Monday, August 12, 2013


by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Medi-Baskets(TM): Diagnosis-driven, Individual Care Packages 

are a Novel Method to Prevent Complications and Optimize Quality of Life 

at the Time of a New Diagnosis

When a person is given a new diagnosis, many times there is a lag of time between the day of diagnosis and the time that the patient acquires key ingredients and supplies that are tailored to the diagnosis. For bad arthritis, one may need a grabber to get things off of high shelves. Or, the patient may have a new diagnosis of Heart Disease or Diabetes. It may or may not have taken months or years to get that diagnosis, and that is why we exist. We are here to cater to your individual needs, because every patient is different.

In the former days of medicine, the doctor gives the diagnosis, the patient may or may not receive a Brochure, peruse websites, talks to another doctor, and/or participate in an Educational Clinic or two. These are all great avenues to become educated about a Diagnosis and how important it is to watch the blood glucose levels, but they stop short from bringing practical and useful items into a patient's home and every-day life. These items are chosen for everyday use, to prevent complications or to optimize health and Quality of Life. Either way, we hope you have a little fun with it, and mostly, we hope you use it!

With MediBaskets(TM), we go beyond this continuum. We strive to supply you with key ingredients that are specific for your diagnosis. So, for diabetes, your insurance will pay for your a glucometer to check your blood glucose (sugar) levels, and you take it home with the insulin bottle and syringes. These are  standard items that most people obtain to check their sugar levels. We don't just stop there.

If you are new to a diagnosis of diabetes, perhaps you do not know that a great pair of softening socks may help you keep your feet from cracking. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor; diabetes will cause amputations in people of all societies. Foot cracking can lead to bleeding, infection, and gangrene. With diabetes, foot and leg sores can develop into severe lesions complete with eaten-away skin. In the worst case scenario, foot lesions can lead to gangrene and the need for emergency amputation. That is a medical fact. I've seen it in the Operating Room too many times. Then people suffer from phantom limb pain. And it all started with what you ate. What you put in your mouth. How much of it was green? How much of it came out of a box? Do you have abdominal obesity, putting you at risk of heart disease, chronic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and death? What can you do now, today?

Some prevention or delay of kidney failure may be possible. Even if you don't have high blood pressure, studies from 20 years ago show that if you are simultaneously placed on an anti-hypertensive ACE-inhibitor, you will 'spill' less protein into your urine, protecting the kidneys. You're not supposed to spill any protein into your urine. So let's keep your kidney functioning normally for as long as possible, ok? We need you to visit your grandchildren or your children instead of spending 4 hours/day, 3 days/week going to a dialysis center. You'll have to have an iv port in, but you can buy special clothes that have zippers so you can hook your dialysis catheter up to the machine. But we don't think that was in your head as a real idea of a fashion statement. Your blood pressure goes down during dialysis, and the most common complaint after dialysis is a headache. Do you see how your Quality of Life will change? It's not funny. It's serious. And it's pretty much All in Your Hands.

So we try to think ahead for you. Whether you have a new diagnosis of heart disease, menopause, diabetes, dysautonomia, traumatic brain injury, hypertension, or you have a friend, relative, or co-worker who has a list of diagnoses we now serve, we can send them a MediBasket (from you or a group of co-workers, or a group of friends) to fit their needs. We know what it feels like to be suddenly athletic and then to be suddenly bed-ridden and sick, and we think we can make things better. 
So our President and CEO, Dra. Margaret Aranda vowed to make use of what we do know, and to pass it along to you!

Sample Medi-Basket(TM) for Diabetes. Individually made per patient, the Medi-Basket(TM) comes in four ascending sizes. The goal is for Preventive Medicine to rule, providing the patient with needed supplies for the mind, body, and soul. Perhaps a dash of humor here, and some body-soothing products will ease the physical and mental aspects of a new diagnosis. A physician is available to ask questions, but please realize that the answers are not meant to provide a medical diagnosis, treatment, advice, or cure.
But we think you are sure to feel loved by the person(s) that sent it to you, because our CEO knows what it's like to be a patient, having been bed-ridden from dysautonomia for 6 years. She was getting better until she sustained another head injury, giving her DI. But she pushes ahead on the Medi-Basket (TM) because of you. Because Keeping you in the Community and Out of the Hospital?
That's our goal. 

We are doing our part to Keep You in the Community by sharing information and education with you, your loved ones, friends, and/or co-workers. This is only by your request or the request of a Caring Friend that you know. So, how wonderful is it to know that you are not alone. Others are rooting for you, so you keep up the good fight, and persevere!

How wonderful it is that people are helping people? We think that It's About Time! Of course we want to see you well, and we wish you all the Best in your Recovery. If you get bored, tune in to for some brainteasers and information, or comment, critique, or just be cranky. Don't let anyone tell you not to be yourself. There's nothing wrong with you; it's your injured body that you are living in that's just a little broken right now.

Medical Disclaimer: Remember that your new diagnosis needs to be managed by your doctor, to keep you In the Community and not in the hospital. Nothing is meant as medical advice, treatment, or cure. A doctor has to see you in person for a thorough examination, if needed.

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26500-102 Agoura Road
Suite 656
Calabasas, CA 91302 for Preventive Medicine Gift Baskets for free Resources

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