22 August 2014

For those of you who had expressed concern about the apparent poor handling of my case by the hospital clerical staff

Yesterday, I went back to the hospital to talk to a friendly and cooperative supervisor who apologized for the misinformation I’d been given two days before and for my being turned away and told to get another referral. However, my dentist had nevertheless left out the clinical information on the paper referral and needed to add it, so I visited her and, while I waited, she and her assistant faxed the completed forms to the hospital. This morning, the hospital phoned me to confirm receipt of the completed paperwork, so things are moving. I should soon have an appointment with an oral surgeon.

Also of note, my health‐related posts apparently triggered the Facebook algorithm to show me all my friends’ health‐related posts. I didn’t know we were all in such bad shape. 😉

20 August 2014

At the Secular Humanist Society of New York event last night, one of the organizers called on me to speak by addressing me as “young man.” 😀

20 August 2014

I always overestimate the capacity of my stomach at the buffet, but there were enough sexy guys there that I didn’t mind staying a while. 😋

19 August 2014

What I did today, for those concerned with how my time is occupied by the minutiae of my health care

✓ Had a follow‐up examination by my primary care physician who said my test results were good, that I am not diabetic and that my blood pressure is lower than my prior visit.
✓ Had my dermatology referral changed to a doctor in Elmhurst from one in Forest Hills.
✓ Received the necessary two‐day emergency referral form from my dentist to see oral surgeon number two (along with a prescription for chlorhexidine and an appointment for a cleaning and examination on the Friday after next).
✓ Went to the hospital to be told they cannot give me an appointment with an oral surgeon for over two weeks so my dentist needs to get another referral authorization but for a longer period of time.
✓ Returned to the dentist who was understandably a little angry at the hospital for not being able to see a patient with an emergency referral in the allotted amount of time. Nevertheless, she told me to return tomorrow for a referral with a longer duration.
✓ Filled the chlorhexidine prescription with the very handsome pharmacy worker, marking the first time I have had to pay any money for my treatment (a one‐dollar copayment).

18 August 2014

Health update: I have an appointment with my primary care physician tomorrow, when I should also receive the authorization information from my dentist (in the same office) to see the next oral surgeon. I also have an appointment with a sleep specialist next month, and I want to try to switch dermatologists to a local one, at which time I’ll make an appointment there too. All of a sudden, I’m a busy guy. ☺

17 August 2014

I think the lady walking erratically with her dogs had just been informed by her companion that the people walking behind them were trying to get past when she exclaimed “Send them back to whatever shit country they came from!”

14 August 2014
🔗 “Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; in a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word”

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in …

לורן באקול ז״ל، תרפ״ד–תשע״ד.‏

📰 Enid Nemy with Emma G. Fitzsimmons, “Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; in a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word,” The New York Times, 12 Aug. 2014.

13 August 2014

punkcub replied to your photo “Although the mass on my jaw does concern me the most, planning and…”

… well WOW but also wishing you all the best. but also W O W

Thank you for the well‐wish, my dear. I’ll be posting updates.

12 August 2014
🔗 “Formerly Orthodox, and Struggling for Parental Rights”

I don’t usually post links about children and parenting, but this article is about two persons I know and love and an organization for which I have tremendous respect. It also emphasizes the importance of fathers and of more secular parents to a child’s upbringing.

📰 Melanie Grayce West, “Formerly Orthodox, and Struggling for Parental Rights,” The Wall Street Journal, 11 Aug. 2014.

8 August 2014
Although the mass on my jaw does concern me the most, planning and then taking all the necessary steps to get treated for my various ailments gives me something to do nearly every day. And thanks to Obamacare, it has so far been completely free of charge.
An amusing anecdote: My mother is prone to wild speculations based on little evidence and has repeatedly suggested to me that the mass might be nothing more than dental plaque and thus very easily treatable. I just learned yesterday that when I’m not around she instead speculates that it might be the result of a sexually transmitted disease resulting from oral sex. 😣 שבת שלום.‏
(Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.)

Although the mass on my jaw does concern me the most, planning and then taking all the necessary steps to get treated for my various ailments gives me something to do nearly every day. And thanks to Obamacare, it has so far been completely free of charge.

An amusing anecdote: My mother is prone to wild speculations based on little evidence and has repeatedly suggested to me that the mass might be nothing more than dental plaque and thus very easily treatable. I just learned yesterday that when I’m not around she instead speculates that it might be the result of a sexually transmitted disease resulting from oral sex. 😣 שבת שלום.‏

(Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.)

6 August 2014
The x‐ray at the oral surgeon’s office today revealed a very large, irregular mass (a cystic lesion) along the left side of my lower jaw that appears to have been significantly compromising the bone tissue for quite some time. Because it can only be removed with inpatient surgery, he didn’t do a biopsy but instead referred me to the dental clinic of a hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The biopsy will identify exactly what it is and thus the treatment, but he did discuss with me the possibility of a mandibular resection.
Last modified 14 August 2014.

The x‐ray at the oral surgeon’s office today revealed a very large, irregular mass (a cystic lesion) along the left side of my lower jaw that appears to have been significantly compromising the bone tissue for quite some time. Because it can only be removed with inpatient surgery, he didn’t do a biopsy but instead referred me to the dental clinic of a hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The biopsy will identify exactly what it is and thus the treatment, but he did discuss with me the possibility of a mandibular resection.

Last modified 14 August 2014.

5 August 2014

Brilliant cover version of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want.”

3 August 2014

Some of you may have noticed (or may have had it pointed out to you by me) that I have a sizable lump on the left side of my jaw. I have ignored it for the two or more years that it has been growing because it wasn’t really noticeable by looking at me plus I was waiting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to come into effect this year in order to take care of it.

Despite my also having sleep apnœa (a problem breathing) and high blood pressure—pretty serious illnesses—I was surprised that my doctor was most concerned about the jaw mass, took the time to scold me for not having had it treated earlier and wanted me to be seen by an oral surgeon within a few days. Because only a dentist can refer me to an oral surgeon, I had to go to my new dentist for the first time the following day. She did not give me a cleaning or checkup or a full battery of x‐rays, only one x‐ray where the lump is and a referral form. She also seemed to think this was very important and told me I may have an ameloblastoma.

Of course, I had to go home and look it up. If a biopsy reveals that it is indeed an ameloblastoma, my online research (not necessarily very reliable) suggests I would need to have the majority of the left side of my jaw (along with the teeth attached to it) removed with a major inpatient surgical procedure, to be replaced by a titanium plate. And they would not be able to do it through my mouth but would need instead to cut through my face. I have not been diagnosed with anything yet and I might be jumping to outrageous conclusions, but I won’t say I’m not at least a little scared.

15 July 2014

📆 I wish a ṣom qal צום קל (an easy fast) to all those participating in the concurrent fasts today. Now I think I’ll have some lunch. 😉

14 July 2014

📆 Since it’s Bastille Day ….

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