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  1. Bought a very nice red shirt at a boutique I like to patronize. I went in their once last Fall and found out the woman running it immigrated to the US from Poland when she was 8. I was born here but had 2 Polish parents. Anyway, boutiques have been doing very badly in my city since so many companies and most of the fed govt is still working at home. Then dh and I went shopping at Fresh Market where we got a Roast Chicken for 5, and a very complete dinner kit with shrimp, pasta, veggies, sauce, bread crumbs and bread for 4 (actually stuff like the bread crumbs lasts longer- especially since if you chose the chicken- you may have used breadcrumbs but with shrimp?? Plus a few other items but dh wanted to get out early to evade the pounding rain but we didn\t make it. Set up our HBO and also recorded a number of movies on our FUBO. adjusted tip of Instacart-which arrived after dinner and I put it away NOw off to watch the final episode of Expanse and then?????
  2. Heart Center billing situation completed=--- turns out I owe even less than I thought=30 v 90 Dh is home from an interview that went really well= it is just for a part time position with his current employer while continuing to work most of the time at current place Now a bit of a rest then the rest of my list. ..
  3. No nap here. I was watching the local news at lunch and today a better study came out on risks for cognitive decline -turns out the sweet spot of sleeping is what I normally do- 4.5 to 6.5 hours of actual sleep because they used EEGS. That is just like what Fitbit measures though it is not as accurate- but it does show that people awake during the night even if they do not remember and doesn't count those times. And since I have foggy states not correlated with sleep amounts, I think I will keep trying to hit that spot of sleeping. And my kids never slept as much as experts claimed babies needed- and I know I didn't either -can't remember as a baby but do remember that I had to be very imaginative at night and would try to do things like play very quietly, or look at books - read them when I was older. Just did an instacart order. Now am going to call the Heart Center billing.
  4. Lunch done Betterhelp scheduled NOw a bit of bird watching on my porch then Instacart order from Publix
  5. So the nurse advocate was very minimally helpful== the only thing she was able to do was explain to me the procedure to get home health aid. She couldn't/wouldn't help with getting explanation of surgery, wouldn't help with my whole billing issue w/the heart center ( they have just increased the amounts on one of the bills by almost 50 dollars and sent the other two bills with the same amount and I only owe them the amount of one of the bills but not any others) Nor could she help with bad claim response by Tricare either. When I was fretting about whiting out procedure codes, dh pointed out by looking at the bill that 2 procedures aren't charged and there is only a charge for medication management while the other two are free. So I called Tricare Humana claims (and the procedure to get a human in claims is very annoying) and got a second very competent person this week who did understand the issue and is waiting for higher ups to resolve the wrong denial of claim, plus they got my name wrong on their form letter to me too.
  6. Really slow start but did at least return message to my counselor and wrote a great review about her on Betterhelp. I will be getting a session today or tomorrow. Great news is that my rheumatologist is fantastic and she got my prior authorization done very fast. And Express Scripts called me last night to schedule and I will be getting Enbrel on Tuesday. Yeah! Awaiting call back from Surgery nurse regarding pre-op testing appt at the hospital and the first appt after the surgery which will be on the 29th of November. Done- just spent 20 minutes with dh picking pants and shirt to go with his new jacket and even assuring him that maroon wingtips go well with what we picked. And I need to make sure I remove the shirts that do not fit which he insisted on putting back. It turned out that one of his favorite shirts that was too small was the same as the shirt that we finally chose and he refuses to believe that the fact that he puts everything on high heat in the dryer ruins clothes and shrinks clothes. I showed him the skirt that I am wearing that he had washed and dried at some point- it ruined the waist band that has elastic in it. It is now all lumpy in areas and it is that way with several of my skirts.
  7. Good morning! It is foggy here and looks great. Breakfast and more meds Shower Got up too late- Couldn't do it since I am super foggy and everything is taking too long. Put out compost bin and deal with cleaning the little one Calling health advocate Calling many other insurance/health/etc people Still doing this termite inspection here today get to Fresh Market somehow and that outside shopping center and do the shopping I wanted to do- and the wandering eat the dinner we will get from Fresh Market watch final episode of the Expanse with dh much more but need to wake up more for that
  8. It was my great desire to be a CAJA after homeschooling. I couldn't because my disabilities chose that time to greatly increase and prevent me from even doing almost all volunteer work. In most of my state, including the neighboring counties to the west, it is called CASA. But in my county, it is called CAJA, because CASA was already in existence in my county but it was and is a volunteer organization that helps the 60 and over and the homebound disabled (like I have been and now will be again due to upcoming surgery), with transportation, installation of things like grab bars, building wheelchair ramps, growing vegetables and then delivering them, etc.
