Health insurance – what are my options?
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Health insurance – what are my options?

Health insurance is a large and complicated issue in the US.  I want to talk about the practical considerations about health insurance and health insurance choices. Choosing your health insurance program can have a dramatic effect on your monthly expenses and your quality of life – so doing a bit of research and work now…

Should I go?  Deciding what holiday events are worth your effort

Should I go? Deciding what holiday events are worth your effort

Especially around the holidays, there are a lot of events that you may be invited to, and a lot of events that you may have the opportunity to attend.  If your condition is new or has shifted severely, it may be hard to know what events you might actually be able to enjoy and which…

Thanksgiving and TBI – I miss you dad

Thanksgiving and TBI – I miss you dad

It’s Thanksgiving week.  This is now my 15th Thanksgiving without my father.  Fifteen years ago, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, my life was irrevocably changed by my father’s traumatic brain injury(TBI).   What happened He slipped.  While climbing a ladder.  He fell less than 10 feet, but just, well, landed badly – on the back of…

Extra risks from cold treatment when living with a chronic or disabling condition

Extra risks from cold treatment when living with a chronic or disabling condition

Yes, I’m still sick, and it looks likely that my bronchitis has shifted into reactive airway disease.  I did want to write about another aspect of being sick while managing a chronic condition(and the medications that go with it) – namely drug interactions with over the counter medications, unexpected side effects or complications,  and the…

FND and medical support
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FND and medical support

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  For reasons that will become apparent as you read, this is also my post this week! Prompts: Meeting, Advocating, Tweaking, Working, Curating These prompts together make me think of the fight so many of us with disabling conditions and chronic illnesses have to consistently participate in to properly…

Being sick while managing a chronic illness

Being sick while managing a chronic illness

Everybody feels pretty crummy when they are sick.  Spending days unable to breathe easily or running to the bathroom, or coughing up a storm just doesn’t make anybody happy.  Getting sick when you have a chronic condition is an especially miserable experience. I’ve been sick now since Friday, I guess.  I had been planning and…

Could your medication be part of the problem?

Could your medication be part of the problem?

With many conditions, medication is often part of the treatment process.  There are risks and rewards to medications, but at times those risks feel huge, and the rewards feel distant and difficult to reach.  So many medications are now being advertised on TV with a message of hope, followed by a seemingly unending list of…

Grieving your former self and finding peace

Grieving your former self and finding peace

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. words: budget, escaping, speeding, slowing, evaluating This month’s prompts had me thinking about energy.  Emotional energy, physical energy, mental energy – all of these energies are limited. So many of our personal day-to-day decisions are heavily influenced by how much energy we have, how…