Sue Falkner Wood

Sue Falkner Wood

Sue Falkner Wood lives in Astoria, Ore. and writes a blog on called “Life with Chronic Pain: A How-to Guide.” She retired from nursing in 1990 because of a chronic cartilage disorder.

Archive: Sue Falkner Wood

The answer is no

Dear Mr. President, You can keep proposing but the answer is still no. Like an obsessed suitor you keep trying to get your way but frankly, this last feeble attempt is worse than the last. The debt, the cuts to...

By Sue Falkner Wood | February 23, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (8)

A boring rehash

Mr. President, if you want to impress the majority of the American public, you have to stop talking and try to listen. It's really very simple. It's not about you. It's about us.

By Sue Falkner Wood | January 28, 2010; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thank you, Massachusetts

I'm thrilled the people of Massachusetts have chosen this route. I fear the powers in Washington, D.C. are determined to ram this terrible piece of legislation down our throats and will attempt to do so.

By Sue Falkner Wood | January 20, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

This nasty mess

Prepare yourselves for loss of care, further defection of physicians, infectious attitude changes of such a proportion that chaos will be the final result.

By Sue Falkner Wood | January 13, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Boobs behaving badly

I am speaking of the boobs who fancy themselves intelligentsia with enough knowledge of us common folk to risk the lives of young women and some men, everywhere.

By Sue Falkner Wood | December 10, 2009; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dear Harry...

Dear Harry, Do you have a match? If not, a cigarette lighter will do.

By Sue Falkner Wood | November 30, 2009; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the rush?

No, it is not necessary to pass this confusing, verbose mess of legislation this year.

By Sue Falkner Wood | November 16, 2009; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why not start with self-responsibility by each individual?

We, as adult citizens, with free choice should be allowed to take care of our own health. Each time you pick up a cigarette, you're making a decision. Each time you overeat and don't exercise, you know what you are...

By Sue Falkner Wood | November 4, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

America has the best health-care system

Let us not allow ourselves and our politicians to create a crisis when there is none.

By Sue Falkner Wood | October 20, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (15)

Go After Fraud

Why cut back on Medicare Advantage alone when there are so many other ways to find fraud?

By Sue Falkner Wood | September 28, 2009; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Growing Circle in the Pond of Medicine

As a chronically ill patient and a former nurse of many years, I see malpractice as an ever-growing circle in the pond of medical care. The threat of lawsuit eats at the judgment of good, well-trained physicians.

By Sue Falkner Wood | September 16, 2009; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

Disappointing in Tone and Content

His oratory was as well honed as ever but the added blustering and threatening tone was counter-productive.

By Sue Falkner Wood | September 13, 2009; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Is It Possible to Put a Train Wreck Back on the Track?

We need a new train, or plan. This one is beyond repair. The priorities are wrong.

By Sue Falkner Wood | August 26, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

What's the Expiration Date on Your Life?

There is a purported $500 billion to be cut from health care for seniors, accounting for half the cost of this overhaul. What has happened to the respect we were taught to have for our elderly?

By Sue Falkner Wood | August 12, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (17)

Don't Take Delivery on a Pizza You Didn't Order

The public option is just a way for the government to "get its foot in the door," leading to a totally government-run system. Heaven help us all if that happens.

By Sue Falkner Wood | August 3, 2009; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (12)

Delay Until They Know What They're Doing

Health care reform is not a simple matter. What's the rush if the legislation remains in the current unkempt mess it currently is in? This legislation isn't anywhere near completion. Last week I asked the readers of my chronic pain blog to comment on reining in costs and the replies were passionate, thoughtful and often, surprising. Approximately 90 percent of the 150 comments I received expressed fear, apprehension and bitter disappointment in the facts that are slowly leaking out to the public about this 1000 page document. The citizens in America have strong opinions on this issue and their representatives had best be listening.

By Sue Falkner Wood | July 28, 2009; 01:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Start with ERs, Medicare and Drug Companies

The emergency rooms in this country are filled with people who don't belong there and are displaying flagrant abuse of the system.

By Sue Falkner Wood | July 21, 2009; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Uncle Sam Is No Robin Hood

This would be laughable if it weren't so tragic in it's destruction of the very opportunistic values that separate this great country from others. "Go west, young man and you'll lose your shirt, and don't bother to build a business 'cause you'll lose your pants, too."

By Sue Falkner Wood | July 13, 2009; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (6)

A Nightmare of Enforcement

If that "individual" in the individual mandate can't afford to buy health insurance, who is going to pay for it? Does this have a familiar ring to it? Do all roads that are being proposed lead to the government picking up the tab for all the uninsured in this country?

By Sue Falkner Wood | July 6, 2009; 11:33 PM ET | Comments (9)

Never Underestimate Freedom of Choice

As an RN and as a patient, I believe we are doing many things correctly in our health-care system. The first two that come to mind are freedom of choice and quality of service.

By Sue Falkner Wood | July 1, 2009; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Medicine Men

Needy individuals used to plunk down their 25 cents for a bottle of elixir, a balm for all their problems. Unfortunately, that's still going on today as the pharmaceutical companies back up their truck to doctor's offices.

By Sue Falkner Wood | June 24, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Point of Mass Confusion

The President's speech to the American Medical Association was that it reminded me of a courtship, or a seduction. I found his speech to be yet another political shell game to confuse the American public.

By Sue Falkner Wood | June 16, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Look at the Human Side of Life

Members of Congress should be required to visit their elderly parents and get their opinions on the issue.

By Sue Falkner Wood | June 5, 2009; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

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