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Ten Things I Can’t Live Without #HAWMC

Posted by Connie on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 10:23 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Health Supplies Equipment, Prescription Medications.
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Prompt: 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

My list is related to my chronic illnesses and in no particular order:

  1. My iPhone – to play games, read email, tweet, stay in touch on Facebook all while I wait in doctors’ offices
  2. Body Pillow – helps make resting and sleeping more comfy. Takes the pressure off those joints and muscles that hurt and ache.
  3. Salads – my go to food when I’m craving junk food. I’m not sure what it is about all of those healthy, colorful veggies, but they taste delicious and fill me up. (I try to keep cut up veggies in containers to make a quick salad when I’m not feeling well.)
  4. B12 Shots – I get a shot every two weeks because my body does not retain B12. This helps increase energy.
  5. Relaxation and Deep Breathing – used for chronic pain, migraines and general aches and pains. I use this as often as possible since I dislike pain medicine.
  6. Cup of Tea and Toast- it’s my comfort meal as needed. I drink my tea decaffeinated, with milk and sugar.
  7. Stuffed Mickey Mouse – he’s with me when I don’t feel well or in the hospital.
  8. Prescription Medications – I hate to add this to my list, but if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be alive.
  9. My Doctors – I may complain about some of them, but the ones that are still on my “don’t fire” list have listened to me, seen me as a whole person and treated me so I can live my life to the fullest.
  10. Disney World – my happy place, where I can go when I feel like life is a against me.

It goes without saying, that my family and friends are my life. They are the best support system and I’m blessed to have them. I didn’t put them on the list because I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Free Bausch and Lomb Contact Lenses

Posted by Connie on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 6:21 pm and is filed under Health Supplies Equipment.
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Want to get free Bausch and Lomb contact lenses? I have the information that you need!

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An eye exam may be necessary before receiving your free trial, and the free trial certificate does not include the cost of an eye examination or any other professional fees.

If you want to give contact lenses a try or you’re a regular user, take advantage of the free Bausch & Lomb contact lenses trial!

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Being Comfortable At Home While Disabled

Posted by Connie on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm and is filed under Advocacy, DisABILITY Advocate, Health Supplies Equipment.
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It is possible for a disabled person to be comfortable while at home. There are many home improvements that enable a person who needs specific adaptations, equipment for sale, help available for physical needs and assistance animals that can help secure safety. If a person becomes disabled through an accident or illness or a person is born with disabilities, that the belief is that that person must live in a facility. Sometimes there is funding available through the government, through health insurance, through non-profit organizations and through the community.

What is Needed in the Home

Go through the home and see what is needed. Do you need to remove items or add something? You can get the aid of an occupational therapist and/or the salesperson of the equipment look through your home with you. Perhaps you need to lower sinks, raise a toilet or add a ramp.  Maybe you need to add a completely new bathroom or bedroom, or do something as simple as remove throw rugs for safety.

Equipment

Ambulatory assistive devices and other forms of medical equipment to enable a person with disabilities be more independent and live at home are available online, at stores and through rehab centers. Many people learn about equipment from other people in support groups or through the suggestion of a therapist – physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, etc. Of course there are wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc. But did you know that you can have IV equipment, hospital beds, platform lifts, mechanical breathing devices and other equipment that you associate with hospitals or facilities.

Help Available

In some cases, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, therapists and even live in help is available to the disabled person living at home. Even if that person has family living with them, there may need to be checkups, and respite care. If a person needs total care, an assistant may live in the home to help with various care issues – changing tracheotomy tubes, using a disabled lift, cleaning and using a g-tube. Although the person or family or friends may be able to do these tasks, a break is often needed. Also these are such delicate medical concerns, that someone in the medical profession may need to check on them frequently.

