They Missed My Diagnosis

I try to keep my spirits up by laughing about my situation. I like to joke about how cancer is going to finally take care of my weight problem, and without having to do a minute of exercise! I tell people that I’ve done enough damage on this planet so I’m getting called back home early like a kid who causes too many problems at the playground.

I like to make those jokes so others don’t worry, but I’m, of course, terrified. The diagnosis isn’t great. At least the diagnosis is right now (more on that in a minute), but it isn’t as rosy as too much stomach acid like it was before. I spend my nights reading up on what each stage of cancer means and how bad my chances are. Then, I try to think up new ways to laugh off that look I keep getting from everyone that I tell.

What is worse than the fear, which is what everyone has, I suppose, once they get this diagnosis, is the anger. My chances would be so much better if they’d caught this earlier if they’d just gone and looked.

What makes this particularly upsetting is that I just found out during my hours of evening research, that my misdiagnosis should count as medical malpractice. Apparently, just brushing someone’s stomach pain off as a stomach acid issue and giving a useless prescription can get you sued. Maybe I ought to do it, just to see that doctor’s face. I don’t know if I have time to make him pay, but if it keeps him up at night, I’d feel pretty justified in the whole encounter.

But who am I kidding? I’m starting treatment tomorrow and I likely won’t have the energy to fight such a case. Still, it’s infuriating.

The fact is, I wouldn’t even know the diagnosis was wrong if I hadn’t chosen, seemingly at random, to switch doctors and get a second opinion. I just had a feeling that my doctor wasn’t being thorough with me. Looks like my intuition was right, much good it’s going to do me now.

So, ahead of me is a long slog to try to beat the odds on this thing. I think anger probably won’t help any, so I’m going to try and be the bigger person and simply forgive the devastating oversight made by my former doctor and move on. I’m writing this as a bit of therapy, to just get it out so I can move on and focus on myself. I’m what matters right now. After all, people do survive this, and I intend to be in that minority who make. I may say it to others, but I haven’t been the bad kid on the playground who should get called home early. I’ve been pretty good in my life, and I want to stay out and play as long as the other kids. I hope I get the chance.

Why Healthy Trees can Make Your Property More Valuable If You Choose to Sell

When buying a new home what are the first things you look for? Good school district, closest grocery store, and the tree coverage in the front and back yards. As homeowners we want our yards to be as beautiful as our homes. Having dying or rotting trees in the front yard can turn you away from buying a home. If the previous owner didn’t take care of their trees, you can’t help but think of what other problems they neglected throughout the property.

Trees are arguably the first impression that your home will give off. Having a large healthy free standing oak in your front yard can show that you care about your home and have a bit of a green thumb. A study by the University of Washington found that consumers will on average travel farther distances to visit city districts with more vibrant tree life and spend more time there. There is also a stark correlation between renting properties quality landscapes. There is a 7% higher rate for renters when the yard of a renting property is better kept than those not. The effect doesn’t stop at just the individual home either. Larger, maintained trees can add an increase of up to 15% in property values across a neighborhood. These professional arborists say that the proper pruning and caring of mature trees allow the trees to grow larger and have the dense top foliage to provide a blanket of cooling shade. A Clemson University study reported on HGTV found that homeowners found a 100% or larger return on any investment they put into landscaping when selling their home on the market. Starting the planting and caring process is vital. Mature trees can take anywhere from five to seven years to fully reach the noticeable maturity that is a vital asset to any property they stand on.

Even if a homeowner isn’t thinking of selling their property for years to come it’s important to start thinking about landscaping and tree care today. It’s an investment that can potentially pay off double years down the road. Proper lawn care is as important a keeping up with the roofing and foundation of a home because they are an interlinked system. The roots of tree neighbor the home’s foundation and the branches can cover the roof area. Having an arborist inspect one’s trees to ensure that the relationship between home and yard is a healthy one is vital for the property value as a whole. Tree care and maintenance is truly the gift that keeps on giving and growing.

When it comes to the property value the market is the only force out of the homeowner’s control. What they can control, however, is their landscaping. Making sure their yard is the highest quality possible is the best way to ensure that when the time comes to sell, a homeowner can get the most out of the work they put in.

Defending Your Medical License from Possible Suspension or Revocation

The authority of granting of medical licensure and the task of assuring the administration of quality health care in the United States is placed under the jurisdiction of each state’s medical licensing board. These licensing boards, in turn, are subject under the each state’s administrative procedure act, a stipulation in the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the same amendment that authorizes each state to enact laws that will ensure the protection of its residents, including their safety, health and general welfare.

Aside from determining if an applicant for licensure is competent enough to start treatment of patients, which is the basis of granting a medical license, the medical licensing board also takes on other responsibilities, including investigation and review of cases of malpractice or unprofessional conduct filed against physicians, disciplining those found guilty of violating the board’s policies and suspending, revoking or holding in probation issued license, if necessary.

