8-24-16 Nicole Sandler Show – One More for the Road

  Today is my final show before taking some time off for surgery and recuperation. I honestly can't remember the last time I took an extended period of time off. I moved my show online the night Air America went off the air and, aside from a sick day or a travel day here and there, I've been on the air. This time I'm putting my health first. So after I chat with Wendell Potter today, I'm taking some time off. I have pre-op appointments tomorrow and Friday, and surgery is Tuesday, so I'm really not slacking off. And since [...]

8-16-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Nothing Makes Sense

Every day I wake up and wonder how the hell we got to this place: fewer than 90 days away from a presidential election with the two most reviled candidates in history as the major party nominees. One of them is politics as usual - in the worse sense of the term, and the other is a narcissist and loose cannon who could conceivably start a nuclear war over a perceived slight. I get that Hillary Clinton was nominated. She's gone through the steps and worked her way up the ladder. I don't like it, but I do understand it. But [...]

8-12-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Politics, Pot and Publix

  I'm back. For now... Since I've been out for the past few Thursdays, we've been missing Harvey J. Kaye. So he joined me today for a quick visit. In hour two, Marijuana Policy Project's Director of Federal Policies, Robert Capecchi, told us about the DEA's decision to keep marijuana as a schedule 1 substance. The Silver Tour's Robert Platshorn joined in to tell us about tomorrow's one day picket of Publix, whose founder's heir donated $800 million to the campaign to defeat Amendment 2, the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot Nov 8. If you're in South Florida, come [...]

7-25-16 First Oncologist Meeting; First Denial of Benefits

  The crooks at UHC have now officially denied my first claim. Following the Angiogram, I was ordered to not move for six hours, making the time I was able to get off the bed 11:30PM Friday night, at which time there was no doctor around to discharge me. But UHC decided that was not "medically necessary." This is going to be a long, long treatment period ahead. I will not be on the air today, but will let you know later what the oncologist says when I have my first consult this afternoon. Watch this space...

7-13-16 Seeing the Pulmonologist

I've had sleep issues for a long time. In 1997, I was living in San Diego, co-hosting the 91X "Brand X" Morning Show with my friend Chris Cantore, when he noticed that I was more tired and irritable than usual. I explained that I had this weird sensation in my legs that not only kept me awake each night, but prevented me from even lying down! I described the sensation as feeling like thousands of ants were crawling around inside my legs, not allowing me a moment's rest. When I did sit or lie still, the "ants" would start crawling, [...]

7-7-16 A Heart Attack… or Not

Thursday July 7, 2016 It was one of those days when anything that could go wrong did.  Technical problems at the new studios added to the stress I was already feeling. My show that day was rife with foreshadowing that something bad was going to happen. I believed that my lack of sleep on Wednesday night contributed to my overall lousy feeling that day, but I just pushed it to the back of my mind and got through the day. When I arrived home, all I wanted to do was sleep. After an hour or two, I awoke, bathed in my [...]

20160722 Nicole Sandler Show – Red, White or Green?

  It's finally Friday, after a long, exhausting week. Not only were our nation's most troubled people on display for the whole world to ogle, the lead sociopath could very well be elected President of the United States. Opposite world, indeed. The Republican convention finally ended last night, and next week it's on to Philly. We'll be checking in with our Bernie delegates on the ground to give us the scoop on what goes on inside the arena. In the first hour of today's show, I ran through some of the more surreal moments from the GOP confab, with an [...]

7-21-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Fuck Cancer

I wasn't here yesterday. I ran a Best Of show as I had a biopsy scheduled to find out what's going on with this mass on my lung. I wasn't expecting to hear anything until Monday, but the doctor called shortly after I arrived at the studio today to tell me he got the preliminary results. Cancer. I have fucking lung cancer. I'll get more details next week after the PET scan tomorrow, and an appointment with the oncologist Monday afternoon, and the surgeon on Thursday. The next few weeks will likely be a bit of a whirlwind, so I [...]

7-18-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Circus Maximus

  As the GOP circus gets underway in Cleveland and the world at large continues its descent into insanity, I've been dealing with my own personal hell. After a heart attack scare last Thursday, I've been on a roller coaster ride - and I HATE roller coasters. The heart scare, which turned out not to be a heart attack at all, was perhaps a blessing in disguise. The x-ray that was to see if my heart was swollen or enlarged instead showed a mass on my left lung. The pulmonologist wanted a PET-CT scan done, but United Healthcare had other ideas. [...]

7-15-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Government Sanctioned Extortionists

I usually love Fridays. They mean the weekend is here. But when you're dealing with medical uncertainty, it's another 48 hours in a dead zone. Nothing will happen until Monday. Today, we learned that the company who takes my money every month and in return is supposed to pay my medical bills DENIED my doctor's order for a PET-CT scan to find out what this mass is on my left lung. DENIED. So, I'm going in first thing Monday morning for a regular old CAT scan that, according to my doctor, will NOT give him the info he needs to [...]

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