Muzings

I am so into you … (not)

Posted in General, health by muzeuterpe on February 11, 2010

Hey kids, long time no see.  Actually, it has been more Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), personal/family problems and trying to keep my business running.

I’ve routinely written about my mild SAD symptoms. The Evil Twin’s Wife has commented on occasion that she struggles with SAD as well. It being February, it is time for me to start getting over it. As the number of hours of daylight gradually increase, the extreme fatigue begins to slowly lift. I have a couple full spectrum lights, but they aren’t the light boxes that are recommended as treatments. For me, I just get extremely tired.

Something new for 2010 – Menopause. Yep, believe it or not. Doctor certified change-o-life. According to the Mayo Clinic, 51 is the average age for a woman in the United States to enter this “wonderful” time of life. I am so not close to 51. But, my gyn has confirmed the crapping out of hormone levels and symptons. Hot flashes are amazing. Out-of-the-blue the spine starts heating up, it radiates upward to your head and your hair starts to sweat. When it’s over you freeze to death.

The family stuff.  Well, that’s an issue that has been going for over two years now. A member of my family is in trouble. They have been arrested, twice. This person is now in a jail outside West Virginia. Family can’t come up with the bail. To visit takes a full day of driving or a plane trip. The trial isn’t until September. The public defender is very confident.

Business, well, I’m doing ok with my business. The SAD is causing me to be scattered and it’s difficult to keep my focus some days. But, I have two steady clients and some hit and missers. I have re-evaluated my advertising and will try to be a little more targeted with it this year. I spent WAY too much on it last year.

I am going to host a Stand Against Racism event in April. I’m looking for some quality speakers. If you would like more information drop me a note at muzeuterpe1 [at] aol.com.

PS – I hate this new WP theme. Gonna have to pick a new one.

Nah! There won’t be any rationing of care …

Posted in health, National by muzeuterpe on January 3, 2010

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Full article.

The government won’t need to ration healthcare, the market will take care of it. Scarcity of medical resources will set in and citizens of this country will receive care in the same way we received the bogus swine flu shot. The ineptitude of the government will become personal to the people. That is, it won’t just be some cloud government interferring with your “right” not to wear a seatbelt. Everyone will be affected, and directly.

You won’t be able to run to the doc for that headcold. Why? Because it is too expensive to see people who are just a little sick. We need he doctor’s time for people who are REALLY sick. You’ll have to get your little neti pot and herbs and take care of it the natural way. Big Pharma won’t be doing much R&D so we’ll all be walking to the library to find books on traditional healing.

But don’t worry. The government has tons of experience providing medical care. Just look at the great care our Veterans get. Why, it’s in so much demand that you don’t dare miss your appointment. If you do, it takes you six months to get another one.

Stories of neglect and substandard care have flooded in from soldiers, their family members, veterans, doctors and nurses working inside the system. They describe depressing living conditions for outpatients at other military bases around the country, from Fort Lewis in Washington state to Fort Dix in New Jersey. They tell stories — their own versions, not verified — of callous responses to combat stress and a system ill equipped to handle another generation of psychologically scarred vets.

Boy oh boy, I just can’t wait till the government provides my healthcare.

“Death panels” — No way.

Posted in health, National by muzeuterpe on October 19, 2009

One goal of Florida’s plan is to “reduce or eliminate” the legal liability of health care workers who, in good faith, deny or withdraw treatment from some patients in an emergency. The plan includes sample executive orders that the governor could issue to shield workers and authorize hospitals to implement the guidelines.
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That goal needs to be balanced with an effort to distribute scarce resources in the least discriminatory way, said professor Ken Goodman, who directs the University of Miami bioethics program and the Florida Bioethics Network.

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Goodman, the University of Miami ethicist, said open conversation about the complex, value-laden decisions that will determine who receives treatment in the most extreme circumstances is crucial, and that hospital, state or federal guidelines should always be subject to revision.

