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Had another bad insulin episode last night. Shortly after the insulin-N shot I started sweating a lot. It was warm in the apartment, and I'd been doing some exercise (cleaning for today's inspection) but this was excessive.

Grabbing the glucometer, and yep, 49. Blargh. Grabbing some juice, then some chocolate. 10 minutes later it was back in the normal range, but I was still feeling like crap. Had some other food and check it a few more times being going to bed.

Fortunately, they appear to be putting off the inspection til this afternoon (which explains the "coffee and donuts 10:00-11:30) thing they put up the other day.

I've just had some breakfast, and I'm gonna finish up the lasrt bits of rearranging things to look less cluttered.

I suspect it was the stress (inspections are *always* stressful) that did it this time.
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Last night (well early this morning if you want to get technical) I was doing the usual bit. Check my blood sugar, and inject insulin as needed.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was (for once) low enough I didn't need any insulin-R. (116 mg/dL)

So I did the usual nightly injection of Insulin-N since I was going to go to bed soon. I know I used the N, because I keep the vials in distinctly different containers, and the R is clear, while the N is milky. I also distinctly remember rolling the vial to mix it (N settles if you don't mix it gently).

The injection went the same as usual. But a while later I was starting to sweat a lot. I figured it was just the fact I'd turned off the fan in the living room window. So I laid down on the bed, hooked up the CPAP and tried to get to sleep.

But I was *still* sweating like a stuck pig. and I realized my heart was pounding. I grabbed the pulse oximeter that I had on the night stand and check. O2 saturation was ok, but my pulse was over 100. WTF?

I suspected i was having a hypoglycemic episode. So I put the oximeter on its lanyard around my neck and clipped my cell phone to it (I do *not* intend to ever be one of those folks who falls down and can't get to the phone, thank very much!). Then I carefully got up (for once I was thank for the crowded state of the room, lots of things to brace myself with).

Just sitting up made me dizzy. Yep hypoglycemia was looking likely. Bleah. Got over to the computer, sat down and grabbed to glucometer. The reading was 39. WTF!

Definitely not good, I worked my way to the fridge and grabbed to bottle of orange juice and got back to the chair. I poured myself a glass and drank it. Then another. (real fruit juice is a recommended way to get your blood sugar up fast).

I could have used the emergency glucose tabs or even some hard candy I keep just in case, but I figured I needed the fluids.

I texted Fay to let her know I was having trouble and to get help if I didn't check back with her soon. It's nice having a friend only a few apartments away. She texted back o ask how long and I told her 30 minutes (it's not like I was going to *die* in that much time, but if I wasn't able to respond, I'd definitely need help.

mildly gross bit )

A recheck of my blood sugar had it up to 130 so that was good. I finished off the bottle of juice, let Fay know my blood sugar was back to normal and made a PB&J sandwich to have something that'd give some longer term carbs.

This is my second (third?) instance of hypoglycemia. At least it confirms what I suspected from previous bouts. Sweating like hell is *definitely* one of my warning signs. This is the first time it was so sudden though.

Previous instances were a case of wake up not feeling great and discover I had it.

I'm just really puzzled by this episode. I mean even if I'd accidentally injected into a vein the insulin-N should have done anything *that* fast, should it? Oh well another question to run past the doc next visit.

And now, breakfast!
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Some time ago, I noticed the pharmacy I use had a newer version of my glucometer.

Back in 2002, I was supplied with a One Touch Ultra meter after going to a diabetes class given by my HMO. It still works ok, though it has a few quirks.

I got the cables and software top hook it up to the computer. Tis is useful because I can plot graphs and other reports, which my doctors like very much when I come in for checkups.

But the meter wasn't always connecting well to the cable, and the software decided whether a reading was before or after a meal, and what meal based solely on time, with no input from me. This made many of the reports rather less than useful.

The new meter, the Ultra 2, let you *tell* it things about the tests. And research online showed that it'd work with the cables I already had.

So a few weeks back I asked the folks at the pharmacy to see if I could get a new meter. They checked with my insurance. The good news was that I could. the bad news was that I'd have to go thru the company that I get my test strips, syringes, etc from. And I'd just done an order with them.

Fortunately, a mistake on their end had them calling me last week. Seems somebody had told the computer to ask me about re-ordering in 30 days instead of 90.

