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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #660 on: July 17, 2017, 03:31:57 pm »
Went to see my Endocrinologist this morning ~ 7:30 AM  :o  My A1c's went up  :'( as did my weight  :( though the weight fluctuates on a daily basis.

She is putting me on JARDIANCE, and they attached a *button* to my right arm. This Button monitors my blood sugar levels every 5 minutes. The reason for the additions is because I really backslid with my eating, taking my insulin, checking my sugar levels AND keeping a meal consumption log. sigh

We are hard put financially this month since I went on Medicare last month - so I am requesting early SS Retirement Benefits. The difference if I wait one year is only $57.00 a month - and we need the money now, not a year from now.

Hubby has played *Lesson In Futility* over the phone w/Cigna and AZSU Retirement Benefits. He wants to know how much money AZSU is going to put back into his retirement check now that Cigna no longer is my primary Health Insurance. He started the phone calls Thursday morning, stopped for the week-end and started again this morning. Even though he has written down each persons name, each time he calls they won't transfer him to the original person.

Each person transfers his call, that person then transfers his call and then the line goes dead. OR he is transferred one more time, and then  - - - - CLICK - - - -  the line goes dead.

NOW if that had happened to me, I would have through the receiver across the room, embedding it in the sheet rock! Actually it wouldn't have happened a third time, because I would have called the AZSU Retirement Representative and whined, cried and whined even more. Okay, so I suggested to Hubby that he call his Rep. He does. The DUDe is out to lunch. Hubby calls back in 1.5 hours, the DUDe has gone home early. Hubby did ask the operator/secretary when this DUDe actually comes in to work. 9:15 AM ~ so at 9:17 AM tomorrow, Hubby is calling (got this DUDes direct phone number). Oh, and the Operator/Secretary really dislikes her boss, and gave hubby the DUDes supervisor's direct phone number along w/ his email address.

Now, me?? I would already be composing an email in Word, documenting all the dates/times I have already called and NOT connected. State why I want to talk to DUDe, and perhaps YOU could help me instead.

The button attachment area is a wee bit sore - - - - Think I will change out of my street clothes and put on my 100% cotton, loose cap sleeve *House Coat* and sit in my recliner and nap a bit. House Coats, remember them??? Found this one way back in my closet in a basket of hubby's & my garments. Been there since 2011!!! Yep, now they fit! Yeah. This was once my Mom's. Loose & Comfy & Covers all the Necessary Parts.
 

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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #661 on: July 17, 2017, 11:04:25 pm »
Iggy, that button doesn't sound like fun, but I hope it helps you get healthier. Sorry to hear about the challenges with the insurance company, too. :(
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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #662 on: July 26, 2017, 02:04:28 pm »
Just dropping in to be sure all is well. I lurk a lot but don't always sign the guest book, although it's good to have regulars sign in occasionally so we know how fresh the food in the fridge might be, if the floor was swept in the last few weeks, & most important, if the pets are getting enough TLC.

I know, Punkin, no amount of TLC is ever too much. But you critters do well & aren't overly needy & clingy like some people's spoiled pets, & I don't want us to take you for granted. Give me & minute & I'll



See, I dropped everything to go to the fridge. Here are some sardines for the cat dish & some of last night's beef stew for the pooches. I'll add some broth & mix them into the dry food dishes. Yes, Missy, I know you like it microwaved for 10 seconds, stirred a bit, & then nuked for another 5 seconds. ::)  Would you like a cherry on top? :P
 
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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #663 on: July 29, 2017, 10:35:37 am »
 I got to work today, took a look at the microwave in the break room and realized that I left tamales in my microwave at home. That was on Monday. I really do not want to clean it out tonight.  :-\
 

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« Reply #664 on: July 29, 2017, 03:08:43 pm »
I am so thankful for the calming effect of this sweet place. Had a really rough, emotionally draining, *fight or flight* week. Husbands medical insurance that covers me, cancelled coverage on me because we did not respond within 31 days to their Life Event Medicare change. Apparently this letter was mailed by them on the 3rd of April, and we had until 31 days AFTER I received my Medicare card.

I received my Medicare card on about 25th of June. It was effective 3 June 2017 for both Parts A & B.

