You are never going to believe this.
After suffering three sleepless nights thinking my inattention to detail had led to the demise of a family pet, Boo, the hamster, and enduring the wrath of my 8- and 12-year-olds and the disapproving gaze of my 16-year-old and my wife, ITAL Boo came back from the dead!
Estimates are that as many as 98,000 Americans die preventable deaths each year from medical errors in hospitals. I have often wondered how that happens Then it hit me as I made an error that may have cost a living thing its life!
No, I didn’t kill a person who was sick. But my [...]
Last week, I wrote about how lucky we are when we have someone who loves us and helps us cope with our serious health concern. But there’s a flip side too: what if the caregiver not only isn’t equipped to help us, but can’t cope themselves? Certainly, there are instances where a spouse of someone [...]
So you or a loved one is diagnosed with a serious health problem. You go to the doctor, perhaps a specialist. They are supposed to know all about the latest treatments, right? Well, yes, that’s right most of the time.
But a new study shows that with some cancers, patients are not always offered what [...]
I have told you previously about my daughter Ruth, age 12½, and her chronic stomach inflammation problem. We’ve been on a three-year odyssey trying to get the right diagnosis and treatment. It has taken us to many doctors and even from Seattle to Ohio to see a specialist.
In the meantime, Ruth missed a lot [...]
There is an incredibly sweet Valentine’s Day feature on the front page of today’s Seattle Times.
It’s the story of 84-year-old Carl Buck, a retired Boeing engineer, and his wife, Joan, 74. Joan has MS and lives in a retirement home. Carl could no longer provide the assistance Joan needs for her MS, but he [...]
There was big news last week when we learned from the American Cancer Society that the overall number of cancer deaths in the United States had dipped for the first time in 70 years.
It wasn’t much, just a few hundred. And while the number went down overall and for men, it went up a [...]
The mail has been coming in fast and furious. You’ve shared some great stories and interesting ideas that I find very thought-provoking and helpful.
Please don’t be upset if it takes me a few weeks to respond to your message – the sudden growth of this blog has been a little overwhelming.
I’ve selected some [...]
I have a friend named Gretchen who is the head of marketing for one of the nation’s largest medical centers. I have done business with her for years, so it was fun to have lunch with her a few weeks ago.
I talked with her about how I wanted to speak out more about the [...]