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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on January 15, 2013 at 6:10pm

Booklover - thanks for the smiles with the lolcats.

I love them!

sk8eycat I understand your rant. My mom has Medicare and is encountering the same problems you describe. I am helping her any way that I can.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 6:09pm

Napoleon, your Mignonne is reinstalled at the top of Comment Wall. OK. I shall put a bunch of photos on to fill up this page. 

Does anyone else have this problem? 

Now, the piece is Le Relou-Garou. 

Are you, or someone else mad at me? If you are, please contact me and we can talk, find a solution. 

Comment by Steph S. on January 15, 2013 at 6:06pm

Tony thanks for sharing the photos : )

I love those squash birds Ian - how unique.

Booklover - what a large dog (bear) - hehe! Very cool.

I enjoy reading all your stories. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

I am glad your daughter is enjoying her classes. That is wonderful Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 6:00pm
sk8eycat, your rant is a powerful one, you spell out the problems and their effects on you. You don't whine or accuse, you state facts. Now, let's think who your allies are. Your pharmacist, surely, and your new dentist. How do your legislators vote on these issues? Are there others in your community with similar problems? Perhaps the internet has people who have legitimate complaints as well are willing to share. Have you ever talked to your Senator or Congress people? If they are part of the the "austerity" party, that is a dead end; however, you could try.
Yes, our health care system is a mess and it will not get better until and unless enough people take a stand for health care for all. There is no reason for loss of benefits simply because someone else wants more profits. It is insane!
Another option is to take charge of your diabetes ... I too have Type 2 diabetes and I can pretty much control it with diet and exercise. I realize not all people can. BP is also manageable for some people by using stress reducer exercises. My son-in-law reduced his BP that was terribly dangerously high by learning relaxation and stress management. He also gave up trying to be right all the time and in control. He is a much finer person to be around. These techniques don't work for everyone.
In the meantime, love yourself, unconditionally. Know that whatever you feel reflects your body trying to give you information. To live in balance, pay attention your feelings, thoughts, fears, anger, jealousy, depression, resentment. these all attempt to get your attention. Experiment with thinking positive thought and noticing things for which you are grateful.
Comment by Joseph Corder on January 15, 2013 at 5:56pm

It worked for me!  I have gone onto a page that has about 3 running at the same time!  Very frustrating!!

Comment by booklover on January 15, 2013 at 5:20pm

Felaine, this IS a great place to come and rant.  AND people here actually care because we are friends.  I am not facing the same things as you are right now, but I certainly understand your frustration and I agree with you wholeheartedly! ~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on January 15, 2013 at 3:18pm

Joan, You asked if I'd had a physical lately...my MD retired suddenly on Dec. 31st (he only gave me 2 weeks notice...after 42 years!), so I'm shopping for a new General Practitioner, or gerontologist, or whatever you call a doctor who specializes in the peculiar problems of aging.

Things are a little crazy because MediCareLess hasn't set the guidelines for 2013; I usually receive the information booklet for the new year in October or November, and I haven't, nor have any of my friends who are over 65 (practically all of them).

Some local doctors aren't accepting new patients until they find out WTF is going on...and in the meantime, I have about a month's worth of the meds I need to control my BP and diabetes.  Thank DOG I'm not on insulin!

All I can find about the 2013 changes in Medcare so far pertain to Part D, which I don't have because it's a scam to benefit Big Pharma, and always has been.  I get 2 meds free from Pfizer's Connection to Care, but I still need a written Rx to get them.

Also, I have heard that ALL Medicare patients who don't have any supplemental insurance (I am one) are going to be assigned arbitrarily to whatever insurance company is handy. What that sounds like is HMO-ism...snarls of red tape, and losing the freedom to choose my own doctor(s), and that doesn't ease my mind, either.

It's a mess. 

I have an appointment with a GP next week who was recommended by my pharmacist; I trust his judgment--I desperately needed a dentist a few years ago, and he sent me to one right here in our neighborhood...she's outstanding and very compassionate , so...we'll see.

In the meantime, I AM getting a little frantic about the whole thing, and what really p*sses me off that all this is not about keeping American citizens healthy (so we don't have epidemics and plagues) and/or useful (so we can work, pay taxes, and retire comfortably), it's about MONEY! 

The radical wrong will keep their wars going forever because they get mucho dinero from the armament manufacturers...while they begrudge grandma's Social Security benefits that she earned by working at low-paying jobs all her life.  And now they are even trying to cut back care for the veterans who were maimed fighting their damned wars...

Oh, dear. I'm ranting again.  My apologies.

Ruth....thank you for creating a place where we can tell jokes, post pics, just talk, AND rant.  I think I'm feeling better.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 15, 2013 at 2:11pm

Lots of pics that make me smile. Thanks.

Comment by booklover on January 15, 2013 at 1:43pm

I want a thinking-cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 15, 2013 at 1:14pm

Joan, glad it worked. If you liked those pics, I put them up in Digital Life on Geek and Nerd Haven. Many more pics there, just stuff that caught my eye, for either content, color, subject matter, whatever. Come on over and peek at a few. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

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