“This should be an ongoing process that includes new evidence as it becomes available and that includes, in an open society, the participation of citizens,” he said.

Don’t take my word for it.  Read about it here.

Death panels … why that’s a scare tactic.  They just say that because they are “racists” and don’t like having a black President. No one is going to stop you from getting the care you need.  No one is going to get between you and your doctor.  Just tell grandma to take the pain pill. [How much more of that shit are you gonna buy?]

Obama said. … “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.

Cold vs Flu – How Do You Do!

Posted in General, health by muzeuterpe on October 17, 2009

Is it the cold or is it the flu?  Here are a list of symptoms:

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Sometimes, usually mild Usual; high (100-102 F; occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
Headache Occasionally Common
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion; middle ear infection Sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia; can be life-threatening

 

So, now I have to decide if I’m just struggling with a cold, or if I’m having some minor asthmatic issues that will mutate into pneumonia because I didn’t take it seriously. Sound like a hypocondriac, maybe.

When I wa a kid, I mean  little, I used to be afflicted with episodes of pneumonia. I’d have fever of over 102*, mom would rush me to the ER, and I would be packed in ice or washed down with rubbing alcohol.  It was  awful.  I don’t really remember much other than the ER visits.  I don’t remember the illness leading up to it, or coming home. But hey, I was maybe 4 or 5.  When I got older I remember being sick with strep-throat frequently.  I remember my dad raising hell with the doctor and insisting my tonsils be removed. Keep in mind, I wasn’t sick just once, I was sick two or more times a year, with hospitalization. They couldn’t rid me of the strep bacteria.

In the 5th grade I finally managed  to be well long enough to have the surgery. I was supposed to take some medication because I was anemic or my blood count was low, something.  It was awful.  I remember running from my mom.  My aunt tried to convince me to take the medicine by tasting it … she almost puked.

Two weeks before, I broke my wrist.  It was miserable.  The docs couldn’t get the bleeding to stop, they had to cauterize my throat (when that wasn’t usual practice), I vomitted blood.  They also removed my adenoids. This lead to big-time ear aches as my inner ears adjusted to the pressure differences (so I recall being told).  I was in the hospital longer that the standard for the day (I think 3 days was normal, I was in for a week.) When I came home I was on Tylenol-3 for the pain.

I missed Trick-or-Treet that year.

Anyway – I’ve been sneezing for a couple days and I have the tell-tale symptoms of a stupid cold.  Yesterday my nose was stuffy on one side, today both are gunky.  I can feel the old familiar feeling I experience in my chest as a cold comes on.  My eyes are burning … fun days are ahead.

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Holy Cats!

Posted in General, health, National, Notables, The Music by muzeuterpe on October 16, 2009

This poor man.  Not only has he endured years of “cat calls” from masculinity threatened toms, now he is in the public eye for the second most embarrasing type of cancer a guy can have.  I will light a candle to Bastet in his name.

THE original Kiss drummer Peter Criss is finally opening up about his secret battle with breast cancer that began last year.

 

I used to dream of meeting this alley cat in the dark!

I used to dream of meeting this alley cat in the dark!

 

 

Bastet the ancient Egyptian solar and war goddess.

Bastet the ancient Egyptian solar and war goddess.

Overheard

Posted in General, health, National by muzeuterpe on December 2, 2008

In my “other” life, I use a few different social media programs.  Yesterday I ‘overheard’ one person make a comment that went something like this:

The high cost of health-insurance is destroying my budget. I can’t wait for national healthcare. Why should I be penalized for getting sick.

Ok, now I almost broke my jaw when it hit the desk. What the hell is so hard about understanding the basics behind insurance — of ANY kind?  It’s all gambling.  That’s it in a nutshell, leagalized gambling.

You are putting up money, betting, that you WILL get sick (or wreck, or flooded — whatever fits)  and the insurance company is betting against you.  The more they have to pay out because of you, the more they want you to pay.  BUT — part of that dirtly little secret is they work with doctors (or auto-repair .. again, whatever fits) to make deals where they don’t have to pay as much as you do, if you were purchasing the service straight out.

