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Name: Dave
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Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Home country: USA
Current location: Portland, OR
Member since: Mon Nov 6, 2006, 02:59 PM
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A Real Obamacare Success story – Me

As some of you know I've been unemployed on and off (mostly unemployed) for the last couple of years so things have been difficult overall. In December I signed up for Oregon's health care plan because Oregon was one of the states that extended Medicaid. Since I've been paying Social Security Medicare and Medicaid insurance out of my paycheck for over 30 years really don't feel guilty signing onto the plan.

I got my insurance card from the administrator called Family Healthcare in early January. I put the card in my wallet like I always do with insurance cards. Since I'm a relatively healthy non-smoker, non-diabetic I pretty much thought that was last I'd see of that card for some time. Well, the Spaghetti Monster or whatever God, Goddess, demon, etc. decided otherwise.

On January 26 I slipped and fell and broke my left humerus. I did quite a number on it. In the ER they just looked at it, through me in a sling and scheduled me for surgery the next day. The break was so bad there was no chance of just setting it and putting it in a cast or brace to heal. At the ER they took my Family Healthcare card just plug it into the system and I was all good to go.

I had my first surgery on January 28. It seemed to go okay. Except the following Tuesday I was back at the doctor's office because it was oozing pretty bad. They cleaned it up change the dressing and set my next follow-up for one week out. At that follow-up, it was determined that the first surgery wasn't working. So they scheduled me for a revision surgery. That was done on Feb 12. Turns out that didn't go any better than the first one. And to add insult to injury I got a staph infection. The effect of that was they had to schedule a third surgery to rip out all the hardware clean out my wound thoroughly and start me on a 6 to 8 week antibiotic regimen.

On 26 February I had my third surgery. As I said they took out all the hardware, and the top of the humorous that is the ball part. At this time I was officially diagnosed with osteomyelitis – a bone infection. They kept me in the hospital for five nights to give me antibiotics and monitor the cultures they took to see if they grew any new bacteria. I got released on March 3.

Now, I'm on a 6 to 8 week home infusion regimen of antibiotics. When the nurse came to train me how to do the infusion she looked at my insurance and said "You are on Family Care, so you're 100% covered."

You are 100% covered is the theme of my insurance coverage right now. So far, I've had three surgeries, one ER visit, four office visits and the associated pain meds (oxycodone). All with zero expenses to me. Which is great since there's no way in hell I could have paid anyway. I would become yet another person who had to file bankruptcy because of a medical problem.

Here's a pic of my x-ray from 26 January at the ER. Hopefully I got the link to work properly. If you are thinking "OUCH" then you got it right.

Alternet provides this weeks top 10 right wing idiots.


Putting aside all of the nutjob reactions to the veto of Arizona’s crazy anti-gay law, some of which were chronicled here, right wingers were still plenty busy mouthing off this week.

http://www.alternet.org/10-biggest-right-wing-idiots-week-not-even-including-arizona-homophobes?akid=11560.1084699.Vaewxd&rd=1&src=newsletter964793&t=3&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

Sorry for only having a link, I was having trouble pasting a snippet.

An example of how not to be a parent.

Here's a link to a Huffington Post story about an advice columnist responding to a parent whose kid is gay. The calmness advises them that it's wrong to try this change their sons orientation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/19/ask-amy-homophobic-mother_n_4302316.html

I'm also including a link directly to the parents letter. The parents letter kind of frames the parent as a self-centered jerk. In the letter you will see that the parent seems to be more concerned about the parent being made fun of by the church group than about the kid. Also the parent apparently forgot the kid's birthday for the last three years. There will not be a parent of the year award for this one. "I have a busy work schedule" is not really a good excuse for being a bad parent. And yes, you are a bad parent if you forget your kid's birthday three years in a row. I hope you don't have a dog.

link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ask-amy-parent-pressures-gay-son-to-change/2013/11/12/a46984d0-4815-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

Dog nail cutting tips - any help appreciated.

My dog absolutely hates having his nails cut. I know this is something that many of us encounter. Does anybody have some good suggestions for how to work with the dog to make it less stressful for both him and me?

Exoskeleton helps paralyzed skier walk again. Exciting stuff!

Cross-posted from science forum.



link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57619037-76/3d-printed-exoskeleton-helps-paralyzed-skier-walk-again/

Amanda Boxtel's doctors told her she'd never walk again. But her new 3D-printed exoskeleton says otherwise.
In 1992, Boxtel was paralyzed from the waist down in a catastrophic skiing accident. But 22 years later, thanks to a groundbreaking 3D-printed robotic suit developed by 3D Systems and EksoBionics, she's able to stand up and move around on her own.

Boxtel's new exoskeleton, the first of its kind, was custom-built for her. Designers from 3D Systems scanned her body, digitizing the contours of her spine, thighs, and shins, a process that helped them mold the robotic suit to her. Then they combined the suit with a set of mechanical actuators and controls made by EksoBionics. The result, said 3D Systems, is the first-ever "bespoke" exoskeleton.


This is really exciting stuff. If we can make the same sort of advances with this type of technology as we have with computers and networking people with disabilities like this skier have a much better life to look forward to.

Exoskeleton helps paralyzed skier walk again. Exciting stuff!

link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57619037-76/3d-printed-exoskeleton-helps-paralyzed-skier-walk-again/

Amanda Boxtel's doctors told her she'd never walk again. But her new 3D-printed exoskeleton says otherwise.
In 1992, Boxtel was paralyzed from the waist down in a catastrophic skiing accident. But 22 years later, thanks to a groundbreaking 3D-printed robotic suit developed by 3D Systems and EksoBionics, she's able to stand up and move around on her own.

Boxtel's new exoskeleton, the first of its kind, was custom-built for her. Designers from 3D Systems scanned her body, digitizing the contours of her spine, thighs, and shins, a process that helped them mold the robotic suit to her. Then they combined the suit with a set of mechanical actuators and controls made by EksoBionics. The result, said 3D Systems, is the first-ever "bespoke" exoskeleton.


This is really exciting stuff. If we can make the same sort of advances with this type of technology as we have with computers and networking people with disabilities like this skier have a much better life to look forward to.

Flow through - toon

Thank goodness for the ACA

I fell and broke the humerus on my left arm. I will need surgery to repair it. I'm fortunate that I live in a state that expanded Medicaid, OR. I've been unemployed for a while now and I signed up in Dec. The hospital verified my coverage. So now I don't have to go completely broke with hospital bills.

I did my vol orientation at OR Humane Soc. Today.

From 9 to 3 I was in volunteer orientation. Learning about the organization and some hands on training. Now I do a session with a mentor the get to be a dog walker. Other things too, like helping with fundraising, admin support and such. Also want to do the kitty stuff too.

Could Pot Legalization Amendments be the Way to Get People to the Polls in 2014?

We all know that the GOP successfully used anti-same sex marriage amendments to get people to the polls and re-elect Bush II. Could we use pot legalization amendments to get our base out to the mid-terms and thus, retain the senate and make gains in the house?

It's worth a thought.
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