The doctor is ‘out’

It was an uneventful flight from LA to Chicago except for the bozo who didn’t stop coughing. I didn’t need my coat in LA, so I packed it; but in Chicago’s cold, I wish I hadn’t put it at the bottom of my suitcase! Three days later, my head stuffy and lungs a faucet for […]

Phantom Limb Pain?

It’s not fair. Charlene lived through the car crash, but her left leg was so crushed with broken bones and bruises that amputation was the only option. After a lot of rehab, drive, true grit and support, she is now back to her favorite sport of running. When she wears slacks, you wouldn’t know that […]

What your ankles say about Your Heart

No, they don’t shout from the rooftop or send messages, but these little old skinny things can speak volumes.  If you’ll look at them you may notice a thing or two. They may be swollen. Or, your feet, ankles, and calves may be swollen and your feet may be a bit sore. Remember when we […]

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”

We’re always told to use caution in this extreme cold: LISTEN! When exposed to extreme cold, the danger of frostbite is real; cover up or better yet,  DON’T GO OUT! If you must go out, use some common sense-sit in the car while pumping gas to avoid the wind, minimize alcohol, wear mittens instead of […]

Congestive heart failure-in a dog?

I’ve been gone a while, so I’ll be brief. I had a post all ready to go when: BAM! I went to the ER for stomach pain. “No worries, I’ll be here a few hours and they’ll say: ‘go home and take some tums.’” Mega tests, 6 days and a medical nightmare later, I came […]

“And the beat goes on…”

We rarely think about our hearts, but minute after minute, day after day, year after year… you get the picture: our hearts rarely miss a beat. Unless we are athletes who monitor our heart rate or our heart is ‘broken’ in romance, we usually don’t give it a second thought. That we aren’t aware of […]

Related to healthcare? Merry Christmas!

Not at all related to healthcare or health, this is completely related to Christmas; a Christmas funny which did my heart good. Quite frankly, after a year of dealing with a more serious side of life, I want a break and I figure, If I want that break, you might be needing or wanting one, […]

‘First, Do No Harm’ and the Opioid Crisis  

That title implies that there is a connection between the Hippocratic Oath the current opioid crisis. What is it? Any chronic illness can be used as an example. Consider ‘lupus.’  Pericarditis, the inflammation of the sac aound the heart is a very painful condition that affects many lupus sufferers. The pain from pericarditis can be […]

Dry, itchy skin?

This is winter, no more calling it ‘Indian Summer’! The snow has fallen, plows are out, and yes, you wear your coat, and gloves. One thing you’ve surely noticed, especially on those days when you ‘got by’ without gloves, is that your hands are dry: dry from the dry, windy and cold air.  Usually, I […]

Work-from-home for sick pay?

How often do we think that as long as we have health insurance that the only thing we need to do in case of an emergency is head to the ER? What if the person who goes to the ER is the head of the household, an important wage-earner? What if there is no health […]