  9. Congratulations! I am going to be a much older first time grandmother in mid to late Nov- many of my friends that I had over the years on Facebook who are my age have been grandmothers for years. Unfortunately, I will not be able to pick baby up until maybe right before Christmas or maybe in January, since I am having spinal surgery exactly a week before Thanksgiving. It should be really fun to be a grandmother - I have been having fun buying books, toys and clothes. So will you.
  10. MOstly done Maybe have dh and I go to brand new library branch which he wanted to visit and I have a hold I didn't have much time to look around but there is a nice cafe, Makers room- where 3D printers and other such stuff are located, lots of nice areas for reading including a garden area. Looking forward to actually going there and seeing it better Go to eyeglass place and get the eyeglass nose took inly about 5 minutes including waiting for the person to come to the dask MOre shopping in person- did a quick partial look around toy store a few doors down and I noticed their prices are less than a lot of Amazon. Bought a cool Playmobile construction truck and female worker and other things for 1.5years and up and it was made in Malta-not China- which I much prefer-- hate all those recalls for toxic paint, parts too small, falling apart and becoming choking hazards, et Turns out we had to go to giant shopping mall about 15 minutes away for dh to pick up suit jacket he ordered so we ordered from an Eastern European/Western Asian restaurant-- took a long time because order was cancelled incorrectly, than we ordered again and it took 15 minutes for main cook to realize that the item he thought they had was gone from the frig- just a main cook plus asst cook for entire restaurant and he was also dealing with all takeout and delivery orders Finally got dinner about an hour after we ordered (it was to go) but it was super delicious grab dinner to go from shopping center Chronic Illness support group meeting online Amazon order Read/watch
  11. I feel a lot better now. No more issues happened and really enjoyed Quarantine Book Club Done Scheduled mammogram left message to surgeon\s nurse to change pre-op day and then left another one later to change post-op visit (I thought I could just call the reception desk and change that one but no, I can't) found the phone number of one of the potential nurse advocates and called and the person told me she would be calling back (I didn't like the new one they gave me and they are trying to have me work with her again but she had a bad attitude and we will see--- Found out that my Enbrel prescription is processing but I want to get it very fast so will check on it again later communicated with our yard care person and got him to come out and do just the leaves today because although I want more bush trimming and weed removal in side yard, that can wait. He hadn't checked the weather and said he would be coming later today or tomorrow- we are having rain throughout tomorrow- possibly heavy and possibly thunderstorms made myself a tasty lunch and ate that figured out that Humana Tricare East claims person made a mistake on a claim from last year that we only received notice about in a group of EOBs that was sent in late Sept. Called Humana Tricare and spoke with a very competent claims person who did understand that it was a mistake and sent it back for processing. The problem was that we met our catastrophic limit in July 2020 and this was a claim from Oct 2020 and it claimed that we hadn't met our deductible so it had us paying a co-pay. She also very helpfully explained that the Home Health Agency I used in March/April did not send in the claims correctly- they need to send all the dates of service as one claim- not to it daily like they told me they had to do. To do Maybe have dh and I go to brand new library branch which he wanted to visit and I have a hold Go to eyeglass place and get the eyeglass nose MOre shopping in person grab dinner to go from shopping center Chronic Illness support group meeting online Amazon order Read/watch
  12. Prayers for him. I am sure I will have to get this surgery and I have Sjogren's so super dry eyes and yes, my AS makes it very painful to lie on my back without softness and being able to move, and something, probably dysautonomia, is causing bladder and gastro issues, and on and on and on. I really hope it goes well for him and would appreciate you telling us or PM me about how it went and any difficulties he encountered.
