Whatcom: Chronic & Acute

  July 2018

When Preparation to Die Is Too Good to Be True

Whatcom County, WA vs. La Crosse County, WI Because 96 percent of people who die in La Crosse, WI. are claimed to have an advance directive (AD), Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) publicized La Crosse’s achievement as its own … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Ten Tips For Device Surgery

1. Learn the name or brand of the device to be implanted so you can search for its success rate and its recall history. I discovered devices similar to my fusion spacers were available from Taiwan packed in bulk for … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Ask Questions Before Device Or Implant Surgery

Don’t expect to be told everything you need to know when electing surgery. Despite the length and thoroughness of pre-surgery preparations, you’ll discover most information is for the surgeon, not the patient. First, the surgeon is in charge and is … Continue reading

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  May 2018

Who Will Be There For You When You’re Dying?

When I heard specialist physicians, titled hospitalists, were hired to care for hospital inpatients, I asked the hospital for a job description so I might judge their impact on patients, especially at the end of life. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical … Continue reading

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  May 2018

Open Letter to Peacehealth St. Joseph Cancer Center

Greetings, Cancer Center Board of Directors: Is there a sadder comment on cancer care than “I wish someone had told me?” That was my wish in 2009 about my wife’s glioblastoma treatment and was the despairing 2018 wish of a … Continue reading

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  April 2018

Your Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment – Sign Up Now

  Its title alone demands your attention, but this form may also impact your death one day: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)! The orders are your orders to an unknown physician(s) suddenly confronted with life or death treatment when … Continue reading

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  March 2018

Realities of End-of-life Issues Confronted

Healthcare Providers and Public in Landmark Meeting on End-of-Life Issues “Rumors and Realities” was an apt title for the Jan. 17, 2018, standing-room-only public meeting about dying in Whatcom County. Community rumors were rife that PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center’s … Continue reading

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  February 2018

MD Q&A – Prescription Drugs

Getting the healthcare you want can be as simple as asking your doctor what’s available. As to prescription (Rx) medications, patients most often search for lower cost options. That sounds simple enough, but it can be difficult to know what … Continue reading

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  February 2018

Single-Payer Is Not the Devil’s Healthcare

What  does “single-payer healthcare really mean? Some say it is the future of healthcare, or the solution to reforming the existing healthcare monstrosity America has conjured into existence. I recently learned it was both and neither! Single-payer is not what … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Rogues Gallery of Doctors

Allan Pinkerton of detective fame devised the first Rogues Gallery in 1855. It was a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places and names of criminals and their associates. My rogues’ gallery doesn’t feature criminals but rather a collection … Continue reading

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