*This has got to be one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. After Dale Clarke initially found a lump the size of a piece of rice on his penis — and then it grew to the size of a grape within three weeks, forcing doctors to remove a part of it, he fears the worst.
He may lose his entire penis,
Stricken with a rare form of terminal cancer, Clarke, the father of a 6-year-old boy, and another child on the way, has already lost all sensation in his manhood and during the past seven months has had five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two rounds of chemo.
Still, the tumors keep coming back.
Fox News reports he has been left with a gaping wound at the top of his groin, and has had skin taken from his thigh grafted on to his penis.
Clarke, who lives in the UK, says the situation has “absolutely destroyed me,” and warns other men to see a doctor right away if they sense something is wrong down there.
He is certainly being extremely brave, speaking so openly about his situation. I believe we would all agree that many men would not. Continue reading →
*It was an early Friday evening, and two dozen doctors were standing outside a 33-story residential building across the street from the hospital where they spend most of their days. They were used to working evening hours ? feeling exhausted and empty, fueled mostly by the knowledge that they were there to save lives. But this time, the lives were their own.
In the middle of a pile of bouquets, cards, and electric tea lights on the sidewalk in front of them was a photo of Dr. Deelshad Joomun*. Just nine days earlier, on her third day as a nephrology attending physician at Mount Sinai St. Luke?s, Dr. Joomun leapt from the 33-story building to her death. Many of her colleagues were standing at the windows of the building across the street from her, horrified at the sight of a falling person who was wearing the same white coat they were in. Continue reading →
*We’ve all been there. You feel like hell, call the doctor, an appointment is made. You get there and end up waiting. And waiting. And waiting. But Jessica Stipe’s story takes the wait to a whole ‘nother level after she complained to the doctor who eventually told her to “Get the hell out!”
I won’t make you wait. Yes, he is being investigated.
So sick she was regurgitating in a garbage can in the doctor’s waiting room, Stipe, who reportedly believes she is fighting pneumonia, began documenting her adventure on Facebook after she found herself still waiting at 7:45 to see the doctor with whom she had a 6:30 appointment.
The Independent Florida Alligator — the student newspaper for the University of Florida reports 38-year-old Stipe wrote in a Facebook post…
?All they had me do was pee in a cup to see if I’m pregnant. I know I’m not.?
The pub says Stipe approached her doctor around 7:45 p.m. and there was a confrontation which her daughter caught on tape.
*Let’s just keep it real here, OK? You have to be darn near dead to even step foot in a doctors office, right? Black folk just don’t do doctors unless we absolutely have to.
Personally, I changed that habit about a year ago. Just ask my insurance company. The new ME will feel an ache somewhere that I’ve never felt one before and I’ll be a walk-in at my doctors office…that day!
But even with that, I am still a bit shy to ask certain questions. Even shier if the doctor is handsome. I’ll bet I’m not alone in that. I won’t subscribe to the T.M.I. strategy today, and reveal the question I asked my nurse practitioner yesterday; But I WILL say it was a step up from the shyness this patient had in the past.
I decided to share 10 questions you’re probably afraid to ask your doctor as a result of my brainstorm in deciding what you might to hear today. I’d appreciate it if you’d respond by adding to the list in the ThisNthat comments section. What questions are YOU afraid to ask your doctor? Continue reading →