Monday, August 10, 2020

Remembering Chi Chi and the other great golfer

I love that the golfing world still talks about Chi Chi Rodriquez, the famous professional golfer and first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

His name came up recently as I was watching a golf game and it reminded me of a day in 1987 when Chi Chi was in Pinehurst, NC.  He was playing in a Senior's Tournament and stomach pains brought him to the ER.  I happened to be working the from desk and registered him in.

It was actually a fairly slow day and word soon spread that he was in the ER.  The amount of doctors who found an excuse to come to the ER to "treat' this famous one-of-a-kind golfer was amazing.  He received an inordinate amount of attention from them but to be fair you could tell that Chi Chi was thoroughly enjoying it too.

This was also the day that my husband Dick came to the ER.  He was having breathing problems and the Triage nurse took him directly to the back.  I was sorry that I didn't have a chance to tell him that Chi  Chi was back there because he was a great favorites of Dick.  He loved the casual and fun way that Chi Chi treated golf.

When the Triage nurse came back she told me that Dick asked why there were so many doctors there and when she told him about Chi Chi he just chuckled and, pointing to himself, he said, "What do you know?  2 great golfers in one day.

A cute comment but it didn't lure the ER doc away from Chi Chi.  The nurse got her orders however so they did treat Dick and, as his breathing got easier, he had the fun of seeing up close and in person how Chi Chi could captivate an audience.  

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Fodder for my brain …

I've always loved being challenged by crossword puzzles and am convinced that it's helped to keep my brain active. That's never seemed to be more important than now during this lock-down phase of the Covid pandemic.

So … when I realized I was down to my last few puzzles in my current crossword book I decided to buy a new one. When I saw this one I was thrilled. Imagine getting 1001 New York Times puzzles for the paltry sum of $15.79.

For some reason that number of puzzles didn't really compute with my mind until I received the actual book. It's HUGE, (8 ½ x 11 and 1½ inches thick), very heavy and has 4 puzzles to a page (2 on the front and 2 on the back). I was almost overwhelmed at first but now I've found a way to make it work for me.

I would never deface a “regular” book by tearing out a page at a time but, happily, this book is printed on a light newspaper-like paper that cries out for me to do just that. It makes it so much easier to handle and I just toss the page when done.

So I am very happy with my purchase and am determined to finish it …even though, at a puzzle a day, I will be 92+ when that day gets here.  

Friday, July 31, 2020

Trump … our very own Witch Doctor

 In 2008 Barack Obama was elected President. We Democrats were thrilled but little did we know what was in store for us. In our enthusiasm and naivety we took our eyes off the political ball and in 2010 the Tea-party side of the Republican party managed to take over and we've been paying for it ever since.

It is now 10 years later and nothing has changed. That became crystal clear with President Trumps recent support for a questionable “doctor's summit” on TV. These “frontline doctors” were espousing Trump's declaration that Hydroxychloroquine is a safe drug and very effective in fighting Covid 19 and that masks are not a necessity and it featured the eccentric Dr. Stella Emmanuel.

The video, (co-founded by Tea Party Patriots) which racked up more than 13 million viewers on Facebook (before it was taken down for promoting false information) included bizarre medical claims by Dr. Emmanuel, such as “some gynecological ailments are caused by people having sex in a dream world with demons”, etc.

When questioned about this at his daily press meeting Trump replied “I can tell you this. She was on the air along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine and I thought she was very impressive...” As one reporter pressed him further about masks he stormed out of the briefing room.  
Can you imagine that this is actually the leader of our country? God help us …..

(PS: Apologies to those who prefer only “feel good” articles. I agree that they are nice and give us a “breather” but I also feel strongly that we need to face what is actually going on or it will be our undoing. My next post is non-political !)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Paying it forward…

Earlier this month John Capron, a 23 year old college student from Boston, was casually browsing a thrift shop named Remarkable Cleanouts in Norwood, Massachusetts . 

When he saw a Whitney piano on sale for $200 he asked permission to try it out. Permission was granted and John, a self-taught pianist, sat down and treated the customers to an impromptu performance of Journey's rock hit “Don't Stop Believing”. The audience loved it and when word reached the owner of the store, Mark Waters, he wanted to thank John for creating such an interest in his store but John was long gone by them.

Mr. Waters finally tracked him down and told him that the piano was his for free if he'd just come in and pick it up. John was excited of course, but he had no idea what was really in store for him. 

Imagine the shock for John when the incredible store owner Mark Waters told him he'd decided to up the ante. Instead of the $200 Whitney piano Mark gave John a Steinway and Sons piano valued at $3,000 ! As Waters said “to see him cry made me cry. God bless America. I wish I could do this every day".

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Trump is famous for not being able to stick to the facts and the list of outright lies that he's made since taking office now tops 20,000. However, both these things don't bother him a bit. Trump, the self-declared “very stable genius” has a new obsession and he's tearing up the TV airwaves with it.

It all came about when he and his Republican sycophants started attacking Joe Biden's mental and physical fitness to be President. It made Trump consider his own cognitive abilities and he was reminded of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test that he had taken during his annual physical.

On Sunday, in a TV interview with Fox reporter Chris Wallace he brought it up and declared how difficult it was and how well he had fared. He said that he doubted if Biden could fare as well and he's determined to weaponize his performance against Biden and, although he doesn't seem to realize it, he is making a complete fool of himself.

I never thought I would have ANYTHING in common with Trump but I have to admit that I have taken this exam. The Dr. that I go to automatically has his patients over the age of 85 have an “Annual Wellness Exam” and, actually I found it interesting, informative and VERY EASY !

Friday, July 17, 2020

Happy Birthday Matt … July 18. 1960

Here you are at age one .

I will never forget the day that you were born. Dad and I were living in New York City and it was a terribly hot month. We, and your brother Mark (born July 3, 1959), were spending as much time as we could at the movies. We were trying to stay cool and it was about the only place in Manhattan that had air conditioning … or at least in a place that we could afford !

You weren’t due to be born until August so when a bad tummy ache woke me on July 18th I wasn't too concerned. However it soon became apparent that this was the “real thing” and when we called my doctor he advised us to get to the hospital ASAP. So we grabbed Mark and headed to the street to hail a cab.

The taxi driver was not happy to be driving a lady who was gasping for breath and yelling “you’d better hurry if you don’t want to deliver a baby in your cab”, because by this time I was really in labor. We were headed to Lennox Hill Hospital and it was across town from where we lived but we did make it in time …BARELY !

The cabdriver honked his horn and jumped out of the cab at the Emergency entrance looking for a nurse. One came running out with a wheelchair but after a very quick assessment she yelled “forget the chair. We need a stretcher stat…this babe is about to be born!” …and she was right. No time to get prepped at all. They rolled me direct to the OB birthing room and out you came. I was still on the stretcher and everyone was laughing and you were screaming your little head off.

It was an auspicious start and you haven’t slowed down since then. Even the smile is the same...


Monday, July 13, 2020

XENOGRAFT saves the day

XENOGRAFT ...   a surgical graft of tissue from one species to an unlike                                        species or genus of family.   

For example ... a graft from a baboon to a human is a XENOGRAFT.


To further explain this interesting procedure I use this example:

Baby Trump has a tizzy fit, so ...

His loving family tries a surgical tissue graft with a baby Orangutan.

The mother orangutan assures baby Trump not to worry and that his wildest dreams will come true in the future.

HURRAY ... the graft is a success !   It is 2020 and Trump is living his dream !

.. and for the rest of us?   Let's just say that thousands of our people are resting in peace.