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Poignant Video of a Young Woman’s Tweets in Her Final Months

"Don't spend time being angry at people. Forgive them. Life is entirely too short." That quote is from a tweet sent from the account with the name of @TrappedAtMyDesk.

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Greg Michaels: Pre-Op Screening is Done – Now to Wait for February 7th

Today I had a pre-screening, or as the hospital calls it, pre-admission testing, (P.A.T.), for the inguinal surgery on February 7th. The nurses went through the whole gamut when it came to the questions. I went in to make sure I was okay to have the operation and now, because I score a "3" in a certain run of questions I most likely will be tested for sleep apnea.

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Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
Christopher Furlong, Getty Images

Today is the Most Depressing Day of the Year

 

Today is the most depressing day of the year. Why? The Christmas shopping bills are coming in, the cold, dark, icy, snowy, gloomy weather, and if you made a New Years resolution, chances are you've broken it. There are just a few examples of why today, Blue Monday, is the most depressing day of the year.

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William Lovelace, Getty Images

Heroin Use in the State of Maine is Up

Heroin use in Maine is on the rise. Twenty-eight of 163 people who died from overdoses in 2012 were due to heroin. Last year's numbers will likely exceed those of 2012. The 2013 numbers have yet to be released.

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Greg Michaels: Hernia Operation – Laparoscopic or “Open” (Conventional)?

Today was my consultation with the surgeon regarding my inguinal hernia operation at St. Mary's Medical Center in Lewiston with Dr. Eric Osborne. He is a cool cat. He went through what to expect before, during and after the repair and shared a few laughs.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

When Did I (Greg Michaels) Start Falling Apart?

I feel like I’m falling apart and I’m only 41. Now, I'm on cholesterol medication? Okay, this part is mostly or at least partly my doing. Over the past couple of years I’ve been getting lab-work done every three months mostly so my primary care professional can find the correct dose of Levothyroxine, a medication to manage thyroid.

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Scott Barbour, Getty Images

State To Offer Free Flu Shots To ALL Mainers

Maine is going to offer free flu shots to all Maine residents.  The Maine Immunization Program has flu shots and the nasal spray that were to be used for kids, the uninsured and certain other higher risk groups. But I was reading in the Sun Journal that Maine has enough on hand at the moment they can let it be used by all Mainers for free. If not, it will just go to waste.

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St. Mary's Medical Center
St. Mary's Medical Center

Where Greg Michaels Spent Part of His Weekend

Maybe you read on my Facebook page, maybe not, but over the weekend I found a lumpy squishy bulge on me. Sadly, my first thought was one of vanity, thinking I don’t want that to get any bigger. I debated whether to go to the ED/ER, but after some convincing, I did. Thankfully I was in and out of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Lewsiton in under an hour with a diagnosis and a referral.

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Dylan right after birth at St. Mary's in Lewiston
Dylan right after birth at St. Mary's in Lewiston

Dads, Remember When You First heard The Words, “I’m Pregnant?”

This one is for the guys or more specifically, dads. Do you remember when your wife or significant other, said, “I’m pregnant” for the first time? What was your initial reaction? Me, I was scared.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Ticks + Tick Borne Illness Impact Mainers All Year And Can Be Deadly

I have a friend and her mom has been sick for a few weeks.  She was fine one day and within a few days she was in the ICU, she received the best of medical care and she passed away last week. It took less than two months. What caused all of this? A tick-borne disease called Powassan virus. This was Maine’s first documented case in about a decade.

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