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September 7, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

In the Realm of Rotten

Plants. Green grass and delicate white mushroom/ toadstool (© Image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted).

And what magic is this? (© Image)

A kingdom seen with conflicting views: either as mourners, cleaners, or dreamers.

Something fed it, lead it, encouraged it. Rot normally notably present.

A biological frontier to Mycologists of NAMA. Mesmerizing inspiration to writers and cooks.

Thoughtful muses perched.

Group of colorful reddish mushroom or toadstools. (© Image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Chubbies like apples.Hoping to be cast in a musical or animated series?(© Image)

Plant. fluffy tan toadstool or mushroom in mulch. (© Image all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

Everything has its’ moment of beauty. Shouldn’t be rushed. Should be enjoyed when it’s short time arrives.(© Image)

Rot has a role – in human society, too. A rich, fertile undergrowth unseen, but doesn’t mean it’s not present. Change pops up like Whack-a-mole.

Some are not allowed to ask “Why?”

…especially in a local hotel’s Starbucks during a Muslim conference when wearing a t-shirt proclaiming “I’m an Ex-Muslim ask me why”.

Nope. Not a Christian convert – an Atheist. (Story here)

That group is also a little miffed that their request for a logo decorated cake by a Muslim bakery didn’t get the attention other cake fight did.

. Three colorful red and yellow mushrooms/ toadstools (© Image: No permissions granted, All rights reserved, copyrighted)

Dressed in carnival colors for the State Fair?(© Image)

Some prefer to remain anonymous – camouflaged in life.

Just happily growing their own way.

Quietly doing what needs to be done.

Plant. Toadstool/ mushroom that is almost invisible in bark mulch. (© Image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Almost invisible in bark mulch.(© Image)

The next time you see your doctor or surgeon, ask him or her (if there’s time – docs are now employees of big hospital system / healthcare provider corporations and have been told to keep patient visits between 10-15 minutes or less…and get the codes in the medical records updated/billing within 24 hours of the appointment) – inquire how when was the last time he/she was able to get a full night of uninterrupted sleep. When was the last time they spent a whole Friday afternoon to Monday morning with their kids and family without being interrupted by call from patients, hospital, or their answering service.

Recently more and more of the docs I know are saying things similar to this:

“Medicine isn’t the “easy street” some want to believe. We’ve worked 80 hours/week, awake for 36 hours in a row, then face unionized staff that seemingly can’t ever be fired despite years of endless misconduct as well as patients that attempt to bribe us by threatening to complain to medical boards, online. unless we give them exactly what they want – often opioids!”

Few realize that on top of college and medical school debt, the first few years 4-5 year residents basically earn per hour less than counter help at last food restaurants.

And there’s the constant lack of sleep and exhaustion.

What happened in education years ago, is now happening in medicine: conditions get so bad, people walk away.

Please take time to read: 

“Demise of medicine”  by Virginia Thornley, M.D. “

If this rotten situation continues it is simply a matter of time before it affects you or yours.

White sombrero-like Mushroom against green grass and concrete. (© Image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

An event venue tent for frog couples who are done with courting and ready to sing at their supper?(© Image)

How these little odd things suddenly seem to appear out of thin air is baffling.

Probably grows from old shrimp boil and beer cooler drainings.

 Cluster of large white mushroom on grass (© Image: all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

Forgotten frisbees? (© Image)

 Large mound of big white mushrooms. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Called Jessica’s Village. Pop up housing that might weather rain, but doesn’t stand a chance against her small son’s sneakers. It’s his job: building inspector.(© Image)

“Life is like riding a bicycle. TO keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Albert Einstein)

He also said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

I image you’re ready to move on now, so have a great weekend.

(Once again rotten forecasted for here. Sigh.)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

And these pictures are so much more magical than mine…


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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 7 2018 6:51 am

    I hope for a weekend with a relaxing time together from tonight till moanday… and for a night with uninterrupted and nightmareless sleep … a lot of imagination, so a lot of intelligence… according to Mr. E.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 7:15 am

      Squirrels! Lots of squirrels of aol species scampering about before the rain reappears! Does it get any better than that? Have a great weekend and thanks for chasing a thought this way.