We got that cleared up, and since I had them on the phone anyway, I asked about getting the new meter. No problem, They'd have one shipped to me.

It arrived today. The case is a bit better designed, though it does lack the belt loop. The "manual" is this *huge* sheet of paper ( D sized?) folded a gazilion times. But it was pretty straightforward to read the info, I just had to keep unfolding and refolding sections.

I downloaded the reading from the old meter and put it away in the box the new meter came in. Also made sure the software could talk to the new meter.

In a few hours I'll be making my first test with the new meter. Hopefully things will go fine. I'll just have to go thru the menus. I'll get used to them soon enough.

And now I have the old meter as a spare, which is good.
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I was in the final stages of cleaning things up for the inspection today when I suddenly realized that I was *way* too tired, dizzier than I should have been (I was hanging off the side of my bed, head down so I could get at some things with the handheld vacuum) and that I was sweating like there was no tomorrow,

Given that I was right in front of a fan, and the room temp was definitely into the "cool" range for me, something was obviously wrong.

All I wanted to was lie down and sleep. But I needed to get the cleaning done.

So I staggered over to the chair at the computer (bracing myself on various things along the way). I dug out the glucometer and did a test. 31.

Eep! 70 is when you are supposed to start worrying.

So I managed to grab a glass and carefully stagger over to the fridge (again making sure I had one hand on something at all times). I grabbed the bottle of cranberry juice cocktail and went back to the chair. After a couple of 8 oz glasses, I checked again. 103, so I ate a couple of things for some slower release carbs and some protien.

Half hour later it was up to 121 and I very carefully went back to work.

My best guess is that I somehow screwed up the Insuli-N injection, though I'm not sure how. And the exercise probably didn't help.

In any case, I'll be done in a few minutes (mostly waiting for the kitchen floor to dry) and then crash out. I'll still get a minimum of 2 hours sleep, and if I'm lucky, three of four.. If they start at the other end of the complex I'll be in great shape. If not, I'll just crash pout again after they check my apartment.

Wghile the bad reaction will make a nice excuse for having some things undone, I'd really rather have not had it.

The *only* good thing about it is that now I know what hypoglycemia feels like.

Medical fun

Jun. 9th, 2016 02:29 pm
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And no, I'm not being sarcastic.

Wednesday did *not* start out well. Seems I'd set the alarm the night before but forgotten to turn it on. Oops.

Woke up at 10:54 and needed to cat the bus for the appointment at 11:37.

By a small miracle, I managed to get showered (including washing my hair) by 11:19.

For breakfast I just sliced off a chunk ofg summer sausage and a hunk of chees and tossed them in a baggie to be eaten on the bus.

The bus was running late, fortunately. I left the house at about 11:30 and had to wait a few minutes at the stop. The bus got majorly delayed after that by the cars and school buses heading for the Junior Rose parade on Sandy.

In spite of that after getting to the Max (also crowded buy folks heading for the parade, I still managed to catch the same #4 bus I needed.

Finding where to go was a bit tricky, but some helpful receptions at Emannuel got me pointed in the right direction. After checking in the fun began.

Read more... )


Aug. 12th, 2015 07:40 pm
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Had a doctor's appointment for a diabetes checkup. It was at 6:15.

Of course, the day *after* I make it, they announce they are having a pizxza party at the apartments from 4-6.

I managed to get a little of the pizza before I left for the appointment.

I decided to use my bike becausde I could leave a lot later (on the bike, it takes about 30 minutes. On the bus it takes 90).

Unlike the forecasts earlier in the week, it wasn't cloudy *or raining. So I half melted on the way. also, as usual, going from working on the bike in the hot air to sitting around in the air conditioned waiting room meant I was *covered* in sweat. Bleah.

Appointment went ok. I have new doctor. It's a guy this time, but he seems nice. got thru the checkup ok, and I even remembered to bring up the two other things I wanted to ask about.

First was getting back on zoloft. My depression has sort of snuck up on me again, and I'd been blaming some of the extra sleeping and lack of interest in stuff on the heat. But I finally decided I should get back on zoloft to see if it'd help like it did before.

No problem with that. The prescription might even be ready now, but I'll go check tomorrow.

The other issue is that over the last few years I've been making an increasing number of typos. Used to be I'd make maybe 1 typo in a few paragraphs. These days, sometimes I'll have several in the same *sentence*.

