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Great collection of unplugged activities that teach computer science concepts.
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scary...i think if we also have common ambiguous names, that helps. We should all change our names to Jane and John Smith. The disambiguation process would help delay identity theft. 
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God bless whoever thought of that box; I can't wait to buy one for someone I don't like. 
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So earlier this year, my mom was diagnosed with cancer.

My mother had been experiencing pain in her chest for a few months, but didn't go to see a doctor because although she didn't have health insurance. She had worked her entire life, never taking anything from the system, but unfortunately had fallen on hard times during the economic collapse and was unable to find work which would provide her with an insurance plan.

Eventually the pain was so bad my sister convinced her to go to the emergency room, where they would have to see her regardless of her ability to pay. They did some X-Rays and discovered some spots in her chest that would eventually be determined to be lung cancer. Once they decided she wasn't in any immediate danger of dying they released her from the hospital, and she was told by a surgeon that they should remove the tumor as soon as possible. The surgeon was certain that they could do a partial lobectomy and remove the very small tumor, and then follow up with some chemo as a preventative measure to keep it from coming back.

We were encouraged, the only problem was that she had no health insurance. We immediately applied for Nevada Medicaid because she was on a very low income (unemployment) and figured it was sort of a no brainer that she'd be approved and we could schedule the surgery for ASAP. We were very disappointed when the reality of the broken medicaid system.

My mother's application was denied. Not because she made too much money on her measly unemployment check, but because she had received an income tax refund of a few hundred dollars. She used that refund to catch up on her car and insurance payments which were behind because of her low income, a seemingly responsible choice. Unfortunately the only way she could receive Medicaid would have been if she had used that money on home improvement, a bizarre rule that proved to be more cruel and punishing than any other meaningless rule I have ever encountered.

We were devastated, but told she could re-apply in June. June was still another 4 months away at the time, and of course there wasn't any guarantee she'd be approved. I started trying to plan ways of gathering the $30,000 to $40,000 it would cost for the surgery. June came before I was able to put the money together for her.

In June she was approved for Medicaid, for 90 days. As soon as possible she scheduled her pre-op testing, and on July 3rd she went under the knife to have the partial lobectomy we'd been waiting months for at this point. She was scared of the prospect of having her ribs cut open and a part of her lung removed, but excited to finally be rid of the tumor that had been lingering in her body for so long.

Unfortunately, the surgeon found a surprise when he removed her upper right lung. The tumor, which had been fairly small just a few months before, was now large, and had grown outside the boundaries of her lung and was pressing against her ribs. It had actually spread itself to one of her ribs, which meant that even taking out the lung, she still had cancer in her rib.

After the operation and the concern about the rib, they did a full body scan to determine if the tumor had spread anywhere else. The scan revealed that the rib did now have cancer, but also revealed a spot in her brain which doctors believe might also be cancer.

She's still recovering from the surgery now. They don't want to do another CAT scan on her brain until she recovers from surgery, but once they do they are thinking they may want to schedule another surgery on her brain to remove the tumor before her 90 day Medicaid runs out. As for the rib they figure its just going to be a ton of chemo and radiation.

If the surgery would have been performed when the tumor was small and isolated to her right lung, chances are it would be over by now. But because she was denied Medicaid, she was forced to wait until the tumor had grown exponentially, and ultimately metasticised to her rib and possibly her brain. Her future has gone from promising to uncertain, and the worst part is this was preventable. Nevada Medicaid took what could have been a $30,000 cost that would have cured my mother and put her back on her feet and instead turned it into a $30,000 cost plus who knows how much chemo, radiation, and additional surgeries that will wreak unspeakable havoc on my mother's ability to enjoy her life, for however much of that she has left.

The current healthcare system is atrocious. Whatever you've heard about it, it's worse than that. My mother is not a "leech." She has been a productive, taxpaying, law abiding citizen working hard for as long as I can remember. She lost her job, not because of any action or misconduct on her part, but because corporate greed destroyed the industry in which she worked. And now the system that she has so long been a paying member of has failed her at her hour of need.
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