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General Discussion / Re: HELP !!!!!!!!!!
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:06:31 PM »
Hello Paul. None of the following is a criticism as I understand your frustration. Nor am I saying the system is right, I'm just trying to help you understand the system.
As frustrating as it is, it is up to you to get your doctor to complete the claim forms correctly. Some docs are good at this, some are lousy.

 As I said, getting all of the forms filled out can be really frustrating. The forms would be difficult if we were well, when we are sick it's seems almost impossible.  Something as simple as the doc not filling out his qualifications will disqualify you. (they usually have a stamp for this)

 Whenever I have to send in forms to any company I try and get my doc to let me review them first and when possible to make a copy of them. That way I can try and catch any mistakes and I also know what the insurance company is talking about when they ask for more info or claim the info is wrong.

 When they said they would contact the doctor directly, they were trying to be helpful, they could have just said no as it is yours and the doctors job to get the forms filled out correctly, not their job..  That is standard throughout the industry(once again, I'm not saying that this is a good system, just how things are). It is part of every doctor's job to fill out insurance forms. If a doctor refuses to fill out a form correctly for no good reason they can be reported to the college of phys and Surgeons. I would only do that as a last resort.

 I don't know if you have seen a GWL report, but here is a link to one.   They have a variety of forms there for different illnesses and some information for both you and the doc.

 In it you will see a statement that goes something like" please provide copies of all relevant clinical notes etc etc.

 Once again you shouldn't get caught in the middle, but your doc should also know better than to say, "my notes are my notes"

 Good Luck with your claim. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Away
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:21:03 PM »
Thx. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: SOUTH LAKE WALK IN A WASTE OF TIME !
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:20:21 PM »
Hello Paul. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience and I agree that some medical people are in it for the money. However do not give up, there are many in the field who are dedicated and helpful.

 When I was really ill, I found that I had to sometimes control my temper and try and find out the best way to get the best possible services. That's not a criticism of anyone, as I too was very frustrated at the time and lost my temper more than once with the system. I still get frustrated sometimes.

 Same with programs. Often the programs I took were an 80% waste of my time, but I did learn something that helped in the other 20%. That may not be fair or right, but that's the way it is. Of course I've taken other programs and gotten a lot out of them.

 I hate paying for paring too. However the few times I have visited someone at Southlake I never paid anything as I have always found parking on a nearby side st.

 For anyone having to go to Southlake go to their website and look up parking they provide full rates and a list of nearby private lots that are cheaper than at the hospital.  There is one about 2 blocks from the hospital that is 3 bucks a day and another one is 5 bucks per day.  Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:42:21 AM »
Good Luck. I hate changing meds, but sometimes it's necessary. Take Care. paul m

Hello JennyRN70.  Through some miracle  my relationship has lasted, but it has been tough at times and I know that a mental illness is tough on a lot of relationships.

 I can appreciate just how much money problems causes problems, without all the other problems factored in.

 I don't have any really good advice, but have you tried applying for Canada Pension Disability(CPPD)? It is not income or asset related the way ODSP is. In fact you can be a millionaire and still qualify for CPPD.

 If you want to know more about CPPD, just ask. Take Care. paul m


General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:23:02 AM »
Hello Everybody. Spam is always a major pain in the butt for any forum. If we make it too hard to register, then nobody signs up. If we make it too easy, then you get tons of spam. I know that Daniel and company(MDAO) are working on coming up with a happy balance.

 I remove spam as fast as I see it and ban the user and I'm in the process of clearing out some of what appear to be spammers who have signed up, but who haven't posted anything yet.  However it is a slow process because we never want to block anyone who may be in need of help, but who decided to use a name that looks a bit odd. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Schedules
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:59:39 AM »
Hello Dragonfly. I agree with your points on camping and I don't know why I can't relax like that when I'm at home either. One thing that is starting to annoy me are the people who insist on leaving their campsites lite up with bright lights all night. There seems to be more and more people doing that. As a night owl I enjoy the darkness and the stars. The raccoons really don't seem to mind the lights. Lights on or off the little bandits will steal you blind if you leave something outside LOL

 In regards to de-cluttering your house. When you get done yours will you come and do mine. My wife and I say " ok let's get rid of this junk"  and we do a great deal of moving it about and sorting, but nothing ever seems to actually leave the house LOL.  Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Away
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:48:12 AM »
Hello Dragonfly and Peace, thx for the best wishes. It was a vacation and we did go camping, but it was close enough so that we could see our brand new and very first Grandchild.  We had three great visits and got to babysit one night while the new Mom and Dad rushed out and had a quick dinner together, before they rushed back. (not that we did the rushing, but new Mom's are so protective of their week old kid LOL) Take Care.paul m


General Discussion / Away
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:32:12 PM »
Hello Everybody. I will be away on Vacation for the next wk. If anyone has any problems you can contact Daniel F on this website or Eric J at the MDAO.