I never received this letter from his employers benefits department. I finally got the guy who told me I was cancelled to send me a copy of the letter via email in a pdf file. Believe me, had I got it - you better believe your sweet Aunt's bippy, I would have called to have the Life Event form emailed to us-  or at least walked us through the online forms portion to find it. Printed it out, FILLED it out and emailed it back via pdf file as well as snail mailed the 'wet' signature forms.

So, with the 31 days deadline fast approaching (31 of July) for this weary 65 year old newbie to Medicare, Parts A & B and now having NO coverage on my medications aka pharmaceuticals, we are listening via the phone to the upteen million different carriers/brokers/representatives and reading the upteen million blah, blah, blah via the internet. The internet one, you have to fill out a form which includes a phone # they can reach you. Believe you me-  they contact you.

Absolutely no one's coverage can even hold a candle to what I had that got cancelled!

Now when I am emotionally upset I don't eat. I drink tons of water and iced coffee. Hubby makes me eat at least a salad - and for the last 3 months the only salad I have purchased has been shredded cabbage for coleslaw. How he thinks this is nutritional for me, I don't know. Soup probably would have been better, but coleslaw it has been. At least I grab a handful, dump it into a bowl and add two forkfulls of Litehouse brand Coleslaw dressing. He on the other hand has been nuking his own meals and leaving me alone.

All that water, all that coleslaw, AND not needing to take insulin because I am not eating - I have the frizzing, foaming poopoos!!!

Finally, Hubby AHA's at me. You gotta come over here and read this, - - -  Now. Me: I am on the phone with - - -  who are you again??? From the phone, Mike w/ blah, blah, blah. Me: Okay, give be a Ball Park dollar amount for the monthly amount. Mike on the phone: I am not selling you a Ball Park??? Me: Well, if you are too young to know what Ball Park Figure means, I have to hang up now. Me: I hang up.

Hubby has been reading from Samaritan Health Plans, Advantage Premier, Premier Plus plans. This is the exact same Samaritan Health people we go to for our PC, Specialists, HOSPITAL, lab, Diabetic team, etc. etc. Me who is relatively new to the go see a Dr on a regular basis stuff (1st Hubby didn't allow it and I was dumb enough to *obey* him) and 2nd Hubby who hired on with the last employer not for the wages, but because they had the BEST medical coverage insurance he had ever seen. Plus he worked at Kaiser Permanente for 18 years, and never had this good of medical coverage. He worked at KP for the wages, ;)

So, the representative at Samaritan sent out the literature and application by overnight mail.  We got it, read it separately and then together as we not only compared it to USAA on line, but also to my previous coverage. Yeah, I was considering USAA - BUT had I gone with that, it would have taken too long for me to get in the the Medicare Plan whatever in time, plus I would have had to tear apart Hubby's Den looking for his military papers.

Finally, I filled out the application - then called the representative and told her I wanted to get the Premier Plus Plan Plus @ 140.00$ a month. 1 hour 37 minutes later I was enrolled, and when I get my card in the mail, then I can go online to my bank and send them the 1st months payment. My coverage starts 1 Aug 2017.

Hopefully by Aug 1, my SS Early Retirement benefits will have been deposited into our checking account. Yep, I took early SS Retirement. We need the money to pay for my medicare A & B, and the medical supplemental coverage I thought I had through his retirement coverage.

Samaritan Health Plan isn't as good as what I had before. My hearing aid coverage had been 100% paid - no limit. Now it is 500.00$ per year. My meds were get three months & just pay 2 months co-pay. My most expensive was my insulins, and those I paid a 50.00$ co-pay. Lantus Solostar Pens, 30 pens for 3 months cost over 3,000.00$. Now I will be paying 47% of that cost. Hospital co-pay is higher, as is Urgent Care/Emergency.

When we see what Hubby's Arizona State Retirement check is without the amount of my medical insurance being deducted - we just may keep Samaritan Health Premier Plan Plus. Not only will  pay for Lantus, but for HumaLog and Jardiance.

What I find odd is that Samaritan pays for 15 visits to an Acupuncturist and only 5 visits to a Chiropractor. Acupuncturist?? Before looking up who is in Network, I thought ~ okay, I'm willing to go have tiny, thin, SHARP straight pins inserted all over my body to see if all of that will get rid of the all over muscle pains, joint pains AND nephropathy. Looked them up, and there are 5 that are in Network, but they are all in the *Valley* aka Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, & Sweet Home. My Chiropractor didn't do anything for my nephropathy, but did wonders to ease the sciatic pains.

