Showing posts from June, 2006

Health Care Benefits Change

Their Definition: Managed Care -- A consumer driven health care plan giving consumers the power to make appropriate choices for preventive health care. My Definition: Managed Care -- A consumer driven health care plan which companies adopt, leaving the responsibility of self-diagnosis to the patient, rewarding those who are in good health, and penalizing those who need recurring health care treatment. In the coming year our firm is changing it's benefits to a high deductible Managed Care Plan. In addition to the privilege of paying a premium for health care insurance, we also have the pleasure of paying out of pocket for care and pharmacy needs to meet a $2500 deductible, when a co-insurance kicks in. Isn't that lovely? What really ticks me off the most is that despite the fact the firm is saving a lot money, it will cost me more to have coverage. I don't see any of the savings. They did say that the savings will effect the firm's bottom line, and "should"

Sleep Study

About 2 weeks ago I had a sleep study done to determine if I had sleep apnea. I got the results back at my monthly appointment with Dr. W., and the results were conclusive. I have sleep Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I have a moderate case -- not severe (thankfully). But what was alarming to him wasthe fact that in my sleep my oxygenation levels go as low as 78%. Overall, I experienced over 200 "events" throughout the night. I also never reach stage 3 or stage 4 -- the really good sleep! The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine once's propensity for falling asleep during daytime activities. A score of 10 or more is considered "sleepy". A score of 18 or more is considered "very sleepy". I scored a 14 -- the study says that I am "Likely to fall asleep during daytime activities." Thank goodness I have yet to do that though. Dr. W. says that I will feel amazing after I get the C-Pap machine. I just hope my declining short-term me

Last Night's Support Group meeting

I attended my first support group meeting last night. The speaker was from a local fitness facility, and I thought it nice that afterwards he personally told everyone there to identify themselves as having heard him speak, and he would see them for free, to go over all the exercises he demonstrated for us there. The exercises were good... a quick 15 minute routine to help and encourage muscle growth -- definitely for beginners. There were about 40 people there, both pre-op and post-op. Not to toot my horn, but I'm pretty active for a morbidly obese person, so for me, after surgery is going to be a little disappointing. See, I want this surgery so my outside matches my inside -- the things I love to do. I love being active. And I know logically, in time it will be worth it, but I'll have to wait. Essentially I'll be starting over activity-wise after the surgery. The nurse who was facilitating the meeting said I'd probably have to forego my high-intensity activity f