A Fun Day In Chicago

My sons and I spent Saturday in Chicago while my wife was at Bead Camp. We had a great time exploring and had a great dinner at an Armenian restaurant.

We try to take advantage of everything Chicago has the offer, but don’t seem to get down there often enough. The boys and I are already planning our next trip to Chicago we can’t wait to do some new things.

Dr. Warren
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Caring For Our Elderly

Over the last 13 years, I have been providing onsite nursing home care in various facilities across southeastern Wisconsin.  I’ve found the patient interactions to be very rewarding and sometimes very unique.  I’ve chatted with WW II veterans for long periods of time, and year later seen some of those same individuals suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and retreat into a shell from which there is no return.  I’ve even seen the same patient in multiple nursing homes.

I’m amazed by the spirit of the patients that I meet, from the frail women to the strapping “young” men who were once captains of industry, or factory floor supervisors.   Even though most of the patients I see in nursing homes (I only go to one home now, every Tuesday morning) are not happy to be in a nursing home, they endure and many flourish when given just a bit of a hand with daily activities.  However, I’m often times saddened by the state that many of the residents enter the nursing home in, relative to their ocular health and vision correction.

Its not uncommon at all for me to see patients who are new to the nursing home who haven’t seen an eye doctor in years.  Some of these individuals haven’t had proper eye care or ocular hygiene, causing them to have blurry vision, uncomfortable eyes and sometimes suffer permanent vision loss.  With government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid covering “non-routine” eye examinations and treatment, there is no excuse for these patients going without proper care and vision correction.

If you have family members, friends or loved ones who are living alone or who need assistance getting around, especially now that winter is here, please talk with them about their eye care, ocular comfort and vision.  If they are having problems with any of these issues, please assist them in getting to see an eye care provider, even if it means that you need to provide them with transportation.  Most of us have evening hours so that you can “lend a hand” after normal work hours.

It breaks my heart to hear new patients in my nursing home practice who have lost vision or not been able to enjoy reading, watching TV or doing other simple vision related past-times tell me that they were waiting to get to a care facility so that they could get the routine care that they need.  Our parents, aunts and uncles and grand parents deserve better, please do your part to the degree that you can.

Dr. Warren

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Halloween Safety

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How fondly I remember making my own Halloween costumes, usually with some sort of mask or helmet.  The Star Wars Storm Trooper mask was one of my coolest projects that turned out less than great.  Not only was the mask horribly uncomfortable to wear, I couldn’t see much when I had it on.  That didn’t keep me from wearing it for 2-3 hours while Trick-or-Treating that year though.  Its a miracle that I didn’t run out into traffic, living on a cul-du-sac didn’t hurt that I suppose!

I’m writing this to remind you to be sure that your children can see well out of any masks or costume parts that they wear this year.  And to remind you to insure that they have some form of reflective tape, stitching or design on their costumes.   Especially if the costume is the traditionally popular black.

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National History and Pride

My family and I made a trip to Washington, DC this past weekend. It was not my first trip to DC, but it was my first trip there as a tourist. We were fortunate enough to have a Capital tour, LIbrary of Congress tour, Bureau of Printing and Engraving tour and we also visited the monuments to Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Kennedy as well as several Smithsonian museums.

I have always been a bit of a history buff, but more 20th century history. I now have a much better understanding of the incredible men and women who freed our country and forged our nation. Its easy to forget that there wasn’t a road map to America, they had to “make it up as they went along” and they did a pretty fine job.

If you ever have a chance to visit Washington, DC, by all means take it. The scenery and attractions are incredible, the people are friendly and the public transportation is first rate.

Dr. Warren
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Change In The Office

Dr. Nicholson has chosen to pursue a full time position with Pearle Optical in the Oak Creek area.  We have really enjoyed having her with us the past few years, but understand her desire to be in a full time position.  She will certainly be missed!

We wish Dr. Nicholson all the best in this new chapter in her career and will be staying in close contact with our friends the Nicholsons!

Dr. Warren

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Great Times In Racine

Last weekend was a great time to be in Racine.   First of all, the weather couldn’t have been better.  Then there was the Raider-Threat game on Saturday night and the car show on Sunday.

My family and I were fortunate enough to enjoy the Raider vs Threat game.  What a great scene and event for Racine.  Over 4,000 people attended and the game was incredible.  There were no seats available in either set of bleachers and the entire field was ringed at least one person deep!

On Sunday, the car show at the Racine Zoo was a great success.  We decided to enjoy another day at North Beach, taking advantage of the sunny skies and relatively warmer water temperatures.  We are truly blessed to have such a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Dr. Warren

Tour de Cure Time Again….

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It’s Tour de Cure time again. For the last decade I’ve been riding in a great Diabetes fund raising ride. Well, I’m doing so again. June 19th is the date for the ride this year. I’m flying home from the American Optometric Association meeting in Orlando a day early to insure that I make the ride!

I’m hoping that my patients will once again make me write a big check out to the American Diabetes Association. I will match dollar for dollar every patient donation to the ride. Over the last few years I’ve donated over $3,000 matching my generous patients’ donations.

You can sponsor me by following this link: Sponsor Dr. Warren

Dr. Warren

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The Really Fun Part Of What I Do….

Last night I had a “man I’m really getting old” moment.  One of my long time patients was in the office and mentioned that he’s expecting the birth of his first child next month.  After congratulating him, it hit me…..   I’ve been taking care of this guy since he was 9 years old and he’s having his own child!

Then today I open up the local paper (Ok, I was reading it on my iPhone) and see that one of my patients is the athlete of the week!  What a great thing to see, someone that I take care of is now excelling in her favorite sport.

I’ve known for years that these situations happen all the time, but its one of the great things about being part of a community for almost 20 years.  My patients are my friends and neighbors…….

Back to my mocha at Dunn Brothers and more work……

Dr. Warren

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Health Care And More….

My family and I have been enjoying the Florida Keys. Between swimming, fishing, snorkeling and just relaxing, its been a busy 6 days so far.

I’ve also been reading a few blogs that friends have pointed me to, specific to HCR (how I’ll refer to Health Care Reform for now). Here’s a link to one of them: http://commonamericanjournal.com/?p=12357 The unintended consequences in this mess of a bill that was rammed through are just starting to bubble up. But I guess they’re not too unexpected given the fact that neither the authors or the legislature or president read and understood it all.

We’re in for a very interesting summer and fall.

Enough of that for now, back to the last two full days of vacation!

Dr. Warren

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Just a few vacation pictures…..

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Government Takeover Of Healthcare

The details of how the House of Representative’s actions last night won’t be known for a long time (I can guarantee you that no one who voted “yes” last night knows them for sure. However, I am very concerned on several levels.

Personally, my HSA is going to go away in three years. Our premium for 4 healthy people is now $760 per month, for a $5,000 annual deductible. That premium and potentially the deductible will go up for sure.

I know that my cost of doing business will go up due to increased health care premiums for my employees. Do I pass that along to the employees or do I pay it from my personal funds (the money left after I pay all of my expenses)?

I know that payments for medical services will go down. There’s no way that insurance plans will be able to operate under the current legislation without cutting doctor’s payments. Medicare will more than likely be cutting physician payments significantly, a 21% cut is pending already.

So, higher personal expenses, higher business expenses and reduced income. Not a good equation for any health care providers.

I can assure you that its not getting any less expensive to provide the care that my patients have come to enjoy and expect. I will not cut corners on the quality of care and patient experience that I provide. This will mean some hard decisions in the months and years to come.

The details are still to be learned, but I am sure that we as Americans are worse off today than we were before 9:47pm Central time last night…..

Dr. Warren
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