August 31st, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

A friend of mine sent me a link with some recent news about Risperdal: Risperdal, Anti-Psychotic Medication and Elder Care in Oregon On Thursday, August 30th, Oregon was one of 36 states, as well as Washington, D.C., that settled a case with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over improper marketing of Risperdal. A federal government […]

Business Office Manager
July 10th, 2012 @ 9:25 am

The Administrator of Woodland Terrace, Sherri Spillman, was true to her word and I just received a call from Sylvia Gray, the Business Office Manager. We spoke for almost thirty minutes and she was very pleasant. We began the conversation by discussing why it was that my mom didn’t have Medicaid (or Medicare), and how […]

Status Update
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

I just sent the following email: [name redacted], I’m copying [name redacted] on this since I haven’t had a chance to update her on my call with the hospital this morning yet, too. I’ll leave it up to [her] to update [name redacted] and / or [name redacted] if she wants. The nurse told me […]

Critical, But Much Better
May 16th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

I called Halifax Hospital this morning and talked about mom with Natalia, a nurse, for about twenty-two minutes. She said mom’s blood pressure was better, and her core temperature is “improving”. She also told me that mom was, “responding to stimuli,” and to her name. She said that mom was still critical, but much better […]

An Unsent Email
January 31st, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

I started to write this email, but never finished and never sent it. I was sending it to my little sister’s good friend, and her older brother: Hey, [name redacted] and [name redacted], Thank you, [name redacted], for sending this email. I really appreciate it. I don’t know how much of the story you two […]

No Stroke?
January 25th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

Here is an email I just sent to Constance Wade at Halifax (and copied my sister): Dear Connie, Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me this morning. I very much appreciated your interpretation of the MRI she received on Friday, January 20, 2012. I am still somewhat in shock at […]

Likely Mistaken
December 21st, 2011 @ 11:36 am

I sent this email to Sophia Mas at Stewart-Marchman a day after a very long and difficult phone call with her and Dr. Caliendo. Dr. Caliendo was only on the phone for a few minutes and then Sophia called us and explained in detail what he had been saying. It wasn’t until many, many months […]

One of the Worst Calls
December 20th, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

Today I managed to actually talk to Dr. Caliendo for about twenty minutes. My sister and I had a conference call with him and Sophia Mas from Stewart-Marchman ACT. Mom was in the room with them at the beginning of the call. Pay close attention to the footnotes I’ve added below. Here are my notes […]