Recent content by dldugan

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    Nursing home coverage

    What will Medicare do for nursing home?
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    I would like to introduce myself

    Lisa, Sorry to have to welcome you here, but this is a good place for you to be. Unfortunately at some time you will fall. ALWAYS keep your cell phone charged and with you.
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    PALS chat thread ( PALS only please)

    Yes, but her and her husband work. I have a son that is retired in Dallas and I am thinking about asking him to come and stay with us awhile.
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    PALS chat thread ( PALS only please)

    Left arm nearly useless and right arm nearing that point. We moved to my daughter’s in Illinois and sold our Indiana house in 2 days. At first we thought we would purchase an accessible house near my daughter, but my progression is fast-I was diagnosed in September last year. Can no longer...
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    ER for bowel movement?

    Have a lift coming on Thursday. Now to find out who can train us.
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    ER for bowel movement?

    After 2 days of trying finally got a doctor to say we should try Milk of Magnesia. 5 hours later this resolved the issue.
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    ER for bowel movement?

    Karen, I am hoping Pallative Care will be able to assist in planning. Just started on Home Healthcare and hope they can assist. I am going the route you suggested, but getting assistance is not always a fast process. I was diagnosed in September and can no longer stand or use left arm and...
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    ER for bowel movement?

    My CAL is too small to lift me. Guess two people may be able to hold me up long enough to get a bedpan under me. I have no way to get from the wheelchair to the bed and back again. I can no longer stand and arms are becoming useless.
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    ER for bowel movement?

    I can no longer stand and got a hospital bed a week ago. Don’t have the hoyer lift yet. It has been several days since I have had a bowel movement. Have asked for palliative care and should be approved. In power wheelchair 24/7. Suggestions please.
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    Worth a follow up?

    Doesn’t seem to be ALS, but if you are concerned make an appointment with a good neuromuscular specialist. There are at least 3 great clinics in Chicago. I went to Rush.
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    Palliative Care

    Does pallative Care, like hospice, disqualify one from Medicare paying for certain items like a power wheelchair?
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    Loose Stool MiraLAX overreaction?

    Thanks for the responses. Loose stools present a problem as cleanup is an issue. Cannot get to a commode without a strong persons help and cleanup is difficult for my Cals. Will see what happens today. Next time I change I will try a depends and see if that helps expedite cleanup. Should I...
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    Loose Stool MiraLAX overreaction?

    Have been taking MiraLAX but stool is now too loose and troublesome. Would there be an issue taking 1/2 dose of an anti diarrhea pill?
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    Navigating in a Power Wheelchair

    I am assuming that brakes engage when you stop motion. Is that correct?
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    Cold Hands

    Doesn’t seem to be in chest yet.