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40 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:
We are all exposed to statistics all the time. Among those are the “side effects” of medicines. I generally shy away from medicines. Statistics about the long term side effects have motivated me to reduce the one maintenance drug that was prescribed many years ago. Recently, I was advised to take the new shingles vaccine. The adverse side effects were minimized. Statistical risk is so small. Two friends have taken the vaccine. One had a temporary reaction. Not surprising o...
47 days ago 4 comments Categories: Health Tags:
The owner of our auto body shop (doesn’t everyone with a car have “their” body shop?) has a thoughtful word of advice. “If it can be fixed with money, it’s not really a problem.” Think about it. ...
54 days ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags:
It happened twice last week. Someone waited to let me on the elevator first. “Age before beauty” he said. He was obviously younger. I joked with him in protest. Then, a few days later, a man held a door for me into a building. “Age before beauty” he said. Although younger, I didn’t perceive a great age difference. (Maybe my perception was off.) I thanked him, conveyed that his gesture was appreciated although unnecessary, and shared with him that I’m not ready to receive s...
229 days ago 2 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Some time ago, Nancy blogged about old friends. About two weeks ago, I received an email from Gothamite William Skody giving me regards from his neighbor, Sal. Sal and I worked together over twenty years ago. I liked Sal then and I like him now. We’ve kept in touch. I’ve always liked Sal. He’s a real mensch (as Fred would say, that’s a legal term). Sal helped me in a very special way many years ago. When my father asked me to take him home from the hospital, Sal helped me ...
257 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I usually don't participate in "chain" letters but this text message that I received the other day from a physician is, in my view, worthy of sharing. It may save a life. Please pause for 2 minutes and read this: 1. Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. 2. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated. 3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag ou...
635 days ago 11 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Last weekend was Uncle Joe's 92nd birthday. As we have for the past few years, Flo and I went down to Florida for a long weekend to see Uncle Joe and other relatives who no longer travel north. Joe is a survivor, both literally and figuratively. He survived the Warsaw Ghetto. He has had his share of loss and illness. But Joe was always a vibrant, athletic man who set an example for all of us in how to enjoy life in retirement. He has had his health issues ov...
656 days ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags:
So it's time to look back  at the past year and, as I think about Gotham and 2016, my thoughts take me to one of the hidden secrets in our Gotham family. It's a small group of Gothamites -- we call them the Advocates-- who quietly help others navigate the complex world of healthcare. Whether it's finding a doctor in some far-away country, getting access to the inaccessible specialist in our backyard or helping secure the appropriate care for an elderly family member, somehow ...
859 days ago 7 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Overheard at a bar in the west 40s...,Man: "You look great!"Woman: "Yea. I lost weight."Man: "I didn't know you needed to."Woman: "I didn't."Man: inquiring glance....Woman: "Stress."At the Spring Cocktail Party the other night, the common theme with people I spoke to was "stress".So, what's going on? ...
999 days ago 7 comments Categories: Health Tags:
It started with a little tickle... (or was it a little scratch?) in my throat. Ignore it. Within an hour, there was no denying. It was my winter cold 2016. By the time I gave it the attention it deserved, it had taken over. “Don't respect me? I'll show you!” What to do? Take zinc. Take vitamin C. Drink plenty of liquids. Starve it. Feed it. Sweat it out. Carry tissues...and use them. Move on to bigger artillery. Advil, Co-Advil. Need to show ID and pick-up it up ...
1447 days ago 10 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I’m happy that the nurse from Maine was released from the isolation tent in New Jersey. I’m not happy that she is resisting the 21 day voluntary quarantine that seems to be the prudent suggested course of action. Not for a moment do I dismiss the inconvenience that goes with isolation but the “experts” can’t seem to agree that anyone is conclusively out of danger until the 21 days have passed. For me, it seems that caution should dictate until more is known. But that’s ...
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