My dear friends (Anice, Skeye, Fatherjohn, Lorie, Susie, Chartreux, Golitho, Laurie, Tony,Lindaloo, Patti and White Beard (gosh, I hope I haven't missed anyone!!),
Well, June 30 is here! I picked up my last 90 day script
Monday, and had my last PT session. Today (Tuesday) I get my crown put in. And that's it. I played with my income over the weekend to do a rough idea of the first 6 months of this year and I should meet income guidelines for one of the less expensive (but low coverage) policies, but not for Medicaid. I say "less expensive" but I actually don't have all the details on the policies yet. THey send those rough charts, but don't send the formal stuff until 7/1/09, when the computer kicks in that my coverage has ended. Then I'll get a letter asking if I want continuation coverage. There is one fairly inexpensive plan that gives 4 doctor visits a year, a little bit for testing (very little), and an annual mammogram/pap, along with some hospitalization, but no Rx. None of them really have Rx coverage, so I'll have to get creative with all the programs out there. The nexium does seem to be helping, but what a pain the schedule is. I thought medication was ruling my life before! HA! Now I feel like I've lost another piece of my life with not even being able to snack at night, and having to watch what I eat. The latter isn't too bad, as I was putting on too much weight anyway, so I should slowly lose a few pounds and maybe get back into some clothes! I don't know how I could ever work with just this meds schedule! But the heartburn isn't gone, but it's substantially better, although I'm on a fairly high dose of nexium - 40mg twice/day, which is what my doctor wants me to take but pushes the recommended dose. My cousin said she's seen people on this much, but this dose is really not recommended. Yet, I've got to nip this in the bud.
White Beard - I could neve sleep in a recliner. It kills my neck. And I surely can't afford an adjustable bed. I spent a fortune on my tempurpedic and I love it. This morning at least I didn't wake up with that acid taste in my mouth. I know a wedge would just create neck and back problems. It's taken so long to find a bed that's comfortable and a pillow that works for my neck - I just can't hurt so much I can't even get out of bed in the morning. The only thing I can consider is raising the head of the bed slightly, but I haven't had a chance to think about
that yet. One day at a time. Now I've got to look over those insurance policies, and make an appeal to my retirement account people, as well as keep working on SSD stuff.
In the meantime I can't tell you how much it means to have you all here!
For the animals lovers - yes, I have been back to the shelter - last week. I already have another box of milk bones and treats on the front seat of my car, and hope to get there some time this week. But I see others here are being tempted by kitties, too!!! I understand, Susie, that you couldn't get one now. If you ever can, I'd really encourage you to look at those older cats. I kind of think it would be what I'd do, too, as an older cat with the right personality may meet my needs better at this time in my life, although the kittens are adorable! A fair number of the cats I see coming into the shelter are from people can't afford to keep them, or elderly people who have died or gone into a home. And of course those that have come from bad situations - and many of them are quite sweet.
"Sadie", who was a maine coon looking cat and considered herself "matriarch" and '"boss" of all the cats in the cat lounge (at the Humane Society) got adopted. So I was wondering who would step into her shoes, and it sure didn't take long. A big black boy named Oscar has now become King. it's so interesting to see the dynamics in the lounge. They try to rotate the cats in there - the cats that get along with others - so they're not in the little enclosures all the time.
Ok, it's late, I'm rambling!
Thank you everyone!!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/30/2009 12:39:43 AM (GMT-6)