See — recently I checked on a particular psoriasis medication at several pharmacies.  It’s expensive stuff.  The cash price at the cheapest place (Sam’s Club) was $536.00 for 30 capsuls.  Now, I said CASH price.  I actually paid $137.00, and the insurance picked up the rest.  Hmm let’s see, $536 minus $137 equals $399. So, where I would have had to pay $536, the insurance company paid $399.  In reality I doubt they paid that much, but you get my point.

And this same individual discussing later in the day paying over $150 for a Christmas present for one of the children.  Now, since I was only privy to part of the ‘conversation’ I can’t know if the person really plans to purchase that particular gift.  With my boys, I always told them to give me a list of things they’d like.  I never promised they would get them all, but they would get something from the list depending on finances. I generally passed the list around to grandparents, aunts & uncles and they ended up with most of what they wanted.

But how is it that “we” go around complaining about how unaffordable health insurance is when we fork out the dough for the Wii, PSP, hottest cell phones, computers, big-screen/LCD televisions and a host of shit that, yeah is neat to have, we don’t need?!

“Oh mighty and magestic god called Government.  Look down upon your faithful servant and grant me health insurance. I humbly bring to you my offerings of blind loyalty, trust and 50% of my paycheck, to be spent on ensuring survival of guerilla soldiers in third world nations, slugs along the Chatahoochie have hostas to eat, and the United Nations soldiers get plenty of sex.”

Thanksgiving 2008

Posted in General, health by muzeuterpe on November 29, 2008

Bless her big bossomed heart, Evil Twin’s Wife left me a note asking where I am.  She was looking for an update post-surgery and was concerned because there wasn’t one posted. I’m ok, no worries mate.

I’ve been quiet because I just have too much going on.  I keep thinking I’ll get caught-up and be able to post more regularly, but I just can’t seem to get it done.  It’s 10 till 7 a.m. on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and I’m going to give a quick run-down of the past few days.

First, I am moving my office from the country to the city. I have a new client who I’ve cut a deal with.  I’ll give them a few hours a week of help and I get the office space and access to potential new clients.  The insurance thing hasn’t worked for me. My partner in that mess just wasn’t helping me learn anything. He wasn’t trying to build his book so he couldn’t tutor me in how to do it.  With school and home responsibilities I just couldn’t do it on my own. With student loans coming due soon I had to make a decision. Anyway, moving out to a new office is harder than I thought. I never realized just how much stuff I really have.

Thanksgiving — I enjoy cooking holiday dinners. I don’t really enjoy cooking for everyday meals. This year my older son and his new wife joined us.  She had to work until 3:30 so it threw my routine off, but that’s ok.  I cooked the turkey, 4 pies [cherry, apple, pumpkin, and chocolate], peanutbutter cookies, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet-potato casserole, stuffing, mac & cheese [sons’ favorite food], and cranberry sauce [jellied w/o the berries]. I also fixed fresh breads, not from scratch but from frozen dough.

We’re in the process of creating new Thanksgiving traditions.  Growing up I always went to my paternal grandma’s house. My maternal grandma died of cancer when I was 1 1/2 years. After my first son was born we drove to both my parents and my then husband’s parents. After the divorce it depended on who’s turn it was. Between me and my two half-sisters my parents have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  That’s way too many for my parent’s home, plus we don’t all get along. Seriously, we’re talking court orders and sh*t.

My older half-sister has some serious issues.  If my dad doesn’t go to her home to eat on EVERY holiday, she literally throws a tantrum, upsets the entire family and makes us all miserable. The problem is, if you DO go to her home for any event, there’s always some sort of drama that upsets everyone anyway. It usually involves her getting her feelings hurt over nothing [once because her daughter let someone else hold the baby instead of her] and slamming something to the floor and going to bed. I dont’ need that noise so I stay home.

