Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NH in the Hizzouse and how much could ONE PILL possibly cost?!

Had a visitor today - yay! Took the mind off my all liquid day. And it was good to have someone over - esp who got to see the new house. Plus Azmo was WAY excited -- another DOG person, pant, pant, jump jump... wag wag wag. Nicole brightened my day - thank you dear!! Plus she brought a wonderful goodie bag for pre and post surgery which was super thoughtful! SF water mix-ins, Carnation instant breakfast, an awesome celeb addition crossword puzzle book and a mug to make my liquid drinks at least a little more fashionable.

I had a really good (ie disciplined, followed diet to a tee) day -- so I'm hopeful - even if it took a week to get here - that I kinda rounded the hump! It's hard to become really hungry/crave an 8oz protein shake... so if anything I'm more generally bored w it all. BUT I'm keeping w/in the appropriate snacks, foods, etc. I can't find SHIT for flavors beyond the vanilla and chocolate -- it's gotta be the HIGH PROTEIN SLIMFAST.

So please keep your eye open for other flavors -- or pls pass on recommendations on where I can find other good uns...

I did mix in some leftover coffee this AM so that was a real life saver as I rounded the aftn on my 2nd 'meal' - w 1 apple, 2 2%milk Polly O's and 8oz of morning slimfast in my belly...

It costs HOW much?!

So our health insurance has gotten shittier like yr by yr the last hmm 4 years or so...

Now that we've at least moved away from the sham of a Health Savings Acct (not to be confused w the awesome concept of a Flex Spend Acct... let's just say 'savings' was an aspirational term) - we have some deductible to satisfy as well as then a co-insurance to pay until we finally reach some ungodly amount of 'Max out of pocket' - which is like thousands of dollars - on top of what we pay each paycheck twice a month...

So even though this surgery is 'approved' by Aetna, it's still gonna cost all told approx $2K. Still a far cry better than no coverage at all - which is like 10times that BUT still absurd given what I'm shelling out each paycheck - I mean it costs $200 to check my cholesterol?! geebus -- this after not seeing a SINGLE bill after my back surgery - which was more invasive, 4 times longer and also an overnight stay...

SO to my point -- the absurdity of insurance expense and how I can absolutely understand those 'I had insurance but still had to declare bankruptcy' commercials that ran incessantly during the campaigns...

I picked up the rx at Target this aftn. Refresher for those reading my earlier post -- it was for 1 pill - ONE PILL...

And how much did that ONE pill cost???

$25

ironically - it was for 1 pill that's an anti-nausea med... which is ironic bc I about PUKED when I heard the price... and then of course... paid it.

Dammit.

About those commercials...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6895896/

Apparently I'm only $10K shy of being the avg medical expenses incurred of those having to declare bankruptcy - and that's those WITH insurance...

absurd

Some petitions to sign here urging healthcare reform... on divided we fail

http://www.aarp.org/issues/dividedwefail/

2 comments:

Jim Van Fleet said...

Holy shit!

I'll keep my eye out for shakes.

-Megan

NicM said...

I'm honored to make the blog!! I just got access to your blog on my new computer so sorry it has taken me a bit to get reconnected. You are going to do great tomorrow - look forward to an update! if rob is sending out and all clear email, pls try to get him to add me. Talk to you soon!
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