So, that pressure - worry - fear is eased. Now to wait, not so patiently really, for my coverage card to get here. In the interim, will type up list of the providers that will need my new insurance carriers w/ their associated numbers. I also want to know if Hubby's employee coverage still covers me for Dental? I just might type up a list of questions, then call them myself. With Hubby sitting not 10 feet from me, giving his permission for the rep. to divulge the data to me, his lawfully-wedded WIFE, should be able to find that out. If the answer is yes, then I want a new card from them with my insurance account number, plus how much a month they are deducting from Hubby's retirement amount. 

Oh, another gut wrenching event that I have ignoring is:::: In the month of June and July I was seen by: Chiropractor once, OBGYN, Dental Hygienist, Mammogram. In July: Endocrinologist NP, Blood Lab. So ~ do I have to pay more than the 15.00$ for the Chiropractor and Endo NP? 30.00$ for the OBGYN? and 0.00$ for the Mammo & Lab? The Dental, well - that is figured differently but I sure as the dickens don't want to pay the full cost.

sigh ~ my cat Fred has lost some more weight. Monday after I get the FreeStyle Libre Pro Sensor button removed from my arm, I'll hang a right out of the clinics parking lot and head up to Hwy 20 where I will hang another right to get the Animal Clinic. Will set up an appointment to bring Fred in to have some tests done. Find out what is causing him to lose weight. Even 0.69 pounds is too much for his little 8.2 pound body. That is what he weighed back in Feb. I have yet to set up the scale in the bathroom, scoop him up when he joins be on the bed and get us on the scale. BUT he feels lighter and thinner. AND he his drooling on me all the time now. Not just when I rub behind his ears.

Oh, and he won't eat the canned Fancy Feast - not even licking up just the gravy any more. He does however like luvsome. At 1.00$ per 3oz can he better like it all up. Not just the gravy! He is still eating the Purina One dry food. Thank goodness, cause there is about 10 pounds of it left.

Oh, and one last stop coming home Monday is my hairdresser. Not to do my hair, but to make an appointment for later in the week. Asked Hubby last week what he thought of me shaving my head. The look he gave me was indescribable. When he raised just one eye brow and tilted his head to the side - - that is when I spurted out my reasons. Well, okay, just one reason. Am. Tired. Of. It. Being. So. Flat. Drab. TotalPainInTheButtocks. To. Style/TakeCareOf.

Hubby: No response. No change in facial expression.
Iggy: When I go out in public, I will wear hats & scarfs of course.
Hubby: No Response. No change in facial expression.
Iggy: Leans over and puts palm of hand under Hubby's nose to make sure he is alive and breathing
Hubby: Laughs.
Iggy: Well, say something
Hubby: Puts headphones back on and goes back to his movie.
Iggy: sighs - goes to look for the electric shears. The one we bought when Hubby underwent chemo and I buzz cut his hair before it could fall out and be all over everything.
Iggy: two hours later ~ couldn't find the stupid thing.

1.5 weeks later - still thinking of cutting hair to 1/8" all over, as well as shaving eyebrows off.

Have come to the conclusion that I am going through a life crisis generated by turning 65 years old. The hair will grow back, hope the eyebrows don't.

 
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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #665 on: July 30, 2017, 04:55:35 pm »
Well if you don't like the buzz cut, you can always let it grow back. :)
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« Reply #666 on: July 30, 2017, 09:12:04 pm »
Even though the hair went to a mighty good cause, I wont be cutting it anytime soon again. I HATED that short hair HATED it.  If your skull is a pretty shape why not? you like your hair short anyway so it wont be too much of a change.xxx do not shave eyebrows. no. not ever.
 

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« Reply #667 on: July 30, 2017, 11:53:49 pm »
Why not the eyebrows Jana?

Tonight I shower & wash the hair, so I will brush it straight back to see what shape my skull is.

pnr ~ yep, it will grow back. My hair grows fast as it is.  I used to have my hair appointments set for the year - - every two months. Then I got sick, had to cancel, and never got back into it again.

