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General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: September 16, 2009, 07:27:16 AM »
About 10 years ago my mother was successfully treated, by the NHS, for NHL (a form of lymphoma). At the time the survival rate for people with NHL was very low, so they used several very strong chemotherapy drugs on her to boost her predicted survival rate. Although the treatment involved surgery and massive bouts of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the only thing my parents had to pay for was hospital car parking. As those of you who have had family members with cancer know, the whole family is affected. To have to worry about money for treatment as well as the sick relative would IMHO be quite devastating!

I was contemplating posting something about Mr Carter here, but I decided to post this instead - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6193779/Leading-doctors-defend-the-NHS.html and ask if you feel that the opinion of doctors should hold some weight in this debate? After all, it's doctors, along with nurses and clinicians, who do all the treatments isn't it? 

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General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: September 02, 2009, 01:44:45 PM »
Does anyone else remember a time when private, for profit, hospitals would often turn people away because they had no health insurance? I am told, as folks, that there are Millions of uninsured "Folks" . Where are all these dead body's we're portrayed as stepping over, wringing our greedy little hands as we grind their bones to make our bread? Why is there such urgency?

Perhaps you live in such a nice part of the US that you don't see the angst some people have over funding their healthcare? I'm sure that if you tried hard enough you wouldn't find bodies exactly, but you would find people in very poor health and amputees who can't get funding for their limbs (I've come across a few online and I don't even live there!).

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I don't think anyone should worry about whats going on here spreading about the world. 'Cept OBL.

I'm afraid this comment shows how ignorant you are about how the US influences the rest of the world, Joe.

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General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: August 24, 2009, 02:39:41 PM »
Minerva:

Let's hope that the worst that plagues the US healthcare system can't swim the Atlantic in your direction.

It may be summer here, but the opponents of healthcare care reform are giving us quite a "snow-job", trying desperately to scare everyone away.

As you can see, some of the opponents quoting HB 3200, are actually quoting some fanciful revsions, rather than the true bill.


Thank you, Dick. :)

What with the injustice (i.e. so many Americans not getting the healthcare they need) and all the fuss that other people seem to be creating - it just seems so silly from over here. Propaganda (and, let's face it, it's usually aimed at undermining something) is a very dangerous thing. People need to embrace change and think about how it could benefit so many other people. The frightening thing, as I mentioned before, is that what happens over there will impact over here.

I wish you all the luck in the world!!! 

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General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: August 23, 2009, 01:53:06 PM »
I've been popping in and out, reading this thread - coming from the UK, sometimes it's been easy to read and other times not.

We're in a slightly different situation over here, in that the powers that be seem to be pushing for a US style of healthcare. This frightens people like me as the UK doesn't have an established health insurance system like the US (e.g. insurance companies would not insure an amputee who didn't not already have health cover for their prosthetic care) and so there would be a large proportion of the population who would either have second rate healthcare or no healthcare for established conditions. Here's an official version of the NHS debate ~ http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/Browsable/DH_5204614 (please note that it says that 'GW' was also thinking about healthcare reform before he left office).

My personal remedy for the NHS would be to get rid of some of the (severely over paid IMHO) managers and concentrate funding in clinical areas. However, that is unlikely to happen (as the managers hold the purse strings) and the extra money would only be a stop gap. A good workable solution, I think, would be to adopt the French/German style of healthcare, where much of the healthcare is free if you need it (you need that for people who can not, for whatever reason, get health cover) and you can fund some of it yourself through top up health insurance.

I personally hope that your health care reforms are passed as it seems, from over the water, very unfair that so many Americans (20% isn't it?) do not have the healthcare they need and that insurance companies are profiting (often outrageously) from people's illness. And, unfortunately, what happens over there will impact on what the NHS managers decide to do over here.

I don't know, it always seems to be the people with the money who use their influence to get their own way, doesn't it?  ::)

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General Discussion / Re: Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 29, 2009, 02:01:57 PM »
Again she is OVERREACTING and may be very sensitive and has to grow up. We may have all been through rude statements from ignorant people doesn't mean-we have to sue in this sue happy world.

Now, now, there's no reason to shout.  ::)

Have you realised that you've changed your story in this thread, snowbear? First of all you agreed with her, as you've had similar experiences, and now you disagree.

Just take out the employment tribunal part. Would you like to be treated like that? By your original posting in this thread, I think perhaps not, as you've had a negative experience. You know how people feel when someone targets your disability, don't you? Now how do you feel? Do you think her employers were justified in treating her in a way that their other employees were not?

