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Great Blogs I have read this week

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in General, RA Blog Week, Rheumatoid Arthritis | 8 comments

Great Blogs I have read this week

  Today is the final prompt of RABlog week 2017.  Today I am responding to the prompt:Great Blogs I have read this week – Great Blogs I have read this week – RABlog week is, at its heart, a way for bloggers to connect. Tell others about the great blogs you have read over the week. Perhaps you have found a gem from a blogger you did not know before or maybe one of your friends shared special insight. Give the high five in print to another blogger or two who participated in 2017 RABlog week.  There have been so many terrific blogs this...

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DAY 4 RABlog week – Are Hobbies healthy? Well maybe.

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in General, RA Blog Week, Rheumatoid Arthritis | 8 comments

DAY 4 RABlog week – Are Hobbies healthy?  Well maybe.

  This is day four of RABlog week.  Today’s post is all about hobbies.  We are more than RA.  Here is a look at my hobbies.  Responding to the prompt: Hobbies – Hobbies are healthy or maybe they are not? What is your hobby and how does it help you with your autoimmune conditions? If you do not have a hobby imagine a great hobby for a person dealing with RA. Collections Collecting things is part of my DNA.   My father collected all manner of things.  For many years he collected matchbook covers.  I know many of you have no idea that...

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Wildcard number 2 – New Doctors

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in General, RA Blog Week, Rheumatoid Arthritis | 2 comments

Wildcard number 2  – New Doctors

  I am participating in RABlog week. Today I chose wildcard number 2 for my prompt: New doctors – Ideas for breaking in new doctors, how to begin the process of establishing viable collaborative patient/doctor relationships. What do you do in those days leading up to the new doctor visit? Best way to break in a new Doctor? I think the best way to break in a new doctor is not to do it.   I  have terrific doctors, many of them; but each time I get a new one I have to start at the beginning.  Despite my doctors all having access to my...

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Wildcard #1 – Day 2 of 2017 RABlog week

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in General, RA Blog Week, Rheumatoid Arthritis | 4 comments

Wildcard #1 – Day 2 of 2017 RABlog week

  Overlap – Discuss the medical conditions that overlap and sometimes mask or make the symptoms of autoimmune conditions worse. I took this wildcard because I am often asked about the overlap of Type 1 Diabetes and RA.  I am also asked which is worse.  So with my site named RADiabetes, I thought lets be RADical and I chose the wildcard. First, the main answer.  My body is a system with two main issues.  Diabetes and  RA feed off and work against each other to make life miserable sometimes.  One would think that after 43 years of dealing...

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Day 1 of 2017 RABlog week

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in General | 6 comments

Day 1 of 2017 RABlog week

Today is the first day of 2017  RABlog Week.  Each day bloggers will be given a prompt and many writers in the RA community will be blogging about that prompt.  Today’s prompt is: Mental Health – How do you manage to maintain your mental health while dealing with autoimmune disease? Discuss how dealing with RA every day makes you emotional. Do you hide your emotions? Mental health may be the most talked about and therefore the most important issue in the chronic health community.  I wish I had an answer.  I do not, but in a way that...

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2017 RABlog week prompt survey

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in General | 2 comments

2017 RABlog week prompt survey

  We have a badge for RABlog week 2017.  The badge at the left was selected in our recent poll by a small margin.  We had 49 votes cast this year, and of those 21 selected the winning design.  The next highest vote went to badge number 4 which received 14 votes, and the other two received 14 votes.  We had one clear winner and one clear loser.  Design number 3 only received 3 votes. I am now in the process of working on the banner and the participant badge based on the winning design.  I will have them ready for the opening of RABlog...

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RABlog week badge selection

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in General | 8 comments

RABlog week badge selection

  I have 4 potential badges for use during RABlog week and I am asking the community to help select which of the 4 we use?  The survey will be open until midnight eastern on August 23, 2017 and you may vote as many times as you wish.  So if you have a favorite or you cannot decide; feel free to complete the survey again. The triangle theme All four badges include triangles of some type.  The triangle will form the basis of our questions this year.   The three sides representing medicine, self-reliance and support.  Medicine may be the...

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Looking at 60

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes | 14 comments

Looking at 60

  A few weeks ago I marked my 60th birthday.   I celebrated with three chronic conditions Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  A casual observer might say my body is broken.  In fairness, I must admit all the pieces of me do not work as well (or in some cases at all) as they once did. Perspective   Still, I have a different perspective about some of this medical stuff than you might expect.  I have so many blessings that it is difficult to focus solely on those long term conditions.  I admit that...

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Insulin: The high price of not going high

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Type 1 Diabetes | 7 comments

Insulin: The high price of not going high

In June at the request of HealthCentral, I wrote two items discussing the high price of insulin.  One is an information item about four main factors which cause insulin prices to be higher than we would like.  In it, I cite Manufacturers, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM), Employer Health Plan Design and Users each as contributing to the increasing cost insulin. In truth, it is all four of these factors plus more that is causing the price of insulin to escalate.  I hope my article “Four Factors Are Driving Up The Price Of Insulin in the U.S.”...

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Talking to Kids about Chronic Illness

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Complications, General, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes | 2 comments

Talking to Kids about Chronic Illness

 “Dad, want to play catch?” Those words meant something was up. They began what I can only describe as a lifelong ongoing conversation with my sons about chronic illness. On that day, it was a discussion about diabetes with my youngest son. His questions were clear, and I did not need to go into dire warnings or hype the potential outcome.  He knew all of that because he had listened to his mom, brother and I discuss it often.  What he wanted to know was more basic.  Would he be ok?  Was he going to have diabetes? When could he expect the...

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