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Dr. Guannan Ge, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Lebanon), The BEST Pain Doctor In New Hampshire?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE & read here. You can find her at: dartmouth-hitchcock.org.

I think so.

We met with her this morning, in Lebanon. NO. Not for I. For the wife. She had been referred to her.

When I read her bio — above — I just couldn’t believe what I was reading. Sounded true good to be true. The type of doctor I had been hoping to someday find.

Well, she proved to be as GOOD as what she claimed in the bio — if not better.


Young, but sure knows her stuff. Confident, self-assured, poised — but very low-key & non-pushy.

Wow. She actually understands PAIN! She knows the key role the brain & nervous system plays when it comes to pain. WOW. A doctor, at last, that is willing to talk about — even diagnose — central pain (now referred to as ‘Central Sensitization’). She was a revelation.

Over the last 14-year we must have seen at least 8 other so called ‘pain specialist’. They were all, in the end, charlatans. All of them put together (& they were all males) did not have her expertise, acumen & touch.

Wow. I was so impressed. (Have you already kind of got that impression that I kind of liked her?)

Well, I do know a bit about ‘pain’. I have written a book about it. SMILE. Yes, I gave her a copy & she was very gracious in thanking me for it.

I am looking forward to working with her. What a JOY.

Yes, she is native Chinese — in that she was born in China & did some of her schooling there. Great credit to China.

I the past I always tried to find Indian doctors. As of now, I am going to start by looking for Chinese doctors!

She (somewhat) restored my faith in DHMC.

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by Anura Guruge

The Fine Art On Display At Dartmouth Hitchcock (Lebanon) — July 9, 2020,

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

I have been visiting Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (in Lebanon), on a fairly regular basis, for the last 15-years. NO. I have yet to see a doctor, for myself, in all those years — & probably upwards 50 visits. Well for a start Teischan was born there (in 2006). That alone necessitated quite a few trips.

I always enjoy visiting DMHC. It is like going to a fancy country club than a hospital. The way they have cleverly arranged it, you never see any sick folk per se. Plus they have all this great artwork & often, even folks playing the many grand pianos scattered around the place.

Today was no exception. Lot of nice art. I wanted to share them with YOU. Enjoy. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


1st New Hampshire Coronavirus Patient, Medical Professional No Less, Who Did NOT Self-Isolate Should Be CHARGED & Fired.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE & read here. This was from: wokq.com. Google for more.

Yes, we know that it is a male, he works at ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC) in Hanover, he caught it in Italy and that he was instructed by the hospital to self-isolate.

He was told to self-isolate on Friday.

But, that evening he attended a private, invitation-only function attended by STUDENTS. He knew that!

That is criminal.

He can’t claim that he was ‘unaware’ since he works for Dartmouth — though Dartmouth is not immune from hiring idiots.

If anybody dies, after catching the virus from him, he should be charged with MANSLAUGHTER. Simple as that, because that is what it is.

That DHMC has not fired him as yet is also inexcusable.

They claim that he did NOT come into contact with any patients. I don’t really believe them. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

William Cheever Turner’s Amazing Vehicular Art On Display At The ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’.

by Anura Guruge

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Copyright belongs to Mr. William Cheever Turner.

Click to access his impressive Website with a LOT of his pictures to marvel with awe.

I have always said that going to ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. is like visiting a resort rather than a high-end, full-function hospital. They go out of their way to make the environment soothing and pleasing to the senses. You are surrounded by very high-class art and if you are lucky, as I was this morning, with live music from a piano  player at a grand.

They had works by Milford (N.H.) artist ‘William Cheever Turner‘ on display in one wing. I had never heard of him and I wish I had. His work, as you can see, is quite spectacular. I took a few pictures so I could SHARE them with you. You have to check out his. The level of detail and realism is phenomenal.

It was a good day overall, and we were not there for anything serious. These paintings made my morning.


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Piano Player At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center On Valentine’s Day 2019.

by Anura Guruge

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There are many nice things about the ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. They go to GREAT lengths to make it NOT look and feel like a hospital. I kid you not. I have spent a LOT of time at DHMC over the last 13-years. For one, Teischan was born there, and I was there for 3-days on the trot for that.

They have a lot of great art and a number of grands strategically positioned around the rambling campus. This is the one closest to the main entrance. Anybody is welcome to play them, Typically volunteers set out to regale the folks. This appeared to be one of them. Fairly good chance he works there.

This was quite early in the morning, i.e., around 9:30am. But, it was Valentine’s Day. So, it was good. I liked him. You can hear me clapping.