  13. Good morning everyone! I was having a good morning, ate breakfast, took some meds but not all,vsaving some for after I got home. We went to pick up dh's truck which was ready last night but I couldn't help doing it last night. Then when I was driving home, I wanted to go to get my eyeglasses fixed since the little rubber piece on the nose part fell off on one side and they opened at 9 am. But after parking, I knew I had to go home to prevent a disaster in the store. I got home, and gastro disaster happened-- Cleaning me and everything up wore me out. Plus I am now out one underwear, one pair of pants, and one pair of flip flops. Can I say I hate my autoimmune diseases? At least I guess I am lucky- I have only had this level of disaster about 4 times since the first time around 2007. Oh and his is not bacterial or viral in origin either because I have had those kinds and they make your abdomen hurt, it keeps happening over and over and over. This really doesn't=== I figure it is from my dysautonomia. Take more meds including ones that reduce chances for this to happen but have to check which interact with coumadin Log onto Quarantine Book Club Zoom meeting More later
  14. My dinner was good. Not scanning anything tonight cause I will make a mistake. Setting aside which presents to put in gift bags (and doing that) and which to wrap. Then I probably will watch Belgian mystery show I started.
  15. Other done items free Aphasia clinic online at 10 that I forgot to list got coumadin dosage schedule until Nov 9th when I have a new appt. Tried to get mammography appt w no luck so far and then tried pre-op appt line and it is wrong on the paper- or since this is the same hospital system, maybe all phones off- will do again soon Do tomorrow left message for nurse at primary care to call and schedule pre-physical-she will be calling me on Thursday since she is down to 2 days a week. I actually like the new nurse who is his nurse 3 days a week better. scheduled termite appt Music Appreciation class- though the music was Eleanor Rigby and that is one of my Beatles songs I am not very fond of To Do or Doing Zoom Lupus support group=Rheumatologist talking about Skin and Mucous membrane involvement in Lupus - Attending Scan post-operation instructions and send to kids watch something
  16. Hi all, woke up again to bad back pain but fortunately I got 5 hours of sleep so pretty good. (and I am so fortunate to be like Donald Trump in this way- we are some of the very weird people who can function well with less sleep than most- I have had that blessing ever since I was a very small child-but my personality is certainly not the same😁) Done Coffee and oatmeal prep put old cereals in compost bin in kitchen TO DO shower first make breakfast Redo paratransit application and fax to my doctor. Apparently it never got to my physician. I think I may have left it with another receptionist and it was never turned over to my doctor. re-message rheumatologist about changing to Enbrel, upcoming surgery Call health advocate nurses figure out if my Subaru electric system is whacked or is it a problem of wrong chargers (on our birding trip, we had smoke start coming out of the cigarette lighter- which is how we have to charge things since we have an 06) See if car is ready and pick it up-- if not ready till afternoon- have Toyota dealer van pick him up figure out dinner- I have chicken breasts and want to do something very easy in Instapot equivalent continue work on putting away summer clothes and organizing fall/winter clothes- can't put away all summer clothes because of where I live More later
  17. I am very sorry for your loss. And I am also very sorry about how she passed. I only hope it helps any other relatives of her who aren't vaccinated and didn't have Covid in the last 3 months, to get vaccinated.
  18. To do Check my patient account at orthopedic center for notes Did nothing on there really helped me take shower call spinal surgeon's nurse and reschedule surgery and pre-op appt at hospital and post-opp appt back at orthopedic center, plus inquire about pain medication protocals (and explain what I am currently on, plus tell me how I can get information about surgery to my rheumatologist and primary care doctor) forgot to do call my primary care and get appt re-message my rheumatologist about upcoming surgery After my appt w/primary Turns out my last message wasn't sent and now need to do two so putting off till tomorrow figure out if latest bill from Heart Center is correct and if so, pay it It isn't- got three more bills today after one last week. I have to maybe tomorrow get one of two health advocates to help me with this mess. I already explained that they had wrong billing last month. do INR later today- I will do before dinner Actually got this done find out if ddil can come help with medication box or else do it myself Not doing today see if dh's truck is ready was not ready this afternoon- was able to take meds at 4:40pm return cpap machine will do this I have so much to do with this tomorrow or Wednesday. Machine is recalled, place I got it from moved and I'm not sure where they are and they billed insurance for recalled cpap machine New to do Go to concierge primary care appt I got my high dose flu vaccine too Call both health care advocate nurses- one for the giant messup with Tricare stupidity about 3 months of conservative treatment-- I have had so much PT over the last 5 years for falling, plus have been on Gralise for over 4 yrs, amytriptilline for 4 months, and steriods for 20 years or so. The other needs to deal with the stupid Heart center wrong payments- I may call her tomorrow.\ - Both tomorrow Hopefully know whether we have to pick up car or I can take more muscle relaxant--- I am so extremely tense over this mess with my surgery. The ortho people were trying to calm me down because I am so worried about tricare stupidity. Can I tell you how much I hate Humana???? Go to Publix and get my prescriptions filled and dh got his flu shot, yeah! now to sign him up for COVID booster Eat dinner Clean up the mess I made with taking out summer clothes and putting in winter-- couldn't get it done, hopefully finish tomorrow but have to get off our bed Try to relax, we will watch Expanse.
