Don’t get sick on a holiday, especially if you are a retired physician.

I’m a retired orthopedic surgeon who hasn’t practiced in about 6 or so years. I gave up my last license to practice in Alabama a few years ago, and since that time, I have been a mere civilian in the land of medicine. Granted, I have some few loyal friends who understand and try to make it have made a difference that I spent the last 20 plus years as an orthopedic surgeon on call (without remuneration) almost 24/7 and who had been told by one of his dear mentors, “all you need to say is, ‘I’ll be right there’”.

Three days before thanksgiving, I came down with some mild bronchial upper respiratory bug, which along with depriving me of sleep and making me feel like yak squeeze, put all but the most minimal thanksgiving plans out of reach. Then, on Thanksgiving, it reared its head like a monster and came crushing down with chest pains and a racking painful cough.

Previously, as a physician, I would have called in some drugs for myself and started treatment on probably day two, but since it was thanksgiving week and I had let my DEA certificate expire, I thought I would try the proletariat pathway, strewn with lumpy green TV monsters residing in your chest cavity but easily expelled by a patent medicine available in your drug store.  Also, since I don’t respond well to narcotics (nausea) I loaded up on EXTRA STRENGTH Tylenol (store brand of course) with no avail. After several days of no sleep for a period longer than 90 minutes and taking a hot shower about every 4 hours to get some steam inhalation, I was exhausted and decided to give it up and call for some professional help. THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING.

Usually, even this is not a problem, because my primary physician lives across the street, yet he was out of town.  His office, closed. Another friend of mine office, closed. Another urgent care, run by another doctor friend, closed.  All I wanted was some drugs (INHALER AND ANTIBIOTIC). So, off we went to another URGENT CARE just down from the ER (last resort).

I can’t talk because I erupt into a stream of hacking stabbingly painful coughing if asked to speak, and I knew what they were gonna ask. So I typed out a history and physical for them including meds, allergies etc. AND SOME SIGNS.

Here they are: [Just so you know, admission people are relatively humorless, but the clinical folks got a kick out of what I was trying to do]


I had a wonderful visit and great treatment and was in and out in 10 minutes once they found out that I have the same crappy insurance everybody else has with Rx, a second opinion, and hope.

I hope to be able to read this post in a week (or sooner) and look back on it not coughing up a lung.

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More good things thru music and JAZZZZZZ!!

The culmination of the last few weeks is the next to last gig that we had scheduled for MONTHS!!!! There was some interesting twists and turns re personnel and order of service and other logistical events, but the out come of it all was that the BBC played as the DCO for Douglas Cameron and Laura Coyle at the Meals on Wheels – A Meal to Remember at the St Regis hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia last nite.  The technical aspect of the gig was excellent and they were very attentive to our needs with a “green room” and “real food” as opposed to ” bandwiches” usually served at these events.  We had a great time playing some tunes that the band had not visited in a while and when we finally got cranked up, the crowd thinned out (as is usually the case for these events). All was good and nothing surpasses sitting around with 17 of your closest friends and playing BIG BAND JAZZ!!! st regis 3 st regis one st regis 2

Last week, you recall, we did a DVD recording with the worlds worst wedding band, and this week, I did a studio session with the same group and spent the next couple of days in the studio, tweaking and editing and mastering.

Then there were a couple of studio recordings I did for some folks and emailed back. I also upgraded the Studio 222 with a new sound booth for drums. We have an exuberant drummer and have to help the rest of the band!!

Coming up, I have some more horn sectional rehearsals for a “rock super band” with a gig in December, and more prep with the EJS for the coming performance at the grand. I have a couple more studio things to do as well, and another COMCAST session with the DCO and Doug and Laura.

It just gets better and better!!!!!

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Life moves on , whether you are ready or not…….