For now looks like it'll be "see in the zoloft makes a diff, then look into things further if thatisn't the problem.

Definitely gotta ride the bike more often.


distance: 6.92 miles
max speed: 16.3 mph
moving time 54:46
moving average" 7.6 mph
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Something reminded me of a paper I encountered online a few months back.

Seems there are actual XY females. FERTILE ones.

Female bodies, right down to a uterus and ovaries. And the first one they discovered turned out to be third generation. Yes, her mother and grandmother turned out to be XY as well.

I forget what chromosome the gene responsible for this was on, but it wasn't on the XY pair.

It brings up some really interesting possibilities though. As well as the potential for breaking some people's minds.
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Okay, as Imentioned, Tuesday I went to the Multnomah County clinicto drop off my full sharps container and pick up a new one. I got the new one, but was informed they no longer took them.

I was told (and a *large* poster next to me also said) that I could take the full container to any fire station.

Well, I looked up fire stations and found one that was only about a mile and a half away. A nice ride for this early in the season.

So I get there. And get informed tthat there's been a recent policy change and *they* aren't supposed to take them either. (They let me do it this once, thankfully)

So after I post this I'm calling the clinic to let them know and ask where exactly I am supposed to take them *now*?

I don't expect to get much of an answer, so my *next* stop will likely be emailing a local TV station.Especially since they recently did a bunch of stories about used needles being dumped on riverside property that eventually turned out to be owned by the city or county. And they took the better part of a week to clean it up. And a week later, there were just as many needles.

So I'd say these policy changes are a reasonable followup story, yes?

I took a couple side trips on the way home, so I got some extra mileage. Speed is low because I had to walk the bike back up the hill.

bike stats
distance: 4.91 miles
moving time 55min 27 sec
max speed 12.3 mph
moving average: 5.3 mph
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Thinking about all the news items regarding spread of diseases and low vaccination rates, I have a siuggestion.

Unlike some folks I know, I *do* believe that to some extent we realy *do* have to allow actual religious exemptions. Those existed for a long time and *weren't* a problem until the laws got changed to allow "personal belief" exemptions. Because *in practice* those turn into "I don't like the idea".

And, of course, there are medical exemptions. Some people have conditions that don't allow them to be vaccinated (compromised immune systems for one)

So, my proposal.

Let's say the required vaccination level for maintaining "herd immunity" is 95%. So that means that for safety no more than 5% of the population can be unvaccinated.

Public schools (at least) would be required to have no more than *half* that percentage of unvaccinated students.

This would be handled be giving first choice to the kids who can't be vaccinated die to medical conditions. After that, they can admit kids who have religious exemptions, until they hit the maximum. If there are more kids in those categories than the allowable percentage, then priority goes to the ones who've been attending the school longest.

After that, if your kid isn't vaccinated, they can't go to that school. Parents can send their kid to another school that hasn't maxed out yet. But *they*, not the school district, are responsible for transportation.

I'd want private school strongly encouraged to follow the same rules.

I'd allow private schools to choose to not adhere to the limits. Heck, if there are enough unvaccinated kids in a district, the district could choose to set up separate schools for unvaccinated kids.

But schools that don't adhere to the limits aren't allowed to share events with schools that do adhere to them. That's to prevent spreading things to the schools that follow the rules.

This would annoy the heck out of the yuppies and the like who have bought into the anti-vax propaganda. But it'd let them have their way *without* endangering other kids.

I predict that if such a policy was put into effect, it wouldn't be vary many years before the epidemics of various disease sweeping thru the "low vaccination rate" schools would lead to a lot of parents changing their mind about vaccinating their kids.

Hard on the kids, but there's really no way that failing to vaccinate *isn't* apt to be hard on the kids. This just limits the hazards as much as practical to just those kids, not the rest of the population.
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The nurse was a bit skeptical, but couldn't get hold of the doctor. But I got a reply from a person I know that I sent an email to about this. She's connected with a lot of sex stuff, does reviews of videos and sex toys, also does some education stuff. She recalled hearing about it before.

I also did some research upon getting home. chlorhexidine gluconate is possibly not a problem. It's an antibacterial, and the "gluconate" part is a tint part of the molecule.

But gluconolactone turns out to metabolize pretty much directly to glucose. And glycerin is a sugatr alcohol and considered a carbohydrate. So those two are definitely culprits.

