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Category: The Wacky World of ICD-10

R46.0 – Very Low Level of Personal Hygiene

Brush Those Teeth, Baby R46.0 – Very Low Level of Personal Hygiene Think about your morning routine. You may brush your teeth, floss, and gargle with mouthwash. You may hop in the shower. You may spray and roll-on antiperspirant or deodorant. You may brush your hair or run your fingers through it to neaten it up. You may put on a pair of fresh underwear and get dressed in clean clothes. Then again, you may do some of these things or none at all. It may not always be comfortable to talk about but odds are you or…

Z56.3 – Stressful Work Schedule

Working 9 to 5 and Then Some Z56.3 – Stressful Work Schedule An employee commuting to the “office”, working long shifts, coping with a boss who has unreasonable expectations, dealing with co-workers who do not do their fair share, staying late for overtime, being assigned meaningless tasks, not to mention facing a steady stream of deadlines. A parent waking the kids for school (harder than it sounds!), helping them with homework, feeding them, clothing them, providing for them, not to mention chauffeuring them to every activity under the sun. Let’s not forget cooking, household…

F40.218 – Afraid of the Easter Bunny

Don’t Be Afraid of the Easter Bunny F40.218 – Other Animal Type Phobia Some people think of bunnies as adorable fluffy little creatures like Peter Cottontail or Peter Rabbit. For the record, these guys are one and the same. Dressed in a jacket and shoes, this little guy likes to raid Mr. McGregor’s garden for yummy vegetables. What a wonderful role model for the kids — for encouraging them to eat their vegetables but not for the stealing. Personally, I hold fond memories of Margery Williams’ 1922 classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. When the beloved toy…

W22.8 and S87.01 – Pulling a Tonya Harding

The Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan Saga W22.8XXA – Striking Against or Struck by Other Objects, Initial Encounter S87.01XA – Crushing Injury of Right Knee, Initial Encounter The Winter Olympics are a time for every nation to show the best of their best. It is also a time that brings out the competitive spirit in us. We root for our country to win in sports we never even knew existed. There will always be sports that are near and dear to our hearts. Alpine skiing, bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating. I personally enjoy the…

T73.3XXS – Holiday Exhaustion

Holiday Exhaustion – When It Gets to Be Too Much T73.3XXS -Exhaustion due to Excessive Exertion First, there’s Halloween. (Let’s face it; this is the modern day start of the holiday season. All the holiday paraphernalia already beckons you from the store shelves.) Then, comes Thanksgiving. Next, Christmas and finally, the New Year. If the holiday food didn’t slow you down with a full belly, maybe the running around wore you out. Even Santa Claus gets tired around the holidays. In The Year Without a Santa Claus, jolly old St. Nick loses some…

T20.30 – Blowtorch to the Head

Don’t Take Other People’s Things S02.2 – Hit in the Face with an Iron; i.e. Fracture of Nasal Bones S06.0X0 – Hit by a Swinging Paint Can; i.e. Concussion without Loss of Consciousness T20.30 – Blowtorch to the Head; i.e. Burn of Third Degree of Head, Face, and Neck Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the season surrounds you at every turn. You see houses lined with twinkle lights, are offered candy cane flavored coffee at cafes, and hear jingle bells on street corners. People are often kinder…

S05.90XA – Shot in the Eye with a BB Gun

Shot in the Eye with a BB Gun S05.90XA – Unspecified Injury of Unspecified Eye and Orbit Whatever your take is on the Second Amendment, the fact remains that 30% of Americans own at least one gun and another 11% people who don’t own one themselves live with someone who does. Whether these people underwent background checks is another story. Nearly three-quarters of these gun owners had guns in their households growing up. That said, it’s no wonder A Christmas Story has become one of America’s holiday classics. It is, after all…

V06.0XXA – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer V06.0XXA – Pedestrian on Foot Injured in Collision with Other Non-Motor Vehicle in Non-Traffic Accident December is here, and the holidays are in full swing. Thanksgiving reminded us to be thankful for what we have and now we scramble for four weeks looking to buy more. Oh, the irony! The sign of the times, of course, are the Christmas decorations. If you live in certain neighborhoods, those decorations were never taken down. Twinkle lights outline homes like gingerbread cookies, and inflatable snowmen and reindeer litter lawns with their friendly smiles…

Y04.0XXA – Black Friday Brawl

Black Friday Brawl Y04.0XXA – Assault by Unarmed Brawl or Fight, Initial Encounter I have never been one of those eager souls to sit out overnight in a line to get the latest iPhone. You won’t find me camping outside of department stores on Thanksgiving night to be first in line for a discount TV either. Truth be told, I was never one of those little kids who cried out for the must-have toy that was sold out nationwide, and thankfully, my kids have the same sensibility. I know many people, however, who thrive on the…

R63.2 – Eating Too Much Turkey

Temptations of a Thanksgiving Feast R63.2 – Excessive Eating and Overeating Whether you are a fan of Roald Dahl’s classic book, 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder, or 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, there’s one thing we all have in common. We want a tour of the candy maker’s Inventing Room. While I hope none of you would steal an Everlasting Gobstopper for old Slugworth, I am more curious about the chewing gum myself. You know the one, the one that…