Played Woodstock and had a great crowd. Fantastic gig and wonderfully appreciative crowd.  A week or so,later we played a smaller but even more appreciative crowd at Chukkar Farms. don and I10440722_10202946895928740_1493979657318083131_n

The next day, the Ryan Carri SUPERBAND made its debut and that was LOUD. That evening, I played solo for the Humane Society and immensely enjoyed the opportunity to play strait ahead jazz for 2 and 1/2 hours.  humane society gig 1 humane society gig 2.0

We lost my mother in this same time period and had a funeral and several trips over and back to Birmingham. She was a great lady and although we are missing her and sad over her passing, it was a blessing in how it all happened.  God is great, all the

Looking forward to the immediate future, going to hear the Count Basie Band on Sunday and then I am playing with the GPC Jazz ensemble on Monday at a charter school in Atlanta.IMG_0079

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WOW…time flies!!!

We have had quite a couple of months for me. I have played with the “worst wedding band” in the world. (more on that later) and have had a rain out of a really great concert (rescheduled for Oct 4th) and got to see my good friend Craig Meyer (almost Elton John) as well as planning some great stuff for the future. The DCO played the largest outdoor craft festival in the country and had a great time. We have other stuff planned coming up. (see below)
This last weekend Ryan Goodwin, mixer and producer and drummer and guitar player and bass player extraordinaire, put together a jazz combo from a couple of us from times past to play at The Roselawn Craft fair this weekend. I think his health wasn’t good enough for him to get his band together, so we played a couple of standards for a total of 40 minutes. What a gig. Sounded like we hadn’t rehearsed and we hadn’t!!! (see link)
The lady who has put together the “worst wedding band” in the USA has a different keyboard player every gig and a male singer who is from Oklahoma….God bless him. “Its a little bit funeeeeeee…” with the worst twang you have ever heard. The regular drummer is from Poland and doesn’t read a lick of music. The bass player, who is very good btw, is the Bass player in a FEMALE AC DC Tribute band. Go figger!!! She sells her band as part of the Groupon plan, so Groupon gets 55% (so she says) of the money and takes forever to pay. We have played an Indian wedding in a voluminous marble encased hall….hello….hello hello hello…… forever. And we have played a Corporate gig for some BMW sales people who weren’t alive when the music we were playing was famous. Im talking 60-70-80s and ended up playing from the iPod for the latter half of the program.
The DCO did end up working on booking 3 dates at a local theater (read famous and lots of attendance) and another outdoor venue for the “Night under the Stars” Concert dealie with Douglas Cameron.
I got to participate in an interesting online collaboration with someone by adding clarinet, flute, and sax to some old radio recordings that will eventually be out on a CD soon. They sent me the files, I played some trax and sent them back and they did all the mixing. May be the way of the future.
I got promoted to bari at the GPC Jazz ensemble and we have 2 gigs for that to play this semester. Playing some interesting stuff.
There is always something music to be done………


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End and a beginning.

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Hand Therapy and Healing of the Soul

Around 1986 or so, I started Hand Surgery Practice and needed a hand therapist. I met Martha. She came up from Atlanta where she worked for Rachel at a really good hand rehab center. Martha would truck up to my office every week and see the folks I had for her to see and make them well with her OT skills and her wonderful caring personality.  She continued to do that until a couple of years ago when she contracted an incurable sarcoma. There were 2 years of chemotherapy and treatment and surgery, but ultimately she succumbed to her disease. 

Yet today, at her funeral, there was so much love and caring in the room. She had given unconditional love to many thru the 20 plus years of caring and helping folks with her expansive heart and her skills.  Unbridled by normal life, she was able to transcend the cares of this earth and love from the heart everyone she met. And we all acknowledged that today. She will live on in all our hearts and the hearts of the many she has touched over the years. I can only hope that I might make some small change in the world before my time here is thru.

Godspeed Martha. We love you too!!  See you when we meet again.



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Shooting is good for the soul.

New Para 14.45 Expert Double Stack  45 ACP.

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FRAUD, is it really the enemy??

