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You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Tips


2 Tamuz, 5776

You've read Ira's comments before, when he reviewed my home cooking. He ate well, despite the hospital menu, when he was being treated for a suspected (then confirmed and corrected) heart problem.

Here's an update on Ira's vastly improved condition. it holds "coping with cardiac intensive care" lessons for the public AND medical professionals!

Cardiac ICU tips
Heaven forfend that you or anyone you know should need these, but in case you do, or in case this is your business, I wanted to pass on a few tips of my own.
Although we were extensively briefed by a social worker on what to expect in the ICU, I feel some important points were lacking:
1) You are unconscious or minimally conscious, there's a breathing tube in your throat, a respirator is breathing for you and you can't talk.
It's worse than that. You can't make a sound. none. Zero. Not a squeal, squelch or scream. You are completely mute. This surprised me. I thought I'd be able to communicate some way vocally. No way.
Because people with tubes in their throat don't like that they try to pull them out and have to be restrained. Guess what, this means you cannot communicate with your hands or body. In other words, you are completely locked in.
2) What's there to communicate about?
I didn't even think to ask because you are getting drips but I had a raging thirst caused by the irritating tube in my throat. But I had no way to communicate that. I finally stuck my tongue in and out in the hopes that Pam would figure it out and she did. You might want to arrange two signals: tongue in and out for water. Tongue back and forth for pain/discomfort. I was never thirstier in my life and will never forget the water I got from the tongue depressor wrapped with gauze and swabbed in my mouth. That was the best drink of water ever!
3) The tube in your throat
Yes, it's uncomfortable but they don't mention the worst part - the way it rubs the side of your lips like a hack saw. This is clearly a medical device defect. This remains one of the worst pains and I still have it.
How to handle this: bring a tube of MEDICATED lip balm and make sure it is liberally spread on the lips, especially the side where the tube hangs out. Don't use the regular petroleum jelly the hospital has. It's useless.
4) Time dilation
In the ICU minutes seem like hours or longer. Pam would come in and I'd feel furious she'd been gone for a week. You have to continually remind the patient what time it is and how much time has past. "I just went out and was gone five minutes." "Hi, I'm still here and the last time I talked to you was 15 minutes ago. " literally that kind of thing.
5) orientation
If you wear glasses make sure they are on! I was literally in a fog the whole time I was in the ICU because no one put my glasses on
6) Treats
My nurse made a treat of frozen ice pops using tongue depressors and water. I would have done anything to get one of those and they were used to help wean me off the respirator. I remember Pam saying Nurse says you can have another ice pop if you breathe on your own. I wanted to negotiate for one immediately but I was in no position to argue.
That's all for now.

Gizelle Gill Good advice nothing like self experience
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Yocheved Golani May I post this to Ira?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

One Way to Cope with Medical Costs Despite the Brexit & Medicare Financial Crashes


18 Sivan, 5776

Two BIG news stories indicate that patients around the world need information on how to handle their medical costs:

1) BBC, Sky News and ITV networks report that Brexit won the vote. UK is leaving the European Union!

The stunning outcome reflected populist sentiment and is sure to have far-reaching effects on Britain’s place in the world and the future of the E.U.

Money markets are in CRISIS!

UK & EU Drug Regulations - probably costs - in TROUBLE! 


Under the guise of “reform,” President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives. The stakes are high, because Medicare and the acce…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chilling in HOT Weather!


17 Sivan, 5776

As I learn how highs temperatures have soared in various locations, I realize that many of my readers might need some help to cool down. Perhaps you'll find helpful information with...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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The New York Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer announced its arrival this week by bringing record high temperatures around the country. To help you keep your cool, we’ve compiled some expert advice for coping with the heat.
Stay Cool!
Tara Parker-Pope
Well Editor

Patrik Giardino/Getty Images
Why do some people become seriously ill while exercising in hot weather and others don’t?

Robert Dant
Now you don’t have to feel guilty about buying your kids that convenience-store slushie. Pre-cooling before hot-weather exertion improves the body’s ability to cope in the heat.
Renee Keith
We don’t advise wearing an icy collar like the athletes in this study, but it’s good to know that putting an icy compress on your neck on a hot day will cool you down.

Jed Jacobsohn for The New York Times
A good head-dousing isn’t just a way to celebrate a championship. It’s also a smart way to keep your body cool in the heat.
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Hey, don’t knock it till you try it.

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