Manhattan physicians group, Group of what? unprofessional dolts, stupidity really does trickle down from the top.

Well a lot of people think large groups of doctors under one roof make care convenient, one stop shopping if you like?
Or a collection of incompetent idiots all in one building you hope for the first fear the latter.

I grew up spoiled in the medical field my GP(Internist) is almost 90 and still practicing, and when I visited BJ recently after a 15 year gap when I was home he could from his memory alone recite every treatment he ever prescribed and every medication and dosage I had ever been on yes the one and only BJ Cormie of north east rd. medical practice campbelltown Adelaide south Australia.
Then there was my neurologist, SIR James(jim) Manson the head of pediatric neurology for the royal Adelaide children’s hospital (now the women’s and children’s hospital) in Adelaide south Australia. He was a world recognized genius in his field and he also treated me and my son who was also born with epilepsy. The gentlemen above cared, they were the best in their field yet both worked by choice in a small town in Australia with a population of less than one million.

So one would think if you could get that standard of care thirty years ago in a town of less than one million people, then in 2014 in New York with a population of over 8 million it would be base level for standard of care? Right.
Now I have lived here 16 years and have had
1/a surgical resident who thought a pre op transsexual was pregnant

2/a surgical resident who thought a week old cat scratch was fresh surgical scar from vein surgery

3/ a gastroenterologist who ordered surgical tests for possible cancer for a patient on magnesium when a first year med student knows magnesium causes diaharea and she was ordering the tests because of that.

4/ A doctor who wanted to prescribe Viagra to a post op transsexual

5/ a doctor who asked a paraplegic if they could walk to x-ray
and the list could go on for years.

This Monday past after over 4 weeks of waiting for a call back that would always be promised within hours, I received an appointment for a urologist that was so far away in a non-accessible subway area I had to roll 8 miles in a manual wheelchair to get there. Now the appointment was 2.30 so I got there at 1.30 to see if there was a cancellation, I was told no but she was running on time.
I had Zeus with me so the entire staff gathered around and cooed and restrained themselves from patting him barely.

Also to back track a little to do due diligence we went online to check out this practice and rang them to get their exact address. We were told 215 east 95th st east side Manhattan and on their website a beautiful up market building entrance is shown and on the phone the woman said “come to the door of 215 east 95th st and were right there”!
So I get to 215 and attempt to enter and no less than 4 burly security guards stop me, they demanded to know what I wanted in their building. I told them I had an appointment, they informed me that there were no doctors they were an upscale apartment building. I got out my I-pad and showed them the website, and the picture. Sure enough the picture and the address was the apartment building not the medical practice building.
So after ten minutes of muscle show they told me the medical practice was in the basement but had their own entrance on the next street and their number was not 215. So I was lead down the garbage elevator past the rooms with the buildings equipment and staff locker rooms, down a hundred yard passage way to a waiting room that was actually on 96th st and left.
There was no reception, no staff so I asked another patient and was pointed down another hallway which took me all the way back up the hill I had just come down but underground from reception to a room marked Q. So yes I had to roll past 17 other medical practices to find them, it had taken 22 minutes from entering the building where I was told to find them ! That should have been my warning.
Every 15 minutes I asked and was told dr trop was on time, during the wait a Russian woman came out and heard me speaking Russian to Zeus so she sat down in nurses scrubs and we chatted, she never told me she was the practice supervisor.
So Ella got there and it was appointment time, now at 2.25pm we were told she was running five –ten minutes late then suddenly at 2.30pm we were told she was running 2-3hours late and we should just sit and wait?
We asked to see the practice supervisor and who should appear but the Russian woman who had been telling 5-10minutes late right up till 5 minutes before, and according to her the three hour wait happened every day and we should suck it up?
Ella read them the riot act got their corporate number and address and we left. So Tuesday Ella walks to their midtown office and tells them what happened ,their first response was big deal why shouldn’t someone told 5 minutes suddenly have to wait 3 hours!now remember this isn’t a public emergency room this is an expensive private practice.
After Ella finished with them they had found a replacement doctor 25 blocks closer (only 6 miles to roll this time) and assured us the practice was informed the appointment book rearranged and a doctor had been read in and I had an appointment for tomorrow which is Friday?
Sounds good right

So that was Tuesday, Wednesday we get a call confirming in the morning ,then in the afternoon we get another call “that doctor never practices Friday you have to reappoint” ???

