Archives for the month of: June, 2009

seasons of!  loooooooovee!

my coworkers were singing Rent in the hallway at work.

this underscores my theory that my office is really a dorm.

you see, my team of about 30 just moved from a very crowded space with a few offices where at least 8 people shared a conference room. our new space is a sunny corner of the building where many of us have individual offices with enormous windows. big desks with room for rolling chairs. there’s a flavia machine in the kitchen. it’s posh. everybody is stoked.

when we “moved in” there were signs on our doors with illustrations that read “Welcome! New office. New beginning” and it said our names. just like the signs your RA’s made you in the fall.

further, we are dangerously close to a target, so people go and get “snacks” and so everybody’s always munching and passing bags around and tossing candy bars as incentives. just like in a dorm.

also, most of my coworkers are young and trendy. i definitely had to buy new clothes to work here.

it’s also just noisy, broadway musicals aside. it’s collaborative, i suppose?

let’s hope there aren’t any all-nighters.

There are a lot of people freaking out about healthcare right now.  I’m one of them.  If the government makes all healthcare nationalized and takes away my ability to seek help outside of the current medical system, i could become very, very sick.  since my diagnosis 2 years ago, the only help i’ve found has been outside the norm: supplements that the FDA won’t approve as helpful; treatments for which pharmaceutical companies won’t fund studies; doctors who refuse to take insurance for fear of lawsuit because they prescribe antibiotics above and beyond the “allowed” amount for my condition.  i’ve only gotten help outside the mainstream of conventional medicine.  if those practicing outside of guidelines must stop and if my money is forcibly taken to fund treatments that do not help, less of my money will be available for things that actually do work. further, if government controls are tightened on medical care in general, the very people who have helped me may soon be out of business.

the first link i have here is for health revolution.  their proposal is really different than anything i’ve heard before.  it’s a health nut’s dream.  basically they’re hoping to get catastrophic care covered by the government and all other healthcare will go to individuals through a debit card system.  this debit card can be used for anything from organic kale to energy work.  it also includes a free market rating system for physicians and hospitals and recommends competetive pricing.  that part is a little scary, but i signed it anyway because i’m fascinated and would like people to start thinking outside the box.  i’d also like congress and the greater public to start considering alternative treatments as legitimate means for healing.  the plan favors preventive care which is totally ignored in our current healthcare system.  it proposes paying for health instead of paying for sickness.  because this is such a different paradigm, i can’t imagine the average joe being on board, but it’s very exciting to me because i really want to take responsibility for my health choices and choose preventive care now.

A second option is for Patients United Now.  they’re basically running a petition that says to the government “leave us alone–don’t get involved!”  i also signed this one because while the current healthcare system is a huge mess, i can’t imagine any nationalized system being an improvement. better to stall than make a terrible choice.  once the government takes over something, the private sector & individuals will never get it back.

please take a minute to scroll through these petitions and see if you can sign them.  what do you think of healthcare now?  what do you think of a nationalized system?  how should we pay for it?

context:

sitting on a ramp trying to get from the metro station onto a road with a million lights that has 2 ramps to a highway that is sporadically and badly congested.  i plan to take this road with a million lights to my destination, just past the ramps.  at rush hour.  this one mile total drive has taken about 15 minutes and i still haven’t left the station ramp to get onto my road.

clever exchange:

me: “ughh!  this traffic is so bad!  i can’t believe it!  it’s the curse!  it’s the fall!  this is endless toil!”
k: “no, i think that some the urban planners didn’t toil enough!”

thanks for still reading, friends.  i’m a bulimic blogger. clearly.

let’s see.  an update:

– i have great friends.  and my bf is awesome.  really.

– my health is a little rough again.  last time i posted i was discouraged, then i took some awesome supplements that help with detox pathways and i felt a ton better.  now i’m still taking those things and doing my diet and getting sufficient rest and i’m feeling bad again.  legs are all buzzy and my brain is foggy and slow.  i’m able to be a pretty upbeat happy person most of the time but when i slow down and actually feel my feelings, i am very sad and discouraged about it all.

– i love my job.  no really, i do.  i’ve been there 2 months and i still love it.  it’s not as magical as when i started, but quirky corporate culture aside, it is a very good place to work.  i work at a location that is 2 miles from my house and another that is about 7 miles.  the commutes for both can take up to 40 minutes with all the lights and traffic. my gas mileage is averaging 19mpg, which is really atrocious, but i don’t have to get much gas.  also, my coworkers are pretty cool.  i like the project that i’m on and feel that it is meaningful.  also, and perhaps most importantly: i have great health insurance.  (we’ll see how great they are when i start asking for reimbursements for out of network charges.  but for now, the copays are lower and i’m a happy camper.)

that’s a little update.  more to come.