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George T. Rohrich
George T. Rohrich is a resident of Chelan. He is completing his MA in Peace and Conflict studies. When not working he can be found backpacking in the wilderness of the PNW or enjoying a local wine. He is the son of George Rohrich, the CEO of Lake Chelan Health, whose photo was inadvertently...
The headline is a paraphrase from a song by the band R.E.M. (1987) and I’m using it here to illustrate how the insanity of 2020 may become permanently embedded in culture worldwide, not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but mainly because of the different ways Earth’s 7.2 billion people...
An elderly woman called up her doctor in tears. When the doctor got on the phone, she asked him, “Is there something you’re not telling me? Do I need to review my will?” Her doctor exclaimed, “No, not at all! Why?” She wailed, “You told me I needed to take this medicine for the rest of my life....

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Dr. Louise Achey, Doctor of Pharmacy
My stepmother is going to have her hip replaced next week. After the surgery, she will wake up in a recovery room and possibly stay overnight in the hospital. Afterward, she’ll be discharged directly back to her home or to a skilled nursing facility (AKA a nursing home) for several weeks of...
Last Saturday morning Kathy and her best friend Ann were on a video conference call with me for a Medication Insider personal medication consultation. One of Kathy’s questions was about her first COVID-19 vaccination, which was coming up in four days. A couple of her friends had experienced some...
Declining salmon runs, just like global warming/climate change is just another misunderstood problem that could be solved without removing any dams or spending small fortunes employing lawyers and environmentalists that do not understand the problem. Even if the dams are removed salmon runs...
It was the Year of COVID-19 and Papa Dré wanted things to be clear before he passed in a New Orleans hospital room last August at age 86. He wanted to be sure he knew the world and that it needed some serious fixin’ as they say in Southeast Texas and ‘round ‘dare in da Bayou. Talking with...
I got my second COVID vaccination on a Tuesday morning a couple of weeks ago. The day after I received my first COVID vaccine, I noticed my arm aching like someone had punched me when I wasn’t looking. After the second shot, my left arm ached even more. I was VERY GLAD I chose to have my vaccine...
My COVID vaccine experience was similar to my Hepatitis B vaccine series that I received 30 years ago. A series of 3 shots, spaced out over 6 months, my first Hepatitis B shot didn't cause any discomfort. The second one that I received one month later was a different story. My left arm felt like...

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