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On it goes

If you have accomplished all that you planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.
Edward Everett Hale

Lyo finally had to break down and get real painkillers. Which is good because he hadn’t slept in 2 days. He is still without a diagnosis as of today, but there is a CT scan setup for him in a few hours. He already had the MRI and nothing showed up. Then shingles was thought to be possible given Lyo’s age and the fact that he had chickenpox when he was kid.

But we’ve ruled that out so far since no rash has shown up.

After the CT scan is a visit to a neurosurgeon but that hasn’t been set up yet. And given how well his health insurance company is getting along with the hospital…I’m not sure where we go for the consultation or when.

Well so much for the up beat news.

I’m still running on 3 hours of sleep from the night before last. And I’ve got another long day ahead of me. Lyo on pain killers is funny when he’s in the hospital. Lyo on painkillers at home is a bad idea.

Why is it that when you take painkillers your memory of being in pain is somehow forgotten?


I think that if I hadn’t been here yesterday he would have tried to go work on the trailer. He was doing all sorts of movements he wasn’t supposed to be doing. Nor should he have been capable of doing them without the painkillers.

I know when I hurt I don’t do that. Of course painkillers don’t really work on me so maybe it is just the drugs.

In which case I really have to talk with whoever decided my biological/chemical makeup. It isn’t fair that I can’t get the same kind of relief with painkillers as others can.


I guess I stick with the vodka. 😛


Here we go again

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.
William Feather

Well, May is shaping up to be about the same as April. Go figure. 😛 Lyo is headed for the hospital for a MRI in a bit for his back/hip/leg nerve. Which hopefully will tell him/us what is wrong and how we can fix it.

This isn’t really a bad thing. In fact I should think of it as a good thing. But how likely is that? Not very. I’m worried/pissed because he is hurting and the health field is taking its sweet time getting around to him.

Luckily right now he is on Valium so he doesn’t really care what is going on. I’m hoping that those pills work for awhile. 😉 Or at least for the rest of the day so that Lyo can get some sleep. Maybe me too.

I hope so in any event. 🙂

Round 4: Where in the giant admits defeat

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. -Josh Billings

Even when they tell you that you’re wrong and that you will never get to where you want to go. 🙂 Sometimes it takes a baseball bat and other times it just takes not giving up. In my case it was more fear that caused me to hold on rather than any other emotion, but it was good enough.

Trust me, when looking down the barrel of a thousand dollar threat you really don’t stop to consider you might get nailed. You wade in with stubborn fear and hold on tight to the shield they are trying to rip away from you. And in the end you push past the first line of ‘No’s and move into their scared ground of policy decisions. Not the place to let fear rule.

So you let fear fade into the background and let your conviction come forth. You of course have that sword you’ve been carrying around. Now you get to use it…just not in the way you would have thought. This sword wasn’t intended to chop hands and heads off. This sword was meant to hold off time just long enough for you to deliver the package of letters and official documents you’ve been hauling across the battle field.

Its weight alone is enough to cause those policy makers to pause their work and look a little more closely at the issue you want resolved. They tell you to go away while they look into the matter more closely. You smile and leave knowing that you did not give them all the information you have learned in your time within their domain.

On your way out the back door (gods know the front door is useless now) you snag a few more materials that will aid you should they try to wiggle out again to cause more harm. Policies that are in blatant opposition to the laws of the land yet are still the guidelines they use.

You pause at the door and look back at them. Dark scowls and furrowed brows are all you see. They have taken a major hit and they know it. They will have to swallow pride and dollars just to ensure you do not bring their darkness to light.

Conviction and fear give way to laughter. You don’t care that they can hear it through out the compound. You know and they know you’ve won. They can only glare at you and tell you that you are going to hell.


I’m just waiting on the final paperwork from the Giant itself, but it looks like I have won. 🙂 The final paperwork should be in my hands by next week. And then I can celebrate in style. 😀

Round 1

Health consists of having the same diseases as one’s neighbors.-Quentin Crisp


And so the saga of health begins. In September I underwent minor surgery while I had different insurance. Now three months later I had to have the follow up test to confirm that everything went well.

The good news- everything is great. 😀

The bad news….

Not only is the hospital trying to charge me, but now my insurance is trying to back out of the ObamaCare rules. 😦 Granted I had to change insurance companies in between September and December but the rule is that the procedure and anything after that is recommended is covered 100%. So now it is a fight between the two insurance companies who gets to pay for the X-Ray. All I know…I don’t/won’t pay for it. ~sighs~ I’ve already had to point that out to the hospital this morning. 😛 We’ll see what happens.

I’m only slightly nervous about getting stuck with a bill from the hospital. But I’m hoping it will take a few months before anything is resolved. It could be shorter but I don’t think so. The hospital likes to pad its bills (yes, I do know this for a fact from September) so they probably won’t put in a claim until January.

One thing that did slightly annoy me is that I know more about this particular part of the law then they do. And they are working in the health care field! This baffles me. If it effects my job I would want to know about it. Even if it is barely within my field I’d like to at least understand it so that if something comes up I can answer questions about it.

But, I suppose, that asking such a thing of a small town/county hospital is a bit of a reach. And being one of the first patients to use the law is not a great big help either. 🙂 So I guess the lesson is- do the research! Know what the law says, what the policy you have says, and most importantly point it out to people.

You really do need to be involved and paying attention when it comes to your wallet and health. Less so the wallet, but very much so your health. Things can go terribly wrong if you aren’t paying attention.

So I guess round 1 goes to me. Round 2 ought to be entertaining don’t you think? 😀

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