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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by mettle fatigue

$343 is not that much money...but it is needed by tomorrow. I posted a diary earlier via the Daily Kos Fund Raisers group, but it didn't get much attention and only raised $60 - which I and Fineena are both very grateful for - but she's in a jam and needs the additional $343 so she can pay for her dentist's appointment tomorrow morning.

Please rec this diary and kick in a little if you can. If enough of us give just a little, we should be able to do this. It's really not that much money spread over the dkos audience. Let's get some attention for this cause so we can ease Fineena's mind about tomorrow.

And thank you to the daily kos community for all you do.

I'll repeat the pertinent info from the earlier diary below the thing to provide context and the information you'll need to ACT. Please help us tonight if you possibly can.

It starts with an email I received today from Fineena:

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Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 06:17 PM PDT

420 and Pain Management

by Santa Susanna Kid

Reposted from Santa Susanna Kid by Santa Susanna Kid

 My body is all beat to hell after working in one career for 30+ years, For info on where my head is at and what I did for work, see my first diary, published in Nov 2008:, and working before that as a Journeyman Carpenter, and various other jobs with specific skillsets, including delivering newspapers on my bicycle, starting at age 10. Orthopedic injuries, car crashes at work, and surgeries, are the source of my pain. My C-spine was fused, with titanium hardware from C-4 to C-7. While waiting 9 months for surgery, my right arm atrophied; and the pain from my neck to my shoulder, and down my arm, felt like a Bowie knife inserted there slowly, by some stranger, and twisted around with a grin. Cryin' pain every night.

  My left ankle has had so many sprains to it, that the ligaments seem hopelessly stretched. My right knee has ACL and MCL tears and meniscus debris that "probably should be cleaned up", said my knee Doctor. Recently, I was diagnosed with levoscoliosis in the lumbar spine; it has a pretty hardcore curve to the left. Both hands have been operated on 5 times, but the thumb joint arthroplastys were, and still are, a pretty tough recovery process to go through to get, maybe 80% of previous full function. But, at least the pain from end-stage arthritis has been diminished. I am just recovering after elbow surgery this last September, and had another thumb surgery in January. I have sciatica and meralgia parasthetica that causes leg pain and at random times I get a the feeling of a hot blowtorch on my right thigh. If it happens when you are in REM sleep, it is a most horrifying way to wake up. The rotator cuff in my right shoulder has a high-grade 50% tear in it. Tomorrow, I will be getting a Platelet Rich Plasma injection, (similar to Stem Cell treatment), into the tear zone, guided by Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. I am really scared of another surgery. I do live alone, and don't know what I would do after another surgery and another year of recovery, sitting depressed in the recliner. I have been in this surgery cycle for three years now. Also, my friend died last June undergoing that same surgery. I don't want another anesthesia escapade to tip the scale out of my favor.

  My hand and spine surgeons were amazing. I spent a lot of time researching and choosing them. After spine surgery, I felt pain relief within a few days. But, due to a cardiac issue, A-fib, spent 9 days in the hospital. I was so addicted to Diluadid, I did not want to leave the hospital. I begged to stay, with no luck. I was prescribed Oxycodone to take home with me; I think 50 count. Within a few days, I was strung out, couldn't use the restroom for Number 2, even though I was given a prescription laxative which didn't work. I used Swiss Kriss instead, and that got me going. After about 7 days on the pain killers, I recognized that I was really getting addicted, and just threw the shit away, cold turkey. If I needed to, I just took Tylenol, or Tylenol PM for relief.

  I have always had a super high pain tolerance threshold. I just sucked it up, bit the bullet, or chewed on a round wooden toothpick; literally. I still do the rounds. Maybe from playing sports, martial arts, or being in the military, I have always just trucked on. I'm not a "Go to the Doctor" kind of guy for every bump, bruise, or laceration; always have butterfly bandages, hydrogen peroxide, and those fat Band-aids in your first-aid kit when you work as a carpenter. Smacking your thumb with a 28 ounce, waffle-faced Vaughan framing hammer is a bear, especially when you are piece working by the square foot.

