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Medication Shortages–What’s Going On?

March 17, 2012

The truth about medications in this country is that many Americans take too many drugs, over-the-counter, prescription and “street drugs”. Putting that concept aside for a moment, I  am very concerned over what I have heard in recent months about a “shortage of medications“.  As I understand it, as prescription medications become available as “generics”, major pharmaceutical manufacturers find that the profit has gone out of the product and choose to not continue to offer these drugs. There may be other reasons, but it seems to me that “the bottom line” being paramount is a concept that has way too much license in our country. When did profit become the only reason for manufacturing a product that may be life-changing or that actually may save lives?  What happened to a concern for the quality of life of total strangers or doing good for the sake of helping? I know that may sound archaic to some, but it seems that people may have lost sight of what it means to be decent. When did it become accepted to simply care about no one except yourself or your own little circle?  I heard recently about an infant who could not be treated for leukemia because there was a shortage of the medication required.  The American Dream certainly includes the idea of the opportunity to earn a decent wage; that does not mean we should subsidize or support those who “gouge” people or who are not at all interested in the common good. These companies are actually doing damage by cutting off the production of these medications. Corporations do have a responsibility to this country, the country that allowed their CEO’s to have wildly inflated salaries, bonuses and life styles. Many Americans have a fine standard of living; plenty do not. The drug companies have long taken advantage of the American public which is why senior citizens on limited incomes have found themselves on buses headed toward Canada (where they can purchase their medications at a fraction of the prices to us).  The pharmaceutical companies provide the same drugs we use to nations all over the world for pennies. We Americans are the only people who do not have these deep discounts offered to us.

My concern here is that I don’t understand what our government is doing to change the impact the pharmaceutical companies have on the American public.  What is being done, how can we possibly allow people to die because a particular antibiotic is not available in the quantity needed at a given time? How can we possibly allow people to die because a specifc medication is not available when 20 years ago we spent the money to find out what would work for that condition or disease?  Aren’t we going backwards? In an age where we save the banks and don’t allow the automobile industry to go under, what about the people?  We simply must have some commitment to the people and to health and wellness.

It is disgusting what has happened in this country in recent years, the nasty attitudes that speak only to “profits” and not what is good for the country and its inhabitants. It is really incomprehensible ….that the standards keep lowering…we are the frogs dropped in the boiling water…we seem to not even notice that we are being killed…

The problem here is that you think this can’t happen to you…well, it can…and you won’t know about it maybe ever…but when you go to a hospital and they either don’t give you the best medicine for your situation…you may not be told…or maybe what they have on hand will be given to you in a lesser dosage. You will not be told probably…you simply may not have the recovery needed…

And of course we all know, hospitals in neighborhoods where the poor or indigent live probably won’t be given priority in terms of stocking everything that is needed…what kind of society do we want ot live in?

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?  A number if years ago, I was working in my community to try to have a homeless shelter built (we were eventually successful). A very wise woman who also worked hard for this cause said to me, “What kind of communities do we want to have? What kind of country do we want. If I own a Mercedes, what good is it if I can’t stop at a traffic light without being pulled out of my car and have my car stolen?”  Indeed, she was better informed and more experienced in life than I was. No one is safe unless we are all safe. No one really has ANYTHING unless ALL have opportunity to a quality life.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE…when you walk past someone who cannot afford food or medication, do you have peace? probably not…

This is MeddlingMom…I have no easy answers….stretch a little if you can, reach out, start a conversation, get involved, contact your senators and representatives, whatever you do helps to make necessary change….have a good weekend!

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CANCER- pass along a candle….

March 9, 2012

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A small request.. Just one line.

Dear God,  I pray for a cure for cancer.  Amen
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All  you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it’s   Only to one more person.

In memory of anyone you know who has been  struck down by cancer or is still living with  it. Cancer Survivors (and I am one) and their loved ones are also a piece of this. Seemingly everyone is impacted. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.. Please Keep This  Candle  Going  – 

This is MeddlingMom…in peace and love….have a good weekend.

 

 

Congress-Writing Your Own Petition-Exercise

February 16, 2012

Hello, Everyone,

It’s been awhile…yes, going to the gym..taking it slow. I’ve only been there 5 times so far. I am doing a little exercise in between…anyway, taking it slow, but it is having an impact. When I went yesterday…the sneakers are not such an issue anymore and I can see that I am more flexible..it’s easier to get on the machines, even though they are designed for someone 5’8 or 5’9..I am 5’1…but it’s all become easier. Yesterday, I did 25 minutes on the bike, about 4.5 miles and 3 sets of 12 on 3 machines…felt pretty good about it…will increase it soon…thinking about hiring a trainer…will have to look into it.

The reason I am writing today is that I received an e-mail this morning from my friend Bonnie. We have known each other since I was 4 and she was 2 1/2….that’s a long time. I have not fact checked this info, but it sounds like a great idea. Please take a look and if you like it, send it to your peeps.

Winds of Change….Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimumof twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around.

_*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no

pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security

system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system

and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for

any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will

rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same

health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/

women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a

career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their

term(s), then go home and back to work

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three

days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.

Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

You are one of my 20+ – Please keep it going, and thanks.

After I started writing this blog I decided to fact check the info. I don’t think fact check

completely covered the areas mentioned. I thought they dispelled some of the issues, they’re

explanation was a little “thin” and that some areas were completely ignored. You can write to them

and challenge them to be complete. http://www.factcheck.org.

