Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.


You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Support Your Health in One Easy Reading

B'SD

19 Av, 5776

Want to support this blog and your health, perhaps someone else's?

Buy the E-book or print edition of 

http://www.booklocker.com/p/books/3067.html?s=TrackingCode





Find out why medical and mental health professionals recommend the book on and off the cover!





Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your time with helpful actions.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Here's What Good Food Can DO for YOU!

B'SD

18 Av, 5776

Gosh, the Jewish year is winding up and we'll soon be in the thought-provoking month of Elul. That's when Jews spend more time than usual contemplating how to improve their characters, and doing so. Then comes Tishre, the month of the Jewish "High Holidays" of Rosh HaShana (New Year's/Time of Judgment) and Yom Kipur (the Day of Atonement for past errors).


One of the ways that people misbehave is with food. Eating for optimal health requires self-discipline, as does anything worthwhile.

Let's look at some evidence for developing necessary self-control (growth is a process, after all):


Child with food

Is a vegan diet healthy for kids?

A dietitian separates the facts from the fiction
GOOD FOOD





There's a lot of living, and dead, proof to this. Learn the lesson.
Eating You Alive
Foods are the cause.

Check out the easily accomplished solution to a most agonizing problem!
Ginger is often used for flavor while cooking, as well as to ease nausea, but researchers found nanoparticles derived from the root may have healing effects that ease inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new study. Learn More. ‪#‎TeamIBD‬



Researchers have developed 'edible ginger-derived nanoparticles' that they believe may be good medicine for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main…
SCIENCEDAILY.COM

Want some help to improve your meals and self-control? I highly recommend contacting the folks at the

The Physicians Committee





Learn how going vegetarian, doing specific exercises and changing my mindset saved my life and restored my sight. I was able to leave my wheelchair, walker and cane behind me forever. 

Find out some life lessons that can help you, too. 

You might even save money by learning of the charitable organizations willing to pay some or all of your specific medical bills! They're listed in the Global Resources section of the E-book and print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge





Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your mind with facts, your soul with self-control. That's good for health!


http://www.booklocker.com/p/books/3067.html?s=TrackingCode

Here's What Good Food Can DO for YOU!

B'SD

18 Av, 5776

Gosh, the Jewish year is winding up and we'll soon be in the thought-provoking month of Elul. That's when Jews spend more time than usual contemplating how to improve their characters, and planning to do so. Then comes Tishre, the month of the Jewish "High Holidays" of Rosh HaShana (New Year's/Time of Judgment) and Yom Kipur (the Day of Atonement for past errors).


One of the ways that people misbehave is with food. Eating for optimal health requires self-discipline, as does anything worthwhile.

Let's look at some evidence for developing necessary self-control (growth is a process, after all):


Child with food

Is a vegan diet healthy for kids?

A dietitian separates the facts from the fiction
GOOD FOOD





There's a lot of living, and dead, proof to this. Learn the lesson.
Eating You Alive
Foods are the cause.

Check out the easily accomplished solution to a most agonizing problem!
Ginger is often used for flavor while cooking, as well as to ease nausea, but researchers found nanoparticles derived from the root may have healing effects that ease inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new study. Learn More. ‪#‎TeamIBD‬



Researchers have developed 'edible ginger-derived nanoparticles' that they believe may be good medicine for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main…
SCIENCEDAILY.COM

Want some help to improve your meals and self-control? I highly recommend contacting the folks at the

The Physicians Committee





Learn how going vegetarian, doing specific exercises and changing my mindset saved my life and restored my sight. I was able to leave my wheelchair, walker and cane behind me forever. 

Find out some life lessons that can help you, too. 

You might even save money by learning of the charitable organizations willing to pay some or all of your specific medical bills! They're listed in the Global Resources section of the E-book and print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge





Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your mind with facts, your soul with self-control. That's good for health!

http://www.booklocker.com/p/books/3067.html?s=TrackingCode

Here's What Good Food Can DO for YOU!

B'SD

18 Av, 5776

Gosh, the Jewish year is winding up and we'll soon be in the thought-provoking month of Elul. That's when Jews spend more time than usual contemplating how to improve their characters, and planning to do so. Then comes Tishre, the month of the Jewish "High Holidays" of Rosh HaShana (New Year's/Time of Judgment) and Yom Kipur (the Day of Atonement for past errors).


One of the ways that people misbehave is with food. Eating for optimal health requires self-discipline, as does anything worthwhile.

Let's look at some evidence for developing necessary self-control (growth is a process, after all):


Child with food

Is a vegan diet healthy for kids?

A dietitian separates the facts from the fiction
GOOD FOOD





There's a lot of living, and dead, proof to this. Learn the lesson.
Eating You Alive
Foods are the cause.

Check out the easily accomplished solution to a most agonizing problem!
Ginger is often used for flavor while cooking, as well as to ease nausea, but researchers found nanoparticles derived from the root may have healing effects that ease inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new study. Learn More. ‪#‎TeamIBD‬



Researchers have developed 'edible ginger-derived nanoparticles' that they believe may be good medicine for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main…
SCIENCEDAILY.COM

Want some help to improve your meals and self-control? I highly recommend contacting the folks at the

The Physicians Committee





Learn how going vegetarian, doing specific exercises and changing my mindset saved my life and restored my sight. I was able to leave my wheelchair, walker and cane behind me forever. 