  After all my hand surgeries, I took the pain meds for about 3 days, then threw 'em out. I get horrible side-effects from pharmaceuticals. They really don't work for the pain. I was sent to a pain management doc, and instead of answering my questions about diet and exercise, he prescribed me 5 different meds at once. Two for pain and the rest to "fix" some other imbalance. Then I was told I would need to sign a contract and come back every month for a urine test and adjustments, if necessary, on the meds. This scared the living shit out of me, and I left without the meds. I think one of them was 150-count bottle of Tramadol. I called the office a week later, and told them I had found a doc that was only 7 miles away, instead of 35 miles. I lied.

  During the course of my career, I have seen hundreds of overdoses from illegal drugs and legal prescription drugs. Many were intentional, and a large number were accidental with prescribed medication. For the rest of my days, I will sometimes flash on those heartbreaking death scenes, and it never really escapes my mind. I know many here on kos have prescribed medicine that they use, and I would never disrespect them for using them, as there are legitimate uses. But, I do have an extreme personal dislike for them based on what I have seen and the side effects I have encountered. Don't even get me started on the Beta-blocker I just weaned myself off of! Everyone is different, because our bodies are different.

  I retired a few months later, just this last year, and had a, "Hey, I live in Kalifornia", moment.  I no longer was subject to piss testing, so I went to my Internal Medicine Physician, who wrote me a recommendation for Cannabis. Now I grew up in 60's & 70's Kali, and we all indulged for fun back in the day; even had a small grow going. But after working for 30 something years in such a strait-laced, allegedly professional environment where alcohol usage is cool, prescription drugs are in the lockers at work, and steroid use is ignored, I guess I go hippie, because I don't buy the "ask your doctor" bullshit so I can ingest poison. I just don't trust or respect Doctors whose first response is to prescribe without really knowing, inquiring, advising, or caring about where a patient's diet, exercise program, or brain is at, before attempting and failing to solve it with script only. From my bodily experience, prescription drugs harm me. I would rather brave the pain.

  There are some really knowledgable people on kos who I have paid attention to for years, and countless other role models here who have helped me educate myself through diaries, comments, or using PM, on the modern usage of medical cannabis. Also, I checked out Ed Rosenthal's, "Marijuana Medical Handbook". I knew I would eventually take this healing track after I left work. I must have 150 bookmark favorites saved relating to the topic. There are many, many ways to utilize the meds, but every person is different, and you have to take the time to see what can really work for your condition.

  Is that orange thang really a joint? I thought so. Let's look into my protocol after that...

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I grew up with the same belief as most, that psychophysiologic [better known as psychosomatic] disorders were "all in your head."  I didn't learn better until my 2nd year of nursing school, so it occurs to me that others may be similarly confused.

Psychosomatic Disorders

Psychosomatic disorders are manifestations of physical imbalance in which emotional components have a strong influence. The link between the affect and compromised health issues can be followed, in such cases, as the disease emerges, develops or repeats its pattern over time. "Psycho" or "psyche" refers to the emotional or mind related aspects and "somatic" has to do with the organic or physical symptoms and signs observed.

Recent research has revealed that inappropriate activation of the autonomous nervous apparatus, endocrine network (hormones and internal secretion glands), and the immune system (defence structures and cells) accounts for several of the known paths that link emotional overload to a condition of organic dysfunction and, in some cases, even physical damage.

Now that we have a working definition, lets see how that works in real life.


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Our discussions are open threads in the context of this community. Feel free to comment on the diary topic, ask questions of the diarist or to everyone generally, share something you've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about your situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered. If you're interested in contributing a diary, contact series coordinator postmodernista.

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I wrote yesterday of my problems with the landlords. We may be able to get the car out tomorrow. Today however we got a 30 day eviction notice. Reid is still in the hospital and ill. We don't have money to move or fight them. I'm desperate. Can you help?

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APRIL is U.S. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (see also Panayiota Bertzikis's March 29 diary, the DK House of LIGHTS group, last April's 30+ links to professional articles on sexual assault, bullying, & gender-based violence that also link to more recent articles) and National Child Abuse Prevention Month (including prevention of sibling abuse which may be mistaken as peer- or parentally-inflicted; see also last year's professional articles on longterm & immediate effects of violence, abuse & neglect of children that link to more recent articles), and International Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month (see also diaries tagged Parkinson's Disease & parkinsons disease) and Autism Awareness Month (find KoSpectrum & Parenting on the Autism Spectrum here).

