We need Healthcare..

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

Normally I don’t get upset and go on Rants, but today I’m going to. Right now, my 61-year-old Mom is sick, she’s at home with a fever. She’s not sure what’s causing that fever and she can’t afford to find out, because she doesn’t have health care. WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL. People shouldn’t have to choose between paying the bills and going broke because they are sick. I’m in my current condition because I couldn’t afford health care before we had the Affordable Care Act, and I ended up not being diagnosed for a very long time, then when I was I couldn’t afford to keep getting my bloodwork drawn and meds Adjusted. Now a bunch of people want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act instead of improving on it. I personally would gladly pay higher taxes to ensure that others never must suffer through making the tough choice of going to the doctor or paying bills.

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Thyroid Caused Madness, Or how one wound lead to an odyssey

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

So for the past month I’ve been dealing with some kind of Rash that initially started on my leg as what appeared to be a small water filled bump. One night in my sleep I scratched it open. This lead to an open wound. For most people no big deal, for someone with both Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (ie…me), this is a problem. My already compromised immune system means that not only will my wounds heal more slowly there is a greater possibility of infection. But anyway I decided a few days to see how things with my leg would pan out. During that time my leg began to itch horribly. To the point that when We finally decided to take me to Urgent care a huge part of my lower right leg was very red and very sore. So the Urgent care doctor gave me a prescription for Antibiotics and and Anti fungal.  For the next two weeks I took these and finished them, however at this point I now also had itchy rashes on my upper leg areas, on my stomach and chest as well as on both arms. I tried hydrocortisone, Gold Bond rapid relief, Gold Bond multi symptom with lidocaine, and Benedryl anti itch gel. Nothing worked to stop my itch.

With none of that working and things only getting worse, We finally decided it was time for me to see my doctor, So in we went. After examining me and being shown the prescriptions I already took, it was decided that I should have another round of antibiotics & anti-fungal medication. The doctor explained that because of my already weakened immune system I needed extra time for my body to heal and repair itself. She also told me I could take two oral benadryl per dose to help with the itching. But honestly it didn’t do much good. The only way I found any kind of relief was taking a shower and moisturizing afterwards. That would relieve my itching for a least a few hours, but this was also drying my skin out. In fact on one day I think I took at least 5 showers. Then I remembered that when I was a child, I had suffered through chicken pox. I remembered that my mom had used calamine lotion for the itching. I also noticed how dry my skin had become from all the showering. This is a problem, because my skin already dries and cracks easily due to my Graves Disease. So When Mark called me on his lunch break, I told him to pick up some Cotton Balls, Calamine Lotion, and Baby oil on his way home from work.  It’s been six days now and I’m actually seeing results. I think the Antibiotics are doing their job and the calamine has helped with the itching. Applying baby oil after showering has helped me to keep my skin from drying out. Today my arms and legs look much better and I’m finally not really itching. I’m just spot using the calamine at this point, so if a little area itch’s I just put some calamine on and it is helping.

Having an itch you can’t scratch is a miserable thing and when it’s been going on for so long it’s enough to drive you insane. I’m just so glad that it actually appears to be over now..hopefully soon enough my skin we be normal again.

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President Trump says liberation from ‘Obamacare nightmare’ is close | PBS NewsHour

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump take the stage for a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump take the stage for a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The only nightmare I have is one of going backwards where I manage to rack up thousands of dollars in medical debt and am Once again forced to file bankruptcy.

I don’t want Health Insurance I want Health Care and I want all my fellow Americans to have equal access to that health care. We need single payer so that people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their bills.

Insurance on health is a losing bet. It’s us paying into a company hoping we don’t need it and then expecting it be there when we do. The problem is unlike car insurance, Homeowners, or renter’s insurance which you may never need, we will all need health care at some point.

Insurance companies want to make profits, that’s what companies do, that’s why prior to the ACA they would do things like deny people with pre-existing conditions, and set life time limits so that you and your sickness wouldn’t bite into their bottom line.

We should be fighting for Medicaid for all, not trying to bandage what was made into a crippled system because of partisan infighting.

Celebrating a slim but symbolic health-care win in Washington, President Donald Trump told supporters in Ohio that the nation was one step closer to liberation from the “Obamacare nightmare.”

