In Honour of Mom

January 30, 2015 7 comments

004 - Copy (9)_2Panayiota (Jan. 26, 1931 – Mar. 31, 1999)

Her long form English name was Patricia.  Canadians called her Pat;  it was Mrs. Savich, to the younger ones that loved her.  Her long form Greek name was Panayiota, and Pota for short.

She was an enthusiastic ball of affection, who took no guff from anyone, and had arms wide enough for everyone.  She was devoted, passionate, feisty and above all, loving.  She rode a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows most of her life, always (and unnecessarily), apologizing for this sweet and precious aspect of her humanity.

She was simply, beautiful.  On her tomb stone it reads, “Compassionate, Beautiful, Indomitable Soul”.

She would have been 84 this year had she miraculously survived ALS.  In 2 months, it will be the 16th anniversary of her death.  And like every year, donating to ALS groups and to pALS is what I do to honour her memory.  I’ve blogged about this disease extensively.

This year, I wanted to do something a bit different.   Read more…

Categories: Dad

Please Donate to Baby Kelel

January 9, 2015 Leave a comment

63520smithersbrotherDominick-WEBI write this One Size Does Not Fit All website for my family and friends.  So when sent me my annual blogger report for 2014, I was surprised to see that my website had been viewed 9800 times last year.  I only have a few handfuls of family members and friends.

I’m a bottom line person so I’ll cut right to the chase.  I’d like whoever is reading this blog to donate money to this infant and his family.  Imagine.  If all 9800 views resulted in a $10 donation, that would be close to $100K.  Obviously, most of the people that read my blog are fly-by-nighters who don’t get much out of reading my boring personal life stories, along with information that I write mostly for my own posterity.  They are people who probably just straggled onto my website inadvertently.

However, then there are folks like YOU, who read my stuff just because it’s me :), or you may be someone I’ve never met before but have a big heart.

Please take a read at Kelel’s story written by Chris Gareau. Read more…

Categories: Uncategorized

Agape: Happy Anniversary

August 27, 2014 3 comments


This blog is for you. Read more…

Categories: Ramblings

Numbers Needed To Treat Or To Harm

August 26, 2014 Leave a comment

imagesWhen it comes to medicine, I would hazard a guess to say that almost every patient I have ever seen has never heard of this concept. As well, I would guess that almost every non-medical friend and family member of mine, does not understand these very important facts.

NNTs (Numbers Needed To Treat) and NNHs (Numbers Needed To Harm) are the most important numbers in the world of scientific medicine for clinical relevancy. Concerning your health and medical treatment, they are fabulous guidelines to make wise decisions from.

You know how some breaking news stories will exclaim, “Treatment XYZ decreases the risk of Disease ABC by 50%!!!”  Not to mention, “40% of the time, Drug JKL is effective for curing Condition PQR!!!” Read more…

Categories: Medicine

Medical Misfit or Free Agent

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment


I used to be a medical misfit.

After a combined almost 40 years in healthcare, nursing and medical practice, I indeed used to think that I was a medical misfit. In the past, when I attended conventional medical conferences, I always had this sense that I didn’t “fit” in. When I attended naturopathic or alternative medical conferences, I also had this sense that I didn’t “fit” in. It used to bother me. It no longer does because I have changed my perspective. I’m not a misfit anymore, I’m a free agent now.

Both the religiosity of science and the religiosity of nature philosophy, for me, never trumped that which was most important and most effective for the patient. Read more…

Categories: Medicine

Do We Benefit From the Death of Our Parents?

DSCN0915This is not a blog about financial inheritance.

This is a blog in response to my brother’s piece entitled, “When Our Parent’s Kick The Bucket”. He writes about the emotional maturity, wisdom, grace and “enlightenment” we can obtain if our parents died early enough at a time in our lives that we could potentially benefit from their demise.

The first time I read his blog, I cried. I cried because anytime someone talks about how incredible our parents were, I’m moved in ways beyond articulation. As well, I liked the idea that I could somehow personally benefit from an experience of grief, like fertilizer for an anticipated bloom; the possible notion that my grief was for some better purpose.

I told him I would comment on his blog after I had come back from a visit with mom and dad out east. Read more…

Categories: Dad, Ramblings

The Art of Medicine

Actually, I could have called this blog “Dr. Pamela Wible MD“, and it would have been just as accurate.

Dr. Wible is a general family physician practicing in Oregon, who, along with her TED talk, has also written a book called ‘Pet Goats and Pap Smears‘.

Every physician must read this book, for their own health and humanity.

Every patient must read this book, so that they can give it to their own physicians. Read more…

Categories: Medicine

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