Thursday, September 07, 2006

Jim's Settled/V's Day

Yesterday, we got Jim out of the hospital and into Shipley Manor Health Center, a medicare approved skilled nursing facility (SNF) to keep him safe, healthy, and rehabbed while V goes through her surgery. At the hospital occupational therapy, Jim and Venita had practiced getting Jim into and out of a car. So when the real deal came yesterday, we did it with flying colors. V was so proud of Jim!!

Already today, V has had a phone appointment with the vet (who is an hour drive away) about being more aggressive in treating Max's CRF. V will be starting Max on fluids soon. She needs to chat some with the folks on the CRF (Chronic Renal Failure) and CRF/FD (Feline Diabetes) boards about some things the vet said. That will come much later.

In 2 hours, V has an appointment with her GYN. V is supposed to get PAP smears every 4 months because of cervical displasia. This one is long overdue, put off because of the chemo. Along with the PAP, she will get a colposcopy, which she hasn't googled, but understands to be something of a mini biopsy of the cervical tissue.

After that, V will head out to see Jim and finish the paperwork for his admission. That package had to be 2" thick. All V signed last night were authorizations for physician treatment, labs, and medicines. Also, last night they gave V a list of Jim's meds, and she had to check the insurance company's formulary to see whether they would cover those meds. For many of them, they only cover generic. Why does life have to be so difficult and confusing when folks get old and have less brain power and energy to fight the system. This really sucks, not just for us but for all older folks. We don't understand the "universal" healthcare that other countries have, but we know that healthcare coverage in the US needs alot of improvement, and some universality. We are very lucky to have excellent coverage because of Jim's military career. But we still see what happens to us and to others.

5 comments:

DebandGiz said...

Is there a military base/fort near you, dearest Venita? I'm asking because maybe you can get some of Jim's scrips filled at a military hospital...

When my mom first started Enbril (years ago) for her RA, she and my dad were aghast at the $1,200-$1,500/month cost! Long story short (because it's about time to test, shoot, and pill cram the little darling), they called around to the various army/navy hospitals in the metropolitan DC area and found she could get it for free at Walter Reade... A pain in the ass drive around the Beltway from Springfield, VA, but well worth the trip!

After my dad passed away, my sister or I would try to time our trips to see mom around her Enbril refill time, and fit in a trip to WR... At some point, either Medicare or Tri-Care for Life (her military supplemental insurance) kicked in and she was able to get it right at the Greensprings' pharmacy (Greensprings is the retirement community where she lives) for her $9 co-pay... She's sadly off the Enbril now as it became ineffective for her RA...

You can also see if some of those scrips can be switched to generic meds... My mom has multiple issues and therefore multiple meds, so has done her share of bitching and moaning regarding the new formularies... You're right about it all being incredibly confusing! The whole healthcare system needs major re-thinking!

I'm so glad Jim is getting settled in his temporary digs... Sounds like a OT is already paying off! And once that 2 inches of paperwork is finally completed, much weight will be removed from your shoulders...

Ah, Venita, please know we're all thinking only good, hopeful, healing thoughts and prayers for you both, Max too... Hope all your tests go well today! We'll check back in tonight...

Much love and countless hopeful, healing thoughts, prayers, and hugs for you all,
Deb & Giz (I'm thinking really, really, really good thoughts for you and Jim too, dear Venita!!! Can you hear them?)

Alice said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending hugs your way.

Alice

Alice said...

Anyone have an update on V?

Martha and Alley Cat said...

I'm wondering the same thing....

DebandGiz said...

Me too...

Any updates, dearest Venita?

We're all holding you close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers... And we're hoping, thinking, and praying everything's, well, everything...

Please give us all a nod when you can, sweetie, okay?

Much love and countless, hopeful, healing hugs too,
Deb & Giz (Count me worrying too, dear Venita! If you don't feel like typing, maybe Max, Ennis, or Lily can just post a little something, okay?)