I note that practically every water based lube out there has glycerin as a major component. And a lot have propylene glycol, which is also a sugar alcohol.

For those not in the know, sugar alcohols are often used as sweeteners. They let manufacturers label something "sugar free". Alas, theyt affect the body prety much the same way sugars and other carbohydrates do. In fact the American Dietic Association lists them as carbohydrates. Ditto for glycerin.

Oh yeah, the sugatr alcohols also have a notable laxative effect if you have too much.

In any case, thiis sort of nonsense is why "sugar free" is a bogus label component. It doesn't actuall tell you anything *useful* regarding nutrition. Nor is it of any use if you are diabetic. You have to check the label to see how many grams of carbohydrates are in a serving.

Now, I see that I have to check labels on anything that comes in contact with mucous membranes. That means oral, rectal, vaginsal and urethral applications.
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I'd been wondering about some spikes in my blood sugar readings.

They were infrequent and occurred at times when I hadn't eaten anything. I finally noticed that they seemed to coincide with certain (ahem) "recreational activities".

But a test of what I *thought* was the cause didn't show a spike.

Tuesday morning I forgot to take a fasting level before playing around. Had quite a spike later when I finally did.

So I tried again that evening. Had a spike (50 point jump) but it still didn't seem to track when what I'd been assuming was the cause.

Then a while ago, I thought of something and checked the ingredients list on something. And there it was. Thee first three ingredients were chlorhexidine gluconate, gluconolactone, and glycerin. Culprit found. Those all are essentially sugar when your body gets done with them.

What was it? A water based "personal lubricant" (think K-Y Jelly clone).

Gee, apply that to a mucous membrane and your body will absorb it fairly fast and turn it into glucose.

That's one they don't tell you about in diabetes education classes!
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Last night as I was grabbed the stuff for my bedtime injection of insulin, I realized that it's a *really* good thing that my slow acting insulin looks so different from the fsast acting.

If I gave myself a shot of 35 units of the fast acting, I'd probably kill myself. *shudder*
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Ok, first a bit of background. Thursday I got started on a second kind of insulin. I'd been doing a slow acting insulin at bedtime, and checking my blood sugars before breakfast. Also, while I was at the pharmacy I got my flu shot.

Now I have to check my sugars before breakfast, lunch and dinner, and depending on the numbers, I may have to inject some of the fast acting insulin.

Been going fairly well, but last night my nose was a bit stuffed and I had a headache. I also had a pimple or some such on the back side of my right ear right next to whee it attaches to the head. Anyway, I took some benadryl and went to bed.

So this morning I wake up and the room is spinning *bad*. I mean I'm still lying in bed and things are spinning.

I was afraid it was low blood sugar so I grabbed my phone and clipped it to the neck of my shirt (so I could reach it in case I was right and things got worse). I then *carefully* got out of bed (which is a futon couch so it gets tricky sometimes)

I got over to my med bag, grabbed the glucometer and sat down in front of the computer. Hard to fall out of that chair!) Also grabbed the bag of candies I keep just in case.

Well, my blood sugars were ok. Not low, but not high enough to need insulin. I grabbed one of those tiny packets of Seet-tarts from the candy bag anyway. The three of them dissolved quickly.

I was still having trouble with the room spinning. I managed to get out the slice of melon and the other stuff for my breakfast. Great fun dealing with the stove...

I ate the melon, took my morning pills and part of the rest of my breakfast, but I was still having problems. So I left the rest on my breakfast and crawled back into bed. It was so bad that just rolling my head a little bit on the pillow (I think the ear on the upper side might have moved all of two inches) and it felt like my body had been spun around *fast* a couple of times.

It's a few hours later and I'm up again. My sense of balance seems ok now. I reheated and finished off my breakfast.

Still wondering what the heck happened. I've got two theories. One is that it's some sort of delayed reaction to the flu shot. Don't really think that's it, but I'm keeping it in mind. The other is that some of the "infection" from the pimple got to my inner ear. If so, it cleared up awfully fast.

Definitely not something I want to experience again.


Sep. 8th, 2013 02:34 pm
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Caught some sort of digestive system bug Saturday.

bodily TMI )
I'm doing a lot of napping, and now that things are settling down, I've put on a pot of chicken noodle soup, and I 'm consuming the liquid by soaking it into chunks of bread (sops, for you SCA types :-) and then spooning up the noodles and stuff after.

