Declaration of Independence from Political Rants

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Note Added May 2018: Political rants inspired this post in June 2015. This seems a good time to re-publish it. The midterm election season is warming up, and emotional, insulting speech is already circulating. Once again, it’s time for each … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 5 – Surgery Cost: Medicare Coverage and Hospital Staff

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Surgery cost is amazingly high. One part of the reason is the large numbers of staff required to deliver a high quality hospital experience. The tally of my own heart surgery cost illustrates more than anything else how important it … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 4 – Life Beyond: Post Surgery Recovery

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Post surgery recovery is a necessary process before one can feel that they have had surgery success. The surgery itself has one goal: to help you live beyond the surgery. However, before “beyond” comes, you have to get through weeks … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 3 – Valve Surgery Operation & the Intensive Care Unit

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Valve surgery in the heart is a modern miracle. It’s risky. Many precise steps have to occur to attain surgery success. It’s amazing that anyone survives the operation! Here’s a step-by-step guide through a typical heart valve surgery as well … Continue reading