How to survive a trip to the hospital

A long time ago I was greatly influenced by the work of Dr. Bernie Siegel, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment and complementary, holistic medicine. His research showed that “problem patients” had the highest survival rates. And it is because of his insights that I became the animal I am today with regards to dealing with hospital staff. That animal extends to both my past work with doula clients, and now, with dealing with unhealthy and aging family members. I’ve “saved” many women from unnecessary cesarean sections by being the “bad guy” for them in the […]

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One reason for walking off the unconventional path

Yet another reason why I ventured from the straight and narrow, and over to alternative medicine! This time: my oldest brother has been in the hospital for going on two weeks, lingering on a ventilator, in a medically induced coma. He presented with his throat so swollen that he couldn’t breathe. After a week, since he had just come back from Nicaragua, I asked the ICU nurses and doctors to please run a Toxicology Panel to see if he had ingested something down there that he might be severely allergic to. But probably because a lowly woman had asked, and […]

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Sometimes I hate living inside of me!

Sometimes I really hate living inside of me. In addition to walking my four miles, I’ve been working out at the gym. My reward? I pulled my back out on Saturday, innocently bending down to pick something off my kitchen floor. That’s punishment enough. But where my obsessive mind goes with these things is much, much worse. “Funk, I pulled my back out!” “I’m sorry darling.” “No Funk, it’s really bad this time. What if I slipped a disc?” “Gloria, that’s just you’re mind getting the best of you.” “How do you know Funk? For all you know I can […]

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