May is AWARENESS MONTH for Celiac Disease  ■ StrokeCystic FibrosisBrain TumorMental Health (see also the DK Mental Health Awareness group) ■ Skin CancerHepatitisOsteoporosis and Lyme Disease (see also DK Lyme Awareness group) ■

May 12 is is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND), such as NeurofibromatosisSEID - Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) ■ FibromyalgiaGulf War Illness/Gulf War Syndrome ■ Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / Multiple Drug/Chemical Hypersensitivity (some references related to genetic basis in The Adverse Drug Effects Discussion in the Medical Communty and in Gender in Pharmacokinetics...& other Women's Health Topics) ■

April 19 - "Psychosomatic Disorders Are Real" - the psychosomatic label used to mean "it's all in your mind/imagination" - now we know better  by NancyWH, R.N.
"In Part 1, we look at the Mind-Body Connection.  Adrenaline and cortisol are important and helpful parts of the body’s response to stress.  However, it’s important that the body’s relaxation response be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Chronic stress disrupts the ability to return to a more relaxed state, and can have adverse effect on health.

In Part 2, we look at the Brain-Gut connection.  A "gut feeling" is not just a cliche. Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal illnesses are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychosocial factors influence the actual physiology of the gut,  or make you more susceptible to infection."

April 26 - working title "Modifications to Your Home and Work Settings " by studentofearth

May 3 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT & POTLUCK - NEID Awareness - Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Disorders/Diseases include: CFS/CFIDS/ME/SEID (chronic fatigue syndrome/chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome/myalgic encephalitis/systemic exertion intolerance disorder), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Lyme Disease/Borreliosis, Fibromyalgia, MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), Gulf War Illness/syndrome and others.

May 10 - working title "Chronic Headaches and Botox" by Kathy in ga

May 17 . . . . . . . . . your diary here, too!contact postmodernista

May 24 . . . . . . . . . and here!contact postmod

May 31 . . . . . . . . . and even here!contact postmod

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Duke University scientists have potentially discovered new avenues for Alzheimer's and dementia treatments.
They observed that in Alzheimer’s, immune cells that normally protect the brain instead begin to consume a vital nutrient called arginine.

By blocking this process with a drug, they were able to prevent the formation of ‘plaques’ in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease, and also halted memory loss in the mice.

What's more is that they were researching with a drug that has already begun human trials for cancer treatments—possibly paving the way for clinical trials in the near future.
While no technique that is tested in an animal can be guaranteed to work the same way in humans, the findings are particularly encouraging because, until now, the exact role of the immune system and arginine in Alzheimer’s was completely unknown.

The drug that was used to block the body’s immune response to arginine – known as difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) – is already being investigated in drug trials for certain types of cancer and may be suitable for testing as a potential Alzheimer’s therapy.

This follows on the heels of other recent breakthroughs in possible "plaque fighting" techniques for Alzheimer's patients.
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Because of a programming glitch this diary published the evening of April 4th rather than Sunday April 12th like it should. This is the regular scheduled KosAbility diary.
Caregiving by its very nature is stressful. As a caregiver you have the responsibility of the life of another person. I took my brother from being a noncompliant diabetic at death's door to being a controlled diabetic with multiple health problems caused by his initial noncompliance. I have taken him from 104 pounds to about 160 pounds. Unfortunately the years of not keeping his diabetes under control and 40 years of smoking has created lasting damage that we still have to deal with.

Caregiving is literal life and death sometimes. I have lost count of the number of times in the last year where I had to get his blood sugar up from dangerously low to normal. The worst time being last March when one of his doctor wanted a colonoscopy. What that doctor failed to understand is what a cleansing diet and no insulin could do to a patient. Reid's blood sugar dropped to 32, he collapsed on the floor with grand mal seizures. I thought of the Karo syrup in my kitchen and was feeding him that, listening with the door open for the paramedics, and trying to follow the instructions from 911 on my cell phone's speaker.

Caregiving is not for the squeamish. You have to be prepared to clean bedside commodes and urinals. You have to be prepared to clean the rugs when he can't get to the commode and has diarrhea. You have to work to get urine smells out of carpets when his hands don't work because of the neuropathy.

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Note: tags on Upcoming Schedules replicate tags of scheduled diaries. DK has probably only one over-worked Tag Librarian currently active, so taggers please be careful to capitalize every meaningful word in your tag-phrase (i.e., not "or", "and", "etc"...etc.,) — see this diary and this one for guidance.

