yesterday i went to an urgent care clinic since i was having a 3 day bout of severe nausea and vomiting. i was seen by 2 hysterical women (yes; i am a woman too) who said i needed to be seen immediately in the e.r., have a red blood cell transusion, and be admitted to the hospital. they had made all the phone calls to arrange this. well, as i knew, the e.r. doc was the only rationale person i met in this experience. he gave me an iv of zofran (an anti nausea drug) and 200cc of normal saline. i was back to normal. same old self. admit to hospital for a transfusion? crazy making. by the way, the 2 hysterical women were a physician’s assistant and an md.
yes, i do have anemia. not an emergency. and yes today i saw my hem/onc specialist who is monitoring my anemia. he didn’t want to hear about the crazy ladies. he simply scheduled me for another transfusion in a week, as had already been planned. (docs protect each other, no matter how wrong they are) a dangerous practice.
by the way, the hem/onc specialist says he is seeing more people my age with anemia. the kind that in which bone marrow is no longer making enough red blood cells. it is his theory that this is due to environmental toxins that we were exposed to in our childhood, and possible caused a change in a chromosome. treatment? red blood cell transusions, from some wonderful donor.
My son was deployed to Iraq on Mother’s Day. My gift from him was a box of expensive chocolates and a big bottle of vitamins! His last words to me were “don’t cry!”. Hopefully, as a Green Beret and a combat medic he will be okay. But I can see the toll it is taking on his wife and 3 year old son. Stressed to the limit. By finances. By lots of responsibilities on a mom who is working, going to school, taking care of a child, a home, a dog, a yard.
I talked to a young neighbor the other day whose boyfriend just returned from 2 deployments. Came back with stress disorder and addictions. And now she needs to find help, not only for him, but for herself.
I sure would like to help with this effort of “helping”. Though I applied for work with the local VA and local military fort that was theoretically recruiting, have not heard back. Despite my great education and experience, I don’t have the “connections”. I haven’t lived in this state long enough to build connections.
The weather here doesn’t help morale. This is the Pacific Northwest. Why am I here? to be close to my daughter in law and little grandson and try to be supportive. We all want to migrate back to CA when we can. Only wildlife should live here where the sun never shines, it is always cold, the days are short, and it rains, and everyone needs to supplement their diets with vitamin D.
i have some ideas to share. things that i have had to figure out.
- reconstiting contact lenes. oh sure, the manufactures say throw them out every few days. guess why? i have found that when i accidently lose a lens, and find it, i put it in solution for a day and it is reconstuted. can’t afford to keep buying these…
- can’t afford your rx meds? first check around with drug and grocery stores and ask them their prices for a specific medication. also call or email or write to the manufacturer. some are willing to give you a free or reduced suppy for a few months.
- need to see a health care provider? ask your state for what options are available for reduced cost care, or supplementing your contribution.
- last but not least, if you need an expensive procedure like i just had, don’t be above asking the provider if “charity care” is available. do not be humiliated. you have paid your dues to our society.
- lastly, for now anyway, network with people, friends in the same situation for ideas.