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Cheers to Rain and Good Health!

1) Four glorious days and nights of rain, off and on, enough to soak the ground, but not to get it ookey-muddy that I sink. Wish it did though.

2) We've been in a drought since 2011, not including the one year that the governor and experts said it was over. Really, though, we ought to go back to 2007. The experts said it was over in 2010. Ha!  Poor plants.

3) The experts predict that our part of the world should experience another exceptionally dry winter. I hope not.

4) From four days of collecting rain water and a couple of buckets of grey water from the kitchen, we have filled up a 30-gallon garbage can and a vintage metal milk churn (also called a milk can). Hurrah!

5) Yesterday, I got in a panic that the insurance company hadn't approved my upcoming knee surgery. Usually, it sends me a copy of any authorization it makes for me. Not seeing anything in my online account, I called the orthopedic center. The gatekeeper put me on hold to ask the nurse, returning to say the nurse just sent in a request today and ought to hear by Monday, the latest. Hmmm. I'll give the nurse the benefit of the doubt.

6) Back in January I decided to start the process of getting my knees fixed. I was told that things were crazy at the hospital, the pandemic, you know, and it would probably be April before they could start scheduling patients. Come April I called the orthopedic center to be told that they were backed up until August. Not hearing anything in July, I called. Was I forgotten? No, no, another gatekeeper reassured me. I'm in line and it would most likely be in October. Hello, September. Ring a ding ding. This time a gatekeeper told me that the doctor hadn't seen me in six months so I would have to start the process again. 

7) Yes, I got upset and told the gatekeeper my saga a bit brusquely. After taking a deep breath and apologizing for my demeanor, I took the appointment she offered, which was happily before the month was up. 

8) A few days later, I learned that other patients at the center had similar problems with scheduling, but whatever had been the kink was resolved. So, until yesterday, I thought the screw up was in the orthopedic center. I'm thinking it's more likely the hospital, which  includes the orthopedic center, because the hospital is in financial dire straits. Within the past two weeks, the hospital board fired its CEO and announced it was filing for bankruptcy. Surprise! Gulp. The hospital says it won't lay off staff or reduce services.

9) Recently, before firing the CEO, the hospital terminated its PPO and Medicare Advantage contracts with a major health insurance company. That company also administers our Medicare Advantage plan, but because we are part of one of its subsidiaries, we aren't affected. So, I keep being told each time I ask. I will continue asking, in case the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

10) The poor patients whose insurance plan isn't accepted. The hospital is the only game in town. If it's an emergency, it will honor anyone's insurance. Suppose an emergency patient needs to stay overnight or two or three or more in the hospital. What's she going to do? Whose going to figure where she can go and how to take her there? And, what if she has no means of transportation? 

11) Knock on wood, the Husband and I stay healthy as we grow older.

12) I took a break from this post for get my pre-op stuff done by my primary doctor. It didn't happen. The top number of my blood pressure was high, 150. Historically too high for me, he said. Come back next week. If it's still high, he's putting me on medication. He told me that we'll get it down in time for surgery. I'm 34 days out.

13) Six years ago, I planned on knee surgery but then cancer said boo and I had to have a hysterectomy. This was followed by cataract surgeries for the husband and me and then topped off with the pandemic and finishing probate on Mama's estate. Maybe, I'm not meant to have my knees fixed. I told the Husband, if it's not happening in December, let's take a trip somewhere. We deserve it!

And, that's my story today. I'm sharing it with Thursday 13. Thanks for reading.

Comments

  1. My heart started beating like crazy as I read this story. I turn 65 later this month and just enrolled in a Medicare supplement plan. Fingers crossed that I did the right thing. This is all so complicated, and consequential! Fingers crossed that your knee gets the attention it deserves.

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    1. Do you have original Medicare? If you do, you ought to be fine. If it’s a Medicare Advantage plan (HMO), I believe you have a year to switch back to original if you don’t like it.

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  2. I woke up in the middle of the night worried about a procedure in Jan. that I don't remember where the confirmation is. At night worries loom bigger. Good luck with your knees.

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    1. Thanks, Colleen. I’m relearning to let go and go with the flow of things.

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  3. Our healthcare system is a nightmare, and that was before Covid. Who thought running healthcare as a for-profit concern was a good idea?

    I hope the knee surgery comes through. I'm sure you've been in pain this whole time. And I'm sure that the gatekeepers were doing everything they could to help you, but I'm also sure that you keeping track of things is a good idea. I would not be surprised if the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

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    1. True, health care ought not be for profit! Our local hospital does not have a good reputation as it is. So far I’ve been okay with its medical services. Years ago it overcharged and double charged us for an emergency visit but with calm persistence we got it to bill us correctly. We need to be our own advocated when it comes to health.

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  4. beautiful sky :) Our weather are warmer then normal and the summer was dry. But now it rains "as usual". The question now is will we have a winter?? Or not?

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    1. We’ve had a few mornings of frost. Is it normal for this time of year? I have no idea anymore.

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