Archive for category health

Undetermined Significance and the Cancer Lottery

This past Monday, my hematologist told me I have something called MGUS (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance). I like that phrase, “Undetermined Significance”. It reminds me of the Buddhist story about the farmer who ran into an old friend he hadn’t seen in many years, and the friend asked him how it was going. The […]

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Women’s March: Why I March

UPDATE (1/22/17): What a wonderful day it was!  An incredible turnout of marchers, all over the world!  A couple of pics:   And this! Check out the Disability March page. https://disabilitymarch.com/2017/01/22/libby-block/  – – – – – original post: I am marching today in the Women’s March on Washington DC – along with sister marches in […]

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The Politics of Peroneal Pain: a Three-Question Essay

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been sick most of this year.  First was bleeding from esophageal varices and then came shingles. First question: which condition do you think was more painful? Shingles, yes.  After six weeks and damage to a nerve in my leg, I’m still in pain.  And the varices?  Never hurt at all, […]

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Happy Foot Drop Day

Apropos of everything, I have been in pain for three weeks.  I can’t concentrate, can’t sit still, can’t move around, and worst of all, I can’t drive.  Or I can, but only for short distances for fear that my foot will cramp up on me. It started with excruciating pain in my right hip and […]

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The Numbers of Liver

While I was in the hospital last week, I wrote a nice blog in my head.  It never made it to paper, though.  By the time I made it home, I didn’t want to write that blog. So I’m going to write this one instead.  It’s all about numbers.  Numbers that happen when you don’t […]

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Playing Doctor

  Yesterday, I bought a blood glucose monitor. I’m not diabetic – not yet, anyway.  But I come from a family of diabetics and I was diagnosed with prediabetes back in September.  The doctor I saw at a local charity clinic advised me to eat more vegetables and less grain and to get some exercise, […]

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You don’t choose, you lose

They’re planning a Christmas party at work, and one of my co-workers was bemoaning the fact that the price of food went up $500 because they added vegetarian foods to the selections. Headdesk time, people.  Major headdesk. Last time I heard, vegetarianism is a choice.  Of the several vegetarians I’ve known, not one has ever […]

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