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by Anura Guruge

THE Cutest Thing You Will See On Valentine’s Day 2019 — Guaranteed.

by Anura Guruge

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Come on. Let me hear you say ‘Aaahhhh!’ — with feeling.

Doesn’t it warm the cockles of your heart.

A sculpture at the ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. Despite how special it is, this is tucked away, on the 5th floor (depending on how you count the floors), off the beaten-track. I was exploring and bumped into it.

Wanted to share with you given it is Valentine’s Day and all.

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‘6 images for the day’ — November 20, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

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Taken with my (second) Sony RX100 II.

Original 5472 x 3648, ~4Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 220Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

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All taken at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC),
Concord, New Hampshire
on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Enjoy. Thank YOU.

That Lebanon, New Hampshire Was Ranked #1 Best Small Town In The U.S. Does Not Surprise Me.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “livability.com” via “marketwatch.com”. Use link below to access original.

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View of the Connecticut River, on whose east bank both Lebanon and Hanover are on — Vermont being on the west bank. This image of the river, crossing the river, grabbed from Google’s ‘street view’. Click to ENLARGE.

That LebanonNew Hampshire, managed to grab the #1 spot would NOT surprise anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Hanover, N.H. — the home of Dartmouth College, the HOP Center for Performing Arts and the famed Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) — which is next door. Essentially when anybody talks about Lebanon, N.H., in a context like this, they are really talking Lebanon-Hanover amalgamated.

I have always, since my first eye opening visit in 1998, have thought of Hanover as a cultural and social oasis within N.H. As I describe it to people (who know Boston) — it is as if Boston’s Newbury Street was transplanted in New Hampshire.

Hanover, N.H., with its lovely, quintessential ‘village’ green, with the mandatory white building with spires surrounding it, is one of my favorite places to visit in N.H. Luckily, we do typically manage to get there at least 4 times a year — usually more. Most times these days, now that we do not go to DHMC (Hanover) as much as we used to, we go there for performances at the HOP.

Lebanon per se, to be honest, is a bit rough even by N.H. standards. But thanks to Hanover the surrounding area, in a 20 mile radius, has a genteel, salubrious air of good New England living.

So I am not at all surprised of the ranking. To be honest 8 years ago, before we moved to Alton, we looked at the prospect of moving to the Hanover area. Compared to the Lakes Region that area was at least 70K more expensive in terms of comparable housing. That is why we ended up in Alton.

So Bravo to Lebanon/Hanover. Well done. You have done New Hampshire pride.

That Bar Harbor, Maine, the port of call for Acadia National Park came in at #5 did, however, cause me to pucker my eyebrows. Do not get me wrong. We love Bar Harbor. Of late we have been visiting there twice a year and plan to be there SOON. Bar Harbor is lovely, but in many ways it is a one-trick pony town. Acadia. Yes, of course, it has a fabulous main street, great eateries and scenery, both aquatic and green, to kill — but it is mainly a Summer tourist town. Yes, if we could find the right place, for the right price, we would live within 35 miles of Bar Harbor in a heartbeat and Deanna of late is kind of urging me to find a place where she can see the ocean. So I think, as with Lebanon, when they really meant Lebanon-Hanover, I think they are using ‘Bar Harbor’ here as a token for meaning that whole ‘Acadia’ area. And that I can BUY with no trouble. One of the most beautiful areas in the northeast.


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100,000 Views Of This Blog Just In 2013 At An Average Of 423 Views Per Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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No this is not old news. The last 100,000 post was in mid-June when this Blog was inching towards 100,000 all-time views.

Since then we are approaching, and will reach it today or tomorrow, 100,000 for THE YEAR.

We are still in August and we have had TRIPLE the hits  for all of 2012.

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It, as they will always tell you, has all to do with content and perseverance.

Here are the first 8 posts on this blog MINUS the ‘Windows 7’ posts that I moved to my Windows 7 blog (which has an all-time hit count of 184,400).

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I started this blog, in anger, when I found out that Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic (DHMC) had quite literally abused me in the posterior! I wanted others to know so they could avoid getting violated.

I was no stranger to blogging. I already had multiple, quite active, pope blogs.

After the DHMC post I didn’t do another until I had a run-in with U.S. Cellular. Again the goal was to give others a heads up.

