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January 23, 2017

Lincare – Respiratory Specialists – Consumer Alert

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lincarelogoOne of the things that really “bugs” me is when a medical facility takes advantage of a patient looking to them for their help.  We have a list of issues and we are starting with this one today because even though it’s about one person’s issue, it might help others going through the same thing.

I have a sister that lives in Sedona AZ and she has a pulmonary issue that requires her being on oxygen.  A year and a half ago her doctor (Mayo Clinic PHX) put her in contact with Lincare so she could get a portable oxygen unit.  All the approvals have been done and Lincare sent a concentrator to her home for her to use while she waits for the portable unit to arrive.  They said about 6 weeks.  They said 6 weeks ONE and ONE HALF years ago.  Just today my sister talked with Dan, a District Manager and he said 6 weeks.  I asked, “Why don’t you go somewhere else?” Get this folks, when she signed up ONE and ONE HALF years ago they locked he into a 5 year contract.  This is supposed to protect her against them cancelling, but to me it looks like a really nice medical scam, which probably should be brought up to the MEDICARE folks.  If they are billing MEDICARE for the portable unit and not delivering, then the FEDS might want to talk with Dan and / or probably some higher up the corporate ladder.  (Lincare is billing MEDICARE monthly)

I told her to call a lawyer and maybe this will light a fire under their butt to get it done.  The biggest problem for my sister is the concentrator is too heavy to lug around and she will be traveling abroad soon and only the portable unit can be taken on an airplane.  She told Dan about this and he stuck with the 6 weeks anyway.

So we are reaching out to any of you out there in cyberland to take a few minutes and email the Lincare Media Department and see if they can help my sister out?

Lincare media dept email address:             < Click here for email address >

They might want a name, but how many Lincare customers live in Sedona AZ?  If there is more than one then they have a bigger problem than being reported here.

Please do mention this post if you choose.  We will be following up on this in the coming weeks or as long as it takes to get resolution.

Licacare Web Site Address:                     < Click here for Lincare web site >

Note that they have a mission statement and you might ask when they intend on living up to the mission statement?

If you are you are a lawyer that knows how to resolve this issue, please take a few minutes and post a comment with your name and phone number of email where you can be reached.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to say that the Uber Journal series will be updated later this week.

 Namaste

August 17, 2016

MAPIE – West Chicago Illinois — Employment Issue

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MAPAIThe following post (Below) was by one of my friends on Facebook and I have known her bother for more than 40 years.

My brother was recently diagnosed with cancer. The day before his treatment started he had a massive stoke, which left him with left-sided paralysis and has delayed his cancer treatment. His employer, Mapei in West Chicago, just sent him a letter denying his short-term disability, terminating his employment, and ending his insurance. If anybody can recommend legal aid or a lawyer that does pro bono work, please let me know. We want to know if this is legal.

I suggested filing a complaint with the EEOC (Federal) or any Illinois Department that deals with Employment issues.

If you are a lawyer that specializes in ILL Employment issues please leave a comment with your name and phone number where you can be reached.  I will pass all comments on to the folks needing the assistance.  If anyone out there in cyberland wants to suggest a specific possible solution, please leave a comment.

We have nothing to add except that this is total BS on MAPEI’s part and we need to do the right thing.  Corporate MAPEI is in Milan Italy and we are reaching out to them also.

July 7, 2016

A Sad Day for the United States of America

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The New Your City Protest and other protests where the shooting took place say it all.  We need some sort of change in this GREAT Country.  President Obama spoke about it today and seems to understand what the people of the USA but Congress and the US Senate are silent.  They are to busy playing politics to stop and listen to the American people they work for who are screaming for change.

Click here for NY City Protest article

We have nothing to add except that the families of the victims are in our prayers.

July 3, 2016

Sad day for Baghdad and the World

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baghdad!

We have nothing to add except that Bangladesh, Istanbul, and Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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July 2, 2016

Sad day for Bangladesh and the World

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Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Dhaka Bangladesh !

 

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And our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Istanbul !

We have nothing to add except that Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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June 29, 2016

A Sad Day for Turkey and the World

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Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Istanbul !

We have nothing to add except that Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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May 31, 2016

My New (Updated) Eyes – A Medical Miracle

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This past January I finally decided that I needed to go see my eye doctor because I had recently purchased new glasses and my left eye vision was blurry to the point I could not clearly see objects more than five feet away, especially printed signs.  So off I went to my eye doctor.  Sure enough after the eye examination, the eye doctor said in my left eye I had an advanced cataract and in my right eye the beginnings of a cataract.  The doctor said she could “fix” the vision issue with new glasses, but I might as well get both eyes cleared of the cataracts because eventually they would need to be dealt with.

