Choices : Doctors

Who’s ready for a new series of posts?

Great, me too!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share about the many choices that come with being chronically ill and some more specific to those of us on TPN and/or tube feeds.

My friend Joey, the manager at our local grocery store, gave me permission to take photos in his store.  I’ve had so much fun taking photos for my blog, and when it came to the photos to illustrate “choices,” what better place than the grocery store?  There are SO many options.  So although they don’t relate directly, I think the message is clear, endless choices!

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Who knew there were so many types of canned tomatoes?

Why don’t we just start big today and talk about the choices that come with choosing our doctors?  Here are a few of the questions I find me asking myself to make sure I’m getting the best care possible. Continue reading “Choices : Doctors”

Showering with a Central Line

Oh the joys of showering with a central line… Let’s talk about that!

I’ve had several people ask me about the showering method I’ve come to love the most over the years.  It’s a bit tricky to answer, because I’ve had all types of lines.  So I thought I’d share my tips to showering with all of them!

P.S. The last one is my top fave and current method, so stick around. Continue reading “Showering with a Central Line”

Organization Station!

Let’s talk organization!

There are so many ways to organize the things in our lives, and it’s so nice to finally get to a place where you love the way your things are situated in your home.

When it comes to my TPN and tube supplies, I wouldn’t say I’m 100% satisfied with the way they are organized right now.  But I will say that I am much closer to liking the role they play in my living space than I have been in the past.

I used to have a tall set of plastic drawers in my room.  While it works, I am very picky about the aesthetic of my surroundings.  I didn’t love the constant reminder of the medical supply section in my room.  These might be a perfect solution to your organization though!  Or perhaps you have a big walk-in closet that the tower of drawers could fit into and still be hidden.  I’m unable to find the exact tower of drawers I had, but these are very similar.

I’d also love to share with you how I currently have my supplies set up.  They’re much more discrete and hidden so that they aren’t in my face all day every day.

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Phone Calls & Scary Mail

Oh golly!  Some folks get instant nerves just thinking about talking about medical or insurance issues on the phone and opening “scary” mail.  Today, I’ll share some insights on what it’s like to be chronically ill and dealing with the “paperwork” side of things. Then, I’ll share some tips that help me handle the stress of it.

I generally enjoy getting phone calls and don’t fear them.  But, when it comes to medical calls, they are certainly not at the top of my “favorites list” and having to deal with them can cause my anxiety to ratchet up.  It can be extremely frustrating to be unable to talk directly to my doctor about something scary my body is doing or trying to orchestrate a procedure that the scheduler is having a difficult time understanding.  On top of my list of ‘faves’ (sarcasm intended) is insurance calls!  They each have their different levels of stress and they are all on the opposite of fun spectrum.

“Scary” mail is something that gets me all jumpy!  What do I mean by “scary” mail?    You know the letters I’m talking about – the ones with the logo and return address that instantly make you anxious and wonder what terms the insurance company is changing or how much you owe a doctor’s office.  That’s the “scary” mail I’m talking about and it usually creates a list of phone calls that have to be made!

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