Then Windows 7 came along and I really got hooked on it – especially since I had this PC, handbuilt, for Windows 7. I started blogging incessantly about Windows 7. I also found many tips on how to get the best from Windows 7 and even how to fix some bugs. Suffice to say that these posts became very popular and remain so — since some of the bugs, such as the appearance of the annoying padlock, still persists. So I created a new ‘Windows 7’ blog and moved all the Windows 7 posts from this blog to that and then did my Windows-related posts on that blog. That blog still gets 100+ hits a day though I stopped posting on it way back in 2011. Just don’t have the time.

In February 2012 we started homeschooling Devanee because she was getting bullied at Alton Central School (ACS). Homeschooling proved to be a popular topic. That explains the spike in popularity in early 2012. Then the Olympics. My few Olympics posts were a hit. That is when I started posting here on a daily basis.

My ‘popes-and-papacy‘ blog has had 625,000 hits since 2010. That is another blog that I have now put to pasture. My ‘papam’ blog, also inactive, has had 184,000 hits. So 809,000 hits on just these two pope blogs.

Add the 133,956 from here and the 184,472 from Windows 7
and we have 1,127,812 hits!

Well all these hits hasn’t really made me rich — though of LATE we are seeing some ‘bennies’.

Just wanted to chronicle this, because that is what blogging is meant to be. Thanks. Cheers.

Yes, we did hit 100,000 on Saturday, August 24, 2013 as I had assumed in my earlier post.


Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic (DHMC) Mugged Me

Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic (DHMC) Mugged Me (Honest)

by Anura Guruge


The two Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic (DHMC) doctors that perform colonoscopys at the ‘Concord Endoscopy Center’ charge $1,600 MORE for that procedure than the non-DHMC doctors performing that same procedure — at the same facility.

You read that right. The two DHMC doctors bill $1,600 MORE to perform the SAME PROCEDURE, at the same facility, as a non-DHMC doctor. The two DHMC doctors BILL $2,957 for a colonoscopy/esophagus procedure.

The Endoscopy center told me last Friday that IF I had had those same procedures done by one of THEIR doctors it would have cost me ~$1,300. The ‘Center’ charges $2,695.44 (non-discounted to the insurance company) independent of whether the procedure was done by a DHMC or non-DHMC doctor.

This is wrong. This is crazy. This is duplicity. This is border line criminal. This has to stop.

As a consultant I fully appreciate differential, what I call ‘Robin Hood,’ pricing. If I had this done at DHMC in Lebanon, with a roomful of students watching, I would not complain. I am paying for a different class of service. Yes, my youngest was delivered at DHMC, in May 2006, by C-section. I was there. There were 13 people in the operating room (and that it was 13 didn’t bother me). A few of the nurses sat on the floor, against the wall, because they didn’t have anything to do. They were just there, in case they were needed. For that, I would pay more.

But, in this case it was NOT a DHMC facility. There were no students participating. There were no DHMC nurses. Whether it was done by a DHMC or non-DHMC doctor, the rest of the staff, equipment and facilities, would have been the same. DHMC is not justified in charging me $1,600 more.

Given the procedure involved, this but a $1,600 pain in the derrière (if you would please excuse my French).

I truly feel that DHMC has mugged me.

To me, this is no different to if the doctor had put a scalpel to my neck, prior to the procedure, and said: “Give us $1,600 more or I will cut you badly.” They duped me. They abused me. They are treating me like a chump.

This is THE PROBLEM with Health Care.

I gather that IF I had called up the ‘Center’ directly, they would have assigned me to the next available doctor — non-DHMC or DHMC. If I had got a non-DHMC doctor, I would have been billed $1,600 less. So now this is like the NH Lottery for colonoscopy in Concord. Get a non-DHMC doctor and save $1,600.

But, I trusted DHMC. So much so that I had already requested paperwork so that they could have my cadaver (per my family tradition that we give way our bodies). Well, screw DHMC. You can’t have my body. You have already STOLEN an arm and a leg. [I will write another post as to why I hadn’t returned the paperwork.]

Till last Friday, it would have been difficult to find anybody who was more of a fan of DHMC that me. And even now I have to say that I have nothing but the utmost respect for nearly all DHMC staff — including the one that performed my colonoscopy. [That he was named after a pope, had nothing to do with it.]

This is wrong. This has to stop. Yes, I am contacting anybody and everybody that I can. I want to see Health Care reform BECAUSE of stuff like this. So please help me by spreading the word. Thank you.

P.S. The Billing folks at the ‘Concord Endoscopy Center’ are beyond exceptional. They, on their own volition have gone the extra mile (maybe a few more) to help me. I thank them. That ‘Center’ on the whole is great too. I also lucked out that they don’t want to see me for another 10 years. Maybe we will have decent Health Care reform by then.