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Hi there, SparkFriends!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your help and encouragement during tough times ... emoticon emoticon emoticon
... and smiles and congratulations when times are great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I couldn't make it without you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PS: Still no oxygen or bi-pap machines yet!!

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NASFKAB 6/19/2014 12:39AM

  really what you are going through is atrocious lots of hugs my dear Spark friend among the first few

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1CRAZYDOG 6/18/2014 8:54PM

    (((HUGS)))) sweetie. I can't believe it, though. No Bi-pap OR oxygen yet????????? How are you managing without them?????? Lord love a duck.

HUGS and hang in there.

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_LINDA 6/18/2014 8:37PM

    So glad you are still emoticon
So very sorry they can't get that oxygen and bi-pap sorted out, that is truly outrageous. Whose cage can you rattle to be your advocate? Surely there is someone with pull that can shake things up? Like a politician responsible for health care, etc.
Thinking of you!
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AHAPPYSPIRIT 6/18/2014 12:44PM

    Great to hear from you Renie. We are always here for you and thinking of you.

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Double-Check Insurance!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I finally figured out that my former oxygen supply agency (Apria) was still charging Medicare for their equipment This was clear back from 2012!! This is why insurance wouldn't cover the expense for my Bi-Pap and made me give it back!!! My doc is on the warpath! emoticon

Finally, I got someone in Medicare Fraud to check on them. Boy, was she boiling. When she called the agency about it, the gal there yelled at her and then hung up on her. WOW! emoticon I figured it only went to April 2013 after I got out of the nursing home. But what they'd done was kept billing me for the APRIL 2013 payment, BUT had been billing Medicare every month since August 2012.

Soooo, my warning is: Double Check all insurance payments and bills!!

Now, I've missed something else: emoticon

Where do we check up and offer support for our Teams? I don't see it anymore.

With love,

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RENIESSPARKIN 6/10/2014 11:46PM

    Oh, my dear NAS, I'm afraid such cheating and corruption are EVERYWHERE these days. Sad, huh?

Luv ya, sweetie,

Comment edited on: 6/10/2014 11:48:45 PM

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 6/4/2014 9:39PM

    I sure hope they get things straightened out. Why do we have to go thru things like this" It's not fair when they take advantage of people.
Mo. Irene

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KAILYNSTAR 6/4/2014 11:45AM

    Amazing that they were getting away with that. What businesses do to people for money.

I'm glad things are getting sorted out with them.

Take care of yourself. You are such a special person.


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RENIESSPARKIN 6/2/2014 12:36AM

    Thanks for all the support and offers of help.

Luv you all,

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GENRE009 6/1/2014 8:08PM


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NELLIEC 6/1/2014 4:10PM

    SP did away with the huddle and now they have the "wall" where you can post for each team. When you go to the team page, it now starts with the Wall before you see the listing of the team message threads. Just click on the name of any team and it will take you to the Wall.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/1/2014 9:31AM

    OMG! Hope their heiney is in the wringer!

If you go to your start page, you'll find an area to visit your teams. It's under community links, just to the left of the friend feed.


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GOLFGMA 6/1/2014 8:22AM

    This is happening too often and unfortunately there are dishonest people who only do half what they are being paid to do. Glad you're getting this one taken care of. emoticon

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_LINDA 6/1/2014 1:53AM

    Yikes! That is scary about the insurance! So glad its finally getting sorted out so you can get your machine back!
Another annoying change to the start page! On the drop down menu under community, Spark Teams is 3rd on the list!
I subscribe to my favorite team links so I can go directly to them when I check my e-mail!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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NASFKAB 5/31/2014 11:13PM

  I thought fraud & corruption happened in our part of the world only

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Misery is my Name!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

I don't know why I get to experience all these wonderful conditions
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HOWEVER, I have Chronic Hives, AGAIN! These are an auto immune condition and take forever to get over. I feel like I have them inside and outside! emoticon
Did you know there are over 7,000 auto immune conditions? Me neither. We never hear about all the others. My doc first says I'm on too many meds, then prescribes three more. Sigh ...