In spite of the hot weather, this should get me back on solids and has the advantage that I can leave it covered on the stove on low for the rest of the day and grab bowls as I feel the need.
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Just got home from the sleep test.

Unlike my original sleep test, this timr they wired me up. O boy did they wire me up.

Let's see, a contact on each calf (to see if I kicked my legs while asleep)

A couple of elastic belts, one around my stomach, one around my chest, to measure breathing.

A couple of pads on my collarbone for EKG

Around a dozen on my head for EEG.

Several on my face to measure jaw & eye movement.

Note that for *all* of these, the nurse had to apply a bit of pumice paste and "scrub" the area to ensure good contact. Plus one the scalp & face ones, she had to use big gobs of this contact paste stuff.

Then there was thise thing like an oxygen canula that went to my nostrils and in front of my mouth to measure my *actual* breathing (after all, with sleep apnea, the chest or abdomen can move without any air actually going in or out).

Oh yeah, the sensor for the pulse oximeter (blood oxygen level & pulse) was taped to my left index finger.

Most of the wires went to this box about the size of a thin paperback pook, that had a lnyard so you can wear it around your neck when you go to the bathroom, or before you go to bed.

It takes around 45 minutes to wire you up. Or so the nurse said, and I have no reason to doubt her.

Actually the nasal thing and a couple of the face pads don't go on until you are ready to lay down. But the rest are there and you get to wear the box around your neck while you sit and watch TV or read or whatever.

I think I finally got into bed around 10 pm. And read. And read. And read. And picked up the second book I'd brought. And read some more.

I'd stop and try to sleep every so often, but I wasn't sleepy.

Finally around 2-3 am, I did feel sleepy. Then the real fun began.

Remember, they want to geta baselinde *without* the CPAP before hooking you up.

Well, I'd start to fall asleep (though at first I din't realize it, start to stop breathing and pop back awake. But since I din't realize that was what was happening, it felt a lot like an anxiety attack.

It wasn't until the nurse came in to reattach a lead that'd come loose and mentioned that I seemed to be starting to go under and then "obstructiing and popping back out" that I was able to recognize that the start of sleep (say, the start of some drsam imagery" was there just before I'd find myself twitching or needing to take real deep breaths.

It went on like this for the rest of the test. So we never got to trying to use a CPAP and adjust the settings.

Around 7, they started to unhook me, and gave me a towel, washcloth and some bodywash/shampoo to clean the goop off with (yes, there was a shower in the bathroom).

On the way hoime, I stopped at Tri-met and (yay!) they accepted my SSI award letter just fine. And I had enough money to get a 14 day pass to cover the rest of this month (and a few days of next month) and a monthly pass fpr next month.

The few days of overlap are worth it to not have to worry about bus fare. Pity they won't "trade in" the unused 2-zone and All-zone bus tickets I have. But I can hold onto them for times when I haven't gotten my monthly pass yet.

Once I got home, I threw some stuff in the crock pot for dinner tonight and started writing this. Yeesh, that was an houir ago.

Probably going to crash out for a while with my CPAP so I can actually get some sleep.

ps. They'll almost cetrtainly schedule me for *another* sleep test because they couldn't get everything this time. Next time I shave the beard!


Mar. 3rd, 2011 06:13 pm
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Well, the CPAP filters got here today. The UPS guy actually waited too. And did more than ring the bell once of twice.

Finished copying & verifying Eddores main drive to the new drive. I shut down the system and swapped Eddore's main drive for the old backup drive. That's now being compared to the new backup drive. So far the differences are unimportant (things like enpty directories not being present on the old backup). But it'll probably be a day or three before the compare is complete.

I borrowed Fay's roasting pan and am roasting the 6 lbs of beef I got the other day. Just added the potatoes, onions and carrots. Should be done in a bit under an hour.

Lots of roast beast sandwiches and stuff for the next while.
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Well, I got a call Monday about getting the new mask for my CPAP. Got an appointment to see someone at a local vendor Tuesday afternoon.

Got lucky, as the only bus out there only runs in the mornings and afternoons. I could *just* make it on the first trip of the afternoon runs. In fact the first time I tried to plan the trip using Trimet's site, it told me it wasn't possible. When I changed arrival time from 2pm to 2:15, then it gave me a workable trip.