E843 – Fall from a Broom

Even Wicked Witches Have a Code E843 – Fall In, On, or From Aircraft The other day my daughter burst out with a laugh that caught me by surprise. A cross between Disney’s animated Maleficent and Witch Hazel from Looney Toons, it’s one of those cackles that is instantly infectious. Once you hear it, you cannot help but smile. Her laugh is the perfect accessory, but she is not too keen on being a witch this Halloween, at least not yet. At 6 years old, she changes her mind on what she wants to be every…

Z72.820 – Sleep Deprivation in School-Aged Kids

Does School Start Too Early for Kids? Z72.820 – Sleep Deprivation I don’t know about you, but getting my middle-schooler up in the morning requires a jackhammer, maybe two. He must dream about construction sites and demolition derbies. Simply put, unless it is Christmas morning, my 11-year-old boy is going to put up some major resistance. Resistance is futile! The early morning hours of school can take their toll. Now a 6th grader, he has to wake a whole hour earlier than he did last year. He stays up as late as he did…

T43.612 – Poisoning by Caffeine

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Caffeine? T43.612 – Poisoning by Caffeine, Intentional Self-Harm We all know that person who is a bear until they have had that first cup of coffee in the morning. They growl and may even knock you over on their way to the coffee pot. You may even be that person. After all, morning coffee is more American than baseball or apple pie. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are banking on it. Why do we love caffeine so much? Caffeine gives us a burst of energy. It makes us feel more alert…

S30.91XA – School Supplies and Overloaded Backpacks

How Heavy is That Backpack? S30.90XA – Unspecified superficial injury of the neck S30.91XA -Unspecified superficial injury of the lower back and pelvis S40.912A – Unspecified superficial injury of the left shoulder S40.991A – Unspecified superficial injury of the right shoulder The school year is under way and you know what that means: overloaded backpacks. Art supplies, folders, lunch boxes, notebooks, textbooks. It all adds up. The pens, pencils, and erasers may not seem like much when it comes to added weight, but it was a straw that broke the camel’s back. You often…

T63.301A – Toxic Effect of Spider Venom

Not the Easiest Way to Become a Superhero T63.301A – Toxic Effect of Unspecified Spider Venom I am one of those people who screams when I see even the tiniest spider. I jump to the ceiling. I climb the walls. You get the idea. There is some innate fear reaction to those eight-legged creatures that sets me off. It could be something I was born with or some traumatic experience I cannot quite remember, but more likely, it is a result of all the spider bites I have treated in my day. Trust me, there have been a…

R06.5 – Habitual Mouth Breathing

The Force is Strong with This One R06.5 – Habitual Mouth Breathing We all know someone who is a heavy breather, and I do not mean when they get hot and bothered. Actually, I take that back. When the weather gets hot and humid, we all have a tendency to have to work harder to breathe in that thick air. When we get a bad cold, we might breathe through our mouths instead of noses that are too full of snot. What I am referring to is that person who pretty much lives with their mouth open. They not…

W56.41 – Bitten by a Shark (The “Jaws” Code)

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat W56.41 – Bitten by a Shark (The “Jaws” Code) The summer months are upon us, and they have been some of the hottest yet, thanks to the climate change that some of our world leaders don’t believe in. Don’t worry. I will be sure to address ICD-10 codes for “denial” in a future post. A hot summer means more trips to the beach for some fun in the sun. Duuuuun dun…. The stickiness of coconut-scented sunscreen and red patches…

W51 – Accidentally Bumping into Another Person

Life Is Serendipity W51 – Accidentally Bumping into Another Person Unless you are a hermit, you come across people everywhere you go. Some you know and some you don’t. At church, the mosque, or a synagogue. In the grocery store, the post office, or at school. At the beach, the park, or the playground. Whether you are at work or at play, you are bound to run into people. The bigger question is how often do you literally bump into them? It’s okay. There’s an ICD-10 code for that! W51 is an interesting…

F40.228 and F45.22 – Fear of Getting Sick

Will You Stop Touching Me? F40.228 – Mysophobia (Fear of Contamination with Germs) F45.22 – Nosophobia (Fear of a Getting a Specific Disease or Illness) Do you remember that scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas where Lucy lists every phobia under the sun to poor Charlie Brown? First, she talks about the fear of responsibility (hypengyophobia), then a fear of cats (ailurophasia), followed by a fear of staircases (climachaphobia), a fear of the ocean (thalassophobia), a fear of crossing bridges (gephyrobia), and of course, pantophobia, which is the fear of “everything”. ARRRRGHHHHH!!! Lucy may have earned…

S10.87 and S10.97 – Superficial Bites on the Neck

Love Bites and Hickeys S10.87 -Superficial bite of a specified part of the neck (not by an insect) S10.97 – Superficial bite of an unspecified part of the neck (not by an insect) Odds are you didn’t mean for people to see it. You know what I’m talking about. Those sometimes bruisy little reminders that maybe, just maybe, you and someone special got a little extra close. The collars and turtlenecks can be a dead giveaway, especially in warmer weather months. You don’t have to live in an edgy Fifty Shades of…