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1117 Tu
  * call YD in sick
  * 7:15 leave house for Kaiser
  * 8am YD at Kaiser for appointment 
    ! some catastrophizing in advance; calm after that.
  * exercise walk around Kaiser -- bottom to top and back.
  * bought YD's suitcase at Ross
    "the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health network,
     providing reliable, trusted information & self-help support
     communities for over 14 years."
  ! Is there really a "scrim" of depression or is it just dirty glasses?  
    I think it's a real effect but It would help if I
    I should wash my glasses more often anyway.
  * 5:15 leave work for group
  * 6-8 Avoid Avoiding group (leave 7:30)
      promises to be very useful.
      homework:  hierarchy of discomfort & avoidance.
      For procrastinators the hierarchy is more of a to-do list.
  * 8pm long term care ->
    * fill out and fax health questionaire, sent in PDF to Ricoh
    -> Colleen uninsurable but may qualify for SSI; me ~#3500/yr
    It would have been much better if we'd applied a decade ago
  * bed ~10pm.  11?

A pretty good day, for the most part. Started with Kaiser's "Avoid Avoiding" group, which promises to be very useful. Had to leave early because I'd managed to double-book myself for an appointment with a long-term care insurance broker ( Appropriate enough because I'd been avoiding that particular item for over a decade. Bottom line: Colleen is uninsurable, and I'm borderline; I may be able to get coverage for about $3.5K/year. If we'd signed up 5 years ago we could have covered both of us for less than that.

... which is undoubtedly why I'm still awake after waking up at 2:30 for a bathroom break.

Link:, which advertises itself as "the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health network, providing reliable, trusted information & self-help support communities for over 14 years."

Date: 2009-11-18 04:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowe_wraithe

Well, on the insurance front, it is not the greatest, but Cali does still have state insurance, Medi-Cal or whatever it is called these days. It would definitely not be as good as private insurance, but it would be something much better than nothing. Let's hope the healthcare reform issue is resolved for everyone's better very soon.

As for the mental health (MI) issues, have you checked out yet? MEC (Mental Earth Community) is a site that was born when Mental Health Network closed down about 8-10 years ago. It is a site I belong to, that has been very helpful. It is owned and operated by a Psychiatric Pharmacist (I think that is the correct term) and has a hugely supportive community of folks with all kinds of disorders from Dysthymia to the more complex and (to me) very scary disorders. It is a very safe place, and very supportive, as well as informative. I use my real name there, but, you do not have to do so. Also, if you choose to sign up, and prefer that I do not interact with you there for whatever reason, I will honour your choice in that.

Date: 2009-11-20 07:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowe_wraithe
Yes the main community/forums part is members only. And they are very strict about making the place safe or I wouldn't suggest it to people. The last thing a person with MI needs is someone giving them unnecessary grief.

Thank you for trusting me enough to share with me, both here, and should you join MEC.


Date: 2009-11-20 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowe_wraithe
Oh I do understand that MediCal is NOT the wanted thing, I think the point I was hoping to share was that Colleen doesn't have to go without totally. And with health issues, at least in my book, SOMETHING is much, Much better than nothing. Here's hoping that everything sorts out for the best for you both, and soon.

We are dealing with insurance stuff right now, though admittedly not as consuming as you folks are, to be sure. We simply have to plan our big medical issues (of course the non-emergent ones) for either before the end of the year, or after the new year begins, dependent on who it is. Wiserhawk and I both have paid our deductibles, so we are good (or as good as can be). However Chaos (our boy)has not met his yet. Since W and I both have apnea, and Chaos is having sleep/weight issues, we are getting a sleep study done on him. Which due to the deductible issue, is having to wait until after the first of the year, or we get hit with a double-deductible simply due to timing. A grand is not a nice thing to have happen at the holidays time...

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