Ah, the mystery

I visited with Doc Foster and the Entourage (coming to a medical facility near you!) on Feb. 9. It was a visit I wasn’t necessarily dreading but one I knew would bring me news of a vision change.  Here’s the short version as to why: I had received a call from the retinal specialist who …

The Power of Food

I met a woman recently…actually the timing of the connection was unbelievable but more on that later…who has birdshot, like myself. One of her docs suggested she get tested for Celiac Disease even though she wasn’t experiencing symptoms (well, other than liver enzyme issues, possibly pharmaceutically induced). She thought it was a strange idea and …

How are you, Take 2

I wrote an earlier post on people who ask about how I am or how my eyes are doing, people who ask but don’t really want to hear any answer other than, “Fine.” I bring it up again now because I just had another experience that seems to have sent me over the proverbial edge. …

Anger

After nearly being derailed by the holidays, I am now back on track. They were tough this year. Felt very behind. I was also very, very crabby, which is so unlike me at this time of year. Usually the first sounds of holiday music and even the conspicuous consumerism make me smile. This year, however, …

An altered course

I haven’t been writing about the blow-by-blows of my study experience and, in that regard, I have been remiss. Especially in light of the whopping news that I am out – that’s right, kicked out; officially extricated from the Merrimack trial because my eyes, it seems, have not been behaving. Guess I’m a nonconformist, right …

A bad marriage can make you sick

For some reason I’m only finding this out now, even though the research was published in January 2006. Apparently, I didn’t want to hear it then. Here’s the link to the CBS News story: www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/06/earlyshow/contributors/emilysenay/main1100000.shtml And here’s a paragraph that smacked me upside the head: “The researchers say sustained higher-than-normal levels of certain immune system …

Wisdom on the wings of…Oprah?

My friend Laurie is an Oprah devotee. I know without doubt that following an especially insightful broadcast, I’ll receive an e-mail saying, “Oprah had on so-and-so and their book/movie/schpiel was really interesting…” Sometimes I’m interested, sometimes not. After reading my pal’s latest Oprah-related e-mail, I’m happy to say the subject was definitely a memorable one. …

Alternative Healing

I remember years ago watching a news special about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In the story two women had recently been diagnosed with similar forms and stages of breast cancer and were filmed visiting a TCM practitioner. One took the advice literally and followed the guidelines, which included eliminating alcohol, coffee and dairy and altering …

So, how are you?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about politeness and etiquette. Strange, I know, but it does apply here, specifically in terms of health challenges and how much inquiring minds really want to know. When someone asks, “How are you?” – do they REALLY want to know? My experience has been, probably not. There is that …