Have you ever heard anyone groan and moan more than me? Sorry to lay it on you again, but I feel that if any group would know what it's like, it's my SparkPeople Pals.

Any suggestions on how to take the itch away, my sweet friends??? Anything would be appreciated.
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Of course, my oxygen level is too low. (See previous Blog).

I really appreciate you all. emoticon

Luv ya,
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AHAPPYSPIRIT 5/1/2014 10:25PM

    So sorry to hear this my sweet twinner. Yes It's me, Irene, (Fishinglady66). I had to close out my Spark acct. due to computer problems. I'm back now under AHAPPYSPIRIT. I'll remember you in my prayers. Please get better soon,

Your Missouri twin.

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GENRE009 5/1/2014 5:17PM

    I think they sell some quortazone cremes for itch. but when you get that rash have you ever tried echineacha? It's pure sulfur in natural form, it's usually in cold med's, and can stop colds, or reactions with just taking two pills. It costs around $15.00, and you get it in the vitamin section. But if you don't want to take medicines for the rest of your life on these hives, why not try taking "Garden of life, Ultimate Probiotics, cost $40.00, 3 capsules daily. It stops inflammation. That's want hives are, a reaction to something touched or eaten.

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KAILYNSTAR 4/30/2014 12:41PM

    My husband had hives so bad, that the hospital put him on prednisone on an I.V. and had to get a new dose every six hours. It was a long week for him.

I figured he had a food allergy and had him privately tested. They took his blood and sent it away somewhere and tested for over 400 kinds of foods and spices. Yep. Egg whites, navy beans, beef and milk. Go figure.

That's all I have for information for you.

I really feel for you. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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BIBS4664 4/28/2014 12:05PM

    Vent all you want. We're here for you. Itches be gone!!!

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NASFKAB 4/27/2014 1:55AM

  hope you feel better soon all the best

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_LINDA 4/26/2014 8:31PM

    Yikes! That is awful! You need to find out what you are reacting to! Good ointment suggestions, but you probably should take an antihistamine as well!
I learned people with RA usually get allergies too. Why not? A wonky immune system can really affect anything!!
Feel better soon, sending soothing and healing thoughts as well as a kick to that insurance system of yours for not providing better care!!
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POSITIVEHOPE 4/26/2014 7:42PM

    There is an over the counter medicine called Caladryl. It is a topical liquid that you dob on with a cotton ball and it takes the intense itch away almost immediately. It looks horrible on like a bad makeup job but it is so worth it. My doctor recommended it for the kids Chickenpox rash. It keeps you from scratching in your sleep and making things worse. It is a combination of Calamine lotion and Benadryl. Hives are no fun.
Hope you feel better quickly.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2014 3:59PM

    Have you tried a colloidal oatmeal bath? AVEENO is what I used for the kids when they had both measles and chicken pox. It reduces the itchiness. So sorry.

I can't believe it. The insurance company still hasn't re-thought their position on the bi-pap machine!? That is unconscionable. No other word for it. SHAME ON THEM, for all the good that does!

Sorry you're so uncomfortable, my dear one.

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THINAGIN2 4/26/2014 3:32PM

    Wow! I know how miserable the hives can be. Can your doctor prescribe something for them? Good luck!

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Health Insurance Problems

Monday, April 07, 2014

For some unknown reason, Medicare took my BiPap and Concentrator away with no explanation. emoticon

I can't find out why from my equipment provider. Just said insurance said to get it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

This is driving me nuts! Anyone else having any problems like this? emoticon emoticon

HELP! emoticon

Renie emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 5/6/2014 7:23PM

    Medicare can be really nasty to deal with. They are 'the government' and they don't care about people; just bucks. $$$. Medicare has already told me that when I have just them and not also my BC/BS, that they will deny me anything they want, and there is nothing I will be able to do about it. Cause they're the government!

