Pet Peeve = “Robotic” Non-Social Twitter Accounts

I love being on and using twitter, but I do have a couple of pet-peeves.  Not with twitter as much as with some of the people who use twitter (or rather the way they use twitter).  One of my biggest is following accounts that aren’t “Social”

 

I know that no-one is pulling my arm and forcing me to follow anybody (doing so is by my choice), but what is really annoying to me is when someone follows me and I follow them back (thinking they will be an interesting tweep to follow), only to find that (as far as I can tell) a robot is running the account – Same tweets over and over and over and when you send a MT or DM they don’t respond = EVER.  I’m not expecting people to sit on twitter and answer everything thing the second it comes out (or even to respond to every tweet you see – that would be impossible), but at least take a moment, in a timely manner, to respond to MTs & DMs.  Businesses = good PR.  When I get a return tweet from a business, etc it makes me feel good about them (ohh I know it’s probably a panel of people).  But I digress…. The part that gets me about the whole problem above is that once I am in a follow/following relationship, I am reluctant to unfollow (unless of course there has been no activity for months).

 

Following people just to get followers and then not being Social in your interaction is, to me, very annoying.  It tends to show that you are only interested in your business and the buttom dollar (and that’s it) – shows that you have no real interest in your customers, etc.  It doesn’t take much really, just post a little about u once in awhile and a quick response (hell even a pre-done msg, unless specific question asked) to MTs & DMs is nice.

 

Remember the word is “SOCIAL Media” – Social, it means interacting and engaging w/ your followers (especially when your following them as well)!

 

To see more articles on Social Media checkout these well written blogs:

http://gunnarspeaks.com/category/social-media/

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Does Not Crying at a Funeral Mean You Don’t Care???

It was 27 years ago today that my Grandfather (Poppy as he was named by one of my older cousins) passed away.  If I recall correctly it was due to heart trouble related to Rhuematic Fever as a child – but then it could have just been old age.  I remember my dad and I flying, in a small plane my dad owned, many times to visit both my Poppy and my Grandmother, Nonny.

 

I was 13 and half years old (almost to the day) when Poppy passed away.  I don’t recall much about his death or the time surrounding it.  I remember standing at the gravesite, unable to shed a tear.  Just silent, watching.  Inside I was sad, I was crying – But on the outside there was nothing.  I just couldn’t cry or show any emotion.  I remember my step mother berating me afterwards because I wasn’t crying & carrying on – Telling me that I didn’t love my grandfather, that I didn’t care.  Even then I couldn’t help but think that what she was saying was stupid.  I loved my grandfather a great deal and just because I wasn’t crying and carrying on didn’t mean that I felt nothing inside.

 

It’s not what you see on the outside that is necessarily an indication of how a person is feeling about a traumatic situation.  It could be that inside they are crying deeply, but that just isn’t yet manifesting to a visible portrayal.  For me, I wasn’t going to force myself to cry and be fake about it.  I remember being mad that my step mother would assume how I felt just because there was no tears, no crying.  I believe the tears did come later when I was by myself.

Life Support Decisions Regarding my Grandmother.

I was 16 years old when we got my news that my grandmother had suffered a Heart Attack (or maybe it was a Stroke).  It’s been so many years now and I might be remembering wrong as to what exactly it was that she suffered.  What I do remember is the circumstances that occurred  after that fateful phone call.

 

My father immediately got a flight to fly home to where my Grandmother lived (I stayed home with  my step-mother and step-sisters).  He kept in communication with my step-mother as to what was happened and she in turn told me.    When he first arrived the news that he was given was that she had a massive Heart Attack (or Stroke) and that there was no chance for survival.  After much discussion between my father his brother and the doctors, the decision was made to pull life support and just let her die peacefully.  However, after being taken off life support, my grandmother suffered (what I believe was) Cheyne-Stokes breathing and was suffering.  Again a consult with the doctors….  My father and his brother were told that even on “life support” She would die in the end…  So back on life support she went —  Died a short time later.

 

To me my grandmother was an amazing women.  Even though she was retired, she still continued to work at her son’s fabric plant as a secretary.  In fact she was at work when all this happened.  I still remember the last “gift” I had gotten from her.  Actually she had sent money for my parents to get something for me – but to me it was as if it had come from her.  The gift was a velvet feel robe that I wore constantly in the days following her death.

Non- Necessary Emergency Transport for Stroke?????

Just a short blog this time 🙂  Wanted to share this experience that actually happened over two years ago when my husband suffered a stroke.  Click HERE to Read the blog I wrote about his Stroke as well the FUNNY event that took place during that time.  Read about Strokes HERE and the American Stroke Association

 

After all was said & done, we got a bill in the mail from the ambulance company….  Somehow payment (via Insurance was declined – The reason being: “Non-necessary Emergency Transport.”  Our first reation was WTF??!!!  Not necessary.  A college age kid who lifts couches by himself couldn’t get my husband out of bed & into his chair.  it took 3 or 4 paramedics/firefighters to get husband into chair and out to the stetcher….  Ohhhh and his BP was 250/150 and he was diagnosed with a hemmorhagic (??) type stroke…. Yeah right – Emergency Transport wasn’t necessary??!!  I remember something being said about the fact that he wasn’t brought in w/ lights & sirens (something about not causing further upset or something) being the reason it was declined..  There was also something about the wrong code being entered in for billing.

 

We did, in the end, get the problem fixed but it was still nerve-wracking to receive that bill like that.  Damn near gave us a Heart Attack – which I’m sure would be another “Non-Necessary Emergency Transport 😛

Problem with HealthCare

I recently posted an update on my facebook page about the frustration I was having of not being able to easily do things that require fine motor skills due to the off & on tremors in my hands.  I was told that I should get this checked out by a doctor since it could be a sign of bigger problems.  Right; Great idea….  Except that more often than not when I see a doctor about a specific complaint I get the “there’s nothing wrong here” spiel”.  Last time I brought something up to my doctor it had to do with a small “cyst” like thing I was feeling in the front part of my shoulder…  I was told it was nothing – that’s it….  Ummmmm “nothing”????  Ok, maybe it’s been awhile since my days of taking anatomy & biology, but I don’t think your suppose to have a cyst in your shoulder area – AND…  I don’t think it’s suppose to have a negative affect on use of shoulder and arm.  But then what do I know right???  I’m just the patient.

 

The above scenario, which is in fact true, is just a lesser picture of the problem with healthcare.  How often are smaller problems over looked that could be a precursor to bigger (and even fatal) problems – like Heart Attack or Stroke.  How often do doctors overlook or even poopoo  issues brought to them by their patients?  How often do patients not go in to get something checked out because they don’t want to appear the fool or seem a hypochondriac? Or perhaps the patient gave up mentioning any problems since there is obviously “nothing wrong”.  There is a fine line to balance between making a big deal out of nothing and being aware of those little things that could be a precursor.  The problem being that either side of that fine line causes problems for healthcare system and/or patient.  Get too worked up over “nothing” means unnecessary medical costs that must be paid by someone; However, over looking little things that could be a precursor means higher costs later when patient ends up in Emergency (possibly via ambulance).