April 12 - "The Vicious Circle: Care Giving, Stress, Headaches, and Insomnia" by michelewin
"In this diary I'll be talking about care giving and the stress that comes from being a caregiver which results in stress headaches which in turn causes sleep problems and insomnia which then triggers more stress and more stress headaches. I'll explore the frustrations and trying to figure out how to break the circle."

April 19 - "Psychosomatic Disorders Are Real" - the psychosomatic label used to mean "it's all in your mind/imagination" - now we know better  by NancyWH, R.N.
"In Part 1, we look at the Mind-Body Connection.  Adrenaline and cortisol are important and helpful parts of the body’s response to stress.  However, it’s important that the body’s relaxation response be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Chronic stress disrupts the ability to return to a more relaxed state, and can have adverse effect on health.

In Part 2, we look at the Brain-Gut connection.  A "gut feeling" is not just a cliche. Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal illnesses are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychosocial factors influence the actual physiology of the gut,  or make you more susceptible to infection."

April 26 . . . . . . . . . studentofearth - Modifications to Your Home and Work Settings May 3 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT & POTLUCK - theme t.b.a.

May 10 - Kathy in ga writing on chronic headaches and botox.

May 17 . . . . . . . . . your diary here, too!contact postmodernista

May 24 . . . . . . . . . and here!contact postmod

May 31 . . . . . . . . . and even here!contact postmod

APRIL is U.S. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (see also Panayiota Bertzikis's March 29 diary, the DK House of LIGHTS group, last April's 30+ links to professional articles on sexual assault, bullying, & gender-based violence that also link to more recent articles) and National Child Abuse Prevention Month (including prevention of sibling abuse which may be mistaken as peer- or parentally-inflicted; see also last year's professional articles on longterm & immediate effects of violence, abuse & neglect of children that link to more recent articles), and International Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month (see also diaries tagged Parkinson's Disease & parkinsons disease) and Autism Awareness Month (find KoSpectrum & Parenting on the Autism Spectrum here).

May is AWARENESS MONTH for Celiac Disease  ■ StrokeCystic FibrosisBrain TumorMental Health (see also the DK Mental Health Awareness group) ■ Skin CancerHepatitisOsteoporosis and Lyme Disease (see also DK Lyme Awareness group) ■

May 12 is is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND), such as NeurofibromatosisSEID - Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) ■ FibromyalgiaGulf War Illness/Gulf War Syndrome ■ Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / Multiple Drug/Chemical Hypersensitivity (some references related to genetic basis in The Adverse Drug Effects Discussion in the Medical Communty and in Gender in Pharmacokinetics...& other Women's Health Topics) ■



We MEET Sundays 4pm leftkost time, 7pm east. UPCOMING SCHEDULES post between Wednesday & Friday weekly. See our recent & past diaries HERE. See our logobox below for more about Sun- days. Click on FOLLOW at the top of our page to receive our posts in your stream.  KosAbility diaries can be 1 paragraph, 2, or 20 — on whatever health-medical or related [even distantly related ;-) ] concerns that you our members & friends have in mind to talk and write about: post comments or contact postmodernista if you're interested in contributing a diary.

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Adapted from Medscape Medical News - ACA at 5 Years: 25 Numbers to Know - Robert Lowes - March 30, 2015 with source citations - figures may vary from those published by other sources. (See intro to free use of Medscape below the fold; note 170+ comments at the original article at time of adaptation.) With this we get good talk-points in daily casual conversation with neighbors, co-workers, folks in line at the market and home-improvement store, with original data-source access to keep current and authoritative... and to share around for anyone with uncertainties or doubts.

1. ► 37.2 million: Number of Americans who were uninsured in the first 9 months of 2014, a decrease of 23% from 2010, when the ACA was passed. CDC Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January – September 2014 (pdf)

2. ► 11.7 million Americans who have signed up or re-enrolled for coverage on ACA insurance exchanges for 2015. marketplace enrollment updated 8 April 2015 - Urban Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dot org (website)

3. ► 46%: Increase in the number of Americans signing up for coverage in an ACA exchange plan 2014 to 2015. ibid.

