Yesterday I found out that the drug Ampyra (newly out for MS patients) and approved for my friend’s husband to use it, was disallowed by the same health plan that approved it for him just days before, that just sucks big time. You can read what she wrote by going to her blog listed on my sidebar, Doggonedmysteries. My reply to her was this: “Go get ’em, girl! This is sooooo typical of health plans and it needs to stop. Once approved, that should NOT change. The person needing the medical care/drug or expertise is at the mercy of those who “know what’s best for the patient”. That is total B.S. Do they live in our bodies? NO! Do they feel our pain? Again and stronger, HELL NO!”

They are insurance people NOT medical doctors and are just trying to save a buck, and I’m not talking about the four-legged, antlered kind. I also believe they think they should act like the gods they think they are and control the lives of people they are supposed to help.

Worker’s Comp is just as evil and malicious when it comes to payouts of a monetary and/or medical nature. They try to see the malady as fake or temporary, or worse “fixed” if one of their drs. who doesn’t have the proper education and knowledge about an ailment decides to declare a patient at MMI (maximum medical improvement) just because he can’t see a way to improve the patient’s health or equally as bad, wants to wash his hands of the whole deal for whatever reason including but not limited to doing his “duty to WC” in the form of “saving WC some money”. The problem with that is, the patient is not necessarily AT MMI and probably will get denied benefits he really IS entitled to. It then means that another WC doctor will have to do double duty for the patient who chooses to pursue the claim they KNOW they are entitled to.

This is the case for a friend of mine who was injured in a WC claim. He has RSD which is barely recognized as an ailment, if at all. It was discovered and researched at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Many doctors don’t know about it, know how to treat it, etc., and therefore deny it exists. If the patient wants to learn more about RSD and the treatments for it he has to research it himself. (My friend was lucky to find another WC dr. who DOES know about RSD and is willing to try everything available out there to help him). He is scheduled to have a stimulator surgically implanted to control the pain since the trial version gave him 40% relief. I wish him all the best with this. I’ve seen his arm and hand and it is red and has atrophied because of his inability to use it. I recommended he try small exercises, starting out, to bring muscle tone back into his arm and hand. I’m sure he will, as tolerated.



I was first introduced to energy work/healing many moons ago when I first learned about yin and yang and LI4 for headaches and toothaches. Sorry, I won’t say how many moons that was, hehe. At that time I had no idea what it was or what it was called. I became interested in massage in the early 80’s and learned how to give a massage thru a few informal classes. It wasn’t enough but it did peak my interest. It was in ’88 that I finally heard the term Shiatsu and saw what it could do, but that’s not really what this post is about…it’s just an introduction to what got me started on this path.

In 1989, I was attending a S.P.R.E. conference in Denver. S.P.R.E. stands for Society for Paranormal Research and Enlightenment. There were soooo many different lectures to sit in on it was hard to make a decision. However, I’d had a brief introduction to Reiki at a Scandinavian folk dance workshop where a gal who’d been attuned to Reiki was giving Reiki to those of us who had very painful, tired feet. I was one of them. I was amazed at how invigorated my feet felt after just a few minutes, asked her what it was called and then filed it away in my brain, so when I saw that lecture being offered, I naturally jumped at the chance to learn more. There were 12 of us in attendance and we were all so interested in what the lecturer had to tell us that when she asked if anyone would be interested in becoming attuned to the Reiki energy, every hand shot up. She immediately told us we would be attuned that night and the next 2 as well. Oh gee, that meant I had to go back again:D I was totally psyched about it. I don’t even remember if I got to any of the other lectures, but that’s ok, I received what I was meant to receive that weekend. It was an awesome experience in which I learned about the different levels as well. At that time I wasn’t interested in any advanced Reiki attunements but over the years started wishing I’d thought more about them. I started looking around for other Reiki Masters and did come across a few but the time just wasn’t right. Either I didn’t have the money or the travel distance was too far or I had a car that wouldn’t make the trip, sigh. I put it on the back burner but kept a small flame under it, just in case. Well, that small flame finally fired up recently and I am going to become attuned to Reiki Level II in a couple of weeks. I may go on to Level III eventually but it won’t take nearly as long to get to III as it did to II and you can take that to the bank! More on this subject, later.

