisance and a mess. According to Wikipedia, there are 4 to 5 million of these dung dumpers in the United... Read more »

Learning to Be (a) Patient

It runs like a river runs to the sea-U2 , 1987 Let the river run-Carly Simon, 1988 As anticipated in my last blog, I had my urinary tract plumbing procedure on rainy Wednesday. Most patients are sent home immediately after the procedure, but because of a few kinks (kinks in my history, not kinks in my urethra,) I had... Read more »

Taking the Doctor Under the Knife

It is just a bit ironic. This coming week I will be undergoing my first ever surgical procedure. True, I am not a surgeon, so there is no irony in that. The irony I see is that as the Medical Director for the laboratory of the biggest urology group in Chicago I deal with about 60 urologists... Read more »