So I called my Stanford Primary Care Doctor and told her that I needed a referral to the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford to get the cataracts removed.  The very next day I received a call to set up an appointment to come in for an exam.  Their exam results were the same as what my eye doctor reported and they then started measuring my eyes for the eye surgery.  My eye doctor was Charles C. Lin, M.D. (Doctor Charles C. Lin Bio) and I discussed the results and scheduled a surgery when the measurements were completed.  Since they only do one eye at each session we scheduled the left eye first and then two weeks later the right eye.

During our discussion Dr Lin asked me what kind of eye implants I would prefer, wear glasses for close vision (reading) or for long distance.  I chose the reading glasses.  I must say I was surprised by the question and Dr Lin noticed so he said that my cataract surgery includes lens implants and that I would no longer need prescription glasses.  So I no longer needed to purchase the prescription glasses for about a thousand dollars, and instead I could buy the reading glasses for about 10 bucks in any pharmacy or food store.

So I went in for the surgery on my left eye which was an hour for pre-surgery, then the surgery that only took about 15 minutes, and then an hour for recovery.  Because I had not had any kind of surgery since the 1980’s I was a tad bit apprehensive but the Surgical Staff was awesome and understood. I was really taking it all up until they gave me the anesthetic prior to moving me to the surgery.  The only thing I remembered was during the surgery I noticed seeing awesome streaks of light in my left eye.  The streaks were all vivid colors and random movement.  I made a mental note to notice what kind of colors and patterns my right eye was going to be in two weeks.

Then it was off to recovery and since I was fasting for 18 hours I was looking forward to something to munch on.  I don’t remember many names but the recovery nurses name was Elizabeth and I remember because she said the magic words “Would you like some juice and graham crackers?”, which to me came across as “Would you like some wine with your steak dinner?”.  I assume it was the anesthetic plus the fasting that caused this reaction, but it sure was right on point.   Cranberry Juice and Graham Crackers never tasted so good.

Then they placed a shield over my left eye and said to wear during sleep it for a few days just to protect me from rubbing my left eye accidentally.  Done and home was the next stop.

The right eye surgery was the same schedule as the left eye.  I had a surprise during the pre-surgery when a male nurse came in to say that he was going to insert my IV and get me ready.  I told him that it was no problem when I was here a few weeks ago but usually it takes more than one try to get the IV in because I was told I have tough skin.  He smiled.  Just then a nurse came in and said she had some questions so I turn my head to the right and after about five minutes we completed the questions.  When I turned back I said “OK, let’s get the IV done.”  The male nurse said he was done and I was ready to go.  I was astonished and said “You got that IV in without me feeling anything?”  He said “sure did.”  I said “This was a first for me and I gave him the nick name of “IV Pro” and said that if I ever need a IV again I will hope he is on duty.”  So “IV Pro” wheeled me to surgery.

When I went to recovery it turns out Elizabeth was busy but “IV Pro” was there and asked if I wanted some Sprite and crackers and I said “That would be great”.  Once again I felt like I was at “The Sundance Steak House” having a great steak dinner. I then became an “IV Pro” Fan forever.

Also I did remember to notice the colors during the actual surgery on my right eye and it was different than my left eye.  During surgery on my right eye it was not lines, it was patterns of color.  The patterns were like checker boards and some lace, all as colorful as could be.

Now I have completed all my follow up appointments and both eyes are done and healed.  I now have 20-20 vision and I now see the medical miracle performed by Doctor Lin whom I now call the “Miracle Man”.  For the first time in 60+ years I can function without wearing glasses.  In fact I can’t remember not wearing glasses it’s been so long ago and I was down right giddy the first time I drove without glasses.  “Wow!”  This is awesome.  A miracle for sure!

So to the office and surgical staff at “The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford”, all the services you performed led up to the final “Medical Miracle” that Doctor Lin (Miracle Man) performed on both of my eyes.  I don’t have the words nor do I have enough space on this post to tell you all how grateful I am.  The “Get Well Soon” cards that you sent a few days after each surgery on both eyes was awesome and your dedication is heart felt.