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  2. memoirsofahusk / Sep 7 2018 6:58 am

    I absolutely love this post. So to the point. And for someone living with the UK’s fabulous but over-stressed/-stretched medics, this is almost heartening reading as it reinforces what we all know, privatisation/commercialisation does not make healthcare more caring but more ruthless and opportunistic and money grabbing. Grubbing? Rotten, anyway.

    In Zambia there are mushrooms that grow to one metre (a yard or so) across – small antelopes shelter under them from rain in the rainy season 🙂 If I could I would post a picture for you – women stand by the side of the road and sell them in the mushroom season along with bowls of bright red chanterelles.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 8:22 am

      Those mushrooms are real and not imaginary! Alice and Wonderland cool! Must find picture.
      The US healthcare system is a hybrid right now – an intended step towards single payer -it is totally ripped a part a functioning system resulting in battered overworked healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, PA, techs) which is basically under control of the large insurance companies (who have clerks with no medical degrees/training telling docs how to do their jobs and what procedures they can use and pay as little as possible for treatments despite the high price insurance premiums) and the giant hospital systems (who have bought up smaller often doctor funded or regional hospitals, now have doctors as employees so the corporation feel like the companies have every tight to tell doctors how to work and treat, have no problem hiring the lowest paid people available for the health care “teams”). Government mandates along with electronic records (and all the insurance forms, Mal practice insurance which in this society of people so quick to sue..) have made it practically impossible for doctors to form their own practices and work for themselves – and for their patients’ best care and outcomes. Then there’s the Pharmaceutical companies that push cheaper forms of drugs made overseas and hold pricing much too high. My father-in-law who was an old time caring doctor said insurance companies would be the death of goo medical care in this country – and that anytime a large hospital corporation came to town, patient care went down. He was right. The ER’s are more crowded than ever – although we were assured this new healthcare system would mean people would stop going there, people would go to docs/clinics for preventative care and check ups which would lower costs to us all…but not happening.
      Glad you are managing OK there. You’re right that big business control – but with either government or for profit corporations – there will be problems with patient care, costs, and treatment. From what I hear from people in the UK, the system is great there if you are young, healthy, with no big problems – otherwise, waiting for treatment is a concern – and in some cases that delay can be/is deadly.
      Many Canadian docs who relocated here in the 80’s who are looking at despair at the changes in this system. Some are retiring. The younger ones unsure where to land. According to the young Canadian docs who like to come here for fellowship and advanced training (really happy while here they can get their own medical procedures done quickly here before going home where the wait would be “forever because their system is so jammed and non emergencies get pushed back”) tell us that in Canada’s single payer system, docs are limited to a set salary so once they reach that number, they can either work for free or sit at home. Most docs don’t like to sit around and twiddle their thumbs, they like making people well, so many get work permits and in the US until their salary “year” starts over in Canada.
      Health care is a real problem. The solution hasn’t been found yet, but meanwhile for holding costs down, not killing our medical people with over work – and to muzzle the big corporations, boutique practices are starting up – Private practice means more control by doctors over patient care (and they can have a life, too) with, more personal and usually lower care for patients. The government needs to block big hospital mergers and mandate the breakup of a couple of the huge hospital corporations as they are hindering patient care and not improving it or lowering the costs. The government should tell insurance companies to stop practicing medicine without a license. And stop limiting patient care “because it is not cost effective” and the person is old, already too sick, treatment will not really cure the problem although it may extend life or improve quality of life. (Yes. That is happening.If you are determined, know laws and patients rights, and willing to battle the insurance appeals process, you can succeed…if time is not critical. Insurance company people are rewarded for not giving out treatment money to patients and denying claims which saves the company money…)
      Locally we have always cared for people and children who are sick and need care voluntarily. ERs in this state must treat anyone who shows up without any questions. We fly in injured critical hurt people from all over the world…and treat for free or funded by charities. Some big hospital systems are now instructing their employees to ship/transfer some off on some other group/hospital so they will not have to pay for them.
      Personal responsibility also comes into play. Take care of your own health or pay the consequences. Ride a motorcycle, do risky behavior, eat excessively, smoke and drink all you like, but don’t expect society and others to pay for what results from your actions.
      Yeah, that’s harsh. Reality is often rotten.
      Sorry this is so long. Medicine is a complex situation many are totally unaware of – until too late. I would not be surprise if docs unionize or walk out some day.
      Thanks for starting up the conversation! (and those mushrooms are so cool! Appreciate that too!)