4. ► 2.3 million young adults gained coverage from 2010 through September 2013 by staying on parents' health insurance plan up to age 26. Health Insurance Coverage and the ACA, 16 March 2015 - HHS dot gov (pdf)

5. ► 28 states plus Washington, DC expanded under the ACA. Current Status of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions - kff dot org (website)

6. ► 11.2 million additional Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in January 2015 compared with autumn 2013 HHS dot gov slash Healthcare [additional Medicaid enrollment] (website), 86% of them in states that expanded Medicaid programs. Medicaid & CHIP: January 2015 Monthly Applications, Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report (pdf)

7. ► 30,700 jobs Alabama would have gained each year through 2020 if it had expanded its Medicaid program. Economic Impact of the Medicaid  Expansion, 23 March 2015 - HHS dot gov (pdf)

8. ► 900,000 Americans' individual or employer-sponsored health policies were cancelled for 2015 because they did not comply with the ACA. Health Reform Monitoring Survey - QuickTake: Health Insurance Policy Cancellations Were Uncommon in 2014 - Urban Instit. Health Policy Ctr dot org (website)

9. ► $7.4 billion: The drop in uncompensated care for hospitals nationwide in 2014 resulting from ACA exchange coverage and Medicaid expansion. Insurance Expansion, Hospital Uncompensated Care, and the ACA, 23 March 2015 - HHS dot gov Medicaid Expansion (pdf)


10. ► 46%: Percentage of Americans who said they approved of the ACA in the first Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, April 2010. Health Tracking Poll: Exploring the Public’s Views on the ACA - kff dot org (website)

11. ► 50% approval rating, June 2010 (highest to date). ibid.

12. ► 33% approval rating, November 2013 during the glitchy rollout of healthcare.gov (lowest to date). ibid.

13. ► 41% approval rating, March 2015. ibid.




14. ► 87%: Percentage of 2015 enrollees in ACA exchange plans in the 37 states using healthcare.gov who receive a premium subsidy in the form of a tax credit. Marketplaces make significant progress in 2015 - urban dot org (website)

15. ► $3960: Average premium subsidy (annual) in 2015. Insurance Coverage Provisions of the ACAct, CBO’s March 2015 Baseline - Congressional Budget Office; staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, cbo dot gov (pdf)

16. ► 1 in 2: Number of American households eligible for a premium subsidy in 2014 who will have to pay some money back to the government in 2015 because of income changes. New Analysis - Half Of Households Eligible for a Tax Subsidy...Would Owe a Repayment;45% Would Receive a Refund - kff dot org (website)

17. ► $794: Estimated average payment these households will owe the government in 2015. ibid. "...Estimated Average Repayment is $794. Estimated Average Refund is $773..."

18. ► $15 billion: Amount saved so far by 9 million Medicare beneficiaries receiving prescription drugs as a result of the law's shrinkage of the infamous Part D "doughnut hole." Whitehouse dot gov blog-email — 23 March 2015 "Better with Obamacare (website, may be somewhat slow to load) : ■ More than 16 million  Americans have gained health coverage ■ 9.4 million People with Medicare saved a total of more than $15 billion on prescription medications ■ 76 million People are benefiting from preventive care coverage  ■ 105 million People no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage ■ Up to 129 million People with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage ■ ZERO Death panels were created ■


19. ► 18: ACA tax increases, new taxes, fees, and penalties the Heritage Foundation counted  —Obamacare’s Impact on Today’s and Tomorrow’s Taxpayers...August 21, 2013 (website)—  [based on/in] a government analysis  —Congressional Budget Office dot gov 22pp. 21 August 2013 letter to the Speaker of the House (pdf)—  of the ACA.

20. ► 15: Number of seats on the law's Independent Payment Advisory Board [which was] created to curb Medicare spending and loathed by organized medicine. PUBLIC LAW 111–148—MAR. 23, 2010 "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (pdf)

21. ► 0: Number of people appointed to the Independent Payment Advisory Board so far. WIKIPEDIA - Indep. Pyt. Adv. Brd (website)

22. ► 26% / 12%: Percentages of polled Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. in March 2015 who believe an ACA government panel is involved in decisions about patients' end-of-life care. vox dot com, 23 March 2015 - "...still worried about death panels" (website)

23. ► $10: Threshold for "transfers of values" to physicians — [think of a $10 box of brand-labelled ballpoint pens from a pharmaceutical representative] — which drug and device makers must report to the government, as required by the ACA's Sunshine Act. Medscape: Every Slice of Drug-Rep Pizza Counts Starting Aug. 1 [2013] (website). See also WIKIPEDIA: Physician Payments Sunshine Act (webpage) and cms dot gov "Open Payments" (website).