We have nothing else to report except to say to all at the institute – Namaste

 

March 2, 2016

American Idol and The Voice 2016

AI 2011 logoThis is the last year for American Idol and since we have been watching since day 1, it will be like losing a friend.  I am guessing it’s due to falling ratings, but we are just guessing.  The sad part is that American Idol was the 1st to start the reality talent show format and when they leave there won’t be another show to replace their format.  The loss of a format for new talent like American Idol uses is not duplicated on any other show that we can think of.  The Voice pre-picks, America’s Got Talent is not a format for singers, and the X Factor currently is only in England.  Maybe Fox will come up with some kind of replacement for pure singing contestants similar to American Idol.  One thing for sure is that up until this season the viewing audience never know who stayed and who went home before the telecast was completed, but this year there have been several “leaks” about results already.  Guess some of the soon to be unemployed employees don’t give a hoot.

voiceThe Voice 2016 started this past Monday with the “Blind Auditions” and once again it is looking like an awesome season.  We say this every year, but it’s true every time.  With Adam, Pharrell, Blake, and Christina as the judges it for sure will be entertaining watching the judge banter.  Tuesday was the 2nd “Blind Audition” and so far we have picked three of four possible winners. Have you picked anyone?  We wonder if the N. Michigan “car-poolies” will be following The Voice this season.  (We won’t know because our source evaporated).  (We think yes).

We have nothing else to report except that even though we never get involved with political news, we can’t resist whats going on this year in the U.S.A.  After all we guess these guys and gals running for the presidency  also are chasing a dream.  (We are not sure what the dream is but maybe we will know by next November).

February 24, 2016

Driving – Cell Phone Texting / Talking while driving

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cellIn California it’s illegal to drive and talk / text on a cell phone while driving a vehicle.  I have not seen this enforced, but it is the law.  The closest thing we have seen to enforcing is after a “fender” accident bender the officer checked both cell phones of the drivers involved, we assume looking for the time of the last chat or phone call.  Just this morning we were at a stop light and the driver in the SUV in front of us was chatting away on a cell phone and right next to the SUV, on the left, was a police car, bur because the SUV driver was about a foot higher than the police car, so the officer could not see the law-breaker.  When the light turned green the cell phone disappeared quickly.

We think we have a solution to this issue, not only for catching the cell phone law breaks, but also for the safety of the vehicles around them.  We have seen countless times cars weaving left and right in their lane while talking away on a cell phone.  This is a big time danger to the rest of us and if we knew they were chatting on a phone, we would make sure to avoid the “law breaker”.

So here is what we think should be done to combat these people who seem to have a need to talk / text on their cell phone while driving.

A device needs to be created that consists of a camera, sensor, transmitter, and G.P.S. unit.  The “device” needs to be embedded in the dash-board or a position where the driver is clearly accessible.  By “embedded” we mean the “device” can not be easily removed by anyone.   The “device” will only scan the drive side (Area) of the vehicle and when the driver turns on a cell phone or the passenger gives the driver a cell phone already turned on the “device” will pick up the signal as soon as the cell phone enters the scan area.  The instant the driver starts using the cell phone, no matter if it’s a call or starts texting, the “device” will activate the hazard lights so that any other drivers in the immediate area will be warned that this vehicle is dangerous and should be avoided.  The “device” will then transmit a message to the nearest police department with the G.P. co-ordinates of the vehicle, the license plate, a video clip of the driver, and a message of what is taking place for example, ”Driver texting in progress”.   The hazard lights will remain on as long as the phone is in the driver area with a 30 minute time extension when the driver passes the cell phone to the passenger or turns it off.

This “device” needs to be built and each state needs to pass a law that directs the auto companies to include this “device” in all the new cars and take charge of adding the “device” to the already existing auto’s built in the last 10 years.  Driver-less autos will also be exempt but only the ones that do not have a steering wheel.

So we a calling for one of you “genius” engineers out there in cyberland to go build this “device” and get it in to production as soon as possible.  Of course, you will become very wealthy so you can donate some of the profits to the rehabilitation centers that will be required for the cell phone “addicts” that get caught and receive a “DWT” Citation (D-Driving, W-While, Texting/Talking).  Multiple citations will lead to a driver receiving the maximum capital punishment, loss of cell phone rights.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to share our excitement in the return of “The Voice” next week.

 

October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

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Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Halloween.  My costume this year is Sponge Bob Square Pants so if you see a sponge walking down the street, please deposit 10 Reese’s  Peanut-butter Cups in the bag.  We will be a happy camper.

We have nothing else to report except too say to everyone to have a safe Halloween. For those folks out there doing any driving, please watch out for the children out there trick or treating.

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