I'd not have tried that if the maps on Trimet's site hadn't shown a bus route going by the place.

Thbe trip was fun. It was the first run of the afternoon, and the driver had never done the route before. Loads of fun. Fortunately, he wasn't running too late.

Got the mask and found that they didn't have any filters for my CPAP. But after some fighting with the order system, the tech was able to order me some. So they should show up in the mail in a few days.

Also got a sleep test scheduled for the 21st. That's gonna be a pain as the testing center runs from 8pm to 6am. Which means getting to sleep is going to be difficult. Wonder what the heck they do with folks who work swing shift or graveyard shift? I know that Kaiser's testing center had finally figured that one out from the time I went there to get supplies about 3 years back.

Anyway, since the supplier wasn't too far from ENU, I walked over there to get the drive I needed for the backup. Didn't hurt that there was a geocache on the way. Didn't find it though.

Then I walked over to the 71 stop at 122nd and Prescott. I checked the GPS later and realized that I'd walked a mile and a half lugged my normal shoulder bag and the clumsy bag I'd had the CPAP in. I was fairly beat when I got home.

After dumping things and resting for a bit, I hit Albertson's looking to see what hamburger and premade burgers were going for since I'd wound up with a bunch of hamburger buns from a food box.

Didn't get any of those but I lucked in to several turkey breasts with $3 off stickers on them. And then I saw they had London Broil for $1.99/lb. That was such a good deal (and one that this was the last day of) that I called Fay so she could get some cheap beef.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with mine. I may do it in the crock pot or I may borrow the graniteware roaster that Fay has.

After having some dinner I wound up crashing out for a while.

A while ago I checked the drive I need to back up and found that it doesn't seem to have the problem that the original backup drive does. And I set up the new backup in an external drive housing I already have. For some reason, Windoze didn't want to create a partition, but my old copy of Partition Magic was quite happy doing so. Just starting to copy files from Eddore's main drive over. Oncethat's done, I get to power down, swaop the main drive for Eddotre's backup drive and compare the files on that to the ones from the main drive.

Probably be sometime tomorrow "tomorrow" (ie after I've slept and gotten up) before that's done.

But once Beyond Compare has the diferences flagged, I can decide individually what needs to be done. And then update the main drive and try reinstalling it in Eddore and booting it. If that works, great. If not, Plan B will be installing WinXP Pro over it.


Feb. 10th, 2011 05:32 pm
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Ok, I got issued these Juxta-Lite leggings to use to keep my lower legs from swelling. I decided to see what it'd cost to get an extra pair to wear when I was washing these.

They are $79.00!!! *Each*!!
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No wonder I've been tired and wanting to lie down so much.

Today I suddenly recognized a light-headed feeling when I stood up in a hurry after using the toilet.

I dug out the blood pressure monitor and sure enough. my BP was 99 over 66. So that's *one* set of symptoms accounted for.

Still don't know what's with the fever and aching muscles, but if things stay like they are I'll just call my doctor tomorrow morning and see if they can get me in.
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Originally posted by [ profile] ladyqkat at Dear GOP - the collective you are an Idiot
(Post originally seen in this post by [info]ramblin_phyl. I have been notified that it was originally posted by [info]suricattus in her journal post. The story and words are hers, but I do believe that it needs to go viral and that as many people as possible need to get their stories out there. Only by making a noise about this can we make a change in our society.)

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

From another writer friend: One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

My husband worked for the government for 30 years. We have government employee (retired) insurance. It is the only thing of value he took away from that job. His pension is pitiful. He still works part time. My writing income has diminished drastically. Our combined income is now less than what it was before T retired fifteen years ago. Inflation has diminished it further. In the last 30 days I have racked up over $8000 in medical bills for tests and the beginning of treatment. Our co-pay is 20% after the deductible. And there is more to come. Our savings are already gone. I have the gold standard of insurance and I still can't pay all the medical bills.

Another friend lost her insurance when her husband lost his job. She couldn't afford medication and ended up bed ridden for three months at the end of over a year of no job and therefore no insurance until he found work again.

It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along.

I'm going to post my story as the first comment to this post if anyone would like to read it. If anyone wants to tell their story, please tell it on your own journal and post a link in the comments. Maybe, just maybe, TPTB will listen to the slaves peons who clean their toilets before they have to clean their own.

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