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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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Israel and I are Snowed In! Tips for Staying for Warm & Dry All Around the World...


12 Tevet, 5773

If you haven't heard the record-making news, the Middle East has been hit by a blizzard. Desert-dwellers are not prepared for such developments, as a rule. Israel's soldiers have helped stranded motorists to reach safety, and strangers took in people who needed shelter. 

Sand scattered on roads, snowplows and salt are now part of the Israeli scene.

Other news-worthy stuff is going on:

How the Holy Land Looks All in white,7340,L-4465376,00.html

I'm thrilled to have kept a long, water-proof down coat in my closet, with thick gloves and waterproof boots for Israel's cold winters. These items have helped me to weather the days-long storm.

Here's my advice for coping with some of the difficulties, fresh off one of my Facebook pages:

My indoor and/or outdoor coping tips for the cold weather: Wear leg warmers (you can knit them in a hurry), layers of clothing, and fingerless gloves alone or under regular mittens/gloves for added warmth. Wear XL kitchen gloves over your knitted gloves,to keep them dry outdoors. It's the cold water not drying out that makes hands super-duper cold. You can prevent that misery by keeping water off your hands/gloves..
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I highly recommend keeping your sense of humor going strong. That lets you cope with problems. Check out this message from last week:

So natch the administrators change their minds about my medical coding class members having to attend school AFTER this morning's blizzard shuts off electricity to my classroom. I returned home soggy, happy to be alive (Israelis are so not used to driving in blizzards) and still laughing from the snowball fight i initiated with the school's guard. Gun shmun. You can't whup a Golani with a big fat snowball and a silly streak miles wide!

If you have other good suggestions to share, please comment below this blogpost.

Have fun with the white stuff.


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