Sep 27

Regulation, Legalization, Cannabis Cultivation and Personal Responsibility

E had a status seizure. Rescue meds had to be given, which put E in respiratory distress. E is unresponsive. Yes, we could go to the ER and be intubated, but he has less than a 10% chance of recovering extubation. So instead, the pulmonologist increased the air pressure to hopefully keep E's airway open. Now, I sit, cry, pray, and...

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Sep 21

The Doctor is Not In (Part 4)-Side Effects

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Post Hospitalization Recovery


This post and the next one in this series, is co-authored with Kerri Affronti. Let’s begin where we left off with K. For those of you just starting now, here are links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the saga.


K left the hospital on December 17, 2014, after being given four shots of...

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Sep 3

The Doctor is Not In (Part 2)-Health Insurance Is not Health Care

We left off Part 1, with K still recovering from an illness that nearly killed her and ruined her credit but didn't ruin her spirit. What happened next? 

Before going further, I ought to note is that K is not and never was estranged from her family. She and they were in frequent contact. They assisted her financially to the best...

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Aug 27

But Now We're Stressed Out

"We will know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." William Casey

Aren't we all so stressed these days?

Today a friend of mine told me that every other item on NPR is about dealing with stress, how to reduce stress, how to manage stress, how to sleep better by de-stressing....

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Aug 22

The Doctor is Not In (Part 3)-Hospitals are No Place for Sick People

Hanging On

We left off Part 1 and Part 2 with K and I returning to her home, her still incredibly ill and me needing to return to my own home in Atlanta. Her mother arrived on Thursday, December 4th. This part of the story is drawn from the notes I made while texting and speaking with her mother and consulting with California Department of...

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