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I can’t tell you how frustrated, angry and crushed I am.
Since Friday, December 1, 2017, I have spent over 5 hours — including 3 phone calls that laster over 3 hours — trying to get DAMN coverage for 2018. I am willing to pay whatever. Just don’t care anymore. I just want this frigging system to stop torturing me and SOME of the CROOKS who provide telephone support to stop lying to me outright.
Yes, there are some OUTSTANDING and very caring people that you can sometimes get at their Call Center.
Well this morning I, alas, to my misfortune and cost, got an outright, lying-cheating bastard. It was a man, and by his accent, the way he talked and his vocabulary I will just say that he was not Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian. He CONNED me for 1 hour and 20 minutes. He would not let me be logged at the same time as him. After 80 minutes he told me that he got me the coverage — both health and dental. Told me the names of the plans and monthly premiums. Then he hung up. I immediately logged on. HE HAD LIED. He had lied through his f***ing, bloody teeth. He had duped me. He had NOT got me coverage. My application was left UNFINISHED.
I had to call again. This time got a LOVELY lady called ‘Sherri’. She was wonderful. I was on the line with her for an hour.
But, she admitted that she could NOT get me coverage.
Nothing wrong with my application or eligibility. System ERRORS. She had 3 people check my application. The system goes all the way to allowing me to pick plans … then CRASHES.
I hate this system.
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I used to be HUGE fan of John McCain — and now I am BACK to being a HUGE fan.
He was a hero and of that there could never be any doubt. That the DOTARD got away with questioning Senator McCain’s hero status and still got elected President — to I, says a LOT about the American psyche.
I had the honor of meeting Senator McCain — 17 years ago, during his 2000 Presidential bid. My son, Matthew, 7-years old at the time, taking my lead, was also a big McCain fan. One Monday morning in February 2000 McCain was scheduled to speak at the Gilford Fire Station. I lived in Gilford at the time. I kept Matthew home that day so we could go see McCain.
We went early in the morning — and it was COLD. There might have been 80 people there, Matthew by far the youngest. He got himself right up to the front and watched McCain — TRANSFIXED.
And now for the NEAT part.
When he finished speaking the FIRST thing McCain did was come up to Matthew and KNEEL DOWN! Yes, he knelt down and talked with Matthew and gave him his autograph. It was total silence in the room. Everybody just watched. I was SO proud and happy.
Then came Elián González the then 7-year old Cuban boy. Elián was the same age as Matthew, and like Elián dad, I too was divorced and only had joint-custody of Matthew. This is where John McCain and I could NOT see eye to eye. As far as I was concerned — and it is still the case — a FATHER’s rights are paramount. Nothing can get in the way of that. IF the father wanted Elián back in Cuba — that had to be THE LAW. So, that was when I ceased to be as fond of John McCain.
But, I will NOW forgive him.
Bravo, Senator McCain. YOU are the MAN. The ETERNAL hero.
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In concept it appear to be somewhat similar to a wireless TENS unit such as the Aleve. A big difference is that it is a SMART unit in that you control with a smartphone APP and the APP will keep track of how you used the device, your sleep patterns etc. Like with most TENS units a typical session is 60-minutes long.
It works by trying to interfere with and block peripheral nerve pain signals before they get processed by the Central Nervous System (CNS). Since it is the CNS that, in the end, is responsible for generating all pain that you feel, IF you can stop the CNS getting pain signals from the peripheral nerves, you can, in theory, minimize the amount of pain generated by the CNS. By and large TENS units work — though they only alleviate pain for some periods of time. It is not a cure. At best a temporary respite from pain.
The Quell, like other TENS units, should work — at least to an extent. It is, however, about five times the cost of the Aleve and the crucial electrodes that you have to replace on a regular basis are expensive.
What I have not been able to determine as yet is whether a Quell really is more effective than say a Aleve — or whether it is all hype. Yes, the APP is unique for now — but the APP does not play any part in reducing chronic pain.
Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.
Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.
I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.
Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.
It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.
It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.
I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.
Thank YOU, Patrice.
I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.
So more pictures to come.
From Monday, August 14, 2017
U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘.
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This is NOT new news so to speak. I have heard the virtues of ‘one glass of wine a day‘ for years — which is why I follow that advice religiously. What is interesting is that this study, extensive in scope given the 300,000 Americans followed, appears to contradict a recent British study that expressed doubts as to the health benefits of wine (or beer).
I must also confess that at my annual physical, last week (8/8/2017), my doctor, a very nice Indian, also appeared to express skepticism to the state of my health — my daily glass of red wine notwithstanding. He said I was going to die, but he couldn’t be specific. He just knew I was going to die. Not sure when either. He says it is just a hunch he has — that I am going to die.
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If you constantly struggle with confounding pain you may have Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) and not know about it.
Doctors are often reluctant to tell you that your pain may be due to Central Pain – since it is a condition that is difficult to explain and rationalize.
Intense chronic pain, widespread and varied, that appears to be treatment-resistant, and often accompanied by burning, numbness, stiffness, itching, or pins-and-needles, may very well be CPS.
What you may have believed was Fibromyalgia might actually be CPS – though this is not of major consequence since the treatment options for both are essentially the same.
CPS, however, is not due to inflammation or injury to a muscle, tendon, bone or joint. Central Pain Syndrome is a disorder of the Central Nervous System (i.e., the brain, brainstem and spinal cord) due to a prior violation; e.g., spinal surgery, brain injury, herniated disc, pinched nerve, stroke, etc.
If you have been suffering from intense pain for a longtime, with weird sensations and discomfort, from different parts of the body, that comes and goes – accompanied by growing emotional distress – you need to find out about CPS: especially if all of this started a few months after you had a neck injury, spinal surgery, concussion, a tumor or infection. There are many who actually suffer from CPS without realizing it is CPS that is responsible for their confusing and confounding misery.
CPS, though deemed not life-threatening, is, unquestionably, life altering, and not so for the better. CPS can be so crushing that it affects not only those suffering from it, but all of those around them.
CPS is infuriating. CPS has been associated with pain so off the scale that it has been referred to as ‘indescribable’ – way beyond that of a dentist accidentally hitting an unnumbed nerve. The pain and discomfort of CPS, so real though it maybe, is not due to any treatable injury, inflammation or infection! That is very hard to come to terms with. But, it is real pain.
CPS is an after-effect of some trauma that happened previously to the brain, neck or spinal column. This trauma, probably due to the intensity, duration and volume of the initial pain, causes the central nervous system to malfunction. That is what CPS, currently said to be incurable, is all about.
CPS, like its twin, fibromyalgia, is, not as yet well studied or understood. CPS tends to be a taboo condition – often overlooked and unspoken by doctors, though it is known that there are millions who suffer from CPS. This book will help you become an expert on CPS – and seek treatment that best helps you, given that the symptoms of CPS will always be specific to you.
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I don’t take Lyrica BUT I am very familiar with it.
My latest book will be on ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) and Lyrica is one of the most used drugs to treat CPS.
The generic name for Lyrica is Pregabalin.
IF you are taking Lyrica/Pregabalin you should Google ‘pregabalin synapse’ — where a synapse is a key component of the nervous system.
This a HEADS UP because many of you may not have realized this.
IF you are taking Lyrica/Pregabalin and feel that your ‘head’ is no longer ‘feeling right’ …. this could be it.
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