Tuesday, January 24, 2012

So much accomplished

I am seriously going to bed before 7 p.m. Thanks to Hannibal I got next to no sleep because he kept waking me up...deliberately.  Four times he did that.  Got right in my face and woke me up.  Then ignored me once I was awake.

But Zach survived his dr appointment and even managed to remain conscious while having his blood drawn.  Fortunately he got the phlebotomist who usually draws blood from my crappy veins and is a wonder at it. He hardly felt any pain at all.  She didn't put him on anti-depressants though.  Instead she referred him to a psychiatrist.  I would love for Zach to get better but we flat out can't afford to see a psychiatrist on a regular basis, plus afford the anti-depressants.  I don't know why she did it that way when all she ever does with me is offer me the meds.

So we are going to try a strict regimen of diet and exercise and if he's not showing some minimal improvement in a month, we'll find the money somehow.  But I just don't know where it's going to come from.  We wouldn't have a co-pay; we'd have to pay most of the bill on our own.

And...he's got to find a podiatrist because he's got two ingrown toenails that need to be operated on.  There are no podiatrists in our network so we'll be paying the out-of-network fees of nearly 50%.  What good is insurance if you can't afford to use it?  This one we'll have to bite the bullet on because he is in a lot of pain and can't walk for long periods of time.  I'll pick the one in the next town instead of driving up to Fond du Lac though.  Why are the podiatrists, all of them, out of the networks?  WTF??

I had tons of errands today besides the dr appointment but we got the taxes paid, the pets licensed, the water bill and Culligan bill paid and the car gassed up.  Plus I picked up some stuff to help us with our diet and exercise.  I'm going to count calories because that's the only way I know of to lose weight.  It's the keeping it off part that I suck at.  But I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

So...Tom is getting pizza tonight.  I'm going to stick it in the oven now and he can heat it up when he gets home.  Me, I'm going to bed.  And probably to sleep.  If I wake up at midnight, so be it.  I've been fighting this all day and I'm worn out from it.



Anny said...

Hi Kathy,
Wow I don't understand the US health system!! My two oldest daughters both had ingrown toenails. One persevered until it healed but the other was so bad that it had to be operated on. It was the best thing we ever did. I think the poison that is in the toe also makes their whole body suffer.She definitely improved her whole demeanor after the op. Good luck with your new healthy lifestyle :)

Kathy said...

The US health care system is a capitalist system that cares more about profit than taking care of people. We're lucky to have "good" insurance but we still can't use it much because of the high deductible. Fortunately I found out today that the podiatrist is in our system. Still, they don't pay anything but the first office visit until the deductible is paid off first.