A fellow blogger (see Doggonedmysteries link) was talking about her MIL’s hospital stay, a Rehab hospital in particular. She went in because she fell, seems she had an infection. Now that she’s better and wants to go home, she’s been getting all sorts of flack about not going home to the point where a psychiatrist talked to her about “selling her home”. Is he a real estate agent on the side or something??? The woman is competent and capable of making her own decisions, yet they want her to stay? Certainly not for her OWN good! The idea came up about not for profit hospitals, rehab hospitals, nursing homes. Folks, there IS no such animal. Not in the medical field anyway, and certainly not as we would know it. They charge you for everything, the stay, the food (blech), tests, dr. visits, nurse visits, and pills? Oh, they don’t charge you for the pills you take, they OVERcharge you for the pills you take and probably charge you if you don’t take the meds they give you as well.

I like the way the Chinese practice medicine. If you are well, you pay the Dr. to keep you well with regular treatments of acupuncture or shiatsu. If you get sick you don’t have to pay, but the Dr. is obligated to help you get back to good health.

Spring is Sprung

Finally saw my first two robins, a couple cardinals and red-winged blackbirds today. They were eating at the feeder, a sure sign Spring will be here soon. We had our bushes trimmed back earlier, I doubt the robin’s nest will be used this year as it is more visible:( On the other hand, clocks were turned forward. That’s the one thing I hate. I want my HOUR back, tyvm. Of course the up side of that is that the days will become longer. Spring, a time for planting.

In terms of Chinese Medicine the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians are prominent, the color Green is the color for Spring. The one emotion I have a problem with is Anger, yep, that is the Emotion associated with Spring in TCM. In my opinion, it should be happiness but is not. Instead, Joy is associated with Summer. Also Wind is associated with Spring, which makes sense as it can get very windy this time of year. Spring colds, blechhh. They arise from a wind condition, according to TCM. The trick is to keep the neck warm, either by covering it up (remember grandma’s admonition to use a scarf?) or by warming it up which can be done 2 ways, a heating pad or by producing friction on the skin with your hand so that the skin turns a bright pink. I’ve seen sneezes and sniffles go away by the simple use of friction. It was demonstrated in class by our teacher, who is a Wood type. Yes, Wood is also associated with Spring in TCM and tends to get more colds than the other seasons.

99 Things

Got this from Crone and Bear It’s Blog. Sounded like fun and a lot like those emails that go around. You know the type: “Getting to know you” emails. For this one you need to BOLD the ones you have done and feel free to add your own comments and pass it on. There were some I thought should have been combined so extra things could have been added to the list, but, alas, I didn’t make up the list…