Take a look and by the way, there is no mention of Warren Buffett having suggested all of this.

It is good fodder for a rich discussion. I hope you will pass thing along anyway…there is much

that can be done to strengthen our legislature.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/

If you would like to start a petition for any reason, I saw on Sunday Morning on CBS, that you can

go to http://www.change.org and there is a step-by-step for you to DIY. Molly Katchpole recently wrote a

petition aimed at Bank of America’s idea of charging $5/month to use the ATM. The result was that the

idea of a new fee was tossed out by the bank once they saw the petition. You go! Molly! My hero! FYI,

Molly is in her early 20’s . So no excuses out there. Here are two other such sites for your perusal:

www.signon.org and www.ipetitions.com/start-petition

Anyway, folks, I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Have a wonderful weekend..Here in the

Philadelphia area, we have been enjoying weather in the high 40’s and low 50’s…so sorry about the

Global Warming (and we WILL be sorry!). For now we are really happy to be wearing light weight clothes

and feeling like it is almost spring!

This is MeddlingMom…wishing you all that is good…
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Health-Reclaiming It! Back to the Gym..

February 4, 2012

Day 2-off to the gym

..or so I thought.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to go to the gym when you haven’t been there for over 5 years!  Nearly impossible. On day 1 I suffered trying to select something to wear. Then I put on those huge New Balance sneakers that make me feel totally claustrophobic, I mean, does a sneaker have to be so built up all around as if you are in a space ship? Exactly what are we doing, practically cutting off all circulation…so you know that if you have many rolls of skin, it is nearly impossible to bend over and put on your sneakers, even with the help of a shoehorn.  I huff and I puff and bend over this way trying to get around my belly if even just for a moment, long enough to get the shoe on (while negotiating the sock that may be sliding around) , pull the laces tight and tie it!  This is really hard to do…it took me a good 5 minutes of struggling to get one sneaker on and this isn’t even the dreaded New Balance…this is a mere, lightweight original Keds sneaker (yes, I am old and gay and I prefer this to those that are cool).  So I took a break from the huffing to literally catch my breath before I tackle the other sneaker. What I discovered while putting on the first sneaker was that these have not been worn in years! And I believe I am probably a half size larger now, so I need to order some new Keds pronto!  Later today, online…

The whole process of getting ready for the gym is excruciating for an obese person…truly it is a great disincentive (as if dying of a heart attack is not!).  You go through so many mixed emotions just as you try to decide what to wear (that won’t draw attention to your girth with all of those strange thin people at the gym). You already feel bad, so bad, about how did you let this happen to your body and then you have to stuff those feelings once more and just go do it…EXERCISE and sweat (which I don’t like, the sweating, that is). So of course, this is why I am writing right now, instead of being at the gym. Seriously I will go to the gym, but the other day (the first day), I had so many emotions while I was getting ready and when I went to write them down later, all of the passion, feelings and emotion were gone. The writing was flat…I didn’t know how to re-capture what I had experienced. I CAN tell you that every single thing I felt was about shame and embarassment and about the courage it took to be out there. You see this is the year I reclaim my health. It will not be easy, but what is, really? Easy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I am only 5’1” and with the bulk of those New Balance sneakers and my inflexibility, I could not get my foot up over the center of the stationery bike I was going to ride. It took about 4 tries…then I had to figure out how to choose a program while my glasses were in my bag on the floor….and that’s a whole other issue, where the hell are you supposed to put your jacket and keys?  The locker room is at the farthest point from the front door…blah, blah, blah….Now that was fine, but the bike I got on was broken! So I had to get off and attempt another and then all was fine.  From there I went to the abductor, the machine  where the machine parts are on the outside of your thighs (abductor) was ok. Then I went to the one where the parts go between your legs (the adductor). I had to have help to get my right leg over to get on..I was fine with the left leg, my left side is stronger.  Then when I went to get off that machine, I got one leg off, but could not clear the other foot of the machine and had to ask someone for help.  So this was humbling to say the least. Of course I met some very nice people during this process, very kind.  I also did 3 sets of 12 on the leg press, no help needed, here!  I imagine I won’t need the help today. The truth is….all of this is the very reason why I need to be working out and regaining my strength and flexibility.  I do have to admit, there were some moments where I felt very teary, like right now.  Nobody wants to be fat…and have such a huge (pardon the pun) task ahead of themselves.

I have realized in recent years that there have been many things I have not participated in or have shied away from due to my body’s appearance. I am ready to have a normal size body and to choose whether I do whatever activity based on what I want and my interests.  Now comes the hard work..oh, well, I’ve done lots of things that were more difficult…

One thing I do recommend as a result of my experiences this week: Before you embark on this venture, gather together whatever you think you will need in terms of clothing, sneakers, socks, sweatshirt, tote or gym bag, etc and try on everything long before the day you start. Be clear about your assessment of everything. If you hate a pair of pants or sneakers, banish them and replace them with something that works for you. Only wear what you will be comfortable with and keep all of these items in one place so that when you go to get ready, you can avoid some of the trauma that I experienced. I will be doing that later today so that I will have a better and uneventful time of it tomorrow.  Remember the reason you are in this position is because you did NOT put what you need FIRST.

This is MeddlingMom…have a great weekend…off to the gym, via the post office…


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