August 25, 2009, 11:45 pm

Patients For A Moment: Vol. 1, No. 6

patientforamomentWelcome 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?


Blogger (and author!) Laurie at A Chronic Dose pens a poignant post about waiting and hoping…balancing the needs of chronic illness with an all-out passion for life in Hope (or Something Like It).

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!

RehabRN talks about the need for flexibility when working with patients, and she even has a mini-patient carnival of her own right here in Please Be Patient…!  A few more for the blog roll!


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.

Barbara from Florence dot com recalls her experience as a patient while giving birth to her daughter in Happy 21st Birthday, Margaret!.  A study in the benefit of actually listening to a patient…


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!


  • Rachel

    August 26, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for hosting, as always 🙂

  • Barbara Olson

    August 26, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Thanks for putting this together, Kim! I tried to explain why I think blog carnivals add value to the healthcare reform dialogue this morning. (PFAM has a link.)

  • Patients for a Moment #6 « DUNCAN CROSS

    August 26, 2009 at 5:31 am

    […] Patients for a Moment is up at Emergiblog. Thanks to Kim for an excellent edition. […]

  • Barbara K.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

    What a great collection! Thanks for including mine. And thanks for hosting.

  • Lisa Emrich

    August 26, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Great job hosting, Kim!! Thanks for including me. Now I’ve got some more reading to do…gotta go discover some of the folks I’ve been missing out on.

  • Novel Patient

    August 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome job hosting! Thanks so much for including my entry! <3

  • […] in my heart. Also be sure to stop over at Kim’s Emrgiblog where I am participating in the Patients for a Moment Carnival. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)yet another meme!another NICU-type […]

  • Steve

    August 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    On the road all day returning from a Cardiology appointment in Atlanta, and find a brand new PFAM when I get home! The day has ended well!

    Thanks for hosting, Kim! This is just the pick me up that a road weary guy needs!

  • […] By Steve I just got in from Atlanta, road weary and ready to call it a day, but look! The 6th Edition of Patients for a Moment is out, posted over at […]

  • Trusted.MD Network

    August 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Patients For A Moment – A New Blog Carnival…

    This carnival is a rotating collection of posts by and about patients. Kim at Emergiblog has put together a great carnival. Have a look….

  • Aviva

    August 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Great roundup! Thanks!

    Sorry I didn’t have a contribution this time around, but I’m still enjoying reading what everyone else is up to and finding yet more blogs I want to follow. 🙂

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