Source: President Trump says liberation from ‘Obamacare nightmare’ is close | PBS NewsHour

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Having no toenail sucks

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

So it’s been a week since they removed my toenail, and thankfully I’ve only bumped it once. Man was that ever painful, but what was even more painful was the epsom salt bath the day after. It hurt so bad I actually fainted. It was pretty horrible. The other thing that sucks about this whole toenail removal is that because I have both Graves` disease and Hashimoto’s my wounds heal seriously slow. So who know’s how long I’m going to have to mess with bandages and neosporin.  I’m supposed to go back to the doctors on Friday so I guess we’ll see what he says. I just hope I can avoid stubbing or bumping again before it heals.

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Learning to Walk again (sorta)

I never forgot how to walk or suffered any kind of horrible accident that left me unable to walk, but I having major back problems has kept me off my feet. Finally we purchased a walker. Yesterday I used it for the first time to walk around Krogers with Mark. Today my calves are very sore, but I suppose I’ll just have to keep going if I want to get better. Currently  My goal is to be walking properly again by the time I get my associates degree. I’m hoping that by then I’ll once again be the old me, who used to walk every where. I miss that. You have know idea how lucky you are to have something like the ability to walk down the street, until you don’t have it. I really hope that things can get better for me.

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I don’t want health insurance, I just want healthcare.

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

I want healthcare not health insurance. Insurance is me betting on whether I’ll get sick/injured or not and need to use it. At its core, Insurance is a hedge against uncertain loss. The problem is with health there will always be loss. We are all guaranteed to require medical assistance at some point in our lives. Unlike car or home insurance where there is always the possibility that we will not need to get a payout because we may never have a car wreck or have damage done to our homes. Your personal health is not something anyone should be betting against.

People shouldn’t be forced to purchase health insurance from private entities, but we should provide health care for those who need it. Having people go broke, and lose everything because they didn’t see cancer coming is not only sad but cruel as well. I absolutely see a need for single payer health care. I would gladly pay slightly more in taxes to make sure others are never forced to choose between the rent and the doctors. I’ve been there and it’s a horrible place to be.

When I was first diagnosed with Graves` Disease I did not have health insurance. Mark was working but his employer did not provide dependent insurance for their employees. I was too sick to work and we couldn’t afford to buy insurance. Because it was prior to the affordable care act, I also couldn’t qualify for medical assistance. We racked up quite a debt in medical bills and eventually had to file for bankruptcy because we just could not handle the debt. That was just over seven years ago and we are just now starting to get our credit back on track. In our early & mid-forties.

Single payer healthcare would prevent this exact same type of scenario from occurring for many others. I definitely don’t believe we should get rid of private insurance all together but I do believe we need to make sure that it’s not the only way one can get health care.

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Diet Change Status

So my diet change is going rather well, I’ve been at it for almost 4 weeks now and I’ve lost 10lbs. I’m really enjoying finding better ways to eat and experimenting with new things. Don’t get me wrong there have been a few folly’s though. I bought these so called chewy cereal bars, and yes they were chewy but damn they tasted like sawdust. I also tried these veggie crunchers and YUCK!! That said though I have found a ton of good stuff. I’m really enjoying having more fruits in my diet, I put strawberry’s on or in anything I can and I eat more banana’s as well as apple’s. Things are going pretty well and so far I’m very happy with my decisions, I’ll post more on this later as I progress… 🙂

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Physical therapy & Taxes

So We were able to file our taxes on the 31st of January hopefully it won’t take too long to get them back. Last June when we had to leave washington due to the hubby being long term unemployed we came to Ohio and have been staying with my folks since. Since he finally found work we’re planing on using the tax’s to get out into our own place. We’re both thrilled by this. We’re hoping to find a 2 or 3 bedroom house, I personally am sick to death of apartments and all the neighbors that come with them. Since I moved out when I was 17 yrs old all I have done is live in apartments and I want to be able to not have to worry about making too much noise for just once….lol.

I went to physical therapy yesterday and he worked me hard..lol. I did 10 minutes each on two different types of recumbent trainer. The second one provided more of a rotation to get my hips stretched.

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Feeling fantastic!

Well today I went to the dentist office but that’s not my big news my big news is that the room the doctor had me in was all the way in the back of the office and afterwards, without help, or stopping I WALKED all the way from the back room outside and across the parking lot to where my mom was waiting and got into the car with little pain. This is a big improvement for me and I’m so grateful I was able to do it!

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Current state of Health

So I never did go see an endocrinologist, the doctors office never got back to on the referral and to be honest I didn’t push it because I well I wasn’t that interested in hearing what they would have to say. I DO NOT want to have my thyroid gotten rid of.

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