1. Started your own blog– Yep, this one
2. Slept under the stars –several times. I love camping, best way to do this imho
3. Played in a band – never in a rock band but I did play in Jr & Sr High school bands. My goal was to learn 5 musical instruments. To date I have learned 4. My 5th will either be the banjo or folk harp and if I’m really ambitious, both.
4. Visited Hawaii – Yes, was there for a whole month
5. Watched a meteor shower – saw one once, they are a sight to see and you have to be up late at night and in an area where there are no lights. Mostly visible in August. Also got to see Haley’s Comet
6. Given more than you can afford to charity – Never had the money to even think about giving money, however I have donated food and clothing
7. Been to Disneyland – Yes, twice, once as a child and again at age 23. Think I enjoyed it more the second time
8. Climbed a mountain – Yes, having lived in Colorado, lots of mountains to choose from. Of course, I didn’t make it all the way to the top, did more hiking than anything else. Oh, and sometimes cheated (went up by car, hehehe)
9. Held a praying mantis – don’t think so but I did see one up close once
10. Sang a solo – Yes, at age 7 in school. I also play guitar and sing–mostly folk and country western music, and sang at a boy scout banquet.
11. Bungee jumped – Never, no way, not in this or any other life time. I hate heights
12. Visited Paris – I wish
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm– All the time, love them. Especially love sitting on a porch swing to watch the lightning flash.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch – Are you kidding? I can’t draw to save my life, lol
15. Adopted a child – thought about it
16. Had food poisoning – Yes, indeed, tainted lobster. Didn’t stop me from ever eating them again however
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – Wanted to but my mother who hates heights and saw the line and the number of stairs involved, stopped me, lol
18. Grown your own vegetables – Best veggies you can get are in your own garden, so yes, I have. Word to the wise: Go easy on the Miracle Grow! lol
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France- I wish
20. Slept on an overnight train – I can’t sleep in moving vehicles, so nope
21. Had a pillow fight – Yes and it was indeed fun!!
22. Hitch hiked – I’m not crazy! There are too many nuts out there
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – A few times
24. Built a snow fort – Yes, as a kid
25. Held a lamb – I’ve petted them in zoos, have even carded the wool. the only “odd” creature I’ve ever held was a baby alligator
26. Gone skinny dipping – I’m not that adventurous…
27. Run a Marathon – No but I’ve watched one or two
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice – Never been there, but would love to—some day
29. Seen a total eclipse – Both Solar and Lunar
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset– Oh my yes!!! They are gorgeous whether in the mountains or on the ocean and I’ve seen them both ways
31. Hit a home run – Have to say no here, never been much for baseball or softball
32. Been on a cruise – Nope, but I would go if I had the chance. Course with my luck, I’d get seasick lol
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person- never, but thought it would be neat to see
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors – No, as far as my mother’s side goes, yes, if you count here in the US. My dad’s family lives in Louisiana and I spent 6 1/2 years there.
35. Seen an Amish community – Only once, in PA
36. Taught yourself a new language – Not really, though with my international folk dancing I do sing some along with some of the tunes in the native languages. That doesn’t mean I understand them though, lol. I do know a few words/phrases in Italian, French, Spanish and Hungarian, however
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – I have had a number of very lean years in terms of cash flow. I feel the most satisfaction comes from enjoying things in life that you don’t have to pay for…see comments on meteor showers and sunsets/sunrises
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person – No, but would love to get the chance
39. Gone rock climbing – Heck NO!! I hate heights and even using a rope doesn’t make it better
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David – Replica only, not the real thing, however, I did see Michelangelo’s Pieta before that nut broke off the Virgin’s hand
41. Sung karaoke – At least once in a bar. My friends had no idea I could sing
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt – Am ashamed to say I never have, even though I lived for 26 years in Colorado and could have made the trip up there, sigh. When I get back there, it is on my “to do” list
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant – Never had the money to do this but it’s a great idea and something I will definitely consider
44. Visited Africa – Nope and have no desire to
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight – Oh yes, daytime and nighttime, lived 7 miles from the ocean as a kid
46. Been transported in an ambulance – Yes, one time. My life depended on it.
47. Had your portrait painted – Nope, I couldn’t sit still for that long, lol
48. Gone deep sea fishing- Not yet, don’t know any deep sea fishermen, but I would do it if ever given the opportunity
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person – Italy is one place I have always wanted to visit but the lack of funds stops me every time
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris- See #49, substitute France for Italy lol
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – Nope, I like my feet on solid ground, tyvm lol
52. Kissed in the rain – I don’t believe so
53. Played in the mud – maybe, as a child
54. Gone to a drive-in theater – Oh, all the time growing up, it was a family event
55. Been in a movie – Never had the fortune to be discovered. Haven’t even accidentally been filmed while a movie was being shot
56. Visited the Great Wall of China – No, but that would be an awesome thing to see
57. Started a business – Yes and probably will again, someday
58. Taken a martial arts class – Started taking Karate but didn’t like the sharp sudden movements. I found Tai Chi more to my liking
59. Visited Russia – No, but I would if given the chance
60. Served at a soup kitchen – Maybe some day I’ll get the chance to do that
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies– Yes, as a Brownie. However, I do love eating them even more lol
62. Gone whale watching -not in the ocean but I have seen whales in aquariums
63. Got flowers for no reason – neither of my husbands were the type to give flowers:(
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma – I have this thing about needles….
65. Gone sky diving – Again, I like my feet firmly on the ground, lol
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp – Have never done that. I know it would be sobering to do so. Even watching movies with that theme is rather sobering for me
67. Bounced a check –A few times. Till I learned how to balance my checkbook
68. Flown in a helicopter –Not at this writing. Not sure I would unless the right person were to convince me otherwise.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – I wish I had. I had a small collection of dolls dressed in international costumes I’d loved to have kept
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial –Yes, and the Washington Monument
71. Eaten caviar – Blech! I know they’re supposed to be a delicacy, but…?
72. Pieced a quilt – Yep, and it was a queen sized one. I never start small projects. My first knitting project was an afghan
73. Stood in Times Square –Yes, but never on New Year’s Eve
74. Toured the Everglades – Definitely on my “to do” list
75. Been fired from a job – yes
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London – I would love to get to England some day
77. Broken a bone – Not that I know of, though I may have had a linear fracture in my ankle. I have had a number of sprains however
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle – rode for 5 years in the 70s
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person – at least 4 times, up close and personal. It was an awesome experience. If you never have yourself, I can tell you this, it is definitely more impressive in person. Pictures do not even come close.
80. Published a book -thought it would be a neat thing to do but I don’t think I have the writing aptitude to do so, nor the patience
81. Visited the Vatican – See previous comments about Italy
82. Bought a brand new car – yes, though most of my cars I prefer to be at least 2 years old
83. Walked in Jerusalem – I’ve always wanted to see the Holy Land, but don’t think that will ever happen.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper – Yes, in second grade. I’d forgotten about it, but my mom sent me the pic that was reprinted in the local paper. I think my classmates were trying to figure out who one of the girls was for a class reunion.
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve – never have
86. Visited the White House – twice, in the same afternoon, lol. It was during JFK’s administration. We had just gone thru when his helicopter landed on the lawn so we hurried around the block to go back in, in the hopes of seeing him. Unfortunately, there was a curtain partially open with only a leg in view. We assumed it was his leg, but never found out for sure.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – Nope and never will. I can’t stand the idea of killing animals
88. Had chickenpox -yes
89. Saved someone’s life – Never had that honor
90. Sat on a jury -no, but I think it would be a fantastic experience.
91. Met someone famous -several individuals, in fact. Betsy Palmer, Danny Thomas, John Davidson, Joey Heatherton, Robert Goulet, all of the above with the exception of Danny Thomas played or sang at a Summer Theater. Mr. Thomas I saw at Stapleton International Airport and went up to him and talked to him.
92. Joined a book club – No but I was a member of a music club once
93. Got a tattoo -again, I HATE needles lol
94. Had a baby -yes, one son
95. Seen the Alamo in person – tried to, couldn’t find it. Heard it was kind of run down and disappointing.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake -No, can’t stand salt, however I have been to Zion National Park and along the Virgin River
97. Been involved in a law suit – No
98. Owned a cell phone – Several
99. Been stung by a bee – Twice. Both were wasps. Well, I call them wasps, I guess it depends on the area of the country you grow up in.