So not only does incompetence and stupidity trickle down from the top, so does lying? No doctor was read in or spoken to, no appointment book was cleared they just used the old “lie to them ” to get them out of the building.
yeah Hippocrates would have rolled over in his grave at this representation of medicine.

So, we have *medical practices who steal someone else’s front door for their website

* lie to you about where they are

*they suddenly after you have been there an hour tell you to sit down and shut up and wait 3 hours

*then their management lies to you
1/THEY set up appointments with doctors who know nothing about IT
2/they make arrangement on days their not there But you get called the troublemaker?


Australian Labor party to block payment scheme for intellectually disabled workers

The Australian Labor party is seeking to amend the legislation to allow workers to accept a payment without giving up their right to pursue other claims. Photo: Jessica Hromas
Labor will oppose Coalition proposals which would require intellectually disabled workers to waive their right to make discrimination claims in return for a payment.

The Senate is considering Abbott government proposals for a scheme to provide payments to workers whose wages were calculated using a tool which the Federal Court found discriminated against people with intellectual disability.

Under the scheme, in return for a payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their owed wages, workers, some of whom were paid less than $1 an hour, would give up their right to sue the government for back pay.

But Labor will seek to amend the legislation to allow workers to accept a payment without giving up their right to pursue other claims.

Labor will also seek to strengthen safeguards around provisions which would allow the secretary of the Department of Social Services to appoint a person to accept a payment on behalf of a worker.

The government announced the payment scheme proposal in January after law firm Maurice Blackburn lodged a class action to recover lost wages for the 10,000 workers.

If the government does not accept its amendments, Labor will vote against the bill.

“Labor wants to ensure people with disability can find work and receive fair pay for the work they do,” Labor’s spokeswoman on disability reform, Jenny Macklin said.

“Labor urges the government to get on with putting in place a long-term solution that will see people with disability receive fair pay, and ensure people with disability have every right to work.”

Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said late on Wednesday that Labor had not circulated its amendments, but he hoped it was not seeking to scuttle the bill, and deprive people with disability of the choice to receive payments from the proposed scheme.

“This would leave them with no option but to participate in a potentially lengthy legal battle with an uncertain outcome,” Senator Fifield said.

Senator Fifield has previously warned there was a risk of job losses if the payment scheme was blocked, because disability enterprises had raised concerns about the potential financial threat arising from accruing contingent liability.

The Greens appear likely to also vote against the scheme, but it could still pass with the support of the Palmer United Party and other crossbench senators. The Palmer United Party’s position was unclear late on Wednesday.

Groups including People with Disability Australia, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, the National Council on Intellectual Disability, and Disability Advocacy Network Australia this week sent a letter to senators urging them to reject the bill, and calling on the government to negotiate a compensation settlement with the workers.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has granted the Commonwealth an exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act to allow disability enterprises to continue paying workers wages assessed using the discriminatory tool until April next year.

Senator Fifield last week announced $173 million in funding to help disability employers move to new wage arrangements.

An ‘ex-gay’ pastor has been arrested over accusations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy.

As my readers know I am not a member of the christian Faith but I can go toe to wheel with any christian qouting verse and chapter of all versions of the bible.
There is a verse in the bible that goes something like ” beware of those who come in the last days in my name for I know them not”
This pervert screams he is a man of god so loud the children he molests screaming god no can’t be heard.

Duane Youngblood, who is a pastor at the Higher Call World Outreach Church in Pittsburgh, in 2006 wrote a book titled: “Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living The Lie”
However, according to CBS, he has been arrested, after allegedly assaulting a teenage boy dozens of times between 2009 and 2011.
The victim, who is now 21, told police he was assaulted over a period of two and a half years, while Youngblood was supposed to be counselling him in the church.
According to the complaint, during the victim’s first counselling session, when he was 16, Youngblood took him to a back room and asked him to pull his trousers down, before touching him inappropriately.
Across 30 to 40 counselling sessions, the victim claims that abuse took place in around 25 of them.
The complaint says that after one incident, Youngblood told the victim: “We are not going to speak about this.”
The complaint also says that Youngblood showed a pornographic video to the victim on his computer, and asked him if he liked it.
Youngblood was previously sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation in 2006, after he was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy.

You say I attract trouble, I say what happened that so many think the disabled are fair game?

