Don’t Die BECAUSE of your Medical Care

This morning I spoke with a telephone customer service person who lost her husband last year. My heart went out to her, but when I found out HOW, I became indignant! We are everywhere–patients and families whose pain and suffering are multiplied by medical care!!! What happened to “first do no harm”? I truly believe…

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Medicare Part D Gotchas!

We’ve all become used to the unfamiliar details we have to learn in order to make choices about insurance coverage. If you’ve gotten used to choosing between employer plans in the past … well, they made it easier by limiting your choices. When it comes to Medicare Part D enrollment, the field is wide open!…

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Medicare Enrollment Gotchas!

This week I completed Medicare Enrollment for 2021. Hurray! It was complicated, stressful, and the gotchas were not spelled out in the documentation. Honestly, I hadn’t realized how anxious I was about it until the enrollment was completed! This is only the second time that I’ve needed to go through the angst of Medicare enrollment.…

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Stroke Dangers

Right now a dear friend and her family are heartbroken over her daughter’s sudden and untimely death due to a stroke. This beautiful, young woman, in the prime of her life, was stricken last week by bleeding in her brain, a ruptured aneurysm. The extensive damage to her brain could not be aided by surgery.…

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Isolation Kills

During this restrictive time of Covid-19, many of us are struggling with the rigors of isolation. Our kids have missed out on the joyous celebrations of college and high school graduation years. Family celebrations of weddings have been cancelled or curtailed. Travel, vacations and family reuntions have been cancelled. Some of us have become depressed;…

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Am I a Covid-19 Carrier?

Perhaps you believe that: You can believe whatever you want, but what really matters right now is whether you get sick or not. This disease is wildly contagious. Getting sick depends on how you behave around sick people or sick people behave around you. As of July 10, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Do you know what your medications look like?

Many of us take medications every day. Do you know what yours look like? If you were admitted to the hospital, could you tell them what and how much you currently take? The next morning, when they brought it to you in a little cup, would you recognize it and now that it was, indeed,…

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

There is SO much to discuss about what we hope for from our doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. We consumers are participants in this system. Let’s step up to participate effectively, learn what we need to know to care for ourselves and our families outside of the hospital, and understand the benefits and…

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