Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Extra! Extra! Read All About It...

Pictured below is New York Times photographer Sally Ryan, standing in MY house, taking pictures of MY mother's Razadyne. When she was done with that, she took pictures of me and Mom together, and some of us with Clint. Oh, and Mom's doggie, Buddy was star for a day too.

Word of this blog entry spread through the blogging world and was brought to the attention of NY Times reporter Stephanie Saul, who was working on a piece about the elderly and the economy (I don't want to give it away!). She telephoned me last week for a brief interview. I didn't know if our story made the cut or not, until yesterday when we were contacted for a photo shoot.

As of this minute, we are slated for FRONT PAGE, TOMORROW. WEDNESDAY. The 22nd. Us! On the front page of the New York Times! Did I mention? Tomorrow?

Well. It will either be us, or those pills she's photographing. We'll find out tomorrow which is more photogenic.

Thanks to Wendy, who "introduced" me to her sister-in-law Liz, who recommended me to someone named Alex, who gave Stephanie Saul a head's up, who sent Sally to my home today.

Life is just so darned interesting sometimes.


  1. That is AWESOME !! I hope they title it "This Just In" as kudos to you. Hope all works out for you and your family, great job in networking such a great human story to the front page of the NYT where it deserves to be. Need any copies let the King know. I'll send them to ya no problem.

  2. Woo-hooey! That's amazing—the front page of TNYT! Isn't that something? Of course, it goes without saying that I'm so sorry it had to be a heartbreaking, agony-inducing situation that started the whole thing . . .

    I'll be looking for that paper!

  3. Woohoo!! I'll be checking out that cover tomorrow!

  4. I'd rather you not be on the front page and the drug company just give your mom what she needs.

    Then again, BE on the front page and maybe the drug company will give your mom what she needs ...

    .... and the many other people that have to make such a head-splitting decision.

    (((Hugs))) to your mom!

  5. Holy crap, Goodnight Girl, get ready for a media onslaught. The New York Times sets the agenda for other media and you're about to be inundated. I suppose it will depend to some extent on how prominently you and your mother play in the story; whether you're given a passing mention or whether it focuses on you, but this could be really big. You could become the new Joe the Plumber, because what you're facing with your mother is a vivid example of the way our health care system isn't working well for ordinary Americans.

  6. Rachel3:53 PM

    Wow, I just know the Today Show
    will be calling you next. I hope
    it helps all the people in the
    same situation as your Mom.
    My Husband's Grandmother is in
    Carle Arbours with Alzeimers and
    the cost is $7000 per mth.
    Hang in there you are making
    a difference!

  7. Wow Lori! Amazing how word spreads and you get to do your bit to let the world know.

    I'll surely check out the TNYT tomorrow and hope to see you guys there though the pills are more photogenic. Hehe ;-)

  8. Wow. I just attended a meeting today about the whole dynamics of social networking and this is the prime example of how it works and how fast it works.

    I will buy a paper tomorrow.

  9. My best to your mom and everyone else who struggles so needlessly these days.

    I'll buy a paper and link to you first thing tomorrow.

  10. It's already online!!!!!! I'm going back to read the article now.

  11. WOW indeed! I just checked the Times online, and there you are! Fantastic - and it's about time this story received more coverage. I'm going to blog about this today and do a link to both your original blog post AND to the NYT page.

    It IS quite an interesting world, isn't it? Wow.


  12. You're in the on-line edition (I checked at 5:00 a.m.) here http://www.nytimes.com/ (the headline is "Some Cut Back On Prescription Drugs in Sour Economy" and you're the top story in the National Edition. Congratulations.

  13. StFarmer7:39 AM

    I'm glad the issue is getting some attention. I can't think of a better spokesperson.


  14. Lori, I've just linked your blog post and the NYT article on Lord Celery - and have mentioned Toys for Troops at the end. Hope it gives you a bit more publicity...especially on this side of the pond!

    Good going!

    And tell your mother that she looks lovely in the photo!


  15. You're famous!!!!

    Does that make me almost famous because I "know" you?

  16. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Dear Lori,

    I just read the NYT article about you and your mother and that you are trying to decide whether to discontiue her Alzheimer's medication. I was in a similar situation several months ago with my father who is 84. According to research I did, the benefits of one of the medications(Aricept) is greatest in the early stages of alzheimers, yet the research shows that it may be helpful in the later stages as well. He has moderate to severe alzheimers and I decided to continue with the Aricept. If you order Aricept through Medco by Mail, the cost for 5mg , 90day supply (or three months) is $114. The cost savings are amazing if you order Medco by Mail and they offer free shipping too! Their telephone number is 1-888-801-6669. Their e-mail address is www.medco.com. I'm not sure if it's available through Medicare. I believe he gets Medco through his private insurance carrier. I hope this is helpful. Good luck with your mother and if you have any questions, please e-mail me at MadeleineBarry@Verizon.net.



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