Noone who knows me will argue with the next statement, “I am a hot head I can’t stand but I don’t stand for bullshit” You can, to use the sweet American term “cuss” me out all day up hill and down dale but where I come from people have manners
When I grew up and when my son was brought, up you stepped aside for the aged, the pregnant and the disabled, you said please and thankyou and excuse me.
Yesterday Ella and I decided we needed new towels and sheets so we have a major shopping mall near us, like a small westfield. So we rolled about 20 blocks to get there.
As we got a block from the entrance we had to travel under a bridge, now the local county is refurbishing the underside so half the side walk is taken by construction fence, the amount left is so narrow if I go fast my wheels drop into the gutter so it is slowly slowly going.
As we got to the brick wall that is the start of the bridge the sidewalk narrows from 8 feet to barely 30 inches ( my chairs width) As we closed on the start of the narrow section with less than 12 inches between my chair and the wall a middle aged Chinese guy without saying a word stepped over my lap and my wheels coming so close to my thigh I would swear in a court of law he wasn’t wearing underwear because I felt the goods drag across my thigh!

By the time I said it he was ten feet in front, he turned and in a very heavy Asian accent started screaming something about “fuck you you no say thing you motherfucker fuck you shut the fuck up”
Stunned at the f-bomb tirade I said out loud “WOW WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT” so from then on he spent the rest of the 100 or so feet under the bridge and the 50 yards from the bridge to the crosswalk directly before the entrance to call me everything he could that had the word fuck or mother fucker in it.
As fate would have it we arrived at the police and security controlled crosswalk at the same time, but with three or four people between us. The whole time he kept up the f-bomb tirade, but it all changed as we started to cross the crosswalk, he realizing he couldn’t scare me started in on Ella he called her first a fucking whore stunned I said “ what the fuck did you say?” his reply “fuck you and your fucking slut” Well as my Adelaide friends can tell you, when we grew up you can f-bomb us all day but you insult our mom our sisters our wives or any other female member of the clan and you will apologize.
Whenever I cross any cross walk to get up the other side I have to speed up to make it up the ramp in one go, so as I did this he stopped on the other side continuing to call Ella disgusting names. I spun to face him and screamed “you called my wife what?” Before I could prepare he punched me with both hands in the chest and my chair flipped backwards and my head smacked the ground.
Well it happened infront of two licenced security guys one an off duty NYPD officer, he was screaming he did nothing wrong security told him to shut up.
The police arrived and he was charged with felony 1st grade assault and damage to property ( yes my poor chair).

I posted a brief account on face book an old high school friend whom I love dearly comented and another woman made a comment to the effect “you attract crazies” the comment annoyed me.
Why did it annoy me? Yes in the last 6 months I have been hit by a hit and run driver and now this. On the surface I attract crazies, but if we give into that we are giving into the real problem. That problem is we have a generation of people that have drunk the koolaid and think manners are a waste of time, and respect was just the bridge to an Aretha franklin song.
Parents these days allow the household electronics to raise their children, they outsource everything they can to after school activities and the closest kids get these days to playing out side after school is playing Farmville on their computer or smart phone.
There is no family module to tell the children that respect is necessary, that antisocial behavior such as described above should never be tolerated. It’s not just the kids, and I’m sorry you can call me racist but there is a link missing in the Asian immigrant community in New York.
I have lived in flushing, Queens New York for 9 years, 90% of my neighborhood are Korean or Chinese. No matter how nice you are, no matter how hard you try they never speak to non Asians. They never say excuse me, they never say sorry, they push past you roughly and they act like the fool above. Their children are left to run around stores they are never told to stop, they will run up and deliberately scream in my service dogs face or throw objects at him and the parents laugh. If you dare say as I had to yesterday ”please keep your child away from my dog “you get abused. No I am not exaggerating, no I am not being racist, don’t believe me? come visit and walk a little behind me.
They do not like to even see the disabled on the street, I have had them scream at me “I shouldn’t have to see ugly disabled you should stay home”.
The really sad thing Is I have been to their native lands and in those countries they are polite, it seems when they landed at jfk and were asked “anything to declare” they said yes I am American now I will be rude obstinant and uncaring. They turned the American dream into the American nightmare for anyone not of their race.
I chose to live here because of my experiences in their countries, I am Buddhist I live on Asian food and try my hardest to be a good neighbor, sadly it is truly a one sided affair .
So to my Aussie friend no I don’t attract crazies, society has fallen so far that people think so little of anyone other than themselves that they would sink morally low enough to condone attacks on the disabled and elderly. To blame the disabled victim is as equally heinous as telling a woman she got raped because of her mini skirt.
It’s not just America it is the entire modern world, wake up parents stop phoning it in stop allowing youtube and Instagram to shape the future of your children, and to my immigrant neighbors leave your manners in your luggage and unpack them respectfully you need them here just like you need them back home.

