Sunday, November 15, 2009

I will post more next week.

I want to calm my pain down a bit and read Palin's book. I've certainly seen enough exerpts. I may put my amature fact-sleuthing skills to work and see what's what. And maybe put in a cocktail recipe or two.

SI Joint injection failed big time.

Trying hypnosis next - it worked with a bone marrow biopsy, so I'm hopeful.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SI-Joint injection tomorrow.

Since Gumby Syndrome (aka Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) has been the bane of my existance lately, posting is going to be haphazard until everything settle down, which should be sometime later this week. Or next.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Gimme Healthcare: Only in America!

Short and sweet tonight, because, forgive my french, my ass hurts. I have a fusion scheduled for February, an until then the pain looks as if it will get to the intolerable level. I could have had the surgery in June, but it would have bankrupted us. Who am I kidding it probably still will.

Only in America!

  • Did you know investment banks are buying life insurance policies in lots, and betting on when people will die? Yup. They are.

    Only in America!

  • Did you know accepting treatment for a rape is a preexisting
    condition and grounds for insurance denial? Yes, that's true.

    Only in America!

  • Did you know an insurance company can ask a woman who has had previous c-sections to be sterilized before they will insure her? Yes, that's true.

    Only in America!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Big surprise: AHIP doesn't like HCR

Well, duh. What a surprise. Why would "America's Health Insurance Plans" be in favor of reform if it doesn't benefit their bottom line? After all they are an industry trade group.

A good rule of thumb is that when a "pro-reform" group is comprised of groups that are going to be reformed, look deeper. They usually aren't what they seem.

We still need single-payer system, regardless of what reform we end up with now.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Am I dreaming? No. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Hussain Obama? Yes!

I really thought I was sleepwalking and had stumbled onto the Morning Joe set. The Loki mewed and I realized I was in my living room (whew!). Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize and Loki was not pleased that I had sat down on top of him.


To all of you naysayers, look - he was nominated by complete strangers just weeks after his inauguration, but the committee had nine months to evaluate, investigate, prognosticate and deliberate. If they think he should get the Peace Prize, then by-golly, he's gonna get the Peace Prize. He knows he's got a lot to live up to, and he deserves our support because in the duly-elected President of the U.S. of A., and whether you like him or not, as an American, you should support the Office of the President; obviously the rest of the civilized world does.

Later on in the Day Rachel Maddow had a really good taped bit, so I posted hers rather than Morning Joe's.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

CRWL 's Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Case Western's Center for Reducing Health Disparities is a site that is worth looking into.

Hear are just of few issues that they cover, which includes links to their source material.

  • Breast Reconstruction Varies By Race
    Receipt of breast reconstruction varied significantly by patient race/ethnicity (40.9% of whites, 33.5% of African Americans, 41.2% of highly acculturated Latinas, and only 13.5% of less acculturated Latinas; P < .0001). Nearly 14% of less acculturated Latinas said they did not know how to get breast reconstruction, compared with less than 2% for all other groups (P<.001). The differences in survival by race actually appeared to have more to do with the hospitals than the patients themselves. Potential racial differences in access to care or preferences have been used to explain disparities in treatments and patient outcomes. But these are not likely to influence treatment in cardiac arrests since patients were already in the hospital and care of these patients is pretty clear" states Chan.
  • Black Patients Experience Worse In-hospital Cardiac Care, Lower Chances Of Survival Medical News Today highlights a new study published in the September 16th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This study points to significant disparities in the rates of successful resuscitation for black patients, making them less likely to survive an in-hospital cardiac arrest compared to white patients.
  • Race is a factor in the severity of lupus
    Recognizing the early symptoms of lupus and referring to specialists can reduce setbacks in adequate treatment options. Graciela Alarcón, M.D., a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham explains. Rheumatologists are aware of the differences in severity and outcome of lupus among patients of different racial groups," said Graciela Alarcón, M.D., a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. However, she said that these differences are not common knowledge among "general practitioners who are the ones more likely to encounter patients at disease onset when disease manifestations may not be so obvious.

I want to see how Health Care reform will affect these disparities. Whether we are rich or poor, black or white, we should all have the same high level of health care.