Category Archives: Illness & Humor

laughter IS the best medicine!

Let’s Kick It Up a Notch (or more) — to Mayo Clinic

I had a Bone Marrow Biopsy done at Northside Hospital on January 24th. The bone marrow biopsy and aspiration report came back with some news:  lots more reticulan fibers and fibrosis “consistent with post-polycythemic myelofibrosis.”  The report didn’t look good from this patient’s perspective but I was pleased that I wouldn’t have to wait too long… Read More »

Yippee! It’s Time for Another BMB

I never thought I would look forward to getting another bone marrow biopsy & aspiration, but today I am eager for new information.  The first BMB was done in March, 2010.  It will be interesting to see how my busy bone marrow has changed in almost 3 years. Why a BMB Now?In 2012, the first few… Read More »

Let’s Play Medical Pinball!

Apparently, I’m a slow learner.  I believe that when things/people/events show up in one’s life they present opportunities for introspection, learning and growth.  Sometimes it’s to practice patience, listen better, explore other perspectives, remember to be grateful. The latest “opportunity” in my life is arthritis and chronic pain.  I’ve been dealing with increasingly frequent and more… Read More »

My Wishes for Patients

“The first wealth is health.”    – Ralph Waldo Emerson Medical Wishes for You First and foremost:  may you have affordable health coverage (co-pays, premiums, and deductibles). Second first:   may you have knowledgeable and compassionate physicians work with you and then… May all your doctors see you on time May all your lab techs… Read More »

Amusing & Creative Vocabulary

The Style section of The Washington Post runs a weekly humor contest called the “Style Invitational.” ( Each week is a new challenge. One of the most famous is neologisms create new words). The instructions: Alter any word by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter; then supply a new definition. Here are some winners: 1.… Read More »

Looking for the Bright Side of Life’s Challenges

This time of year has always caused more angst than joy for me. More obligations in work, family, and social aspects of life in a compressed time period (not to mention when the nights are longer — less daylight) would tip me into the “winter blues.” This Christmas season, living with Polycythemia Vera ( and… Read More »

She’s Drivin’ Miss Daisy

Those of you driving around Duluth should stay alert for a new driver — my Katrina has her permit and is now driving me around town! She is very alert and has the best posture I’ve ever seen behind the wheel. My mom gave her some driving lessons in the Arena parking lot last month;… Read More »