Rants


10
Sep 14

Everybody Needs A Pill

In today’s society, there is a pill for everything, God forbid anyone feel anything or get to the root of the problem with lifestyle changes. Why would you want to do hard work when there is an “easy” way, a pill to pop and the problems go away.

Or do they? Have you seen those warnings at the bottom of commercials for any drug they are advertising? They aren’t there because it might happen. They are there because they HAVE happened. People’s organs have shut down. People have died. Think that statistic is miniscule. Think that won’t be you? Think that won’t ever happen to anyone you know?

If you are friends with us, then it did already. Instead of listening to my gut, I listened to the pharmaceutical companies and we landed in the E.R. Now I’m left wondering, is this related to some other issues we’re having now? Maybe, maybe not, only God knows for sure.

And that’s just our story, the one that wasn’t recorded as an adverse reaction to a vaccine (so those low stats they told you aren’t accurate after all). I know people think I’m crazy, crazy for having a baby outside of a hospital, reckless for not vaccinating Zekie, straight up hippie for using oils (I’ve seen the eye rolls when I mention them).

But that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to their own views. I hope instead of judging us for our path, you will dig a little deeper and see why we’ve made these choices. Here are a couple clips that a friend posted recently that struck a cord with me. Check them out and see what you think. Have you had a reaction to a medication before or been prescribed one you don’t need?

 

P.S. – I don’t mean to be on a health rampage lately, there is just so much going on it’s hard to not comment. And again, I’m not anti-doctor, there are true times when they are needed.


8
Sep 14

Another Article On Free Market And Our “Health Care Crisis”

Chart from the article:

Here’s another interesting article on why the government can’t save our health care and why a true free market would be best.

http://samaritanministries.org/free-market-nothing-health-care-crisis/


26
Jul 14

Revolutionizing Healthcare

I first read this article when it was published in the monthly newsletter from Samaritan Ministries. This is the response we need to turn healthcare around. Can we get some doctors around here to start this please?

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/can-this-man-save-healthcare


23
Jul 14

Why We Ditched Health Insurance

I know what your thinking, “You can’t do that! What if you are in an accident? What about the ACA mandating coverage?”. I know, I know, and before you get your panties all in a bunch and think we’ve really gone crazy this time, let me explain. In the traditional definition of health insurance we are no longer covered. In fact, I’ll tell you the exact date I called up good ole Blue Cross and said, “See ya later, thanks for nothing!”, July 23rd, approximately 3ish p.m.

You might already know this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about insurance, or my disdain for it, on this blog. It’s not my favorite thing. It’s confusing, it’s a hassle and in our experience I spend more time fighting with them to cover things they are supposed to cover than I should. I actually have nothing good to say about it. Nothing.

Maybe if either of us had ever worked for a big employer that had a decent plan I’d feel different. But we haven’t. And for the last 5 years we’ve been self employed (need a designer?) which means ain’t nobody helping us with that nice chunk of change we paid monthly for only hospital coverage for 3 out of the 4 of us. Yep, 3 of us, another con of being the youngest, Zekie’s never been covered.

Thanks to the ACA though we got notice in November that our plan was being cancelled the following April. Yeah, you know how you could keep your plan if you liked yours? Yeah that is unless they decided for you that you shouldn’t like it. We’re proof, plans were canceled. Want to see my letter?

So I got online to check out that wonderful new health care site to see just what insurance for our family of 4 was going to cost us. Good news! Only slightly more a month for all 4 of us to have coverage. But you know, that’s too good to be true, right? Because it is. Sure it wasn’t too much more we’d be paying per month BUT and it’s a BIG BUT, our deductible would go up 95%. Yes, that’s right, it’s not a typo, 95%. 95%. Let that sink in. 95%. For roughly the same coverage we’d have the lovely chance to pay 95% more if we needed to go to the hospital. Talk about a bargain. Sure am loving this new health care we HAD to have.

