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Hearing Aids and Male External Catheters

Posted by Sam Turner on Dec 18, 2014 12:00:58 PM

hearing-41429_1280What could possibly be a connection?  In 1999, my wife and I received our first set of hearing aids.  It didn’t matter how they looked as long as we could hear.  Then, an interesting thing happened:  We met people that were too embarrassed to be seen with them.  In one professional group, we set up tables close to the speaker with signs: RESERVED FOR HEARING IMPAIRED.  Some people refused to sit there because they didn’t want to be identified as hearing impaired.  They would sit in the back of the room and complain about the poor volume.

In 2007, I had a radical prostatectomy that left me incontinent.  My surgeon said I would probably need a diaper. What an understatement!   I bought male diaper/briefs and began four years of panic and embarrassment. I tried male guards with some degree of success.  But I had to carry a briefcase full of absorbents. The only problem was they weren’t all that absorbent and had a tendency to leak.

By 2010, I began exploring condom catheters.  I was never able to keep one on for a full day.  I even had a penile prosthesis which should have made attachment easier.  While in a hospital for gallbladder surgery, a nurse demonstrated a condom catheter that he said would not come off.  He placed it on in the morning and by the afternoon, it had slipped off.

I resigned myself to a briefcase full of absorbent guards and a loss of dignity because of the dripping or the odor from residue in pads. If I was aware of  the odor, I knew the person next to me would be, also.  Just like persons who stopped attending meetings because of lack of hearing, I reduced my activities because of un-dependable absorbents.  Attending movies were out of the question because I would have to leave several times during the program. (Thank goodness for Netflix.)  My incontinence determined my activities. What I needed was something that worked!

Men’s Liberty is the solution!  Wendy La Torre’s video blogs introduced me to “the learning curve.”  When all else fails, Sam, read the directions. Those first few weeks, I wasn’t applying the units correctly. Finally, I reviewed the video demonstration a few times and figured out just where to place the two additional tapes. With Tony’s help, Wendy’s videos, Sarah and Karen’s advice and my wife’s assistance, I’m moving up the curve. Today, I can regularly wear a Liberty for 48 hours and I’m getting back to the active person I want to be.

My wife and I go to the gym together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to keep up our fitness regimens which include balance, stretching and pelvic floor exercises. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, we go for walks in the park or at the mall.

But why am I telling you all this? It’s simple – I believe in sharing what I learn with people it can help. So you’ll be seeing me here once a month – sharing stories, advice and my experiences

So if you have a question, a concern or a suggestion, let me know in the comments section

Thanks and happy holidays. I look forward to seeing you back here next year!

Topics: incontinence, bladder control, tips from Men's Liberty users, Patient Stories

Wendy LaTorre on Boomer Times WSBR 740AM with Anita Finlay! (Audio)

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Dec 11, 2014 12:30:00 PM

A few weeks ago, Wendy went live on the Boomer Times radio show to have a discussion with Anita Finlay about incontinence and the benefits of Men's Liberty. Take a few minutes to check out the audio of the interview below. Feel free to drop us a question or comment in the comments section. Have a great day!

 

Topics: incontinence

Caregivers You Are Not Alone (Video)

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Dec 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Happy Monday! Last month was National Family Caregivers Month, but that doesnt mean we can forget about all the great work our caregivers do until next November rolls around! Here is a new video blog to get your week started right. Check it out and be sure to leave your comments below.

Topics: Caregiving

Wee Answer Wednesday - Questions from Our Clients

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Dec 3, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Welcome back to another Wee Answer Wednesday. This week Wendy is going to answer some of the most recent questions we received from our patients. Check out the video below and don't forget to leave your questions in the comment section!

Topics: Video Blogs, Wee Answer Wednesdays

Writers Block

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Dec 2, 2014 1:00:00 PM

As I sat staring at my computer screen with a blank look on my face and an even more blank idea of what to write this month a message popped up on my Facebook page...

Every once and a while I get an email or a Facebook message from a reader who I have never met.spinal_cord_injury-computer Sometimes it's a family member of someone with a spinal cord injury. Sometimes a friend... usually it's a fellow SCI brother or sister slugging it out day after day who is writing to ask a question or say thank you for the encouragement or just to say hello. Each story is unique, but strangely similar. If it's a woman usually an automotive disaster of some kind. If it's a man generally diving or some other reckless stunt involving a bike or skis. I never cease to be deeply touched by the subtle under-current of pain and frustration that is glossed over by a bit of dark humor and an intense hope that science will make a breakthrough sooner rather than later. It often feels like looking in the mirror as I try to encourage and support as much as I can. It always leaves me thinking and pondering afterwards.

One of the goals of this blog has been to educate and communicate to those living a normal life just how much of a life-altering and potentially life-threatening situation living with a spinal cord injury is. After all, we look fine. We're just like everybody else, only sitting, right? We want to walk. We're not your hero or your inspiration. When people tell me my story inspires them I want to ask "What part and why?" I'm not brave. I'm not strong. I'm human like everyone else and I want to do more than just survive. I want to change the world. I want to walk.