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General Discussion / Re: Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 29, 2009, 04:44:11 AM »
Thank you, Dick. :)

Is the employee overly sensitive?  Probably.

I've been through this a few times at work and it's not nice. As I said before, if you've grown up with your limb loss then things are a lot different for you as far as prejudice is concerned ... you seem to develop a sixth sense and, unfortunately, you are usually found to be right. Anyway, if you have this day in day out and you're young, as she is, then, even if you're really strong, you'll find this difficult to cope with.

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As I read it, the store management complained about wearing the sweater - it didn't match their dress code.  Question: Did the store actually insist that ALL their employees not wear a sweater?  Would a long-sleeve blouse or some other garment been more acceptable?

One manager gave her the sweater to cover up her prosthesis. Another manager told her she should work in the store room as sweaters weren't in the dress code. No other member of staff was asked to wear a sweater.

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All that said, the question remains, Does a business have the right to ask "up front" employees to have an appearance that does not detract from their business?  Food servers who appear unwashed?  Store clerks with bare midriffs or extreme facial piercings?  What about stores that insist on a particular uniform - and provide them?
I think you're talking about personal preference here, Dick. The girl, as we all know, only has one preference - to wear her prosthesis or not. She hasn't had an option of being an amp or not. I think that puts this in a slightly different league. Anyway, people with disabilities can be beautiful too.  ::)

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Many questions unanswered here.  How much did the employee rty to negotiate with the employer before going the lawsuit route?
There's a standard procedure for this, Dick ~ http://www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk/ If at all possible, they would have gone through the 'nice way' before starting this.

I think you also have to remember that we haven't had legislation to protect us (i.e. people with disabilities) for as long as you. And, probably because we are going through a recession, and because we have had a massive influx of people from Europe settling here (we didn't have much space before they settled here), people are a bit frought. When that happens they start lashing out at 'the weakest link' ... which many perceive to be, amongst others, people with disabilities.

I don't think this is much different to Cerrie (the children's TV presenter who was born without her forearm) ~ http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/latest-news2/media-watch-section-test/nightmares-and-fairytales  After all, both are about people objecting to someone with a disability being out in public.

Btw, even if she is out to win her case, is it any bad thing? as there's an awful lot of discrimination over here. 

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General Discussion / Re: Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 28, 2009, 12:28:31 PM »
Hi Minerva - the company surely knew that she was missing an arm before they hired her. She was probably a lousy salesperson and the company was nice enough to find another position for her. Herb
And, I can't believe you've just said that, Herb!  ???

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General Discussion / Re: Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 28, 2009, 12:27:29 PM »
When I read:
"But she said she was later removed from the shop floor and made to work in the stockroom because the cardigan did not adhere to the strict dress code."
I read it as she didn't want to lose the cardigan to keep the sales job. If that is the case she had the choice of removing the sweater but she didn't because of feeling self conscience. She would have a argument that that said she could wear it then changed their minds. If I wanted the sales job I would have thrown the cardigan on the shelf and gone back to work.

Try reading this version then, Steve ~ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/06/25/fashist-115875-21469597/  Not quite as straight forward is it? She's damned if she did and damned if she didn't, IMHO.  ::)

I personally think she is right to go ahead with this action. Some of you have lost your legs/arms as adults, so you haven't had to struggle as much against disablist attitudes, as your life has been settled, more or less, when your amputation occured. However, when you grow up with your disability, you are more likely to get to know what prejudice really is, as you have to go through more life experiences as a person with a disability. Believe me, you get to realise PDQ that if you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will.

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General Discussion / Re: Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 27, 2009, 04:46:14 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Heel pain
« on: June 09, 2009, 03:51:21 AM »
I can feel it this morning but its very slight. I tend to think its on the way out now. Thanks everyone for the advice! I think I'll check out the inserts. No harm, I have flat feet anyhow and should be wearing them!

Don't blokes ever listen to women?  ???

Steve, if you want to maintain the status quo, just leave well enough alone. Medial arch supports are OK, but things seem to be settling down and you may flare it up again ... and, anyway, you probably need a certain type (there are various types of 'flat feet' & some types don't do well with arch supports). The heel pads are only OK if you're in stage two of plantar fasciitis, and I doubt whether you're in that as it's resolving.

