Friends, I daresay that some of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, lately. That’s been for a reason. I was bedridden most of the past month and a half with a severe flu and sinus infection and somewhere in that time frame I also became anemic — once again — and had to have the obligatory blood transfusion. So now I’m back home from the hospital, with a follow up visit to the hematologist set for December 9.

There’s a good news/bad news scenario to this. The bad news was finding myself back in this situation to begin with, and I can’t tell you how that depressed me; but the good news is that I spoke with a very sharp hematologist, who assured me that we’re going to get to the bottom of why my body chooses not to absorb iron any more. In talking with this doctor, I was impressed with his knowledge of the field and got online and researched some of the things we spoke about. I have great hopes that I can put this malady behind me for good and get back to life revitalized.

Those of you who have been reading me for a while, probably remember the saga of my former primary doctor, whom I refer to as Count Quackula, who has had his license revoked, practically speaking, if not literally — meaning he can’t write prescriptions and so his ability to continue to damage his patients has been greatly reduced. This guy got me hooked on Xanax, mis-representing it to me as an appropriate medication for rapid heartbeat, if you can believe that. I had to taper off and un-hook myself and I can’t tell you what an odyssey that was. He was getting trips to Rome paid for by the pharmaceutical companies for every head that he got hooked, so he was delivering us up by the bushel basket. One woman I know was advised, due to her advanced age and complex health issues, to not even stress her body out by attempting a detox. So, she will die a Xanax addict, due to a combination of corporate greed and the lack of ethics of this particular doctor.

Here’s a link to a piece written almost one year ago when I was scheduled for my hip replacement surgery. Read it and see how Count Quackula did everything from sexually assaulting one of his young female patients to causing me to have a near death experience in the ER of a local hospital due to the Xanax. Just going down memory lane and reading this piece again, I can tell you with assurance that amazing reversals are possible in the health area if you can just get a proper diagnosis and competent care for that diagnosis. At the time I wrote this piece last year, I hadn’t walked properly in about eight years, and the last year before the surgery I was only able to hobble in great pain. That situation transformed itself totally post-surgery. Just a few months ago, in September, I was bopping around San Francisco for several days on a combination business/pleasure trip and the last thing I was thinking about was my once-arthritically destroyed hip. Point being, the body is an adaptable mechanism and once you get it fixed, it will happily take you on your journey as if nothing was ever wrong.

I thank you all for your support and your friendship over the years, and I will be back in the saddle and up to full speed in the very near future. There is so much going on, and believe me, wild horses can’t keep me from writing about the latest developments in our Washington political circus. P.T. Barnum had nothing on Donald Trump.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and we’ll journey on together to wrap up 2019 and begin 2020. 2020 is going to come in with a roar and just keep going, is my prediction.

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Bareshark
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Ah, hell, Ursula, sounds like you’ve had a really sucky month and a half and I’m sorry for that. That said, sounds like you’re landing in a better spot than the hellscape that Count Quackula left you in. Here’s to you being back up to speed by the New Year!

Cherl Harrell
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Sorry to hear about the rough times recently. I am also glad to hear that you are once more on the mend. Hopefully this time for good.

itsazoo20
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Oh my goodness, I am so sorry you had to go through these really awful health issues. And you know, I hear you about what it means finally to get both the diagnosis and then, the fix if there is one. I think in your case, there will be very good medically commonsense modalities that won’t include transfusions. The other reason I hear you? Husband and I have also been struggling with this very issue–in his case, how to get hip revision surgery due to a failing hip replacement and being told, um, nope, no can do, um, well, unless… Read more »
mae
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I wish you the very best, Ursula. I am so sorry you are again having health issues. I have been thinking of you, of late. Your friend, Caterina

pwhitten
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I’m so sorry you went through all that, but I am so glad to hear you are doing better! We need you to get through election year! Your writing helps keep me from having to hide under the covers. 🙂 As an aside, I can’t believe how many doctors get away with that kind of thing. One in Ohio got my mother on opoids for back pain, and now that she’s got all kinds of other issues due to general frailty and anemia (plus some mysterious lung issues), the amount of meds required to keep her comfortable is practically lethal.… Read more »
gettin too old for this shit
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gettin too old for this shit

Because being or appearing to be “geriatric” is the political kiss of death for most candidates.

walthp
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Take a look at this from last June: https://www.medicareadvocacy.org/the-national-association-of-insurance-commissioners-recognizes-maintenance-therapy-bolstering-the-jimmo-settlement-agreement/ “NAIC’s definition recognizes that rehabilitation services may not only be necessary to improve a patient’s condition but may also be necessary to “keep” his or her skills and functioning.” So, their “not improving sufficiently” probably can be argued at. Good luck.

catperson
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Always get a second opinion. All of my doctors have strongly recommended it. I hope you feel better soon! My wife is a pharmacist and tells me that viral infections really mess up your Immune system. Severe measles can affect your health for up to two years. I’ve missed your posts.

yaya nana
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I remember reading your hip replacement saga on DK & thinking about what nightmare health conditions can be as we age. I have missed your articles but I was hoping that you were off doing something incredibly fun instead. I will spin the prayer wheel for you in hopes that you will find the help you need to mend.

Mina Kirby
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Oh, Ursula, I’m sorry you’ve had to go through all this awfulness. Please let me know what, if anything, I can do to help you. I’m right here in SoCal. I look forward to seeing more of your terrific writing soon. Hugs to you.

underwriter505
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Aw, shucks, Ursula, I surely wish I could share with you whatever it is in my system that hangs on to iron with such a grip that I have to avoid it for fear of getting nosebleeds. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that is, and I’m sure it’s not shareable even if I did. And, as problems go, wishing i could eat more spinach is pretty tame. But I certainly wish you the best, and I’m very glad you have confidence in your new doctor.

Lil Blue Sock
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Get better soon Miss Ursula…..we need your voice in the fight.

gettin too old for this shit
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gettin too old for this shit
((((((Ursula))))))) so sorry you’ve been through all this, honey. I’m so glad you have the new doctor who sounds like he knows WTF he’s doing. My first pulmonolgist was a Dr. Quackula also, and after the second visit I went doctor shopping and lucked up with the good one I have now. Back in the late 80/early 90s I got hooked by another non-good so-called doctor, too. Wasn’t nothing wrong with me that a couple Xanax wouldn’t fix. I had a hell of a time getting off that shit. I hope your body will be absorbing iron in a very… Read more »
redheadedgammy
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So sorry to hear of the ordeal you have been through with your health. Glad to hear you’re on the mend because I really love your writing and have missed you. Sending healing vibes your way!

anastasjoy
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I don’t know much about medical conditions — I say thanks every day for my good health — but I wish you well and am sending you the most positive of thoughts for getting to the bottom of your issues.

elna benoit
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I hope you’re feeling better soon.