My other half-sister has lost all self-esteem. As a young woman she was very concerned with her appearance. She drank too much, but had a social life and kept herself looking nice. She got pregnant by a friend after drinking too much on her birthday. The guy moved here to be part of his sons life. They weren’t dating or anything, but when he started seeing women she got upset. She let herself go, is very overweight, doesn’t dress-up, and has allowed periodontal disease to destroy her teeth. She needs a little male attention to get that spark back, but she’s gonna have to make some effort.

My younger son is at that transitional point where he’s trying to grow up and get on his own, but can’t get his act together. He’s gotten in trouble a couple times and that has messed up some of his plans.  He’s working on moving to a small, one person place, next to my parents.  It will give him the chance to learn about paying bills and what happens when your electric gets cut off and you only know how to cook by reheating in the microwave. He’s in a welding school right now and, if he keeps his eyes on the prize, has the potential to make good money right away. But, he doesn’t seem motivated.

I’m trying to stay back, not tell the boys what to do, let them make their own mistakes and provide guidance if they ask. Damn, that’s a bitch, too! I feel a little guilty because I’m ready for my younger son to move on with his life, at the same time I’m wanting to drive him to school to make sure he goes, buy him welding stuff and make him practice instead of waiting on him to ask me. 

So, around my dinner table this Thanksgiving were studens; a newly-wed couple learning to be husband and wife; a young man learning to fly; and a mother learning to let go.

I just wish someone would learn to wash the dishes.

It’s here! It’s here!

Posted in health by muzeuterpe on November 13, 2008

Oh yeah, it’s here.  Today’s the day I hope to get some resolution to my misery.

I report over to da St. Francis NLT 11:00 a.m.  I have no idea what happens next.  Well, ok, I have an IDEA. But I’m not sure exactly what time my procedure is scheduled.

I slept, fairly well.  Not any worse than any other night in the last few months.  I woke up, as usual around 2, had trouble getting back to sleep, but did. Rolled out of the bed about 6:10 realizing I didn’t have long to eat my “light breakfast.” That consisted of oatmeal, English muffins, grape jelly and tea.  Mmmm.

My shower is over. I’m in minimal make-up, no deodorant, boring underwear, an no jewelry.  I hope I don’t see someone I know.

I’ve almost got my laundry caught up. Dishes are clean & stowed. The house is … well, normal.  Lots of dust and cluttered. But no science projects in the fridge or on the stove-top.

I’m a little nervous. Watching House last night didn’t help. LOL

It’s after 9:00 now.  I still have a handful of things to take care of plus pack an overnight bag, just in case. I’ll drop a post to let you know how it goes.

My “Will” Be Done …

Posted in health by muzeuterpe on November 7, 2008

Alrighty now.  My will has been updated, signed and notarized.

Funny thing about actually writing the will.  It forces you to decide who gets what. 

I don’t have a lot.  I have some property, right about 3 acres all told, but in three different lots.  I have a couple pieces of jewlery that might be of some value, a few pieces of furniture that could draw 50 pounds on a BBC America auction show, but I’m not ‘wealthy’ by any means.

Putting my desires in writing is a bit on the flustering side.  I mean, trying not to show favoratism between my children is rough, but right now one has show himself to be a bit more responsible than the other.  When I say “a bit” I only mean “a bit.” Neither of them seem to have inherited their mother’s work ethic or bill paying skills. They seem to have been ‘blessed’ with the slacker gene from their father’s side. 

But, I’ll have all my stuff taken care of before next week.  I won’t worry about leaving bills, I do have life insurance and my bills won’t use it all.  So, hopefully, when I go in it will be relatively stress free.

Oops — ringing phone. It take priority.

T minus 7 days and change

Posted in health by muzeuterpe on November 5, 2008

Oky-doky. I go in next Thursday. Now that I have that information I can make the arrangements I need.

I feel ok about it so far. It helps that the cardiologist is a good-looking piece of humanity. LOL

Just about the right age too!