I'd bet that you injured your foot and didn't give it enough time to heal properly before you started walking on it properly again.  ::)  You have to remember that your remaining foot is going to be taking a lot more stresses than one on a biped, so you need to treat it with TLC. :)

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General Discussion / Re: heterotopic ossification anyone?
« on: June 09, 2009, 03:43:34 AM »
If ossification can occur in the wrong place then why not encourage the growth in the right place and grow a new limb?

But, isn't heterotrophic ossification like a type of boney scar tissue?  ??? If it is, it wouldn't be that great for weightbearing, I would imagine.

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General Discussion / Re: Heel pain
« on: June 06, 2009, 01:03:55 PM »
Good Orthotics could well help (but could be costly to see an orthotist or podiatrist).

You could try prescribing yourself some  insoles such as Silicone Heel Cups such as these ---->

Seeing as you say you're a healthcare professional, you should know better than to suggest self-prescribing!  :o Good grief, whatever next! DIY prosthetics?  ::)


LOL, i think orthotists charge too much for their services... i know they gotta make a living and all, but in recent years its all too common for orthotists to sell stock items for largely inflated prices or charging someone a small fortune for an hour of their time... and i don't think thats right!

There are loads of insoles that claim to improve your feet and such, i was just trying to suggest a recognised clinical soloution to plantarfasciitis that might benefit someone suffering from it. 


Acute plantar fasciitis is a fairly easy thing to treat ~ rest, gentle weightbearing exercise, ice, anti-inflammatories and appropriate insoles/orthotics, if necessary.

Chronic plantar fasciitis, on the other hand, is one of the hardest things to effectively treat, because of all the internal scarring of the plantar fascia.

Acute plantar fasciitis can easily become chronic with inappropriate treatment and IMHO orthotic self-treatment is inappropriate as it's rarely satisfactory.

Sadly, poorly managed plantar fasciitis can, in worst case senarios, become sudex atrophy aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Anyway, if you search around, in the UK or Eire, you should be able to find a decent podiatrist who won't charge you the earth for an orthotic. Not sure about orthotists, though - they're an entirely different kettle of fish!  ::) 

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General Discussion / Re: heterotopic ossification anyone?
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:23:54 PM »
BTW, i did ask dr. pollack if more left legs are amputated (above the knee) & he says there was a study few years ago which showed that more left legs are being amputated in the U.S. and in other countries but no one knows why.  more left legs are amputated among Iraqi veteran amputees also. 

isn't that just weird?

I think I mentioned this a while ago?  ??? I think it's probably because of our anatomy and that the left leg is slightly more compromised vascular-wise, so if there's an injury the left leg is more likely to be lost.

I'm sorry to hear about your surgery, though - it's tough going through surgery again. Liked your comment about George W ... hehehe

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General Discussion / Re: Heel pain
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:18:49 PM »
Good Orthotics could well help (but could be costly to see an orthotist or podiatrist).

You could try prescribing yourself some  insoles such as Silicone Heel Cups such as these ---->

Seeing as you say you're a healthcare professional, you should know better than to suggest self-prescribing!  :o Good grief, whatever next! DIY prosthetics?  ::)


I'm glad your foot's feeling better, Steve.  :) Keep using the ice for a few weeks, as you'll still have quite a bit of swelling. And, try using the ice before you go walking on it and just afterwards. The soft drinks bottle of ice is good (when you're wearing a sock) as you can roll your foot backwards and forwards over it - it applies the ice and also stretches it very gently.

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General Discussion / Re: Heel pain
« on: June 01, 2009, 09:14:14 AM »
I only have one foot and I seem to keep doing things to it. This time its the heel. Sharp pain and stiffness. I noticed after a day out with the pick axe digging through compacted small stones to reach a water pipe. Google seems to tell me that its Plantar Fasciitis. I stretch it which seems to help a little but every morning its fairly painful. Is this a amp thing or just getting older?

It could be plantar fasciitis, but you need to get it looked at to make sure, Steve. It's caused by 'over use' - too much stress or rather large body weight to foot size ratio.  ::)

You need to gently stretch the plantar fascia (with theraband or a pair of womens tights) a few times, before you get out of bed. And, you can apply ice - use a soft drinks plastic bottle half to 2/3rds filled with water ... pop it in the freezer and use it during the day, but particularly at night. You could also visit your local podiatrist to see if you need an orthotic.

Anyway, how long has this been going on? Haven't you just injured your foot? Do you think you may have started walking on it too quickly?   :)

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