Thursday, July 23, 2020

The health update

The Chronic Disease Management Plan

As you know I have a few health challenges. Nothing too major or earth shattering.  Nothing life threatening.  Just a bit of chronic pain that brings with it exhaustion and a cloudy film over my rose coloured glasses.

For me, Fibromyalgia gets worse in winter as the cold sets into the bones and the ability to remain active is hampered by the cold and pain.

With Covid keeping us unable to travel to exotic and warmer places I'm doing my best to see past the present and look towards the summer heat that is just around the corner.

This year the fibromyalgia is at its worst yet. Facing some additional stress in uncharted waters and my body is locked. Fully locked.

I've been wandering along to the physio, getting a few massages, participating in on-line yoga, going for daily walks and yet my neck, shoulders and back have locked into a "fight" position that is creating all sorts of interesting flow on effects. 

Anywho, Fibromyalgia is part of my life and one just has to get on with it.  Although the financial side of things has come as a bit of a surprise.

After spending $600 this month on physio and fibromyalgia therapy my GP alerted me to a short term financial reprieve offered by the Australian Government for people who have ongoing health issues requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Welcome to the Australian Government's Chronic Disease Management Plan.

I wasn't aware of this plan before and while it's only a short term option, it will give me some financial relief for the next couple of weeks.  It's also given me the kick up the bum I've needed to focus on my wellness.  Instead of "just putting up with it" I've taken the time to stop, take stock and adjust my approach within a formal care program.

Anyway, I figured if I wasn't aware of the Chronic Disease Management Plan, then perhaps others may not have been aware either which is why I thought I'd give it a shout out this week.

You know I hate to give my Fibro any energy, but if it means helping someone else in a similar situation, then I might as well give it some airspace.

Do you know someone who could benefit from Australia's Chronic Disease Management plan?

What other financial assistance are you aware of that might help people with chronic health problems?

Got any pain management tips and tricks you'd like to share? 

Despite the pain, stress and cold, there's always something to love about life.  I'm lovin' that I've taken this week to focus on my wellness.

What are you lovin' about life this week?

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  1. I am glad that you found some new stuff about your illness. You never know who it might help. I mostly deal with being almost 70, and that comes with an interesting set of problems!
    You asked about my moon photo--my camera has an 83x zoom that gets me some great photos!

    As for lovin' life, I'm loving my flowers in winter!!

    1. 50 comes with an interesting set of problems so I can only imagine what 70 comes with! You camea definitely gets great pics. The moon was incredible.

  2. I had no idea there was such a thing - but am glad for your sake that there is. Mostly though I'm glad you're focusing on your health...x

  3. I'm really sorry to hear - this year has really taken such a toll in so many unexpected ways. But what a great post. Will share on SM as people are doing it so tough - they need all the help they can get.

  4. I hadn't heard of this either and must look into it. I've started dealing with cardiovascular stuff and it's not cheap. I'm glad you're able to get some support!!!

  5. I'm glad you're focusing on your wellness and get some financial support.

  6. Hi Leanne - sorry you've been battling this - and yes, the cold always makes it worse doesn't it? Glad you've found some options that help and a little financial pain relief too. Roll on Summer!

  7. It's awful to have to suffer with pain. So glad you found out about this Plan. I'd never heard of it so I'm pleased to know about it now - thank you! Hope you're feeling better soon. xo

  8. CDMP have been around for a while, but under different names. With my current injury my GP wrote me one to help access physio when I had to go to a site that was more expensive under my PHI. It gives you a tiny buffer!

    1. Yeah, not a huge financial relief, but better than none. As you a say "a tiny buffer". It will hopefully save me around $500 all up.

  9. I am so sorry to hear this. I am glad that you found out about this plan. Sending you positive thoughts and prayers for your pain to ease.

    1. Thanks. In the meantime I will remain jealous of your summer and enjoy your blue sky and very warm looking photos


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