Insurance Assurance

Health-Insurance-CompaniesMedical insurance. To some, all these two words signify is a cost that results in a bit less salary, or a backup plan in case any of those “what ifs” actually happen. To others, it means a political cause to rally for or against. To a few of us, though, medical insurance can be a godsend or a source of stress and worry. Either way, it’s a necessity. Anyone who suffers from chronic illness can tell you the value of an accommodating insurance company, or the headache of a stingy provider.

Now, though, I find myself in an unfamiliar situation. Beginning this year, my Continue reading “Insurance Assurance” »

The Dangers Of ‘Nerfing’ The World For Our Kids

corner-protectorsAs you wait in the check-out line at the local drug store, a mother takes out a small travel bottle of hand sanitizer. She proceeds to use it not only on her own hands, but on her children’s hands as well. Or, you reach for the peanut butter to make “PB and J” for your child’s school lunch. Suddenly you remember that your child’s school has a “no-peanut” policy. Or maybe even while at the park you see children running around, and out of breath, one of the children approaches the Continue reading “The Dangers Of ‘Nerfing’ The World For Our Kids” »

The Customer Is Always On Hold

on_holdWhat an age we live in. Just fifteen short years ago, who would have ever thought it possible to converse with a cyborg over the telephone? Never in my wildest dreams would I think to pick up my home telephone, dial 1-800-anything and reach a robot with a woman’s voice that talked to me as if she truly wanted to be my friend. Will wonders never cease?

Of course, the reality of the situation is far from the technological utopia we all got sold on. Those ivory tower eggheads continue to fix things that are Continue reading “The Customer Is Always On Hold” »

Disabled In Public

newspaperspyThose of you who read my column on a regular basis know that I am considered disabled. Now, some days you would never be able to tell when watching me walk, but most days you can spot it a mile away. I walk with a unique gait that instantly telegraphs everyone in the area that I’m not physically the same as they are. It becomes even more noticeable when I have to use my cane. Most of the people I meet in my travels respond to me in ways that will make you cringe. For some odd reason they all think that handicapped people don’t notice.

The most common response to my physical disability is what I like to call “obvious ignorance.” Most people who see you Continue reading “Disabled In Public” »

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Arthritis

arthritis2Arthritis, in all of its forms, affects millions of Americans. Chances are, many of you come in contact with the disease in some form every day. Despite this, the lack of knowledge that exists about an illness that affects so many is shocking. Many of my regular readers know I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis myself, so I can speak from experience — the amount of disinformation I come across on a daily basis still surprises me after so many years. Well, I’m here to dispel some of the more common myths.

As you can imagine, being afflicted since the tender age of nine has provided me the opportunity to educate myself about Continue reading “Three Things You Didn’t Know About Arthritis” »

Where Have All The Good Men Gone? Skydiving.

skydivingA week ago, Kay S. Hymowitz had a piece featured in the The Wall Street Journal entitled “Where Have All The Good Men Gone?” The column argues that women in their 20s and early 30s are having trouble finding suitable mates because men of the same age group are living a sort of “extended adolescence,” as she puts it. Now, I usually stick to technology or health related issues, but this time I decided to make an exception. Someone has to speak for the opposition.

Being in the age group in question myself and also being single, I am in a unique position to provide a counterpoint to Continue reading “Where Have All The Good Men Gone? Skydiving.” »

Getting Back On The Horse

falling-off-the-horseThis week will mark the passing of the two-month boundary since the operation to “de-bulk” the bones of my left foot took place. It has been a long crawl since the progression of healing has not been as swift as I would have hoped. Of course, the fact that my body’s ability to repair itself has been compromised comes as no surprise, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to deal with.

As many of you who follow my column know, the bones on my left foot had become overgrown on the top and side of my left foot. This was due mostly to an old Continue reading “Getting Back On The Horse” »