 I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable week. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:14:11 PM »
Hello eScotty and welcome. Mindful meditation doesn't work for me. That doesn't mean that it is bad, just that it isn't meant for everyone.  I know some people who have good luck with it. The MM courses that combine cbt with the course I get a lot more out of it.

 There are a lot if courses in T.O., but not too many free ones. Just google Mindful meditation Toronto. is one example, another is which claims to have a sliding scale of fees depending on ability to pay.  provides a list of courses available in Toronto. provides a list of free meditation courses  in T.O, but they tend to be hr long intro courses.

 As Peter has said, the MDAO sometimes offers a free course.   I would sign up for their news letter.

 Varius hospitals may offer free courses, but you would have to google each one. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Schedules
« on: September 10, 2014, 03:52:42 PM »
Hello Dragonfly. I have to keep to a schedule too. Mine isn't rigid, but it isn't too inflexible either. By that I mean I have to insure that I get 7 hrs a night sleep, although, one night be 5 and the next 9. I try to eat my meals at regular times, but when traveling or visiting I have trouble keeping that schedule, so I try to keep to more of a schedule when at home.

 I have trouble relaxing around certain family members, so I try and schedule myself breaks when I am around them. Example, if I know that a certain sibling is going to be there I know in advance that every hr or so I'm either going to be in the bathroom for 5 minutes or taking a 15 minute walk.

 As far as meals go, I have diabetes too, I find that what time I eat isn't as important as eating regular spaced meals and proper meals. I usually eat breakfast around 7.30 am, but nearly every Friday I sleep in. So I try to eat my Thursday snack a bit later and adjust my Friday meals a by 30-60 minutes later.

 There are always days when everything gets screwed around and on those days, I sometimes just have to take time to rest and recover on the following day.

 In regards to being on the computer too much, I can be guilty of that. Sometimes it takes a lot of will power to just shut it off.  In regards to "everything has to been done yesterday" I certainly have days like that. I try to remind myself that if I have to work extra hard for several days than I will try and take a day off to relax later in the week.

 In regards to my mind racing. I try to use alternative methods to slow it down.  Read a book I don't really like, do some exercise(cut the lawn etc) and I try to remember to change subjects slowly. Sounds weird I know, but when my mind is really racing I tend to hop from one subject to another very quickly. So I try to concentrate on one subject, sometimes it helps my brain slow down. Take Care. paul m

Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:37:50 AM »
Hello Peter. Your wrap manual should have plenty of tips. If you can find a place offering it for free, I know people that have taken wrap twice.  Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Donations to charities
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:32:45 AM »
Hello Dragonfly. For knitters and crocheters there are a lot of worth while causes. I know most shelters accept scarves, mitts etc. Some shelters accept afghans, blankets etc. Some hospitals accept baby blankets etc.  Each shelter and hospital has it's own rules as to what they will accept, so you would have to check the ones in your area.

 Project Linus provides new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-17.  Their website shows that there is a group near you   just scroll down the page a bit. The website also explains what they are looking for.

 Another website has a variety of ideas

 Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Donations to charities
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:00:22 PM »
Hello Dragonfly. I agree that donating to the charities that you like best is the way to go.

If you are looking for a way to help the woman and her kids, gift cards given anonymously are sometimes a good idea. I do this occasionally. There is no tax receipt, but the good feeling of helping someone is still there.

 Just don't send them by mail, that's the same as sending cash in the mail. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Lamictal and Abilify for Bipolar 2?
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:13:23 AM »
Hello Jen, I know of some people who have had good luck with this, but for me taking lamictal was like eating smarties. No benefit, just a little weight gain LOL. Good Luck and Take Care. paul m

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