I have a great credit rating and really don’t live a very extravagant lifestyle but upon occasion, I will put purchases on my credit card that are larger than normal. Examples are $800 or so for AETNA health care, $3200 for a new water line, and these have been “DENIED” because they were large in amount and atypical for my usual credit pattern. Oh, sure, the credit card company sends me a nice email, lot of good that is gonna do me when Im out and about, and tells me to call them. By the time I get around to doing that, both the plumber and the insurance company are interested in getting paid,LIKE NOW!!!
I understand as do you, the problems in the credit card industry.
So, trying to be pro active, I contacted them thru text to let them know I was gonna take a trip and that I didn’t want to be left hanging with no credit card that worked out of town. Soooooo, here is the conversation…….

Welcome to an online chat session at Bank of America. Please hold while we connect you to the next available Bank of America Online Banking Specialist. Your chat may be monitored and recorded for quality purposes. Your current wait time is approximately 1 minutes. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for choosing Bank of America. Swetlana Kaduski is ready to assist you. For security purposes, please remember to close your chat window when completed.

Swetlana Kaduski: To assist you with your personal credit card account, may I please have your first and last name along with the last four digits of the credit card account number?
You: Saunders Jones jr**** sorry I lost internet service there for a second. I was talking to Greg. Anyway, I was telling you that I am taking a trip to Panama City Fla and Im renting a car and condo and wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t flag my charges
You: on my credit card from there, meals and gas etc….
Swetlana Kaduski: Thank you, Saunders
You: and a charge for the condo and a rental car
Swetlana Kaduski: Thank you for notifying us about your travel plan.
Swetlana Kaduski: I will help you with the steps to place the travel details on your account so that you can use your card without any interruption. If incase, it doesn’t work for you, I will provide with the specialists number.
Swetlana Kaduski: Is that fine with you?
You: ok
Swetlana Kaduski: Thank you.
Swetlana Kaduski: Please give me a moment while I review your account details.
Swetlana Kaduski: I appreciate your time and patience.
You: roger
You: zzzzzzzzzzz
You: lol
You: :0
Swetlana Kaduski: I am sorry for keep you waiting. It’s taking more than usual time.
You: its monday
Swetlana Kaduski: Here are the steps:
Swetlana Kaduski: Click on “Accounts” tab
Swetlana Kaduski: Click the desired credit card account
Swetlana Kaduski: Click on “Information & Services”
Swetlana Kaduski: Under “Services” and below “Manage your account”, click on “Use your card while traveling”
You: ok
You: is that all??
Swetlana Kaduski: – Read the Travel Notice page and click “Set or review travel notice” when finished reading.
Swetlana Kaduski: Under destination field, select the destination from the drop-down list or add the destination. You can add more than one destination by making one selection at a time.
Swetlana Kaduski: Under Travel dates field, use the calendar to enter the dates or type them in MMDDYYYY format. Note: if travel is more than 30 days from today or if you are traveling for more than 90 days, the travel flag cannot be placed online.
Swetlana Kaduski: Under cards field, select the radio buttons for the applicable cards.
Swetlana Kaduski: Under contact phone number field, which is optional, enter the phone number in the format – xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Swetlana Kaduski: Under additional information section, which is optional, you can enter any information you want added to the record regarding the travel.
Swetlana Kaduski: Click “Update”.
Swetlana Kaduski: Please go through the Travel Advisory.
You: ok thanks. have a nice day
Swetlana Kaduski: One moment please.
You: oh there is more?
Swetlana Kaduski: Please know that there will be a 1% foreign transaction fee on the account.
Swetlana Kaduski: I will place a brief note about the transaction on the account.
Swetlana Kaduski: Is there anything else that I can help you with today?
You: ok….um panama city is in F L O R I D A
Swetlana Kaduski: Okay.
You: thanks!!
Swetlana Kaduski: I am sorry you will not incur any foreign transaction fee.
Swetlana Kaduski: Have a safe journey!

Im not sure I feel much better about it, but I tried!!

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