Thursday, October 23, 2008

Feeling better....

AAAAHHHHH...feeling much better....thank goddess.

I've finally kicked the flu and the Lyrica the neuro doc put me on for the fibro is working wonders. I've only had a few days of break through pain since beginning the 150mg twice a day level. Lyrica is one of those meds that has to be started off at smaller doses and gradually increase until on the full amount.

I resceduled the next dental owrk for December. Figured I'd give my body time to heal more thoroughly. Also my son will be here Thanksgiving day. Didn't want to be in pain, foul mood for his visit.

My neuro doc scheduled me for some physical therapy. After fighting with the insurance company for approval, I have my first session next week. They are suppose to do some deep muscle massage and teach me some stretching exercises to do at home. The doc recommended for me to return to the Y for some of their warm water aerobics classes. These are suppose to be good for the pain too.

Have been following along with all the election stuff. Guess y'all can guess who I'll be voting for since apparently I'm a socialist. So guess I'll be voting for the Obama/Biden ticket. Big surprise huh. Speaking of the election, I'm reading a bunch off different blogs. One of the commenters here, Oh Yeah Babe, clued me to a great blog. It is friggin hilarious. Y'all have got to check it out, Margaret and Helen.

What happened to fall, y'all. Our weather went straight from summer to winter. We had temps here last week in the high 80's. Next week we've got a freeze warning for a couple of nights. It only got up to the high 50's here today. I've been freezing my butt off all day. We usually have temps in the high 60's low 70's around this time of year. The fall leaves aren't even that pretty this year. They are going straight from green to brown. No pretty golds and reds like they are suppose to be. I am not looking forward to winter. Since my WLS, I stay cold most of the time anyway. Looks like this year I'll be living in sweats and thermal underwear.

I told you my son will be here Thanksgiving day. He's gonna visit for 2 weeks this year. I can't wait to see him. It's hard only seeing him once a year. We do talk on the phone alot. He gets just as manic as I do at times. It makes for a pretty interesting conversation. Talk about "flight of ideas", our talks are all over the place. They also go on for several hours sometimes. I'll be doing tons of cooking while he's here. Coming home is a big comfort food time for him. There are meals from his childhood he just has to have. Hey, what can I say, I'm a great cook. He's a pretty good cook in his own right. His girlfriend is not allowed in their kitchen. He does all the cooking. But hell, he's been cooking since he was knee high to a grasshopper. He made his first dish at the age of 2. Granted I helped but he still remembers it.

I tend to get manic right before he gets here and stay that way while he's here. Then of course every manic episode is followed by the equal and opposite depressive episode. Between my pdoc and therapist, we are trying to head that off. I've been using my light box for 2 months now. Plus am taking mega doses of Vitamin D. Can't let the SAD get me too bad this year. My panic attacks have increased lately too. Not a good sign. They get bad when I'm you can see by this post I'm manic. I'm all over the place with topics....LOL. Anyhoo...I've resorted to one of my old tricks to distract me from the panic attacks. It's the rubber band method. I wear a rubber band on my wrist and when the attacks start, I pop the rubber band continuyously on my wrist. This helps by distracting me and keeping the attack from escalating. If you suffer with panic attacks try this. It may just work for you too.

Well, Ive written to play with the pooch....he's another distraction when I'm having panic attacks. Y'all take care.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm still here...

Yeah, I'm still around, barely. This past month has really been trying for me. I've only had the energy to put up a minimum of posts. Just though I would bring yo up to speed on me.

I finally have all my teeth pulled. The dentist even scraped the jaw bone to get it even for when I'm fitted with dentures. That's when my problems started. I don't heal well because of poor nutritional status after the WLS. So the jaw bone ended up getting infected even though the dentist had me on mega doses of antibiotics. I ended up having to have IV antibiotics for a week. My PCP office did them for me. I looked horrible. My face was swollen and bruised. Loooked like I had been in a bar room brawl. Let's not forget the severe pain. Was given some major drugs for that too.

Went to see the neurologist. The fibro diagnosis is official now. She put me on some more major drugs as well as a pain patch. So needless to say I've been in a drug induced stupor for awhile now.

Had my yearly flu shot. It worked great. I got the flu. Been battling it for nearly 2 weeks now. So you see why I have not posted too much. My doc finally had to give me a round of steroids in addition to the other drugs to fight off the flu. I'm finally feeling like a human somewhat.

I have another appointment with the dentist, to scrape and shape my upper jaw, on the 29th. Don't think I'll make it. My body just can't take the added abuse right now. So I'll be rescheduling.

Awwww......WLS......I did it so I'd be healthier....yeah right.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?"

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?


Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Galadriel is a character in the Middle-Earth universe. You can read more about her at the Galadriel Worshippers Army.

