For five days, Alexis Moore carefully planned how she would take her own life. She's not a violent person, so she knew handguns were out. She settled on vodka instead, to be followed by a bottle of Xanax.
John Reid, a retired businessman, came home from a Caribbean cruise a few years ago with an infected toe as a souvenir. As a diabetic, he knew it was serious, so he went to the emergency room near his home in New York City. There, he says, the first doctor he saw ordered an immediate amputation, scheduling him for surgery right then and there.
No one can truly know what goes on inside a marriage except the two people involved, but researchers are getting increasingly good glimpses at what makes couples tick, how relationships are stressed and what factors can keep the spark alive.
Good chronic pain treatment can be hard to find. A chronic pain patient has every right to believe that his or her doctor will listen sympathetically and prescribe the appropriate treatment, but that is not always the reality.
It's been more than a decade since her 13-year-old daughter, Maria-Victoria, died in a car accident, but Lynda Boucugnani will never forget the doctor who delivered the news. "I remember he sat down, but his first words were, 'Your daughter is deceased.' That just struck me as so cold, so cold," says Boucugnani. The experience was horrendous, she says. "I expected a little bit more compassion ... there was no, 'I'm sorry,' no touching my hand. These things would have meant the whole world to me."