Thank you Crone and Bear It for sharing this. (Think I’ll go back to 300 words or less, lol)

Wow! How exciting was that? Women’s figure skating has always been my favorite event…from back when Peggy Fleming won the Gold. I only remembered a few of the notables when they went on to mention previous winners, Fleming, Hamil, Yamagucci, Kerrigan, but I did see most of the others who previously won since Fleming took to the ice. I guess they just didn’t stand out as well for me. Oh well, on to this year’s. I was totally impressed by the younger crowd, Rachel and that lil gal who earned 4th place. The Gold medal went to the right lady but I was hoping Canada would have gotten it. She really skated her heart out. All that emotion held in, you could see it Tuesday night. At least she got the Bronze, she had some really tough competition. Also impressive is the number of medals the US has pulled in, 32 as of last night and we still have 2 more days to go. Go USA!!!

Anyone see the men’s figure skating competition? Hooray for Evan for winning the Gold!!!! He was awesome. I can’t wait to see the women’s figure skating competition. I’ve been a fan of that sport since Peggy Flemming won the gold, back in the 60’s I think? I think of skating as a form of dancing, but on ice. Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to it. I never could skate worth a darn, on ice or roller blades but always wanted to learn. Heck, I was in my 30’s when I finally taught myself to skate backwards.

When I was a kid there was someone in my town who made an ice rink in his back yard so the neighbor kids could skate. We had the pond down at the local library as well but, more often than not, the ice wasn’t safe:( and it was a further trek to get there, at least for me. I used to dream back in those days of skating, if not professionally, at least good enough to do some fancy twists turns and spins on ice. Alas, that never happened and I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet up with someone willing to teach me how to skate. Indoor ice rinks were just not that popular where I grew up–maybe not even heard of unless it was a big city. Now I wait for the Olympics as well as the World Figure Skating Championships and drool over the accomplishments of those who do have the chance to go the distance.