So last night while I sat trying to figure out what I wanted to say a message from one of my readers came down through cyberspace. Within a few minutes I was on the phone with "Mary", a dear woman in her fifties who while traveling in a foreign country was seriously injured in a car accident. She, like the others, is waiting, hoping, trying to stay positive and make the most of the situation. She cannot continue physical therapy because insurance cut the funding. This is not unusual. The cold New York weather soaks into her bones causing aching and loss of sleep. Yet she smiles. She has got herself back to work part-time. She gets up each day and spends time with her three daughters and their friends. "They're so good for me..." she says with a slight waiver of emotion in her voice. She is fighting and knows I know she need not state the obvious. So instead we make a joke about the absurdity of it all and share a laugh. We are waiting. Waiting, watching and hoping.

This holiday season be thankful. Be thankful, but be mindful. Be mindful of the Marys of the world you may know. Be mindful that groups like The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the University of Louisville, Neuro Recovery Technologies and many more need your help. The sooner they raise the money they need, the sooner breakthrough products like the Epidural Stimulator can be mounted on every damaged spine around the world.

Now THAT is something to get inspired about. God bless you Mary.

Thanks for reading.

Topics: Interesting Articles

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Nov 27, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Happy-Thanksgiving

Welcome back and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! This past year we have made a lot of progress and we have a lot to be thankful for. So we figured we would share with all of you what we are thankful for this year.

  • Our employees

At BioDerm we have an amazing, dedicated staff that that shows up every day to help our patients, manufacturer our products, and keep all the wheels rolling. We would not be where we are today without their help and dedication.

  • Our clients

Our clientss mean everything to us. We are thankful that every day we get to help men all over the world conquer their incontinence and get their freedom back. Not only does this have a positive impact on the life of the client, but it also has a positive impact on their family and caregiver(s).

  • Our growth

Every year we grow and this year is no different. We are working on expanding our distribution in multiple countries across the globe. This will allow us to bring our life changing products to more people than ever before.

We would also like to take a second and give thanks to all our veterans and those who serve in the armed forces. It is because of their sacrifice that we are able to remain free.


So what are you thankful for? Let us know in the comment section below...and don’t eat too much turkey!

Topics: holidays

Understanding Your Health Insurance

Posted by Andrew Mimault on Nov 20, 2014 3:00:00 PM

#1 Rule for Health Insurance Open Enrollment: Understand Your Coverage

We’re in the thick of open enrollment, the time of year to focus on renewing or selecting new healthcare (and prescription) insurance, plus making the most of our current insurance benefits. In both cases, the first rule is to understand exactly what your insurance covers.

Maximize your current coverage now

If you’ve met your deductible, the remainder of 2014 is an ideal time for elective procedures, surgeries, appointments, etc. that your current insurance covers. That is why this time of year is exceptionally busy period for healthcare providers. Also, don’t forget that your “well visit” is fully covered by Medicare (with no out-of-pocket expenses) and most other insurance, so make sure to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity by calling your healthcare provider immediately.

Insurance selection tips

While it’s always nice to get a head start in October to compare your current coverage with other options, there’s still time to do some research. Insurance is somewhat of a gamble for you and your insurance provider. You’re paying a set amount up front, trying to “hedge your bets” that your plan that will provide all the coverage you need; but the insurance company is betting that you will need less coverage than you’re paying for.

It’s especially important to understand what Medicare does and does not cover. If you need certain services that aren’t 100% covered under Medicare Part A or Part B, you’ll most likely have to pay for part of them yourself unless you are enrolled in a:

  • Medi-gap (secondary) plan
  • Medicare Advantage plan
  • Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan

Keep in mind that:

  • Even if Medicare Part A or Part B covers a service or item, you generally have to pay deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. In general Medicare covers 80% of the expense of a covered service – so you still have to pay the other 20% which can really add up!
  • Since Medicare Advantage plans do not necessarily provide coverage equal to Medicare, they may not be right for you if you require a surgery or procedure or have a condition (diabetes, urinary incontinence, etc.) that requires ongoing therapy, treatment with a prescription or supplies.medicare-logo-2 Before choosing any Advantage plan be sure to read all the exclusions in your contract. Don’t be blinded by advertisements offering $0 co-pays. If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is!

Coverage for urinary incontinence supplies

Medicare Part B covers services or supplies for diagnosing or treating medical conditions. The one-a-day gold standard in treating male urinary incontinence, Men’s Liberty external collection device, is covered. http://blog.mensliberty.com/get-Mens-Liberty

Absorbents (pads and adult diapers) are not covered by Medicare or most private insurances. Condom catheters are covered, but regular use can lead to infection and skin breakdown, often entailing additional medical treatment and hospitalization and greater cost to patients.

Take Action Now During Open Enrollment – and follow these simple guidelines to get the most out of your insurance coverage!

Topics: Interesting Articles

Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Nov 17, 2014 4:04:25 PM

This month in honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we have been proud to partner with Today's Caregiver! So check out our new Cost of Caregiving for Incontinence Infographic and click here to listen to their audio interview with Men's Liberty Chief Strategy Officer, Wendy LaTorre.

 

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Topics: Caregiving

How to Pack for a Visit to the Hospital (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Nov 3, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In this week's video blog Wendy goes over some helpful tips on how to prepare for a hospital stay. So get a pen and piece of paper, take some helpful notes, and leave any other suggestions we may have missed in the comments section below. As always thanks for watching, see you next week!

Topics: Video Blogs

Infection Prevention Week 2014: Antibiotic Infographic

Posted by Mens Liberty on Oct 23, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Hello and welcome back to another blog. This week we are in observance of Infection Prevention Week and we have an interested infographic to share with all of you; courtesy of the Association for Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Topics: Infographics

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