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Posted by Mary Ellen on October 22, 2000 at 22:02:43:

In Reply to: Re: Please make a suggestion to help my step mother! posted by Deb and James on October 22, 2000 at 18:02:11:

: Hi Fran!How have you been?James is suffering.It is just getting worse.We are still waiting for W.C. to get their head out of their butts(excuse me)and do the necessary paper work to change doctors.I am not sure where this new neurosurgeon works out of.It very well may be Hopkins.His office is in Annapolis but Baltimore is not far from there.He is supposed to be one of the best,of course.His name is Ducker and he was chief neurologist in one of the armed forces many years ago.He has been doing this for 30 some years and he comes highly recommended.They say he is the one other medical personel come to when they are in need.He seems trustworthy but we are scared.The bad thing about it is even if we want another opinion on top of his,we have to go through W.C. to get it.It is very time consuming and of course they can always refuse.They just do not care that they are hanging lives by thread.Everything depends on them which is very hard to deal with.What makes it worse is they know this.Unfortunately James is not the type to do deep investigating and ask a lot of questions.I am the one with all the questions.He gets a little disturbed with me but I don't care.I just want him better.I fear I might be going through some of the same thing with my neck.I posted a long time ago about it.It seems to be getting worse by the day.I have to hold out a little longer though.My health insurance wont be through for another month.Then I am going to get ex-rayed.OK ENOUGH OF THE BOOK.It was nice to hear from you.Take care and God bless always.

Hi Fran and Deb:

Thank you for your suggestions and for your prayers. We will call John Hopkins tomorrow and see how far we can get. Reagrds, MEB

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