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RENIESSPARKIN 4/13/2014 5:19PM

    Okay, folks! (Especially Ioeinc & Barb) It looks like my Medicare company has confused something between my current company with a previous one. And a third one had committed fraud. Yay! emoticon

I hoping this will soon be straightened out. I'm a mess with hives and poor sleep again. Heaven help me! emoticon

Thanks for all the encouragement, everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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RENIESSPARKIN 4/11/2014 11:47AM

    Thanks for all your helpful suggestions!

So far, it looks like the ins. co. got my old provider' s equipment mixed up with new provider's equipment. They are checking it out now. They did finally realize that one prior company committed fraud by charging for equipment that wasn't theirs, and even came and picked it up when I wouldn't pay their rental fee. (The serial #s didn't even match.) ARGH!

If I don't hear anything soon, Senator Hatch's office say they will get involved and to call immediately if this is not resolved immediately.

No wonder I feel crazy half the time emoticon

Luvies to all,

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    I hope and pray that things will work out for you !
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_LINDA 4/8/2014 8:30AM

    So very sorry they did this. I hope these suggestions offer a solution for you. I am sure grateful to be living here in Canada, not having to worry about insurance.
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SHIRLA7 4/7/2014 7:25PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this Renie! I would be mad too. Don't have any answers for you. I'm supposed to get a new machine this year and need a new sleep study to see if the pressure is right. My new insurance covers nothing. The sleep study alone cost $1150.00! Well I don't have that kind of money so I'm out of luck. The insurance co. says until I meet my $2000.00 deductible they won't cover anything. My last insurance paid for two sleep studies and a new machine. I paid nothing! It's infuriating when it's something you need. Will keep you in your prayers and good luck!

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KAILYNSTAR 4/7/2014 11:58AM

    I'm so sorry that happened to you. You poor girl.

As I live in a different country, I have no good advice for you. I hope things work for you in the end.


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GENRE009 4/7/2014 10:28AM

    Is this in your full coverage? Who is your 20% carrier? I have humana PPo, and I don't pay a premium. They put out over $5,000.00 on me in six months with preventive mostly. And all they got was the 80% medicare. I only paid,, $350.00 for all of that. It's great. They don't cover any perscriptions, but I know how to get it for free, or at 50% discount. Write me, and i'll help with your stuff if I can. eva

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1CRAZYDOG 4/7/2014 10:16AM

    Ok, IOEINC gave you the same advice I'd have given, so no repeats. Just wishing you luck and so sorry that this is happening to you! DEFINITELY call and get the information and proceed with the appeals process. **SIGH** So sorry!


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BARB4HEALTH 4/7/2014 7:17AM

    emoticon Hope things work out for you.

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MSLZZY 4/7/2014 6:44AM

    Call your insurance provider. That is what we do in our office if our clients have issues.

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IOEINC 4/7/2014 6:07AM

    If you have a Medicare insurance company, you should call them to see why the service was taken away. You can also call Medicare if you have straight Medicare or if you have Medigap insurance you can call them. The contact numbers should be on your card.

Under MC Guidelines you have the right to appeal that decision if it is being denied.


At the bottom of the above link there is a link to finding assistance to appeal the decision.
Sorry you have to copy and past the link.

Hope this helps!!


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    call your provider and see what is going on.

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NASFKAB 4/7/2014 3:15AM

  sorry to hear they took away your equipment cant help here all the best

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Support Teams

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hello Everyone! emoticon

For some reason I feel compelled to let you know the Support Teams I belong to (and help administer on some). Some of them seem to go together,
while others are way out in left field. emoticon

However, maybe I just need a new look at them and get some input from friends!
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So, here's my list and a few comments:

I Need Sleep -- probably the first team I joined. My whole family are insomniacs, but some who can go to sleep early and arise early, fare better than the night owls . BUT, if they miss that window of opportunity, bye bye sleep for them too. emoticon

Living with Neuropathy -- Still trying to find out all the numerous places this devil can hang out. Seems to go with the Diabetes in the family. What are your thoughts? emoticon

Restless Leg Syndrome aka WEB Disease -- Another family oriented condition. Males have it more than females in the family. You might try sitting WITHOUT crossing your legs. They go together (in my opinion).