I never heard of this charater.....but it fits me. You try it out and leave your results in the comments section.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Victory on Parity!

By a vote of 263-171, the House this afternoon gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (HR 1424). President Bush is expected to sign the legislation late today or early tomorrow.

A Triumph for Consumers and Families

This victory in the House ends a nearly 20 year effort to require group health plans to cover treatment for mental illness on the same terms and conditions as all other illnesses. NAMI is extremely grateful for the tireless work of advocates from all over the nation that contacted their Senators and House members to push for this landmark legislation. The advocacy voice of people living with mental illness and their families made a tremendous difference in securing this long sought victory.

NAMI also salutes the leadership of the sponsors of parity in Congress including Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN). Today NAMI also remembers the contributions of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) in bringing parity forward. After nearly 20 years, their efforts have resulted in mental illness treatment no longer being subject to 2nd class status in our health care system.

What Happens Next?

President Bush is expected to sign HR 1424 very quickly in order to restore confidence in sagging credit markets. The parity law becomes effective 1-year after enactment of the bill. This will mean that group health plans will no longer be able to impose limits on inpatient days or outpatient visits or require higher deductibles or cost sharing for mental illness or addiction treatment that are not also applied to all other medical-surgical coverage.

There is a special effective date rule for collective bargaining agreements that would delay imposition of the parity requirements until the next collective bargaining contract goes into effect. The law requires that the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury issue regulations within 1 year, although failure to issue such regulations will not delay the effective date of parity.

In the coming weeks, NAMI will be developing educational materials and guidelines on how parity will impact insurance coverage for consumers and families. For now, NAMI advocates can celebrate a landmark achievement!



Thursday, October 2, 2008

Parity Passage Is ONE Vote Away

Last night the Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which includes mental health/addiction parity legislation and a financial rescue package. The bill is expected to be taken up in the House of Representatives on Friday. The upcoming House vote on the Economic Stabilization Act may be the last chance to pass parity legislation this year. It is likely to be a close vote, given that the House on Monday rejected a more targeted financial-rescue plan.

Parity legislation has been in limbo since the House and Senate passed identical parity provisions in separate bills on September 23, but until now leaders in the two chambers could not reach agreement on a vehicle to overcome procedural and budgetary roadblocks.

In taking up the emergency legislation last night, the Senate again passed the parity compromise agreed to by House and Senate negotiators in June. Parity is now part of what many see as a “must-pass” bill that includes a financial rescue package, higher insurance limits for bank deposits, disaster-relief, and a “fix” to the alternative minimum tax (that would otherwise mean higher taxes for millions of Americans). Mental Health America urges its passage.

Please call your representative using the toll-free Parity Hotline: 1-866-parity4 (1-866-727-4894). The Parity Hotline reaches the U.S. Capitol switchboard, which will connect callers to the offices of their members. Or you can dial the switchboard directly at 202-224-3121.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Don’t let mental health parity bill die

WRITE TO CONGRESS--------->>>>>

Remember the federal mental health parity law that’s set to pass Congress and be signed by the president? The House and Senate have STILL not reached agreement on how to get mental health parity/addiction equity legislation to the President’s desk. Time is running out. We can’t allow this legislation to die.

We are all aware of the economic crisis being decided upon by our representatives. But we should not allow them to just forget about the mental health parity bill.

Writes the New York Times:

The bill is endorsed by President Bush, business groups, insurance companies, the medical community and mental health advocates. Both the House, in a stand-alone bill, and the Senate, as part of a broader tax relief bill, have approved it by large margins. But it requires a final shove because the measure is snarled in a broader legislative struggle over how to pay for tax revenues that would be reduced by this measure and others. Is there a statesman who can push this worthy parity legislation through to final passage before adjournment?

While the economic crisis is a valid concern for the entire nation, but we have spent 10 years trying to get this bill passed.

Parity Faces Final Hurdle - Get It to the President's Desk!

You made a difference in winning overwhelming Senate and House passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act on September 23rd! But it’s too early to celebrate! The Senate and House bills differ. The House bill addressed only parity; the Senate bill included parity in a large tax measure. We can’t simply sit back and assume the two bodies will reach agreement on a final version before adjournment.

It’s critical that Senate and House leaders work out how to get the Wellstone-Domenici legislation to the President’s desk. You can make a difference in helping keep up the pressure to make sure that happens. Please send an email urging your members to finish their work now on this critical health care legislation and send it to the President.

When using the WRITE TO CONGRESS link in the sidebar---you will automatically be redirected to NAMI. You will see all the action alerts from their site plus a list of all your representatives. Clicking on the Parity Action alert sends you to a form letter to send the emails. So take a few minutes of your time to keep this bill alive.