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Wordle of the Day October 11, 2010

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When Employment Ends, the Appointments Begin October 11, 2010

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Since I learned that my employment would end soon, I have scheduled the following:

  1. Overnight Sleep Study (for sleep apnea)
  2. Regular Physical (mammogram, cholesterol, Pap)
  3. 2010 3 in 1 Flu Shot (no shortage this year)
  4. Visit to the Optician
  5. 2 Massages for October (lymphedema)
  6. Cancer study appts: ultrasound, plus CA 125 blood test

Here’s how it is going:

Sleep-see separate post today…

Flu shot: easy-peasy and no side effects.

Cholesterol test. Each one of these begins with a great phlebotomist. How easy is it to voluntarily submit to a blood draw, while hungry and uncaffeinated? These phlebotomists should get combat pay!

(my secret-a number 23 needle)

Results-could be better. Fewer carbs?

Mammogram: Normal (what is normal, anyway?)

Pap test. (TBD-a couple of weeks). Good news for women! New policy. If one year is clear, then you might get a three year pass until the next one! (in my home town, at least)

Note: Each appt. cost includes parking, time away from work (whoops not any more), opportunity cost then, and a $20 co-pay (except for an appt. labelled annual physical exam), in the name of prevention. No co-pay at the optician and the parking there is free.

Cost for last week: $6.00 (parking)

Week before (sleep study) $14.00 parking plus TBD

Two days before sleep study: $4.00 parking for consultation that led to sleep study

(was physician maximizing his/her revenue for September?) hmmmm.

What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You…Will It? October 11, 2010

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In late September, I consulted a sleep doctor. It’s a newer specialty, which evolved out of pulmonology and internal medicine. Newer meaning late 20th century. I have some level of sleep apnea and was  interested [finally] in learning how I sleep. (Someone told me that I was ceasing to breathe, waking up and then breathing again).  Or not sleep. To sleep or not to sleep? Mine is probably more like:

To snore, or to snore some more?

This week, I will learn more about my sleep and the connection to my eating habits, how much I weigh and my age.

The not knowing part, (bet you thought it was the condition, didn’t you?) is that I don’t know how much it cost me to spend the night in the hospital and

  • be observed by a technician (caseload-two patients) for eight hours. I asked if they called my insurance company and trusted that it was
  • pre-authorized.
  • I wonder what the 20% cost-share will be;
  • if I will max out for the year;
  • if it was a 4 figure number; and
  • if it was deemed “medically necessary”.

I will let you know. Please don’t wait nine months, as I did,to investigate this potentially hazardous condition of sleep apnea.

Shout out for author T. R. Reid on global health care October 6, 2010

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In my house growing up, TR was definitely Teddy Roosevelt, but we’ll have to add space for T.R. “Tom” Reid, the lively, well-traveled NPR commentator and the former Tokyo and London bureau chief for the Washington Post.  As he said last night when discussing a foreign posting,

“Oh, when newspapers had money.”

TR poses three questions to his audiences:

  1. How do other countries provide universal health coverage for their citizens?
  2. Why do they provide this coverage for their citizens?
  3. And lastly, why doesn’t the United State feel that we need to provide universal health coverage for its’ citizens?

He stated, that if we could answer that moral question, then it would be easier for the country to move forward. Read more about T. R. here.

 

PS: A “bonus” slide show included different types of cigarette warnings on boxes in Germany, France and Canada. The point was how much bigger the warnings are in other countries, [just like their health care coverage]. Here is a similar one:

 

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And a Russian one:

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Opinion | Democrats counter GOP parody of health-care reform | Seattle Times Newspaper October 5, 2010

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Opinion | Democrats counter GOP parody of health-care reform | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Will any  Republicans have the ovaries to run on the platform of “No children should be insured”? Repeal that!

Will any Republicans really defend a parent’s “right” to stay locked into an employer they don’t want to stay with, because their child as a “pre-existing condition”, and is insured under that employer’s group plan? Repeal that!

Will any Republicans try to run on the premise that their call for repeal of the Affordable Care Act is really based on the call in the legislation for more dollars to be ued for patients, instead of adminstrative costs? Let’s repeal that too.

And Democrats, you might need some ovaries too.

I’m just sayin”….

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