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February 25, 2018

The “Real” President’s News Conference – 2009 Healthcare

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Originally Posted 2009 When we had a real POTUS

I watched the President’s New Conference this morning because I wanted to hear his plan on national healthcare.  Other subjects were also covered such as his South America (Chile) Policy, the Economy, and the Smoking Law passed yesterday.  I really liked what I heard about all the subjects, especially his plan for National Healthcare.

I doubt the healthcare insurance companies like it because it will probably cut into their outrageous premiums, but that is exactly why it is being considered now.  With the millions of Americans out of work and all the others without a healthcare plan, I back the President 1,000% in his quest for a National Healthcare Plan.  I also like the fact that if the insurance companies want to get involved they will not be allowed to only insures healthy people.  They will have to take people with pre-existing health issues.

I once worked for a Commercial Property Insurance company and even thought it wasn’t healthcare insurance, the policies were probably the same.  They took in the payments and fought every claim “tooth and nail”.  I have had the same experience a few times with healthcare providers also.  They freely take your premium payment, but beware if you have a claim.

As far as healthcare cost these days here is a recent prime example.  We have someone visiting us from the Midwest and yesterday this person needed medical attention.  He is not working and does not have health insurance so we called our doctor at “The Palo Alto Medical Clinic” to see if he could get seen.  We were told that they required a $300.00 deposit just for a visit of a new patient without health insurance.  Well I can tell you that this person can not afford that kind of cost and we asked if they could refer other clinics in the area that may not required such a large amount of money for a visit.  They gave us several names and we call a few only to find none of them had any openings immediately.

So we discussed his options.  Because his symptoms were that his throat was swelling on the inside, we were afraid it might be life threatening and maybe a visit to a local hospital emergency room should be considered.  Of course, he would not have to outlay a “chunk of change”, but the final bill would probably be a few thousand dollars or more.

Well my daughter saved the day.  She did a “Google” search for some local clinics that provide immediate attention for “walk ins”.  Walla!  She found a clinic named “Quick Health” and we called.  They said they charged $59.00 for a visit and off he went.  When he came back he went on and on about how great everyone was and that they saw him within a few minutes of his arrival.  As it turned out, he did not have a life threatening illness and the doctor told him how to treat the swelling after a complete examination.  The total bill was just under 100 bucks.

Then two days later someone from Quick Health called him to ask how he was doing, as a follow up.  This impressed me.  This showed me that Quick Health was not just some “fly by night” company and if anyone in my family needs medical attention, Quick Health would be a strong choice.

Thank heaven he did not go the local hospital emergency room and have to deal with that bill.  Thank you Quick Health!

As a footnote:  I once went to The Palo Alto Medical Center and paid the $300.00 deposit for a visit.  The $300.00 was used up by my visit and the doctor’s diagnosis with an additional cost of $250.00 for the medication (20 pills).  Yes that’s right, 20 pills cost me $250.00.  (This in itself demands healthcare reform.)

I have nothing to add at this time except “Please Mr. President, help us folks out here who need some help with our healthcare!  We are with you all the way!”

September 23, 2017

Orthostatic Hypotension in General

Medical Definition: Orthostatic Hypo-tension is defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing when compared with blood pressure from the sitting or supine position. is defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing when compared with blood pressure from the sitting or supine position. In laymen terms: Stand up from sitting position, blood pressure drops and heart beat increases causing dizziness which could lead to fainting.

When we were first diagnosed we reached a point where passing out was a weekly event, then after seeing neurologist that did the “table” test. They placed me on a table that tilted and hooked up a bunch of wires the tilted the table with the feet going down and the head be elevated. This created blood pressure and heart beat charts that concluded after a week of analysis that the patient had Orthostatic Hypo-tension. A preliminary teat was done at my primary doctor and this was done by nurse and I laid on the examine table and the nurse took my blood pressure and pulse. We waited two minutes and took the same readings which also showed high pulse and low blood pressure. Two table tests both came to same solution.

So what is the treatment for the cure?  There isn’t’ a cure but it can be managed.  Medication can take care of the dizziness but it’s not suggested because its a strong medication.  The best treatment is wearing compression stockings.

The doctor gave me the name of a medical store and the knee length stocking was $75.00!  I thought “No #$*&^% way am I paying $75.00 for stockings!” So I Googled it and low and behold just about every pharmacy in the universe carried knee length compression stocking for between $7.00 and $20.00″  They carry waist length also, but these are to warm to wear unless you work in a freezer where the temperature is below zero.

I started wearing the knee length stocking and now rarely do I get light headed and have not fainted.  I have talked to other people who say the parents have the same issue of light headed and after they get the stockings it basically goes away. When it gets hot in the house I do take them off because it gets uncomfortable in the heat, but then I get up slower and pay attention. If I get dizzy is sit back down and kick my feet back and forth to get the circulation going.

Then I found out that this is common for people who sit for long periods like office workers, pilots, truck drivers, etc. Most of the Uber drivers wear the stockings because they sit all day and they don’t get as tired.

Some of the Facebook people keep the stockings at work and put them on when the get to work. The Google folks not only put the stockings on but also have a special compression headgear they wear to keep the brain circulation going (rumor).

So for those folks out there where the older folks are having the dizzy issue try the stockings and see how great it works. If you sit all day doing your job, try it and see if you have more energy at the end of the day.

We have nothing to add at this time except to send out our prayers to all the hurricane victims.

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