Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is what has been happening in my field of work in recent years. A patient gets admitted to a psychiatric unit today, gets discharged in a couple of weeks, then after a day or two, or a week or two later they are back in the psych unit for the same reason. Most of the time in the same hospital and sometimes in another hospital. So what went wrong? Was the patient not stabilized enough so he or she relapsed so quickly? More often than not, that is not the reason. Its because the system allows it. Mental health patients nowadays are usually covered by Medi-Cal or Medicare health insurance wherein the hospital is reimbursed by the state or the federal government. These patients are usually also collecting Social Security benefits due to being “permanently disabled”. I put those words under quotations because the mental disability of some of these people are highly questionable. The government has decided that they are disabled by one reason or another and its not up to the hospitals to decide if the government erred in making their decisions or not. Workers in mental health can plainly see that a lot of so called disabled patients are scamming the system. Patients go in and out of hospitals when they run out of money and basically use psych units as motels where they can live and eat for free until they get their next social security checks. Its more than just a coincidence that these people want to get discharged on or about the time they receive their social security checks.
To be continued...
Friday, February 20, 2009
What type of injury do you have?
What does that stand for?
Posterior Tibialis Tendon Disorder
How do you describe it?
It is when the tendon in the inner ankle over-stretches and can no longer support the Achilles tendon thereby flattening the foot excessively, thereby causing the foot to overpronate or roll inwards.
Does it hurt?
Very much, whether I'm running or not.
If it hurts so much, why do you still run?
Because I love to run more than it hurts, although I am not able to go long distances any more.
Are you nuts?
Very much so. Why else would I endure so much pain if I wasn't?
Maybe you are just a masochist?
Hmm...never thought about it that way.
Postscript: Please read this article about firefighter Matt Long in Runnersworld.com, its very touching and inspiring:http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-297--13053-0,00.html
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
An addendum to my own post @ 11 A.M. I ended up doing 20 minutes each on the Stairstepper, Upright bike, and Recumbent bike for a total of one hour. Plus one hour of vigorous WII Tennis. Won 2 matches and lost 2 matches. I am now playing at the 1500 level against opponents in the 1900 to 2000 level. As I mentioned in a previous post, professional level starts at 1000. Hey, I even put my tennis shoes on this time. Normally I play with just flip-flops on my feet.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Based on my experiences as a child going to Catholic elementary and high school, and remembering what Mother Superiors used to be like, I think Meryl Streep played the role of Mother Superior so very well. At my father’s funeral a few years ago, the Mother Superior from my elementary school came to the wake to pay her respects. You wouldn’t believe the reaction I got upon seeing her. Here I was, a grown man feeling nervous all over again like I was in elementary school in the presence of this larger than life woman. Good thing I didn’t cringe or run away to avoid her. Having been in touch with former classmates from the old country and from information gathered from the internet, I learned that Sister Innocencia Saavedra is still the Mother Superior to this day. Gulp.
Meryl Streep can’t compare to the real Mother Superior even with her superb acting.
I promised myself last week that the Nintendo WII would be my last major purchase for awhile. Anybody reading this blog, please hold me accountable to that promise.
I began asking my co-workers, since we had a 3 percent salary decrease, should we also cut our work effort by a corresponding 3 percent? Maybe instead of going the extra mile to take care of our patients, we should just go the extra kilometer.