The medical profession requires years of rigorous studies, postgraduate training and a passing mark in the national medical licensing exam. Completion of all educational and training programs is not the end of the hurdle, however, as candidates will still need go through the state’s medical board, which will first test and determine their competency before granting them the license that will enable them to practice their medical profession. And once license is acquired, the licensed physician is faced with another and an even more demanding challenge – ensuring a faultless health care practice.

Despite their intensive training, many physicians end up committing medical malpractice and other acts of incompetency, through the course of their medical profession. Some of these acts are poor standard of care, sexual boundary violations and wrong or delayed diagnosis and treatment. Due to these, many have suffered suspension of license, temporarily stopping them to practice their profession which they promised to uphold and which is also their primary source of livelihood.

Though some physicians may actually be guilty of the accusation filed against them, the Leichter Law Firm says that a good medical license lawyer, who is devoted to the legal representation of physicians, medical professionals (i.e. nurses, pharmacists, and dentists) in administrative licensing and healthcare matters in both state and federal disputes, regulatory inquiries and investigations, criminal defense and healthcare related transactions, may earn for them the least punishment from the state medical board. In most occasions, being defended by a lawyer, whose knowledge of the state’s health laws and the board’s stipulations is exceptional, is the best guarantee to save your license from being totally revoked or suspended indefinitely.

Common Juvenile Crimes

The youth is an important demographic in a population, as they are the heirs to what the adults have built. This is enough reason to guide them to the right direction, where they can be citizens that are not just law-abiding, but also productive.

But there are times where the youth go to a different path, maybe because of a phase of curiosity and rebellion, and they should get the proper disciplinary action to put them in the right path. According to the website of the Amerio Law Firm, juvenile crimes are treated differently than those of adults. Criminal defense attorneys can help reduce or eliminate the charges, like asking for rehabilitation rather than criminal punishment.

Assault and Battery
These offenses involve threats and acts of violence. For juveniles, these offenses often manifest in bullying cases, where bullies make physical contact with others, resulting into injuries in the side of the victims. Assaults and batteries are also common among juvenile gangs and street fighters.

Illegal Purchasing
Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and other products that may cause physical and mental impairment have a cool reputation among youngsters, so it is not unlikely for the young ones to illegally purchase these items from supermarkets, stores, and even unregistered sellers such as drug dealers. The addiction to these substances may also result into other juvenile crimes.

Shoplifting and Other Theft Charges
Youngsters have the tendency to do something against the law just for the thrill of it, so they may try shoplifting, pickpocketing, and other forms of theft. They may also do this on purchasing age-restricted items such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Like lighter forms of theft, vandalism is mostly committed by the youth for the thrill of breaking the law and getting away with it. They are kids, so they cannot pull off something significantly serious, so they rely on petty crimes like vandalism, mostly in the form of uninspired graffiti.

The Necessity of Legal Assistance in Proving Pilot Negligence in the Event of an Accident

Since that first aviation accident on September 17, 1908, the aviation industry has continuously improved, equipping planes with the latest safety standards and making these the fastest and safest means of long-distance and overseas travel. This high safety rate in the air travel industry, with only 138 fatalities annually, is affirmed by the Aviation Safety Network and other transportation authorities.

Despite the continuous upgrades in the design, especially of commercial planes, and in the air traffic control(ATC) system, changes aimed at strengthening teamwork among the flight personnel and eradication of the concept that the “captain is god” have also been implemented.

The installation of the latest safety standards, upgrade in design and all other changes, however, will prove useless if the one who has control of the plane will not strictly follow flight procedures or if anyone else, whose job affects a flight, will not perform well the job assigned to him/her.

There are different known causes of aviation accidents; the ones most commonly recorded are mechanical malfunction or defect, airline liability or negligence, air traffic controller error and pilot error. The number one type of aviation mishap that results from the causes of aviation accidents listed above is airplane crash during approach or touchdown. The greatest risk factor for approach or touchdown crashes is unstabilized approach. This refers to an aircraft’s failure to maintain speed, descent rate, and vertical/lateral flight path.

According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that governs the US aviation industry, a proper approach is highly critical to safety; thus, being able to persuade pilots to conduct a go-around, instead of forcing a landing, can very well result to lives saved and zero or lower cost of damage to the aircraft.

A pilot committing an error while taking off or touching down is just one of the so many other mistakes pilots have been found to be guilty of in the past. These mistakes include:

  •  Failure to read cockpit instrumentation correctly ;
  •  Failure to comply with the directions given from the air traffic control tower, either upon takeoff or when landing;
  •  Failure to use the plane’s de-icing system properly;
  •  Maneuvering mistakes that may cause engine failure or collision with another plane;
  •  Failure to extend flaps during takeoff;
  •  Flying at the wrong altitude; and
  •  Disconnecting the autopilot, whether accidentally or intentionally.

As explained in the website of the law firm Hankey Law Office, proving pilot error to be the cause of an airplane accident can be very difficult. Since most lawsuits brought against airplane pilots are based on standard definitions of negligence, it is important to have a lawyer to make sure all of criteria necessary to prove negligence are met.

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