In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:33am

So, the “free” annual physical came with a bill. I’d already provided the physician with a co-pay because we dealt with more medical matters than the physical. But because the physical included an EKG, and a previous EKG has indicated an aberration, this no longer was a preventive medicine but an ongoing follow-up of a recognized health matter.


In the Public Eye

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:39pm

Not all mistakes are fatal. But when they turn out to be – would you be among those saying, “It was your own dang fault. Serves you right”? Consider a column in the Sunday (10/14/12) New York Times in which Nicholas Kristof chronicled how a friend opted to forgo health insurance coverage during a midlife crisis. Suddenly, at age 51, symptoms surfaced that led him to a Seattle emergency department and the discovery that he had advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to his bones. He was equally consumed by regret.


Monday, October 8, 2012 - 10:21am

Didn’t see any paper wasps this year. Not complaining. Had the jet-spray bug killer handy. Didn’t get any lemons this year. Early season frost killed the blossoms. Not happy. Keeping that tree watered and healthy helped keep my mind off my wife's bout with MRSA a couple years back.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 2:49pm

He’s been a jockey. A tenor. A physician. And most certainly a witty raconteur. “I’m 6’4” and 265 pounds, but I’m adjustable – I could be your Jack Russell terrier.”


Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:53am

Cram 200 California hospital executives into a San Francisco hotel for two days. Then stand back and absorb the analyses and predictions. Some examples:


Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:41am

Shook hands with a hospital co-worker. Gave my wife a pen as she signed over her car’s pink slip to a relative of that co-worker. Then grabbed my jaw from the floor when we learned that my wife’s former car is now being driven by a member of a Hmong family my wife came to know as a Head Start teacher more than a decade ago in southeast Fresno. A warm moment in Fresno County, a small family of a million people.