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April 2010

Love it when I’m right

This is the second (maybe third …) year I’ve managed to really come out good with the charges for my mental health care.

I’m not sure how it works, but apparently we pay 20%/80% until we meet our out of pocket, then the health care is no charge.

I’ve met my out of pocket.

I’ve been authorized for 10 visits, which get me past all this mess.

So, I got 6 visits free through the Employee Assistance plan and then 10 visits free with the regular insurance.

Not bad.

Plus got a new CPAP out of the deal.  Which reminds me that I need to check on my mask status.  I think I might be due a new one.

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And yes, I am and they will be shipping it on Monday after they check my benefits.

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The biggest reason I’m seeing a mental health professional is to learn how to deal with my co-workers in a way other than coming home and eating all evening.

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Examples: 

Special ed coworker keeps doing little things that stress me and my principal out.  I’m trying hard to make sure I’m not part of that issue and keeping control of the situation.  Can say much more but the whole situation may wind someone in court.  Maybe even me. 

Testing this week.  Way too many instructions to keep them all straight and every day I’ve made a minor mistake   Like today didn’t have the kids names, student ids, and test booklet numbers on a form.  Yesterday didn’t have the test booklet numbers on the answer sheets.

Found out today that I have to do an extra week of training – first week of June, and I can almost guarantee it will be a waste of time, as they are having the PreAP CS teacher in PreAP Math sessions.  Also over the last two days, I’ve been told I can’t do my AP training which I haven’t done in three years and they’ve done major revisions on the test and I have 4 students working on AP.

Being told portables had been broken into and computers stolen.  No emails, no specifics, just a heads up.  That means major paperwork, but okay.

Little things that add up.

Good news, it’s been months since an adult had a temper tantrum in my room (well, I might have had one in front of my 8th period class when they were acting up last).


First Day of Mushies

I'm on my first day of mushies -- had Tom Thumb Broccoli and Cheese soup and it was very good. 

I am definitely feeling more restriction, and I'm a touch worried that it might be too much restriction, but I won't know until Wednesday evening.

Anxious to lose more weight though.


Second day of liquids

I go to mushies after 4:00 pm today.

I’ve done better on this round of liquids after a fill, precisely because I have been very careful to make sure I have liquids available and going down my throat every minute.  Helps the hunger though I think this fill is helping too.

Forgot that I wanted to say more about this fill.  I had a fill back in December of 1 cc.  I got in the middle of a stress festival and wasn’t able to eat, even having trouble getting liquids down.  I had an unfill of half, or 1/2 cc.

I was afraid the tech would want to go to a full full of 1cc.  I wanted to go to a fill of 1/2 cc.  Funny thing, is that she was thinking of going to .4 cc  and was relieved that I was happy with the 1/2 cc. 


Got a Fill Friday

I have gained two pounds since the un-fill – which the fill tech said wasn’t bad. 

I’ve done 24 hours of liquids, have another 24 hours to go. Living on popsicles, soup and slim-fast.  Do feel like I have a decent restriction again.  I’ve been starving every afternoon.


Good News - So far Bret Michaels has not violated his daughter's medical privacy

Watched Celebrity Apprentice last night -- by the way, the guys didn't win.  Goldberg left without earning money for his charity.

 

The best news though is that Bret Michaels has ended speculation about his daughter's medical condition without broaching her privacy.  In other words, he said that they had got the tests back but he didn't give out a diagnosis.

 

By the way, I thought it was really funny that Michaels was giving advice on how to be interviewed, since he comes out as such a doofus anytime he is interviewed.


Another Good Night’s Sleep

Didn’t go to bed as early as I would have liked – I think I was avoiding dealing with my office, which I am still avoiding, but have got some of it fixed ….

But physically and mentally I am feeling much better.  Am hoping to get back on track on the sleep thing.

I have been experiencing a lot of physical hunger, which should get fixed by the fill I am scheduled for on Friday.

My next major decision to make is what do I do about the next agility trial.  Right now, I have a hotel room and I have entries in.  I am thinking of heading for Fort Worth on Thursday evening, staying there, running FAST and regular classes.  Just taking my time and relaxing during the trial and not rushing back and forth every day.

I can cancel my FAST entries and my Friday entry and drive over for two classes, or I can take a mini-dog agility holiday.  I’m thinking the mini-holiday is a good idea.  Good news!  Diet Gourmet’s pickup place is halfway between the hotel and the Dog Show.  My plan would be to run FAST Friday morning, pick up food, and relax in the hotel room until time for the show.


Finally a good night’s sleep

Haven’t been able to sleep since spring break.  The good news is that the problems that were interrupting my sleep have been resolved to my satisfaction.

I got to bed before 10:30, woke up at 6:15 having to go to the bathroom, went back to bed, woke up with an 7:00 am alarm, rolled over and went back to sleep and got up at 8:00.  I feel a lot better.  Hopefully I can get the rest of the sleep problems resolved.


Losing the same five pounds again

I braved the scales and I am losing the same 5 pounds again. 

I have a fill scheduled for next Friday since I have been having trouble with feeling hungry -- real hungry.

Stress level is down but I still am not sleeping.

See the mental health care worker tonight and I am planning on focusing why I hang onto this 5 pounds.


Announcements of Diabetes Diagnosis of Celebrities

We've got at least one diabetes blogger who likes to announce when celebrities are diagnosed with diabetes.

Frankly, it seems like gloating, and it seems wrong to me.  Unless the celebrity has issued a press release It really isn't my business or anyone else's.  Isn't that what HIPPA is about?

Why do I bring it up?  Well, it was announced on an entertainment site this morning that Brett Michael's daughter was diagnosed with diabetes on the show, Celebrity Apprentice.  Well, she wasn't.  I know, because I actually watched the show, and they left the test results as a "cliff hanger".

The diabetes blogger in question announced it on twitter, and linked to the inaccurate website.

Celebrities have announced in public that they have been diagnosed with diabetes.  This is usually done after they have become a spokesperson for a diabetes organization or product.  Charlie Kimball comes to mind, who tweets as @RacingWithInsulin and is sponsored by Novartis.  Patti LaBelle is another one, she is a pitchewoman for a blood sugar meter.

I would not be surprised if it is NOT announced one way or the other if the daughter is diagnosed, unless she has already planned to be a spokesperon.  That is entirely possible.  As it is, her privacy has been broached by her father, even if it was for a good cause.

Really love the way Michael Johnson's situation was handled.  They never mentioned what his son's problem was (and I do believe he is a minor).

CORRECTION:  Novo Nordisk (not Novartis) is actually his official sponsor, and his Twitter account is @racewithinsulin (just slightly different from what you listed in the post).