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Jul. 22nd, 2011

oh snap

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I am so pissed off right now.

For the past week or so Rey and I have been screening calls that at first asked to speak to 'the diabetic in the house', which ticked me off to start with because, hi, I'm a person, not a disease demographic. Later they seem to have changed their script, or perhaps it was a slip up the first time, because today I answered one myself that asked to speak to 'the person in the household with diabetes'. Because I am that, and because I had nothing better to do, I answered 'that would be me'.

The caller proceeded to tell me they were part of the USA Health Initiative and wanted to make sure I had the supplies and whatnot I needed. If I hadn't already been wary, that would have done it, although I can see why someone ill-informed might assume Obamacare could work that way ("Hello, this is the US government, just checking to see if you need any medical care today?"). Anyway, long story short is it took about two more questions for them to find out I had no insurance/Medicare/Medicaid and was paying out of pocket and visiting free clinics for care, which resulted in a "Oh, thank you for your time." And a prompt hang-up.

I am irritated on many levels. Is this a thing now, people? Is marketing based on chronic illness becoming a thing? Do I need to watch not only for fake charities that want my money but also fake healthcare organizations that want my insurance information/personal data? It's obvious this was targeting the insured, because yeah, insurance companies are where the money's at, but how long will that last?

I'm tempted, if they ever call again, to ask more questions, because they did ask if I had Medicare first of all. If they're calling people (elderly people!) up to offer 'help' which they can then charge on Medicare, that's fucking fraud. The idea of these people calling men and women like the guy I've been caregiving for and talking them into ordering medical supplies they don't need and racking up charges on Medicare when there have been these huge talks about budget cuts including cuts that would alter the balance between what the government pays for Medicare services and what the individual pays---argh. I want to find them and offer to take their blood glucose readings for them WITH A MEAT CLEAVER.

All that having been said, I'm at least relatively convinced this was a cold call, rather than a call from some asshole telemarketing firm that has my actual demographic data. That kind of data share would be so very very illegal, but with diabetes on the rise, you can't throw a stone without hitting someone who has one form or another. I'm not sure whether I like the idea of randomly targeted medical marketing--actually, scratch that, I'm positive I hate it--but I like less the idea that signing up for patient assistance programs has sent my name and data into the grasping, greedy little hands of these asshats.

ETA: Okay, scratch part of that last paragraph. According to this BBB article, it's not hard to find leads for specific people with diabetes in all 50 states. I guess I should have less faith in the system, but on the other hand, I am willingly outing my health status in a livejournal entry, so maybe I should expect this kind of thing.

Jul. 4th, 2011


Writer's Block: Let freedom ring

How do you celebrate Independence Day in your country?

Lulz. Countries other than the USA do have Independence Day (not necessarily on July 4, of course), but the way this is phrased is just adorably naive. It reminds me of a story my mother tells about her college years. Some lady from a local church was calling around the student body for stories about how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world. She got a little confused. She called a friend of my mom's, a female student from Iran, and asked her how they celebrated Christmas there.

"Uh...we don't?" was the gist of her response.
"How terrible! Don't you think Jesus would be unhappy with that?" the church caller asked.

I'm not entirely sure how the conversation went from there. I feel sorry for the caller if she ever learned how heavily Christmas traditions are based on pre-Christian pagan celebrations.

Jun. 20th, 2011


Writer's Block: See you on the other side

If you could find out what happens after you die, would you want to know?

Sometimes I like to judge these writer's block questions on the potential to troll them. This one gets a 10/10. I bet a lot of people will just respond 'I already know!'

"I already know: GOD JUDGES YOU!"

"I already know: YOU ROT IN THE GROUND!"

See? Equal opportunity for theists and atheists alike! And more!



"I already know: YOUR MOM."

So I guess my answer is I already know. But I'm not telling.

Mar. 18th, 2011


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Sent this note to Papa John's this morning. I'm more amused than annoyed, but I think it bears commenting:

I placed an order with your company last night. It arrived on time and was delicious, as usual, but my concern is a flyer glued to the pizza box top. It advertised the upcoming Tax Day Rally by the Richmond Tea Party, at which, apparently, the local franchise(s) of Papa Johns will be selling pizza.