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      • memoirsofahusk / Sep 11 2018 3:53 am

        Phew, too much to say in response, but yes, the full solution has not yet been found. I would mostly defend the quality of our healthcare system though it is not perfect – my experience of it so far has been good. My local GP surgery is brilliant and I have never had to wait to see anyone if urgent attention was needed. If you can’t get a same day appointment, for example, you can sit and wait till someone is free to see you. And don’t forget appointments are free, we only have to pay a standard amount towards prescriptions, no matter how expensive the drug or treatment. A few years ago it was better but since the financial crash the government has been responsible for starving the system of needed investment and thus increasing waiting times. Now Brexit is resulting in serious staff shortages. I do believe though that the more it has involved vast numbers of managers and the further it has moved from being a personal caring profession – nurses now need a degree – and the more services are outsourced as business decisions the less humane it has become.
        In your country – and no doubt others where insurance pays – I suspect there is unnecessary care given to some of the richer elderly, or the ones with all-encompassing insurance. It seemed to me that at times my father in law’s care went way beyond what was normal, sensible, effective or even desirable – but that may be just my odd view. I do know that fraud is rife in the ‘industry’ as a relative worked uncovering it for many years.
        Hey ho.
        I’ll send you pictures of the mushrooms if I can find them 😉


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2018 8:08 am

          Hi! Glad you and your are cared for well. We have business associates there who say as long as you are young/ in good health it’s great. Here like there, there’s been a huge increase in the numbers of “administrators” or managers in the hospital systems – with big salaries…more than doctors. Seems like an odd idea to improve actual patient care. My neighbor across the street grew up in London and has siblings still there. When he retired, we we afraid he would pack up and return home, but he said,
          “No way. He had medical conditions and got immediate and better car here.” We do enjoy his sisters visits each year – they are a real hoot and enjoy traveling.
          It was better when people themselves paid the medical bills then collected what was due from the insurance companies – now the hospitals and docs bill direct – and that’s where the refusal to pay full amounts/ refusal to pay for treatment/ procedures the doc feels are necessary. The docs and hospitals now must check to see if the insurance will cover and how much of it. Fraud on both ends can happen – which drives up prices for everyone –
          If you are not poor enough/old enough to be in the federal health system (or if you have “good” insurance), you as a patient are charged full prices to subsidize the indigent people and those treated for free. The middle class those who pay themselves get poorer treatment, attention, and care than those who have never put one dime into the system. Also the insurance companies work together – and the federal government to determine what each treatment/procedure will be paid to the hospital or massive healthcare system (doctors are employees by them).
          I have no problem getting appointments when I want – my last one was paid by the insurance company for $5.00…which I feel is embarrassingly low for a seasoned doctor. All insurance coverage is the same now for everyone here – the only difference is if you want to have a lower deductible, you have to pay higher premiums. Always a gamble. It would be better if you could just pay for the insurance you need…seriously men and older women do not need to be paying for pregnancy coverage and women do not need to be paying for prostrate issues or testosterone deficiency…and then there’s the coverage for sex changes. People should have choices of insurance coverage as they used to.We don’t now. All standardized coverage no matter age, sex, or finances.
          The major focus of this post was more about the poor treatment of Doctors by the hospital and healthcare systems which are becoming monopolies. It is brutal. Doctor suicide rate is skyrocketing. Doctors also have a high rate of cancer which researchers believe is due to constant stress, constantly interrupted sleep, and sleep deprivation – as well as unrealistic expectations by society. I dread each fall’s new season of tv shows about medicine – people think that’s reality for doctors. Nuts.
          No matter where you are, the elderly and sick need an advocate and family member on site – just makes sure they are treated well.
          Wonder is those mushrooms inspired Alice in Wonderland? They remind me of some really big Lily pads that were big enough to sit on.

