I'm still happily living the single life with my two kitties - my 'timid' child and my 'adhd' child :) They keep me happy and make me laugh so much. I'm also helping moderate a forum by Coloplast that asks for user input in what they want in an appliance which I feel is a very worthwhile thing for all ostomates, as well as still running my own ostomy site and forum.
I don't think I'll ever get married - I'm much too selfish and used to being on my own. I can do what I want, when I want without having to worry about
I'm loving my job (admin co-ordinator at a hearing clinic) It's sooooo good to see people who have had Cochlear Implants and the like to have them actually hearing again (maybe not 'hearing' in the same sense as most of you and I hear but much more than they've experienced before). Even those who get hearing aids after not hearing for so long say it's so good just to go out into the carpark and actually hear the bitumen crunching under their feet for the first time.
vette guy said...
BTW, it goes against my grain to say "bag" instead of pouch, but....what the heck!
Actually the UOAA would prefer us call them a prosthesis
as a lot of insurance companies in the US tend to treat ostomy supplies as "disposables" and in the same category as tape and gauze and therefore won't cover them. Most other countries won't have to worry about
what they call them though cos they get their supplies for free but if you're in the US, maybe it's time to start calling them a prosthesis?
Quote: Unfortunately, in the future, if you want your insurance company or Medicare to cover the costs of these, you are going to have to be aware that they are listed/noted as "prosthetics' and will be more widely accepted in the DME category as such. When they are listed as 'appliances' or 'pouching sytems' they become something that is know as expendable. Well, I sure know that mine is not expendable. I cannot function on a day to day basis without it. If I did not have it, would I be able to leave my house? NO. Would I be able to do anything but sit in the bathroom leaned over a toilet 24/7 ? NO.
Personally, I need this prosthetic to live a normal life. I need this to replace the anus I used to have, but no longer do. I need this to replace the control that was provided by the sphincter at the end of the anus that is now gone. Therefore, to me, I will call it what it is. It is a prosthetic, and it is also a pouch/bag/appliance.......whatever the needs be . But, when I am dealing with my insurance and such, it will be noted as a prosthetic, and I will do so to continue to attempt to get coverage of these very expensive items.
Ileostomy for 33 years due to UC
Moderator of the Ostomy and Psoriasis Forums
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!
Post Edited (Shaz032) : 7/10/2009 8:55:35 AM (GMT-6)