ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 710.9: unspecified diffuse connective tissue disease
Turn on, tune in, drop out.
Maybe you noticed I’ve gone a bit quiet here. I’ve decided to drop out of the National Health Blog Post Month. It was feeling too much like work right now. I’m sure it doesn’t help that I am particularly busy with my paid work right now, and it is getting most of my energy.
I’m also thinking a bit about what direction to take with the blog, and where to spend my energy as an ePatient/blogger. I feel scattered - I’ve seen and learned so much in the past few months, and feel inspired to do something big with it, but can’t do everything (and probably don’t really want to do it all), so am feeling kind of stuck with that, I think.
I’m sure I’ll be blogging more regularly soon. And then less regularly. And then more regularly.
Today I am at the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference, live Tweeting, so if you don’t follow me on Twitter, you can expect the Storified version of my Tweets here, soon.
National Health Blog Post Month Day 11: Nope.
The NHBPM prompt today is
For all our veterans and family members, we celebrate this day because it marks the end of WWI, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Do you have a task you complete every day at the same time that helps you with your chronic illness? How long have you been doing this, how has it helped?
I don’t think I really have a daily never-miss ritual that helps with my illness. The closest I get is consistently taking scheduled medications twice a day.
Stay tuned! Maybe tomorrow I’ll have something more interesting to share!
National Health Blog Post Month Day 10: ???
I’m supposed to write about alternative medicine. I’m actually pretty conflicted about it. Some thoughts:
- Any “alternative” medicine with well documented safety and efficacy is OK with me.
- I do not have the expertise to evaluate the quality of research and review off these products, so I tend to distrust them.
- I’ve tried cherry juice for inflammation. I’m not sure if it helps, but I’m not great about using it, because it’s a bit inconvenient.
- If a treatment is helping someone, I won’t fault them for using it, whether or not I understand it, or even believe in it.
- I prefer to know how and why a treatment is effective, but we don’t always understand why conventional medicine works. I’m not sure it really matters why something works, if it is safe and effective. If a medication works via the placebo effect, it still works, right?
- There are a lot of jerks out there touting “alternative” treatments that aren’t effective, preying on desperate patients. That can cost patients a lot of money, and may prevent them from accessing critical medical care.
- I mostly trust patients to know what they need and what works for them. Desperation can sometimes lead people to do some pretty wacky stuff, though.
I guess my stance is:
- Don’t take advantage of people.
- If a treatment works for someone, they should be able to use it.
- In general, I am somewhat skeptical of many (but not all) “alternative” treatments.
I’m participating in WEGO Health's National Blog Post Month. My prompt for today was “Alternative Medicine: Write about alternative treatments and regimens and tell us how you feel about them. What do you support? What is crazy? Have you used any?”
National Health Blog Post Month Day 9: a confession
Last week, I brought sliced cheese.
I also buy sliced apples. When I make purchases like these, I feel lazy (for not doing it myself) and wasteful (for spending money on something so unnecessary). The thing is, though, It often hurts my hands to slice cheese or apples. I don’t need to beat myself up for doing something the easy way, when often, everything’s so hard.
I’m participating in WEGO Health's National Blog Post Month. My prompt for today was “Just Admit It: It’s taboo, write about something that people do but don’t like to talk about or won’t admit to doing. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. ;-)”