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Indianapolis Monthly

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Indianapolis Monthly is the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new and what’s news. Through coverage of politics, crime, dining, style, business, sports, and arts and entertainment, each issue offers compelling narrative stories and lively, urbane coverage of Indy’s cultural landscape.

Our Parents In Crisis

Author : Ann G. Sjoerdsma
ISBN : 9780996682206
Genre : Medical
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On the evening of Friday, June 7, 2002, 78-year-old Fern Sjoerdsma lay in a Chesapeake, Va., hospital bed, moaning and breathing rapidly and laboriously. Her whole body seemed bloated, especially her legs. She failed to respond coherently to questions that her daughter Ann asked and acted irritated by her attempts. She was disoriented and withdrawn, listless, but also fitful. Just two hours before, Ann’s father, a distinguished scientist-physician, and brother had left, without questioning her mother’s status. What had happened in the interim? Ann wondered. Was Mom having an adverse reaction to some medication? Her mind raced: “What should I do?” What author Ann G. Sjoerdsma did was endure what she describes in the compelling, fast-paced first chapter of her eye-opening new book, an “interminable night,” as she sought to convince the “placid, polite, yet intractable” hospital physician attending to her mother that his perceptions were faulty, and he had to take action. "Much to my amazement," she writes, "[he] couldn’t—or wouldn’t—see the deterioration in Mom that was so evident to me. He described her as having 'slight edema' and being more uncommunicative, but not that confused. When he questioned her about pain, she denied having any. I pointed out her stoical habit of minimizing her discomfort, but he attributed her fever and rapid breathing to the meningitis infection. “'She’s very sick,' he concluded. 'Her brain is fighting a serious infection.' “Yes, but caused by what?” Ann asked herself. Based on the medical research she had done, haemophilus influenzae meningitis didn’t make sense, and the antibiotic therapy wasn’t working. For the next hour, the hospitalist calmly talked about her mother’s worsening condition with Ann—as well as with her father and older sister, a nurse, whom she called on the room telephone—and resisted all of their suggestions. He wouldn’t summon a pulmonary expert, and, Ann writes, “He adamantly refused my request to transfer Mom back to the ICU,” asking “how could he justify to his supervisor having moved her out just the day before?” Under their questioning, he grew defensive. Ann relates: [excerpt] Finally, Dr. Amble admitted to me: “I don’t know what I’m treating.” But he failed to add what I thought any conscientious professional in any profession should add: “But I’ll find out.” I never raised my voice or lost my cool. I searched for an angle, a way to break through to him. Finally, I asked Dr. Amble: “What would you do if you were in my position?” a question I have learned is the question to ask an obstructive doctor. I’ll never forget his response. “I’d kiss my mother, tell her I love her, and let the hospital take care of her,” he said. “Well, I can’t do that,” I replied. “I can’t leave.” My mother wasn’t going to die because a doctor didn’t know what he was treating. [end excerpt] During her mother’s illness, which was misdiagnosed by a succession of physicians until the family arranged for her transfer to Duke Medical Center, Ann discovered a new calling and passion: medical advocacy. She became a dedicated bedside advocate, representing her parents’ interests in all healthcare venues and doing extensive research about medicine, diseases prevalent in older age, anatomy, physiology, and the facts of normal aging, all of which she shares in her impressive book. As her parents experienced more health crises—a pulmonary embolus; falls leading to hip and leg fractures; heart disease—Sjoerdsma witnessed firsthand how fragmented, error-prone, and patient-unfriendly the U.S. healthcare system is and how often doctors engage in ageism and what she calls “No-Think.” "Our Parents in Crisis" is a call to action to protect elders from biases and other risks in U.S. healthcare. It is also a poignant family story.

High Tech Maneuvers

Author : Cynthia A. Beltz
ISBN : 0844737674
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The study concludes that the HDTV case ironically confirms the misgivings of skeptics and demonstrates the flaws in industrial policy.