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          • memoirsofahusk / Sep 12 2018 4:19 am

            There is a lot of misinformation around about our health service. A British born but Texas resident friend of my mother in law believed our health service was dire because women over 70 (like her) could no longer have mammograms – in fact, though they are not automatically called for them they can have them as regularly as anyone else simply by opting to do so. Just a small example. And as with crime, the ‘feeling’ is often different (worse) from the real experience (I can vouch for that) as a result of media coverage. Your associates in the UK may be more right about social care and the age of the sufferer than the actual healthcare service from which it is (idiotically) separated and separately (locally) funded because the government wanted to transfer its austerity measures’ impacts down the foodchain. Grrr.
            Mushrooms. Will find and send. They have huge lily pads in Kew Gardens in London in the hothouses .


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2018 8:02 am

            Grr indeed. Same story – different cast of characters.
            Despite the Cancer Society here complaining, Fed real guidelines here do not recommend/want to pay for automatically without a determined doctors behind their patient mammograms for older women…part of what is called cost vs reward concept of “will proposed treatment/procedure/medication actually cure the problem (ands make them “all better”) and is it worth it if the patient is “in their final years as it won’t actually fix them totally up” – this is an actual policy to keep “unnecessary” spending low – quietly written into the HCA and the insurance companies love it. I know several doctors who treat older patients who fight this treatment rationing constantly. One ended up after multiple calls and hours spent trying to get approval to operate until he finally shouted at the clerk with no medical training only a script “What do you want me to tell the woman? I could fix this and improve your quality of life tremendously, but they won’t give approval and pay for it even though you have insurance?” The hospital administration “committee” who gets together and can over rule their own doctors, decided to move out to nursing home somewhere else. No wonder doctors feel defeated. You must have a strong advocate if you end up needing medical care. Or be one of the elites who can afford to hire private nursing in your own specially equipped home.
            With crime and medical care, no one will watch out for you as well as you can yourself.Media hysterics has become so common, who can take anything they say seriously? But can you believe Austin, TX city council decide and ah instructed law enforcement the following are no longer crimes and police are not supposed to worry about: hot check writing, shoplifting, fraud and theft under $1,000.00. The police there says it will lower reported crime rates, but only because those things are not reported…they are still criminal activity…ask those impacted by them…Reminds me of the year it was discovered that Houston’s crime rate was nationally reported as so low for years when actually they were only reporting the solved crimes…not all the ones sitting around unsolved. People and date. So easy to interpret creatively.
            It was Kew Gardens! Sigh. I’ve always run out of time before I get there, but next time I swear it goes to the top of the list along with the Victoria and Albert Museum. London is truly the treasure chest of the world.

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  3. memoirsofahusk / Sep 7 2018 6:59 am

    Oh – and thanks for Einstein on imagination – makes me feel better about ‘wasting’ my time writing!


  4. Littlesundog / Sep 7 2018 7:43 am

    Love the Einstein quotes! A couple of decades ago FD and I met a family from Denmark while on vacation. The mother worked for the health system there and she remarked how horrible things were in Denmark for anyone with serious health issues. She said the Americans had the skinny on healthcare. (She often attended world symposiums on healthcare). I’d love to hear her thoughts now on the demise of American health (obesity, diabetes and numerous health issues due to the American diet) and the healthcare system. FD and I just try to live a healthy lifestyle and hope we do not have to rely on the system at all.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 8:30 am

      People from all over the world fly here for care for several reason: medical advancements, expertise and skill, compassion, – and most of all, they do not have to wait as they would in their own countries. There are constant stories of terribly injured children and adults who are flown in from disasters/ medical issues they were born with coming here for free treatment or paid for by charities. Under this new system, not sure how much longer we will be able to sustain that latter. With the mass migration of people, Europe’s health care system is crashing.
      People think health care is bad here should travel a bit and explore how the rest of the world lives.
      You are right. Personal responsibility. Dad always said “No one will take care of you as well as you will take care of yourself.”
      Thanks for the wise remarks