Wheelchair user forced to crawl up 2 flights of stairs at subway station

Another adventure on NYC thanks to how unpredictable our subway system is here, myself, my partner and my service dog were told that the subway at Queensboro Plaza that we normally take into Manhattan was not running, but of course that wasn’t revealed until we got there. We were assured that there would be a fully wheelchair accessible trip if we stayed on the 7 train to Grand Central and then took the 4 to Union Sq. Sure we got to Union Square ok but then found there were no elevators from the platform to where the elevators to the street level existed. nice! So off I went, with Ella carrying my chair and walking the service dog… I pushed myself by my arms up two sets of stairs.

Congrats MTA


When I was a small child I used to watch the fighting in Vietnam knowing I had family members over there and I asked my mom “WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING?”
When My brother came into my bed every night and raped me I screamed into the darkness of my mind “WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING?” My question was never answered
When the PLO killed the Israeli Olympic team I again asked myself why doesn’t somebody do something?
As the years went on and I grew and had a family, a divorce and came out so many times when doctors, lawyers wives and family did wrong to me and to the world when world Leaders committed genocide when countries turned inward on each other and when my son was born seriously disabled and spent months in a nicu humidicrib I screamed at the universe
Many years went by and one day I found myself disabled and sentenced to life in a chair so I started a blog,yes the one you’re reading. Oneday I asked a friend, a devout Buddhist who has devoted his life to the Buddhas teachings what he thought about my writing, and in a brogue Scottish accent he breathed and said “WELL MY FRIEND IF YOU MUST HAVE A PITY PARTY AT LEAST GET IT FUCKING CATERED!”
I thought for a few days “how dare he, how unBuddhist what does he know?”

I eventually realized all these years I had screamed “FOR GODSAKE WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY BLOODY WELL DO SOMETHING?”

This realization that I was the somebody, that I had been screaming for for so long led to other realisations.
For years since my world with my family fell apart I had kept my whole world in two army bags, so I could keep running from demons, from those who ruined my life, from all that was terrifying. But the day I realized I was the somebody I screamed for, was the same day I realised the demons I ran from for over thirty years were in those bags, were in me.
And that day I realized you can’t run from who you are, you can’t run from those who hate ,from those who wish to do you harm you can’t scream
you simply one day must stop, breathe unpack the bags,the demons and all and yell instead
This won’t take the boogeyman from under the bed overnight, ,this won’t take the monsters from the darkness of my memory, this won’t take your demons or your monsters away in the same flash as they jump into your dreams every night.
But if we all stop running today, if we all stand together and if we all yell to the universe I AM THE SOMEBODY AND I’M HERE TO DO SOMETHING AND STOP IT ALL HERE we just might get through it together.

If you live with PTSD, if you live with night terrors, with flashbacks if at three in the morning your molestor from decades ago is back on top, back inside you again please know you’re not alone. Every day you make it, you kick the monster. If you reach down and help the next survivor coming up behind you, we can push the monsters back into the dark and out from under the bed, out of your bed out of your head and soul and show those who came to do us harm there is nowhere in the world where they will be tolerated.
Nowhere where monsters can hide because my strength, your strength, our combined strength will stand against it all and if we can stand together no one can stand against us.
Please be here tomorrow, to my friends in uniform thankyou for your service, you are not alone and you have people who care.

How to be invisible in a city of 8 million have a seizure and no one notices

As I told all of you last night this morning was my first session with a new therapist, it went well and I’ll see her again.
Going well with a PTSD specialist means I had a emotional stressed out morning recounting my demons so in a short a nightmare.
To reward myself I went to my favorite watering hole. For. French fries and a beer.The coffee shop restaurant union square seats 100 with another,50 at the bar. The only space available for Zeus and I was the very end of the bar right at the back by the kitchen halfway through my lunch my aura hit it was about 1.30ish next I know the manager is asking me to quiet Zeus he was tapping the people next to me and barking .they had it seemed turned their back,three bar staff and a dozen wait staff did nothing no one saw the woman in the chair convulsing or slumped. Twenty minutes past and nothing. I have been called many things in my life but invisible is not one of them ,but today in NYC in one of the trendiest glitterati hangouts where billy connoly has his own table I achieved invisibility.for all they knew I could have died ,I thought my morning was bad enough but this freaked me the fuck out. So here I am in union square, maybe you just walked past me? Who knows I am it seems after all the invisible woman !