Division By Zero 1 Post Mortem

Author : Haley Brown
ISBN : 9781105258459
Genre : Fiction
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The inaugural edition of Division By Zero (or, x/0), with the theme, "Post Mortem." x/0 is the flagship publication of MiFiWriters, highlighting Michigan's creative voices in the genres of speculative fiction. Stories by Haley Brown, S.P. Johnson, Jr., Kirsten Neilson, Matthew Rohr, and Tim Rohr.

Dry River

Author : Ken Lamberton
ISBN : 9780816529216
Genre : Travel
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Poet and writer Alison Deming once noted, ÒIn the desert, one finds the way by tracing the aftermath of water . . . Ó Here, Ken Lamberton finds his way through a lifetime of exploring southern ArizonaÕs Santa Cruz River. This riverÑdry, still, and silent one moment, a thundering torrent of mud the nextÑserves as a reflection of the desert around it: a hint of water on parched sand, a path to redemption across a thirsty landscape. With his latest book, Lamberton takes us on a trek across the land of three nationsÑthe United States, Mexico, and the Tohono OÕodham NationÑas he hikes the riverÕs path from its source and introduces us to people who draw identity from the riverÑdedicated professionals, hardworking locals, and the authorÕs own family. These people each have their own stories of the river and its effect on their lives, and their narratives add immeasurable richness and depth to LambertonÕs own astute observations and picturesque descriptions. Unlike books that detail only the Santa CruzÕs decline, Dry River offers a more balanced, at times even optimistic, view of the river that ignites hope for reclamation and offers a call to action rather than indulging in despair and resignation. At once a fascinating cultural history lesson and an important reminder that learning from the past can help us fix what we have damaged, Dry River is both a story about the amazing complexity of this troubled desert waterway and a celebration of one manÕs lifelong journey with the people and places touched by it.

Heal Your Mind Rewire Your Brain

Author : Patt Lind-Kyle
ISBN : 9781604150568
Genre : Health & Fitness
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This handbook applies this new science in practical ways, by giving us a training program to re-pattern our behavior and thereby change the ways our brain is wired. It interrupts our suffering, sharpens our mental abilities and corrects our cognitive imbalances. As we learn these mental skills, the neural patterns of our brains begin to change and we literally reprogram the neural networks through which information and energy flows. Original.

The Firefly Dance

Author : Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN : 9781935661306
Genre : Fiction
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Bright lights flicker in the dark evenings of summer. Pinpoints of hope float against the black descent of night. The sweetest of small and innocent creatures finds its way through the shadows. Fireflies seem to dance on sheer air, illuminating the space between heartbeats. Children give off a similar brave glow, despite the challenges of their young lives. The lessons of childhood are often painful, the shedding of fragile wings in the gloam of an uncertain future. These rich novellas are small jewels reflecting the essence of what it means to grow up dancing among the shadows of life, carrying a brave, small beacon because you know that even the brightest days always, always, end in darkness. Childhood can be so sweetly sad and sadly sweet, profound and deceptively easy to categorize, yet poignant to remember. New York Times bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen (GARDEN SPELLS, SUGAR QUEEN, THE PEACH KEEPER) anchors THE FIREFLY DANCE with her wistful and funny novella about Louise, a North Carolina girl whose keen observations of the lives around her weaves an unforgettable spell with just a hint of everyday magic. Phyllis Schieber's Sonya, a child of Holocaust survivors, is confronted with the responsibilities of her legacy when she has a poignant encounter with a classmate, another child of survivors, and her mother, in a local shop in their 1970's New York neighborhood. Kathryn Magendie's Petey deals wryly with her family's move from the cool blue mountains of North Carolina to the hot flatlands of Texas. Augusta Trobaugh's stoic Georgia boy leads us through his surreal encounter with a mysterious backwoods toddler who turns out to be anything but ordinary.

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