I'm assuming here that Papa Johns does not attempt to advertise every venue at which they are invited to sell pizza; other wise I'd see a lot more invites to high school sports games and possibly high school cafeterias. So, I can only view this as an attempt to push this particular event, which is not exactly your average family block party.

Political views are personal, and reasonable peoples' may differ. I question the wisdom of advertising one as a pizza business, even if the franchise owner is deeply committed to its cause, because it has the potential to result in one of two outcomes: 1) People of opposing political views will stop buying or 2) People of opposing political views will demand equal time. If Papa Johns is unwilling to sell pizza at and advertise a gay rights rally at the Richmond capital, it may wish to refrain from pushing the Tea Party's events.

Fortunately, both liberals and conservatives love good pizza!

I think it's pretty civil, but we'll see how it all turns out. Honestly, with our finances the way they are right now, we probably shouldn't have been ordering pizza delivery anyway. :P

Jul. 13th, 2010


ROFL, Awesome!

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Jan. 19th, 2010


Because I live with the person who tagged me...

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Jan. 2nd, 2010


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Or Just Today...

Sep. 18th, 2009



I do not like my teachers this semester.

The teacher for my Medical Terminology class seems like a perfectly lovely person, but all she does is read powerpoint slides right out of the book. This is incredibly boring. Now, it doesn't matter to me if she can teach well on this subject, because it's just memorization and I know some of it anyway. So I'm going to ace that class, no problem. But still. Sitting through two hours of it every Monday night is not my idea of a swell time.

Of course, last time we did play a brief game for Halloween candy. It made me feel like I was in the sixth grade again. I'm not sure this was a prime example of a teaching technique for college students, either. Ah, well. She's a sweet lady.

By contrast, I'm starting to think my other teacher is a sadist. This one teaches an internet course on Health Information Management, and she keeps asking us for detailed business writing in regards to subjects we haven't...quite...covered. So we're all scurrying over to Google and the AHIMA website, which returns approximately 1117 relevant results for everything you type in, and desperately picking out little bits of information to include in our assignments. Our book is over 700 pages and so dense light does not escape from it. I'm sure there is good information in it, but it is badly written. Sometimes punctuation is missing. Sometimes things are misspelled or there are obvious grammar mistakes.

I just spent an hour looking up business rules for EHR disclosure, when all the teacher had to tell me to do was read page 187 of my book. I'm just annoyed.

Sep. 7th, 2009


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Wow, so I'm reading other peoples' journals and they're doing all this stuff. I want to go places and do things.

Actually, that's not true. We went to church yesterday and the botanical gardens on Saturday, so I have no right to complain. And I have been busy with school. The medical terminology class is so easy it's boring. All we do is go through Power Point presentations taken right out of the book. Then I go home and memorize stuff. There's almost no theory. By contrast, the Health Information Management class is so boring and dense it's incredibly difficult, and it's ALL theory. We just learned how hospitals function, and now we're working on the financing of health care.

Most of my spare time is taken up with writing. I've finished The Mirror and a second story, a children's story based off the Courtney Crumrin Water Thing fanfic I wrote a while back. I'm writing about 1000 words a day, give or take, and trying to read, as well.

I bought a book called 'Thanks, But This Isn't For Us' but Jessica Page Morrell. It's a writing guide, and it's very useful and readable. I intend to use it to revise my stories from now on. It's more for novels than short stories, but the stylistic advice rings true. I also checked out a couple children's books from the library. One is called 'The Mer-Child' and is an incredibly sweet faery tale I read once when I was in high school. The other is called 'Blackbriar' and the jury's still out on it. I'm about 6 chapters in. It's very atmospheric, not terribly action-packed. I didn't like the characters at first, but the protagonist is growing on me.

Meanwhile, Froggy has found a tissue and is shredding it all over the floor. Yes, she's doing just fine.

Aug. 16th, 2009

oh snap

The Mirror (Short Story)

Right, so, this has gone through three revisions and I'm at an unnerving point in its development where the grammar is mostly fixed and it's time to question big things like characterization and plot. It would especially help me if anyone who's willing to read could tell me whether the pacing is all right, whether Dena's characterization is sufficient, and whether I should add more interaction with her family. I'm also concerned about the ending. Any comments or critiques are welcome, and anyone who even takes the time to read this story, which is 3,384 words long, is a wonderful person as far as I'm concerned.

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