Truthful Tuesday — Doctor’s Orders

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is apparently still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…

Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news; but in general, too?

I appreciate it when a doctor is forthright and tells me like it is. If, based upon a physical exam or the result of a blood test or urinalysis, the doctor discovers something that may be troubling and wishes for me to get further tests or to see a specialist, I would want to know the basis of that recommendation before making a decision to proceed with that follow-up.

Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? In your honest opinion please.

Kinder? I am not looking for a doctor to demonstrate kindness when my health is involved. I’m looking for a competent, qualified, and honest doctor. As I said above, I’d prefer to know the reason why the doctor wants more tests than to be guessing and possibly assuming the worst.

Reblog: The End Of “Liberty and Justice for All”

I am reblogging Jill’s post. If I had written it I might have titled it “The End of Liberty and Justice for All As Long as You’re a Straight, White, Christian Male.” Because if you’re not straight, if you’re not white, if you’re not Christian, and if you’re not male, liberty and justice doesn’t seem to apply to you anymore.

I wrote an angry post last night when I first heard about this because I was mad as hell. But Jill’s post expresses much more eloquently the injustice and the potential ramifications of this initial draft decision…and not just on abortion rights, but on the rights and liberties of others.

Please read Jill’s excellent post and leave any comments you may have there.

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court voted to take away a substantial portion of the rights of women when they voted in private to strike down …

The End Of “Liberty and Justice for All”

The Fundraiser

“I thought you knew everyone who was invited to this fundraiser,” Jon said to his wife.

“I’m kind of in shock,” Maria said. “I don’t know anybody here.”

“Are we at the right place?“ Jon asked. “Could you have gotten the address wrong? Or maybe you got the wrong date. It can be easy to accidentally juxtapose some numbers.”

Maria gave Jon a caustic look. “I am extremely diligent when it comes to such details. This is definitely the right address. I’m the guy’s assistant campaign manager. I know where he’s going to be when he’s on the stump, for crissake.”

“Why don’t you ask someone if we’re in the right place?” Jon suggested. Maria nodded, walked off, and spoke with someone. As she was walking back to Jon, Maria’s face was red and Jon couldn’t tell from her expression if she was about to burst out crying or laughing. “Well?” he asked.

“I’m trying to absorb the reality of what’s happening,” Maria said. “It’s the right date, the right time, and the right address.”

“So what’s the problem,” Jon asked.

“Wrong town,” she said. “The fundraiser was in South Binghamton and we’re in West Binghamton.”

Jon started to laugh. “You’re shitting me! Then who’s event is this?”

Maria started laughing, too. “This is some random couple’s engagement party.”

“That explains a lot,” Jon said, laughing. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

“Absolutely,” Maria agreed. “I think we can still make an appearance at the fundraiser if we hurry.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid (shock), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (anybody), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (juxtapose), Word of the Day Challenge (caustic), Your Daily Word Prompt (diligent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (stump), and The Daily Spur (absorb).

Fandango’s Story Starter #44

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

He wandered aimlessly through the museum seeking any form of distraction to avoid…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Fabrication


It’s May 3, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “fabrication.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.