  5. Kate Crimmins / Sep 7 2018 7:54 am

    There was a time when I thought about the medical field. Couldn’t be a nurse — body fluids and all that but a problem solving doc appealed. Unfortunately I was not willing to give away 10 years of my life to accomplish it even if the rewards later on would be great.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 8:36 am

      Problem solving and the mystery is appealing. One young doc we know works in infectious disease and that research and patient groups. …now there’s a fascinating “crime” scene, but …uh…infectious diseases….
      Thanks for making an appointment to comment

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  6. Xena and Lucy / Sep 7 2018 7:57 am

    “The minute medicine became profit-centered and not patient-centered was the beginning of the end of healthcare as we knew it. ” I knew the drug companies were only interested in $. Now I add the insurance companies to my list. Should have been aware. Just saw bills being paid. Got to stop hiding under the mushroom umbrella. Oh, and I love your fungus pictures.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 8:42 am

      Thanks for highlighting that quote.
      A wakeup call about large hospital corporations, greedy monster insurance companies and Pharmaceutical giants that needs to be heard. Best advice right now, is don’t get sick – and if you do have a determined advocate by your side.
      If it rains as predicted here for the weekend, the mushrooms may provide more illustrations of organic buildings. The kids love to kick them, but having looked closely, they are almost like little works of art. Beauty flourishes despite all!
      Thanks for wandering by to chat

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  7. ShimonZ / Sep 7 2018 8:29 am

    A strong post. Enjoyed it immensely.


  8. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Sep 7 2018 1:01 pm

    Really enjoyed the photos of those delicate and pretty fungi– do you have the fairy rings in TX or is it just in slower/less populated areas? So disheartening about our healthcare. Even their employees are in our boat– they won’t treat their own any better than the rest of us. Hmmm dragonflies are aka ‘snake doctors’ – wonder if they are accepting new patients?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2018 1:20 pm

      I keep looking for Fairy Rings, but that convention must be out of town…or little feet are getting to them before I do. HAHA
      Few doctors have employees any more: the receptionist, the appointment desk, the office staff, the nurses, the PAs are all hired cheaply and paid poorly by the hospital/healthcare corporations. (and the salaries of hospital administrators/CEO is jaw dropping). Sigh.
      There’s always the Medicine Wheel and adopting the Native American tradition of Walking in Beauty / living in harmony. Not such a bad idea
      Thanks for dancing with the ring around with the mushrooms!


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 7 2018 7:10 pm

    Those mushrooms are magnificent, are they all edible? Although why would you want to eat something so delightful to the eye?
    As for the American system of medicine and health care, I’m just so glad I live in Australia; even our doctors and nurses seem to be happy with their lot, sometimes the nurses have a grouch about more pay, but not very often,
    When I spent a month in hospital (at no cost to me) in 2015 I was attended by the happiest group of people I could ever wish to meet. Not one complaint from any of the medical staff the whole time I was there.
    Still I suppose you wouldn’t expect anything else from SOCIALIZED MEDICINE would you?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 8 2018 5:51 pm

