I’ve been consistently meeting my therapy goals and doing a lot better at managing stress and finding balance and I’m focusing on me more. My life is not perfect, but it’s come to the point where my therapist and I just said our goodbyes. He’s been a great help over the past year or so, helping me get to the point where I feel like I’ve made the changes in my life necessary to manage my weaknesses.
If you feel you need help, get it. You don’t have to live with feelings of underachievement and worthlessness. You don’t have to go to work everyday distracted by constant, unfounded fears you’re about to be fired and you’re not even sure how you got the job in the first place since you obviously have no idea what you’re doing. You don’t have to constantly be bringing yourself down.
It’s enough to make you sick. No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. They say they’re from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act as a hook, they need to verify some information. They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number. Or, they’ll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, advises consumers not to give out personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails, or knocks on your door. Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.
If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam. The government and legitimate organizations you do business with already have the information they need and will not ask you for it. Then, file a complaint at ftc.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. If you think your identity’s been stolen, visit ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. You also can file a complaint with your state Attorney General.
For more information about the federal health care law, visit HealthCare.gov.
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“That night I looked up at those same stars, but I didn’t want any of those things. I didn’t want Egypt, or France, or far-flung destinations. I just wanted to go back to my life from my childhood, just to visit it, and to touch it, and to convince myself that yes, it had been real.”—Jenny Lawson. (2012). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).
“SQUIRREL!! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squi—wha-what happened? Why do I feel excited? Something I was supposed to d-walk walk walk walk pee walk walk walk walk walk waRABBIT!!!”—My dog.
"…Founding Father’s religion, which is Christianity…"; "…open the door to fund radical Islam schools…"
I’m not surprised she said it. Just disappointed and a little nauseous that people continue to practice willful ignorance.
You want to follow a particular religion and believe things on faith, fine. I respect that.
I do not respect taking historical and scientific facts and purposely ignoring them so you can continue spouting the same “arguments” that have been printed in pamphlets for the past 60 years.
The Founding Fathers’ “religion” was not Christianity. Muslim schools teach math and reading and spelling just like Christian schools. Evolution doesn’t teach that humans evolved from monkeys. Federal Funds do not pay for abortions. Homosexuality is not a choice.
But ignoring inconvenient truths makes it easier to justify absurd agendas based on questionable interpretations of an ancient collection of books.
If you have to ignore facts and outright lie in order to get people to agree with you, it’s time to reconsider your way of thinking.
Update on last week's Medicare fiasco. My member is still in the hospital because:
1. Under Wisconsin law, someone with a developmental disability cannot be admitted to a nursing home without a need for skilled nursing care, which he has so
2. He needs a pre-admission screening to prove he needs the nursing home level of care but
3. Since he won’t need to be at a nursing home for 30 days or longer and he would be discharged to the nursing home from the hospital he’s exempt from this screening, however
4. Now the nursing homes we were looking at are refusing to admit him under this exemption because, let’s be honest, a lot of group homes have a tendency to give a 30-day notice to residents once they go to a nursing home, and the nursing home, rightly, doesn’t want to be stuck with a new resident, so
5. His group home manager is calling the intake coordinator at the nursing home to assure them that my member will be returning home once his IV Antibiotics are finished.
Meanwhile he’s still in the hospital. By the time this is all sorted out, he can probably just go home.
This could have all been avoided if Medicare would just cover the goddamn outpatient IV Antibiotics.
After several back and forth phone calls on Friday with the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Social Worker and Nurse regarding discharge plans, I was kind of expecting at least a voice mail letting me know when my client was discharged.
Especially since we hadn’t actually established which services he’d be needing in the community. The only voice mail I have today was left by a provider needing authorization for services they started providing on Saturday.
Because I didn’t specifically tell the Social Worker we need to know exactly what my client would need upon discharge and we would need to authorize it prior to him being discharged and, because he is consistently non-compliant with medical advice, I would need to be directly involved in discharge planning to help make sure he is getting the best services for him to ensure recovery in the community, and prevent readmission.
Apparently the needs of the hospital to get the patient out of the hospital before the weekend trumps the actual needs of the patient.