11/1/15 Major Milestone Behind Me Now

A full seven years ago now that October has passed, I was sitting in Hemosapien‘s office, apprehensive, fearful, and more than a bit disbelieving that it was actually me as a patient waiting for a consultation with an oncologist. The universe was apparently mistaken, as this could not possibly be right. Cancer was something that…

4/14/15 Seduced By Righteous Eating

I had been seduced by righteous eating. Steven Bratman, MD It was purely by accident that I stumbled across Steven Bratman, a physician who practices alternative medicine. He has written books and done studies on what he describes as a mental condition known as ORTHOREXIA, or the perhaps unhealthy compulsion to eat healthy foods. Goodness…

9/16/14 My Anniversary

This month is the 6th anniversary of the unknown infection that put me in the hospital for a week. Mainmost (one of my long-time physicians) failed to find any specific thing wrong, but after a week of non-stop testing and IV antibiotics, I improved enough for them to let me go home, having had, they…

6/11/14 Bad Houseguests

Fish and visitors begin to stink after three days Benjamin Franklin “How long will they be here?” Debbie asked me. “Just a couple of days,” I lied, referring to some of my somewhat impecunious musician friends on their grand tour of honky-tonks all around the region. “How many of them will there be?” she asked,…

Checked Your Formulary?

“Formulary? I didn’t even know I had one,” you might say. “What is a formulary?” Your formulary is the list of approved medications for which your health insurance will pay full policy benefits. The amount of benefits varies under all policies, based on whether the drugs are generic or single-sourced under patent protection. Naturally, the…

12/28/13 CT Scan Efficiency

I have written before on the inefficiency of the check-in process at my local hospital for a CT scan or even a simple x-ray. Hemosapien had scheduled one for me for yesterday to have a look at these swollen lymph nodes. Since my blood numbers all looked good, and they didn’t seem nearly as swollen…

12/22/13 Substandard Policies Now Acceptable

In an effort to undo all the damage of cancelled policies the administration “strongly encouraged” insurers to comply with requests that these substandard insurance policies be reinstated. Many of those “bad-apple” insurers having spent much time and money to comply with the ACA, which is, as we have been reminded so many times, “the law…

12/13/13 Insurers Strongly Encouraged

Let me get this straight. In the continuing effort to fix things, Health and Human Services (HHS) has strongly encouraged insurers to do the following things: 1. Pay claims for folks who have not yet purchased health insurance by paying their premiums. 2. Treat out-of-network health care providers as if they were in network. 3.…