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MAMABUGAZ
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4/3/12 10:23 P

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Dorothy --
I'm wishing for better care in both of our countries -- US and Canada. And, it's fine with me if Europe and other places improve their care as well.

I don't think that any of those are an inappropriate wish.

~ Faith

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2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
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Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK


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4/3/12 9:40 P

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As a US citizen and have been to other countries and seen their health care, you should be glad that it was only a couple of weeks. In England you will be waiting at least 6 to 7 months or more. So be careful what you wish for because you might get something that you don't want.

Dorothy





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MAMABUGAZ
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4/3/12 9:09 P

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I undedrstand your frustration. But, as a Canadian citizen (born and raised in Saskatoon), but a US permanent resident (with a green card) for 27 years, I think that both of our systems are broken and in need of repair.

There are things that we can get that Canadians can't. There are things that the Canadians have that we don't. Their health care system, although, in many cases, free, or at least affordable with low co-pays, has waiting lists and other problems. Our health care system is unaffordable and unavailable for many.

My mother, when terminal with cancer, had to wait 4 weeks to see an oncologist in Canada. As a US resident with many medical needs and problems (and, particularly in 2002-2003, many medical expenses), I had to refinance my house to pay medical bills, even though I had insurance.

OK; enough of my soapbox.

~ Faith

Leader:
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
Plateau Busters!!!!;


2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro

Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK


 current weight: 121.6 
 
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So I am anxiously and not so patiently awaiting my consult with a gastro dr. towards the end of April (3 weeks to go, couldn't get in any sooner), my skin is itching like no one's business (I am about a million percent sure I have DH) and of course it's all made worse by the fact that I am eating gluten regularly after a 2 week trial period during which I felt amazing for the first time in I can't remember how long. So I was doing some online research earlier today, looking at the GIG website recommended to me by the celiac expert at my local health food store (who is an RN and a celiac sufferer herself) and I follow a link to......an at home gluten intolerance test....what????? It is available for purchase on the company's website, and you need to check a disclaimer to be able to have it shipped to the states because, of course it has not been approved by the FDA. And to top it off, after further investigation, it is available OTC at most Canadian drugstores or mass merchants. That's right, it's as readily available as a home pregnancy test. If this is old news around these parts, I apologize....I am simply blown away.

Apparently insurance companies haven't discovered a way to profit from it, hence the reason it is unavailable for purchase in the U.S. Oh, I know....they don't want us to "self diagnose" ourselves, because they know that a $6 loaf of bread is a lot more palatable (pun totally intended) than the hundreds of dollars uninsured folks like myself have to spend on prescription meds each month. God forbid we take our health in to our own hands.

I do understand the importance of having endoscopy as the gold standard of testing in order to achieve an accurate celiac diagnosis. I'm not suggesting that it replace a doctor's care. I just wish we were given more options in the states and didn't have our minds made up for us.

Rant concluded....sorry so incredibly long.



 
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