Welcome to Patients For A Moment!
Emergiblog is proud to host the sixth installment of this patient blog carnival, brainchild of Duncan Cross. Who is cool. And I know. I’ve met him! : )
The theme? Patients and their experiences. The patient blogosphere is varied and vibrant, and this week’s submissions reflect that fact.
So let’s get started!
Lisa Emrich lives with (and blogs about) multiple sclerosis at Brass and Ivory. She also runs the Carnival for MS Bloggers. She shares her experiences with the financial aspect of illness, from insurance premiums to medication costs in Getting Squeezed. In Gratitude Friday and Health Care Questions, take a look at what you like/dislike about your coverage and explore your feelings on health care reform.
Congenital heart disease does not discriminate, but Steve at Adventures of a Funky Heart observes that the majority of congenital heart disease survivors are caucasion. Do health care discrepancies play a role in survival? Steve looks at this very topic in Hearts Aren’t White
These posts from Kate at After Cancer, Now What? blew me out of the water. First, in Formula Tax Deduction, we find out a woman with a double mastectomy cannot use her Flexible Spending Account to buy formula. And get ready, because you will not believe this one….there is a bill in Congress that would make pet care expenses tax deductible. Read the details at No Formula But Pet Food Okay?
Duncan discusses an urgent issue in Mr. Poopy Pants. The title is cute, the problem is very serious. If you have ever, ever had to get to a bathroom, like, yesterday (overactive bladder, anyone? I’m just sayin’), you will relate to this issue. Be sure to check out Ally’s Law; it’s amazing that it took legislation to get needed access for this problem.
Over at Novel Patient, Lauren writes about her experiences with Sjogren’s Syndrome, realizing that sometimes you have to cry to get through the sadness before you can take A New Look. And sometimes, that “new look” is literal – check out the new haircut! : )
Barbara at In Sickness and In Health has lived with chronic pain and in Mercy Killings? she wonders if suicide can ever shift from psychological pathology to a reasonable choice. Be sure to read the very frank, honest comments in response.
I love this one! Lisa at Invisible Illness Awareness may have had to take the wheelchair from the hotel to the Disneyland, but that did not keep her from having some fun and she tells us all about Why I Rode Space Mountain and Celebrated Irresponsibility! Lisa was also the host of Grand Rounds last week, and I owe her a link. So here it is!
I don’t have to say a word about this submission. It’s a photo essay from Laura at Adventures in Juggling entitled Wordless Wednesday – Adventures in Meningococcal Meningitis. And it didn’t stop there. Laura adds the last chapter in Meningococcal Bullets. That is freaking scary.
Reality Rounds takes a page out of the headlines as Michael Jackson’s death shows us what happens When the Paycheck Takes Precedent Over the Patient. I wonder what part of “do no harm” the doctor didn’t understand.
Should You Bring a Loved One to Your Doctor’s Appointments? asks Diana from Somebody Heal Me: the Musings of a Chronic Migraineur. Could it be sending the wrong message?
And last but never, ever least, Rachel at Tales of My Thirties stays home alone while her diabetic husband takes a road trip. It’s not as innocent as it sounds, for five years ago he had a hypoglycemic-induced seizure after pulling off road. Did they both make it through okay? Find out in The Survival Instinct.
That does it for this edition of Patients for a Moment.
The next installment will be hosted by Leslie at Getting Closer to Myself.
It’s been fun – thanks for reading!