Challenged by Arthritis -- Like most of you, mine didn't set in until my later years, but seemed to start everywhere I'd been injured or overdid the wear and tear on my body.

Now, it's like having my own built-in Barometer, too. When a low pressure storm is a couple of days away, I get to know about it first. Also, do the rest of you have trouble walking due to stiff joints first thing in the a.m.? YIKES! emoticon emoticon

Workout Music -- This one is a favorite because all family members LOVE music, dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, etc. So naturally, everything is more palatable when accompanied by music as far as I'm concerned. emoticon emoticon

Sleep Apnea -- A twin to I Need Sleep. However, this one is a little more complicated and usually requires some type of equipment to help us sleep without stopping breathing, snoring, choking, etc. There is a selection of things like: Cpap, BiPap, Dental appliances, etc. If one, doesn't help, go back to your doc, and try something else. We usually need a compression tank to go along with these items. I'm still working on mine, but have settled on the BiPap AND a dental appliance.
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Hypothyroid -- This one is tricky. However, one of the big signs is feeling exhausted most of the time. Another for me, was losing the outer 1/3 of the few eyebrows I had. Then a doc pulling up Xrays for something else, found nodules on my Thyroid and reported it to my Primary Physician. I can't say I'll thrilled with the outcome so far, but the nodules seem to have disappeared. I still don't have a lot of energy, but I'm not giving up, either.

Acid Reflux Support -- This is another joyful condition that a lot of us are plagued with. Taking antacids, raising the head of my bed, not eating big meals within 6 hours of bedtime, or even watching foods that don't appear to agree with me, does help. I've also found that a tight waistband, bra, or whatever can cause some unpleasant repercussions, so to speak.

I belong to quite a few Support Teams but these are my most active ones at the present. I enjoy dropping by and leaving some encouragement on the Huddles and hope you you'll join us.

I'd love to hear your comments or additional info to these Support Teams.

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KAILYNSTAR 4/4/2014 2:54PM

    I have teams that I should be visiting, but since they put them on the start page, I just tick on the flags and get more points. I also have a hard time sitting and reading any of the conversations going on in them.

You know what works for you. Keep what you're more active in.

Most of all, take care of yourself.


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GENRE009 3/24/2014 12:15AM

    If you aren't getting anything out of the team that helps you, I would leave it. Unless you like having the comfort-support friend thing. I will send you something, see if it can help you. eva

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/23/2014 8:41PM

    I am a Member of some of these Teams, too !
For my Arthritis, I've experienced pain relief, from taking formulations
of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, as sold in Health Food stores, under various
different names. It's strictly over-the-counter, with no need for a prescription.
It makes me happy, to be without pain, with a drug-free solution to my problem.
For my hypothyroidism, I'm thankful that Synthroid clears up the problem !
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NASFKAB 3/23/2014 6:10AM

  member of I Need Sleep also

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NASFKAB 3/23/2014 6:10AM

  member of I Need Sleep also

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_LINDA 3/22/2014 9:50PM

    I Need Sleep was also my first team, People With Allergies, also an arthritis team, but now Autoimmune Conditions and Living with RAD. I recently joined Workout Music because that is my favorite way to work out! So I only have two teams in common with you. I find the Workout Music not to be very active, same with the bigger teams, always seems to be the same few people posting.. I don't go into challenges, mostly just huddle, and comment on blogs. I basically just used the teams to find people who suffered from the same conditions as me. My RA started at age 6 so its all I have known. Can't imagine what is like to live without having something hurting. Have yet to meet someone like that.
Interacting personally with people on your teams is the only way to get support and info on the various conditions you suffer from.
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1CRAZYDOG 3/22/2014 6:05PM

    Hey sweetie! Yes, I can say for sure the thyroid is tricky to treat!


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