      Wuldn’t munch on any of these without checking with an expert…or maybe not anyway as multiple dogs seem eager to keep them watered and fertilized. Lack of caution might mean a return trip to the clinic. HAHA.
      Australia is so lucky to have a stable-isn population and one where residents tend to live healthy lifestyles (other than too much sun and skin cancer). Also wise is a merit based/ income requirement immigration policy so those that are using services have paid their share into the system. Our ERs which are mandated to treat anyone who shows up regardless of status or ability to pay are just swamped…something they said the last attempt to “fix” health care was supposed to eliminate. Didn’t, made worse.
      Still the focus of this post was not universal/socialized health care, but the conditions doctors are working under now that the majority have no choice except work for giant hospital corporations. Perhaps you didn’t have time to explore the article by a neurologist. It’s an eye opener to the general public who is totally unaware of what it happening – and why the docs only spend 10-15 min with them during appointments…and to why patient care is getting so poor. Few realize the extremely high rate of suicides among doctors now (due to working conditions and unreal expectations by corporations who seem to think docs are robots) and few understand there is an extremely high rate of cancer among doctors (general consensus is that years and years of lack of sleep, interrupted sleep, and work stress. Suggesting doctors need to seek help – as in stress reduction techniques or “talking to someone about feelings” will not reduce the suicides. It’s the working conditions!)
      Only when the US breaks up the massive for profit hospital corporation monopolies, mandates insurance stop practicing medicine and stop having clerks and bean counters telling doctors what treatments/procedure/medication should be used, and muzzle the giant pharmaceutical companies, will health care here improve – even if it is a single payer universal coverage health care system. Medicine will be just like the education system: bad working conditions untended forced so many talented, devoted people to walk away because it just isn’t worth it. They will work you until you drop dead on the ground, and the corporation just steps over you, hires cheaper, less trained people and keeps going. The patients – the public loses.
      (I paid $5.00 the last dr. visit(15 min) – not bad, even if not socialized medicine? But I have paid in a ton over the years)
      Thanks for giving the comment basket a shot in the arm!
      (and apologies for slow return visits – all the rain means many more escorted dog walks instead of backyard visits!)


  10. Laurie / Sep 9 2018 7:12 pm

    Loved the mushroom pictures. They are what drew me to the post. I am fascinated by mycology and would love to be able to identify edible mushrooms.

    The American system of healthcare is antiquated. We need to catch up with the rest of the world and institute a one-payer system. Our system is too costly and does not serve the majority of patients very well.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2018 11:47 am

      Gads more rain – and redevelopment of the mushroom villages are quick and plentiful. That convention in the video did look fascinating.
      The medical system isn’t working (here or just about any where from what I hear from doctors and staff as they return from conferences). The current system is a hybrid – one step away from when life expectancy was less, few miracle drugs and treatments, infant mortality was almost expected, many children never made it to adulthood – basically only the hardy, strong survived – and even then not all that long. People didn’t have expectations – unreal expectations for medicine and doctors.
      If doctors’ work loads and working conditions are altered, no one will be served. That’s what this post and article are focusing on this time. (comments are all over the place – which is fun!)
      System recovery/redesign will not be painless, quick, or easy.
      Nothing good comes from a monopoly – and that what the large hospital systems have become. Single payer? The feds cannot even manage the Veterans’s hospitals, how can they manage an entire country of open enrollment(regardless of whether any money has been put into the system by each individual of working age)? If you have any relatives/family involved with the VA those, you understand clearly the problems and potential harm to an individual patient.
      Sorry, candidate Cynthia N, “pass and then figure out how to pay for it” doesn’t work in reality – ask anyone with a normal household budget who prefers to live within their means and carry little or no debt…oh, that’s not “normal” as much now?
      In this state , anyone who shows up at the ER is guaranteed treatment regardless of status or ability to pay. The Medical Center is well known for taking in patients from disasters all world – although that in reality means a bed/procedure/treatment is not available for a local resident…but it is the right thing to do. And it is done.
      We actually had well functioning and well used free health care family clinics in multiple schools, until the Health Care Act passed. Those closed as the state and federal money was pulled to fund that initiative and insurance coverage support rebates. Charities could not support the school clinics completely. So now kids are missing classes again with ear aches and minor illnesses and parents/siblings are not getting preventative/medical care.
      Another unpredictable outcome of the HC Act is this: doc operates, and fixes a patient. After a few days stay in hospital and everything is fine, doc sends patient home with specific instructions about wound care, stairs/activities to do or not do, and especially foods that are and are not to be eaten and when to come back for check up. A few days later the patient is in the ER in bad shape because they ate too much of exactly what they were told not to eat or did an activity they were specifically told to avoid – and their actions wrecked all the doc’s effort to fix them…so they are back – which might be OK except the doc has to go back in and fix whatever damage was done and will get NO additional money for their services or treatment because the doctors should have made them well the first time. Great.So fair. No wonder docs are sick and tired of it – not to mention depressed.
      The numerous Canadian docs I know relocated here or come in to work part time once a year because their system was a mess. (discussed in a previous comment)
      Yep, I’d rather go back to doctors’ independent practices where you pay for services/treatment (decided by doctor not an insurance clerk who has a script and not a medical degree) or arrange billing and then the patient – not the doc – contacts their insurance company for reimbursement. ERs and our free clinics provide back up along with Medicare/Medicaid for the vulnerable who need support. Fraud must be dealt with quickly whether it’s patient, hospital, doctor, insurance related.
      Meanwhile No one will take care of yourself as well as you will yourself. Live a healthy lifestyle. Be compassionate with those dealing with health issues or diseases
      Ya know all those people who wail they would love to pay more taxes? Nothing is stopping them from donating money for patient care at any hospital or clinic of their choice….Put money where mouth is, please.
      The middle class is crashing under the burden of so much demand – often by those who have paid nothing into the system although able, by those who make choices like smoking, drinking too much or eating unwisely, or choose dangerous behavior…Why should the average person who tried to take care of themselves and their families be forced to pay for those who don’t? Go ahead do what you want, but when there’s trouble, do not expect society to pay for the results…
      Harsh. I know. Reality, life, and fairness is just that sometimes.
      Meanwhile, stay positive and take care of yourself – that’s the best hope until some miracle occurs….like a meteor HAHA
      Thanks so much for joining the discussion!