Our lawn care guys were here today. Sunday, yes. They go to earliest Sunday Mass, so they think nothing of working later in the afternoon. Hubby and I were both home from church. Neither of us slept last night. Me, had GAS. Him ~ don't know, just didn't feel good.
 

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« Reply #668 on: July 31, 2017, 12:54:29 am »
I had a suedehead when I was 18. I've contemplated doing it again, mostly out of exhaustion. I like long hair, but I'm just not always up for it.

We're in Singapore at the moment. We came here to get Fahim's computer fixed - his keyboard is having problems. Unfortunately, we planned to stay for two weeks, and they had to order parts in, and it might not be fixed in time, and that would suck.

Meanwhile, we've been doing other things, like shopping for stuff we can't get in Sri Lanka. We just got back from Mustafa's, which is a fairly huge Indian department store that's more than a bit disorganized and holy doodle crowded at 10 am.

We stopped by the bakery section and picked up some Samosas for lunch - less than S$2 each, and two each were enough to fill each of us. Cheap lunch! 
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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #669 on: July 31, 2017, 10:22:18 am »
Iggy - something that might help you with the insulin co-pays: check into prices of both Novolog and Humalog. They are interchangeable for me and sometimes my insurance covers one and then they will switch. It's possible one is lower than the other. I know some people need to go up or down a unit when changing, but there is no change at all for me.

Also look into switching Lantus for Basaglar. Basaglar is fairly new and I've found not everyone knows about it.  Some consider it as almost a generic for Lantus and for me it is MUCH cheaper. The only thing I don't like about it, sounds like it wouldn't be a problem for you - it only comes in pens, no vials and syringes.
Time for a change.  I am yungmom, but have wanted a new username for some time.
 
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« Reply #670 on: July 31, 2017, 10:57:08 am »
Why not the eyebrows Jana?

they might grow back in wierder than ever.

people need eyebrows to look human.

you would have to draw eyebrows for the rest of your days.

just a few reasons I can think of
 
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Re: Cabin & Porch
« Reply #671 on: July 31, 2017, 10:09:19 pm »
It sounds like a few people here could use some relaxation. Anyone feel like going to cat yoga tomorrow night? Punkin & Tellulah are coming, & Dreyfuss wants me to find out if dogs would be welcome. No, it isnít what you think.

http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/At-this-yoga-class-in-S-F-cat-pose-involves-11721803.php
 

 
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« Reply #672 on: August 01, 2017, 03:01:19 pm »
Iggy, hair grows. I had a buzz cut a few years ago. It isn't an uncommon style these days and you wouldn't really need to wear a scarf, if you don't want to. You may have to spend some time explaining to people that you don't have cancer - people get really sympathetic when they see a woman with no hair, wearing scarves; mostly though, people don't say anything - they just look at you with sad eyes. But short hair is nice in the heat.

I have a similar situation coming up with insurance. Yesterday received a letter telling us that we have to submit a copy of our marriage certificate and latest tax form. We have a month. The taxes aren't a problem but the marriage certificate is. Our certificate was lost years ago and ordering a copy may take longer than the month allowed. We were married in Heidelberg. I found that we can order a copy via fax but there is no information on how we are supposed to pay for it - the amount, yes but nothing on form of payment.
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« Reply #673 on: August 01, 2017, 03:16:23 pm »
Post tax season is pretty good this year.  I am in the office about 25 to 30 hours a week, get paid $400.00 a month, get to play on the computer, pinterest, facebook, nauvoo etc all I want and I am in a very comfy climate controlled atmosphere! I know the pay is really low, but I am helping my friend build up her business, and she has had to take a second job to make the rent and utilities on the place.  So I answer phones, deal with clients and letters and such. Beats being unemployed totally and I watch all my favorite older shows on youtube.  Not bad really.


Roper moved, Iggy is contemplating haircuts, LMAshton  our lovely administrator,  is in exotic Singapore.

 So what has everyone else done during the summer so far?
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« Reply #674 on: August 08, 2017, 05:32:39 pm »
Thanks to my niece, I was able to use her kitchen and cook up a storm.  Spaghetti, goulash, lasagna, posole, two types of enchiladas, elbows for salads to be made later, key lime pie, chocolate mousse pie and peppermint pies, and mac-n-cheese.  There is plenty to go around, what did not fit in my little fridge and freezer I left here!
 
 
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