RANT: Roaches

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This rant has nothing to do with health and wellness. And for that I apologize.  I will not, however, apologize for the full-on freak out session I had in the Philly airport bathroom when this foot-long cockroach joined me in the bathroom!  It scurried past on its creepy little legs.  I instinctively screamed and simultaneously jumped, pants at my ankles, mid-stream, urinating on my left pant leg and ankle, and crashing in to the stall wall shared by my neighbor.  Of course no one in the exceptionally crowed bathroom knew the impetus of my clamor.

I quickly tried to dry off my own urine, wipe, flush and snap this photo, which honestly doesn’t begin to capture the shear girth of this creature—those tiles are at least 36 inches wide, by the way! That thing could easily be carrying a concealed weapon, I’m just saying…(and yes I was micturating, phone in hand–as I was trying to coordinate an airport meet up with my cousins who had flown in from a cockroach free airport, thank you very much)

I tried to act as calm as possible as I exited my stall into the crowded bathroom, squishing by the puzzled looks who had heard my panicked shrieks moments earlier. I grinned as I passed her and waited to hear what the recipient of my stall thought of the terrorist cockroach I had survived, but missed her reaction as I was once again shrieking as I slipped and fell because of my urine soaked shoe. DAMN IT!

Philly Airport, you disgust me.  I expected better from a city beacon of liberty.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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