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  •  She needs to see a good doctor immediately... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the cost will be much greater the longer she waits. It is not worth risking her health. She could pay out of pocket, but I doubt that she will be denied health coverage even if she has some kind of condition. Just stressing about needing medical care diminishes her health.

    If she is dropped, notify Michael Moore and publicize the hell of it. If you mother has a local business, she can get the word out as to which insurance company NOT to use.

    California has some plan authorized by the state whereby insurance companies charge people a thousand a month or so for a policy (and co-payments are required as well)...these are people they don't want to cover.

    Meanwhile, too bad we aren't all paid what insurance executives make!

    •  Also, check blood pressure at a pharmacy (0+ / 0-)

      ...or buy a home blood pressure monitor ($20 or so) to check if your mother's blood pressure (and others in the household) is normal as well as having her see a doctor for a complete physical.  My blood pressure shoots up when I go to the doctor, mainly because I know that I'm going to get a zillion bills for each little part of the blood test plus handling charges from the university-owned clinic to the university-owned blood lab, etc., etc. ... for a routine physical in which nothing is detected, the bills from the clinic and insurance company come in over a period of months. I bought a blood pressure monitor to see if I really did have high blood pressure (I don't at home).

      From the American Heart Association (and if these figures are correct, having a blood pressure monitor at home isn't wasted):

      According to recent estimates, nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms, nearly one-third of these people don't know they have it. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called the "silent killer." The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.

      Also, meditating  ten- to-twenty minutes a day can lower stress and  blood pressure and has lots of other benefits. Meditating can be as easy as sitting upright in a comfortable chair without interruption, closing one's eyes, breathing in deeply (paying attention to breath) and then exhaling while thinking/saying the word "one" during the entire exhalation. Let other thoughts just drift away and turn back to paying attention to the breath. Have a clock nearby to check the time (don't go over 20 minutes) and then come out of the meditation gently.

      Walking/exercising thirty minutes a day, eating fresh fruits and vegetables  are great stress reducers and contribute to good health. Adele Davis ("You are what you eat") used to say that everything we eat either wears our body down or builds it up. Eating sugar, salt, white flour are in the former category and should be a minimal part of a healthy diet. Other basic nutrition: Eating whole foods is best, use meat as a condiment, dairy products should be low-fat.

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