And so we simply did nothing. We played ostrich and I was too overwhelmed, and it was the holidays and so we pretended it didn’t matter. Until March, when we received a second letter telling us our plan was being extended until 2015, but that our monthly payments would increase in August. And so I took that as a sign to stick my head in the sand for a little longer. ;P Did I mention health insurance overwhelms me?

Ok, I didn’t completely ignore it, I researched another option a few friends of ours were doing. And then I let that sit for a few months until July when we got notice of what our increase would be. $75 a month. Ugh. Still only for 3 of us too. It was time to make a plan. Here’s what we decided… Samaritan Ministries.


10
Mar 14

Yeah, I Stay Home All Day

I’ve received my fair share of snarky, ignorant comments when I tell someone I stay home with my two young boys. I think I might memorize the following passage from this father’s blog as my new reply:

“Yes, my wife is JUST a mother. JUST. She JUST brings forth life into the universe, and she JUST shapes and molds and raises those lives. She JUST manages, directs and maintains the workings of the household, while caring for children who JUST rely on her for everything. She JUST teaches our twins how to be human beings, and, as they grow, she will JUST train them in all things, from morals, to manners, to the ABC’s, to hygiene, etc. She is JUST my spiritual foundation and the rock on which our family is built. She is JUST everything to everyone. And society would JUST fall apart at the seams if she, and her fellow moms, failed in any of the tasks I outlined.

Yes, she is just a mother. Which is sort of like looking at the sky and saying, “hey, it’s just the sun.””
Nuff said.

You can read his whole article here.


5
Dec 12

The Importance Of A Good Editor

To the publishing company of a local magazine,

It is very important to have a good editor when creating a professional printed piece intended for a large readership. I receive your magazine in the mail and found these blatant errors someone didn’t catch. My grammar is not always perfect and my spelling is awful, but even I noticed your carelessness to check your own work. Here are two examples of your sloppy writing:

Everyone makes mistakes, but “REALLY?”. A second proofread would of helped you on these.

Sincerely,

A Bemused Reader


10
Oct 12

Why Is It?

That I can’t request my own medical records? Can someone in the medical field please explain to me why if I have a test run I can’t get a copy of the results from the place that did the tests? I have to have my doctor request them and then get them from my doctor, even for tests run 3 years ago? Why can’t I get a copy for my own records? Dear Quest, hand over my blood work results from my last pregnancy! Annoying.


31
Jan 12

How To Buy The Perfect Present

I’m months behind on reading my magazines so I’ve spent the last week flipping through old issues of Allure. The December issue is where I found this gem of information. Apparently researchers at Harvard and Stanford have studied hundreds of participants to find out what gifts people most appreciate receiving. I think you’ll find the conclusion as ground breaking as I did.

Researchers found, “in general, people reported that getting a present they asked for felt more personal and considerate than receiving something else. There was one exception to the finding, though. When the gift given was money, even though it hadn’t been solicited, recipients liked that better than anything on their list.”

Whoa! You’re telling me, people actually like getting things they want. And more than that, they like when people give them money. We’ll now that is shocking.

Seriously, what a freaking waste of money study. You could have taken the money spent on this study and handed it right over to me and I could have given you the same conclusion in less than a minute. Come on Harvard and Stanford, isn’t there some more important research you could be doing? Perhaps something that isn’t obvious.


26
Jun 11

I Thought I Was A Bad Speller

Until I was looking over a recent receipt from a local cupcake shop. I’m always surprised when people ask how to spell Kennedy, seems like a pretty common name to me, but people never fail to want to leave an “N” out. The way this sales clerk spelled it, is a new one though.

What do you think, Hooked on Phonics? I’m not sure it worked for them.


16
Mar 11

Seriously, This Is Annoying

This blog totally has a mind of its own. I don’t know what is going on. Now it is not allowing comments and yet on the random occasions it is letting you attempt to comment, it makes you login (which also isn’t working). What the heck?! So for the 15th trillion time, I have resaved our settings so that comments are allowed without logging in. Seriously, anyone know what I’m doing wrong here?

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