Assistance Animals

Another way to keep a disabled person safe at home is by using an assistance animal. Dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals are trained to help people with various disabilities. These animals can alert a person when they need medication, can open doors and perform tasks, and keep the person company. They are often very close to the person who is disabled as they spend a great deal of time with them. Some people develop a very strong bond especially as the animal comes to learn about their quirks and needs. These animals can be just as important as wheelchair lifts to a person in a wheelchair.

Conclusion

It is necessary for a disabled person to be comfortable at home as it is necessary for a disabled person to be safe. Make use of the agencies and medical professionals to make the decisions you need.

MDA Equipment Loan Closet

Posted by Connie on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 11:59 pm and is filed under Health Information, Health Supplies Equipment, Non-Profits.
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The MDA has equipment loan closets available to patients with referrals from MDA doctors. The MDA used to provide durable medical equipment for free, with some monetary limits, but now loans used equipment instead.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association accepts donations of gently used equipment (shower chairs, hospital beds, patient lifts, walkers and canes, communication devices, wheelchairs, scooters, etc.) and even makes some repairs if needed. When an MDA patient is prescribed medical equipment by an MDA doctor, the local office makes use of their database to locate the needed item if possible.

MDA staff can also assist with the purchase of durable medical equipment. When insurance doesn’t cover the purchase of these items, it is best to go through the Muscular Dystrophy staff for recommendations before you make a purchase on your own. They are aware of companies that may provide discounts, work with other organizations to get funding and have a good reputation.

The MDA equipment loan closet is also open to people who travel. Again, contact your local clinic to get information on this service. To find your local clinic, call (800) 572-1717.

See Clearly For Less With The Merchants Discount Health Plan

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm and is filed under Health Information, Health Supplies Equipment.
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Although being able to see clearly is a priority, the cost of visits for eye exams, new glasses or constantly ordering contacts can be a road block to getting the proper help for someone’s eyesight. The Merchant Discount Health Plan (800-319-5243) offers valuable vision discounts, even breaks on LASIK surgeries, that are available at many vision care providers across the United States.

Save Up To 50% Off Chiropractic Services With The Merchants Discount Health Plan

After going to a participating provider for a free consultation through the Merchants Discount Health Plan, members will be able to save up to 50% off of services needed to alleviate chiropractic issues. On-site diagnostic services including x-rays are available to members at the 50% off rate. Members of the Merchants Discount Health Plan (800-319-5243) will save 30% on treatment and other services. For more information on this program, visit MerchantsDiscountHealthPlan.com or call 800-319-5243.

Easy Access To Discounts By Calling 800-319-5243

Members can receive the discounts available through the Merchants Discount Health Plan simply by showing their membership card at the time of purchase. All providers in the program accept the membership card as validation of membership. Businesses and their employees are all entitled to the savings available through the Merchants Discount Health Plan. Also, any legal dependants of the beneficiary may receive the same discount services. For more details or to find a participating provider in a certain area, visit MerchantsDiscountHealthPlan.com or call 800-319-5243.

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Free Hearing Tests in Australia

Posted by Connie on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm and is filed under Health Information, Health Supplies Equipment.
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Hearing aid, photo taken in Sweden

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National Hearing Care offers free hearing tests in its clinics based in Australia. All you need to do is find the clinic closest to you and then call or fill out the online form.

Often people wait years before getting their hearing checked by a professional. This can lead to a more difficult way to improve hearing and a lot of frustration on the part of family members and friends while the person prolongs their hearing test.

There are many types of hearing aids available so if someone is concerned about their looks, there’s no need to worry. Many hearing aids are located in the ear and cannot be seen easily. There’s the In The Canal style, which is somewhat visible. The Completely in the Canal style fits in the ear canal and is not visible. It is small and somewhat difficult to use. Some people with larger ear canals cannot use them at all. There are other styles available too. A professional can help you choose which is the best for you depending on the amount of your hearing loss, your ability to manipulate the hearing aid and the shape of your ear and ear canal.

The most important thing is to get your hearing tested as soon as you have any problems. Waiting can make things worse for you.

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