24. ► 0.3%: Percentage point increase in new-patient visits as a proportion of all visits for primary care physicians from 2013 (22.6%) to 2014 (22.9%), when insurance coverage expanded under the ACA. Medscape Medical News reportage, "Doctors [are not swamped by new patients]" (webpage) on and linking to ACAView’s Second Report on the Affordable Care Act, 25 Feb 2015 - Robt.Wood Johnson Fndn dot org (pdf)

25. ► 3: Number of lawsuits about the ACA that have made it to the Supreme Court: National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius (individual mandate and Medicaid expansion), Burwell v Hobby Lobby (contraception coverage mandate), and King v Burwell (premium subsidies). The last case is pending.

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Howdy, y'all! As usual, our 1st Sunday of the month is casual and silly conversation, chitchat, and generally unserious stuff. Lurkers might want to de-lurk, say hi, and allow us to greet them. We might even clarify how cool it is to be a member of the preeminent disabilities group at the Great Orange Satan... who knows?

Our nominal topic for the evening is something that's been driving me batty over the past couple of months, and I'm fairly certain that I can't be the only one: annoying overuse/misuse of certain words. For me, the current word is 'amazing'. Come on down for my small rant about this, and share one of your own if you so desire.

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KosAbility is a Sunday 4PM leftkost/7PM east volunteer diarist community of, by & for people living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues. Our use of disability includes temporary as well as permanent health/medical conditions — from small, gnawing problems to major, life- threatening ones. Our use of love someone extends to cherished members of other species.

Our discussions are open threads in the context of this community. Feel free to comment on the diary topic, ask questions of the diarist or to everyone generally, share something you've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about your situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered. If you're interested in contributing a diary, contact series coordinator postmodernista.

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Some valuable diaries have been republished at KosA recently - scroll down after this UpSched to see them - & remember it's never too late to RECOMMEND a diary so more folks who need it may get a better chance of finding it.  RECOMMEND is a small, easy form of activism serving public health that we all can do to help each other and beyond..


Tags on Upcoming Schedules replicate tags for content of scheduled diaries. DK has probably only one Tag Librarian currently active and over-run, so TAGGERS PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL TO CAPITALIZE EVERY WORD IN TAG PHRASES other than "or", "and", "etc", — see this diary and this one for guidance.

April 5 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT & POTLUCK: "Amazing (not) words like 'amazing'!" by postmodernista

April 12 - "The Vicious Circle: Care Giving, Stress, Headaches, and Insomnia" by michelewin
"In this diary I'll be talking about care giving and the stress that comes from being a caregiver which results in stress headaches which in turn causes sleep problems and insomnia which then triggers more stress and more stress headaches. I'll explore the frustrations and trying to figure out how to break the circle."

April 19 - "Psychosomatic Disorders Are Real" - the psychosomatic label used to mean "it's all in your mind/imagination" - now we know better  by NancyWH, R.N.
"In Part 1, we look at the Mind-Body Connection.  Adrenaline and cortisol are important and helpful parts of the body’s response to stress.  However, it’s important that the body’s relaxation response be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Chronic stress disrupts the ability to return to a more relaxed state, and can have adverse effect on health.

In Part 2, we look at the Brain-Gut connection.  A "gut feeling" is not just a cliche. Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal illnesses are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychosocial factors influence the actual physiology of the gut,  or make you more susceptible to infection."

April 26 . . . . . . . . . your diary herecontact postmodernista

May 3 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT & POTLUCK - theme t.b.a.

May 10 - Kathy in ga writing on chronic headaches and botox.

May 17 . . . . . . . . . your diary here, too!contact postmodernista

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Marian Reekie tries on her grandson's invention
Marian Reekie suffers from macular degeneration. She has lost her central vision as a result. She even went to Denver to find special glasses to help fix her vision—the problem is those glasses cost $15,000.

"I could make some of those," was her grandson's reply.

"I had faith he could do it because he's very clever," Reekie said.

With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, Christopher raised $4,726 for his invention, Magniglass. He says most of that money was spent on a 3-D printer to create the device.

He created Magniglass. According to the report, Christopher won his school's science fair. More importantly, he's helped his grandmother regain the ability to see the faces of her loved ones.

Christopher said since he went public with the invention, interest has poured in from all over the world. He says there is still work to be done to perfect and patent the product. His goal is to mass produce Magniglass and make it affordable, possibly around $1,500 apiece.
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