Find out some life lessons that can help you, too (you might save money by learning of the charitable organizations willing to pay some or all of your specific medical bills! They're listed in the Global Resources section of the book). 

Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge





Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your mind with facts, your soul with self-control. That's good for health!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fixing Your Focus, One Tile at a Time

B'SD

12 Av, 5776

As I listened to this video, I heard the voices of many people I've coached through illness or some other pressing matter. And I heard the life lesson that has been taught in so many ways, by so many famous heroes and heroines, but not articulated this succinctly.





Need to learn more lessons about how to minimize your stress or someone else's, during illness?

Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge





Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your thoughts with happiness. On purpose.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Progress Update

B'SD

27 Tamuz, 5776

I apologize for my absence from cyberspace. I've been busy researching medical issues, studying advanced medical vocabulary in Hebrew so I can assist the translation efforts of people who need such a service, helping patients in various ways and arranging some social events. But, now I'm back with what I hope is a breath of fresh hope for people with a specific, quite serious medical problem.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an agonizing medical problem that manifests as colitis, ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's Disease (CD).

I've spend the past few months researching the problem with medical professionals. I found information that might fill IBD patients with hopes for an imminent cure if not significant relief from their painful, often incapacitating problems:

Medical Miracle in the making? See http://healthlivetips.org/finally-new-vaccine-hope-to-complete-cure-crohns-disease/

Scotland seems to be leading the way in improving health care services for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).




“The goal should be a return to normality rather than normalising a poor quality of life.”
Crohn's and Colitis UK has worked collaboratively to launch a new National Blueprint to improve IBD healthcare in Scotland - the first of its kind in the UK. Read more about how the Blueprint will improve services:http://bit.ly/298wLpl


Patients living with an incurable condition will see an overhaul of how treatment is delivered due to UK-first guidelines to tackling patchy care for rising numbers of people with a debilitating bowel disease.

Click on Overhauling the Treatment for IBD.

Feeling better, yet?

Feel better fast! Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. Doctors recommend it on and off the cover.


Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism. Fill your plate, heart and life with happiness.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Tips

B'SD

2 Tamuz, 5776

You've read Ira's comments before, when he reviewed my home cooking. He ate well, despite the hospital menu, when he was being treated for a suspected (then confirmed and corrected) heart problem.

Here's an update on Ira's vastly improved condition. it holds "coping with cardiac intensive care" lessons for the public AND medical professionals!

Cardiac ICU tips
Heaven forfend that you or anyone you know should need these, but in case you do, or in case this is your business, I wanted to pass on a few tips of my own.
Although we were extensively briefed by a social worker on what to expect in the ICU, I feel some important points were lacking:
1) You are unconscious or minimally conscious, there's a breathing tube in your throat, a respirator is breathing for you and you can't talk.
It's worse than that. You can't make a sound. none. Zero. Not a squeal, squelch or scream. You are completely mute. This surprised me. I thought I'd be able to communicate some way vocally. No way.
Because people with tubes in their throat don't like that they try to pull them out and have to be restrained. Guess what, this means you cannot communicate with your hands or body. In other words, you are completely locked in.
2) What's there to communicate about?
I didn't even think to ask because you are getting drips but I had a raging thirst caused by the irritating tube in my throat. But I had no way to communicate that. I finally stuck my tongue in and out in the hopes that Pam would figure it out and she did. You might want to arrange two signals: tongue in and out for water. Tongue back and forth for pain/discomfort. I was never thirstier in my life and will never forget the water I got from the tongue depressor wrapped with gauze and swabbed in my mouth. That was the best drink of water ever!
3) The tube in your throat
Yes, it's uncomfortable but they don't mention the worst part - the way it rubs the side of your lips like a hack saw. This is clearly a medical device defect. This remains one of the worst pains and I still have it.
How to handle this: bring a tube of MEDICATED lip balm and make sure it is liberally spread on the lips, especially the side where the tube hangs out. Don't use the regular petroleum jelly the hospital has. It's useless.
4) Time dilation
In the ICU minutes seem like hours or longer. Pam would come in and I'd feel furious she'd been gone for a week. You have to continually remind the patient what time it is and how much time has past. "I just went out and was gone five minutes." "Hi, I'm still here and the last time I talked to you was 15 minutes ago. " literally that kind of thing.
5) orientation
If you wear glasses make sure they are on! I was literally in a fog the whole time I was in the ICU because no one put my glasses on
6) Treats
My nurse made a treat of frozen ice pops using tongue depressors and water. I would have done anything to get one of those and they were used to help wean me off the respirator. I remember Pam saying Nurse says you can have another ice pop if you breathe on your own. I wanted to negotiate for one immediately but I was in no position to argue.
That's all for now.

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Gizelle Gill Good advice nothing like self experience
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Yocheved Golani May I post this tohttp://itsmycrisisandillcryifineedto.blogspot.co.il/ Ira?


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Ira Machefsky Sure. I'll make it public.
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