Rick on September 10th, 2007

Calling yourself a caregiver is good for you and makes you a better caregiver. The National Family Caregivers Association commissioned a study from The Caregivers Advisory Panel in 2001 to learn about the impact self-identifying oneself as a caregiver has on caregivers. Information about the study is on the NFCA web site at “NFCA’s 2001 […]

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Rick on September 9th, 2007

It’s Sunday. Theologians and philosophers have wrestled long with an odd problem. They, like many who suffer or who care for someone whose life is limited by a disease, wish to figure out how to make three accepted truths true at the same time. They seek to explain the unexplainable. For me, at this point […]

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Rick on September 8th, 2007

Caring Today Magazine, LLC publishes Caring Today. You can purchase a 1 year subscription to the hardcopy magazine for $12.95 on the CaringToday.com web site. I’ve not yet read the magazine, but I do like the information available on their website. The information is practical, personal and enlightening. The focus of the website is on […]

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I called the health insurance company’s 800 number today to check on the status of the Provigil coverage review. The inquiry was quick and easy because I had the case number handy (remember the caregiver tip: keep good records). The coverage has been approved for another 12 month period. I’ll write a “thank you” letter […]

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I’m not a doctor. Nor am I a radiologist. Being a caregiver, though, makes me incredibly curious about the medical details related to my wife’s multiple sclerosis. I like to know what my wife’s doctors are talking about and I’m fascinated by how “fearfully and wonderfully made” we are.

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Rick on September 6th, 2007

After spending almost an hour on the phone with our pharmacist, my wife’s neurologist’s office and several employees of our health insurance company, I took a break before writing a letter to appeal the insurance company’s decision to deny the neurologist’s appeal of the insurance company’s refusal to authorize payment for another year. I wrote […]

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Rick on September 5th, 2007

Caring for a person with Multiple Sclerosis is steady work. Because Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease in which the effects of neurological damage accumulate over time, the work required of an MS Caregiver when a patient is first diagnosed is usually not as difficult or demanding as that required for an MS patient […]

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