Entries by Kelly McNeal

WARRIORS

America lost a great warrior this week, when Major General David Meade died of dementia at Watson Fields. Lisa and I visited him and his wife, Marina, at their home a few years ago. He had begun wandering, after three years of gradual cognitive and behavioral slips and misses. They got by with the “two […]

DONALD HALL WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS…

Aeon magazine, a new favorite of mine, specializes in medium to long written and audio pieces that defy multitasking by the reader or listener and demand attention and occasionally a re-read to make sure I got the point. Such was the piece by poet Donald Hall, in which he called old age “a ceremony of […]

SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN ASSISTED LIVING

First off, nobody knew/knows how many assisted living beds are “needed” in the Seacoast. When I opened Bellamy in 2006, it was the first new resource in several years and it was a hybrid model. The assisted living field splits out into several distinct markets:  Medicaid- low income, low service, small, usually renovations of old […]

A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT, AN EMERGENCY ROOM ON EVERY CORNER

The misattribution of the chicken quote to several American presidents when actually it was 17th century French king, Henry IV (thanks Wiki) is a catchy saying.       When I read that Wentworth Douglas was building an ER next to the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, I imagined Hippocrates (he of the oath) exhorting the building committee in […]

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

What do “the earth goes around the sun,” “homosexuality is a disease,” and “there’s no such thing as global warming,” have in common? Besides the obvious, I’m more interested in what the proponents were thinking and why. It’s a little less provocative to take on the heliocentric Galileo vs. Pope Urban VIII than POTUS and […]

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, June 2019

I’m proud to say goodbye to 18 graduates of the fields in 2019. Twelve high schoolers and six college students are packing up their personal effects and preparing to vacate the employee locker rooms where they suited up and occasionally showered off. My customers make a mess from time to time and even as a […]

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Pick’s disease, as it was known back in my day (whenever that was) is now frontotemporal degeneration. Watson Fields is hosting a meeting for effected families in a few weeks to see how they’re doing and if we can do anything to help. Pick and Alzheimer were contemporaries and armed with microscopes, scalpels, staining fluids […]

THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Since “two heads” is already taken and is about 500 years old, I’m going with an original saying, “three heads…” in honor of research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which found that teams of physicians are more likely to make correct, complex diagnostic conclusions than are physicians working by themselves. […]

HAIR CUT

The barber was chatting me up while doing my crew cut, which is usually a waste of her time. Since we were celebrating the Norman Langlois Veterans’ award for his donations of the Empire Beauty Schools’ services to Veterans, however, I was feeling a little chatty. She had a barber’s license and a cosmetologist license. […]