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  11. The Hook / Sep 11 2018 6:32 am

    This little slice of the interweb is anything but rotten, old friend.
    Well done as always.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2018 8:11 am

      Such a buffet of humans we both gather stories from. Enjoyed giggling along with yours again. Thanks to stomping around over here…although it’s more sloshing these days…gonna get the dog a rain coat with some water wings


  12. The Coastal Crone / Sep 11 2018 3:43 pm

    We have had rain every day for a week so the fairy mushrooms are abundant. August was totally dry so we can’t complain. Rain and not hurricane…so far…your area of the state always gets more rain than we do. Husband and I spent much of the weekend at a hospital with a relative who had a minor stroke and were reminded of the good and bad of medical care. Loved your magical photos!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2018 6:06 pm

      When you or one of yours feels badly, no matter how good, it’s bad. Hope your relative is back home recovering well. Home is best – otherwise you get no sleep as they are waking you up all the time to see how you are doing. Sleep deprivation is not a healer…that’s bound to be written down somewhere. Ha Ha.
      It’s ben raining 90% of today – lots of wet dog towels draped everywhere. TX City and some parts south of us flooded again – 1-2 feet in some houses and buildings of College of the Mainland. Haul out the ark! The large mushroom village next door that was “deconstructed” Sat. is now back bigger than ever…must manage picture – talk about a building boom.
      Thanks for wasting in to chat


  13. cat9984 / Sep 15 2018 7:55 am

    We are extremely lucky here in southeast Michigan to have two excellent medical schools and four outstanding health systems. However, even here, very few doctors want to go into general practice because of the long hours, relatively low pay, and morass of paperwork and rules. To say nothing of the problems caused by all the drug advertising and Internet research making people think they know more than the doctor.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 17 2018 11:48 am

      They need to ban all tv/media drug advertisements. Glossy and expensive – maybe the savings could lower prescriptions’ costs. You are right about general practice/internaal medicine – low pay yet still all those loans to pay off. But the general surgeons are currently in the major cross hairs: being crushed under the weight of the current hospital systems who are more concerned over profits than taking care of the ones earning the profits. Surgeons hours are unbelievable – much longer than any other types of doctors'(not to mention the paperwork, insurance haggling to allow procedure if the company doesn’t feel it is “cost effective”, the weekend and night calls/hospital duty a generalist doesn’t have). Not to mention the ERs are more full than ever…of those without means to pay (state law says they must be treated for free if they show up).
      Insurance companies, drug companies, and hospital corporations – not working with best patient outcomes, only for profits. Sigh
      Thanks for making an appointment to check in here! Stay well!

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