I’m postponing finger surgery. The other day the surgeon’s office called. They wanted roughly $2000 up front. As in that very day.
I could have paid it, but that wasn’t the end of it. She said I’d then get a bill from the surgeon as well as the anesthesiologist.
No one could give me a total.
Navigating Health Insurance Is Sometimes A Nightmare:
I pay for health insurance. And I pay taxes as an independent contractor so I can opt into insurance.
But this being open ended did not make me at all comfortable. So I’ve postponed it.
I don’t know how long I’ll last like this, because my fingers are not very operable in my daily life. Everything is a big task.
But for now, possibly just a month or so, I’m waiting. And probably watching a lot of British TV and reading books.
When I Begin Medicare:
I will begin getting Medicare next year. I’ll be 65 in February 2022. If things get much worse I guess I’ll just opt to pay for the surgeries before then.
I’m hoping when I am on Medicare, that if I get a decent supplemental Medicare policy things will be better. I won’t know I guess till I get there.
And Then There’s Charlie:
Plus Charlie can no longer get his medicine down without my shoving it down his throat because he has no teeth and can’t pick it up.
So I was worried how on earth I was going to hold his head and get it down his throat with one hand.
Plus how I was going to lift him up and down and not drop him using just one hand.
How Much We Use Our Fingers:
One does not realize how much they rely on their fingers and hands until something like this happens.
Not to mention that I’m still going to PT for my back, which is getting better but very slowly. Probably lifting Charlie up and down is complicating things. But you do what you have to do.
I am so very thankful for grocery delivery services. A Shipt deliverer just left.
They are so kind and thoughtful. They will even bring it inside to my dining table instead of leaving it on the porch.
It would be hard for me to handle from the porch. I make sure to tip them well.
The PGA is apparently here in Tulsa this weekend. Only about a block or so from where I live. So I will not be going out anywhere.
I will be publishing the Friday home tour here in just a bit.