  19. Good morning! I slept only 4 hours this morning so not very happy with that, especially since I woke up at 4:15, extremely stiff and in a lot of pain. I think the hike I took yesterday did that. And I will try to download the photos off my phone today so I can actually post that photo I wanted to about where I went hiking. We did see some cool warblers too but I have already messaged my rheumatologist that yes, I want to change biologics. I took the Cosentyx last week and taking a slow paced, with stops, about a one mile hike should not cause such a problem with my back. I normally never have such a problem with it unless I sleep over 8 hours and then I am not in excruciating pain either since that is what I did two nights ago. Also it isn't raining or anything. To do Check my patient account at orthopedic center for notes take shower call spinal surgeon's nurse and reschedule surgery and pre-op appt at hospital and post-opp appt back at orthopedic center, plus inquire about pain medication protocals and explain what I am currently on, plus tell me how I can get information about surgery to my rheumatologist and primary care doctor call my primary care and get appt re-message my rheumatologist about upcoming surgery figure out if latest bill from Heart Center is correct and if so, pay it do INR later today find out if ddil can come help with medication box or else do it myself see if dh's truck is ready go to class at library do some insurance stuff maybe return cpap machine
  20. As a person who has asthma and has had asthma bad enough to go to ER- I can well understand this. I think people who have never had the experience of having a hard time breathing just do not understand how bad being out of breath is. Which is why I think I have to be very graphic with my dh who needs to step up with caring for himself- he has had the first two COVID shots but needs to get flu and booster COVID and both pneumonia shots too--- he has asthma and really needs to go to my allergist or a pulmonologist and get at least basic testing. He also needs to get a new mouth appliance for his sleep apnea. He also has one other issue that needs to be addressed. And while he was mad at me for dragging him to the dermatologist since last time the dermatologist said he needed to be seen in 2 years, he was quite okay once he got there and very happy he now can wait three years to go.
  21. Exactly I know I learned a lot.
  22. We do not have the same prices but within the last month and a half, we have had several stories in our local news or in my newspaper about people who have moved here and can't find housing. Those people are begging on social media for housing solutions, staying in regular motels if they didn't preplan long ago enough, staying in campgrounds, buying trailers, RVs, etc, staying with friends, acquaintances, or moving far away. My cleaners moved from MS recently and ended up in a city that is 40 miles away from my house and even further away from many of their other clients who are mostly in my city. House prices and rental prices have risen tremendously and it is starting to become a big issue- though many, many houses and apartments are being constructed and also in my area of town, which was built in the later 60s, there are still a number of original owners, or later owners who are just old and as they die or move to alternative housing like retirement homes, that opens up more housing. Though, I think the demand for group living has probably greatly diminished. And it doesn't help that one new so-called luxury independent living, assisted care and memory care place built on the other side of the mountain I live on, got a large fine from HUD for not having an ADA compliant living space. They neglected to make wheelchair, rollator, walker, crutches, etc accessible sidewalks and also had a number of places with stairs and no elevator, no ramp, nothing at all. Last week, I believe, there was a story about how the city dd2 and dsil has people with Section 8 housing vouchers but no houses or apartments that will accept them. And the cause was that no one needed to accept the Section 8 housing when the demand of people who don't need any government bureaucracy involved, is so very high. (I know that in low demand or normal demand, often times people are willing to trade the govt hassles for the fact that they are guaranteed to get most of their payment since it comes from the govt but in times when there is such a demand for housing, the landlords can be very picky). And last month we also had stories about the increase in homelessness too- not necessarily the usual mentally ill or substance abuse users homeless- just people who can't find housing that they can afford or they have bad history so landlords don't want them and don't need to want them since they have so many applicants for each place. Both dd2 and her dsil buying in a nearby city and ds and ddil renting in my city were the first people to look at their respective houses and had strong applications. Ds and ddil had to have a guarantor for their house rental and we were the guarantors and that let them have the house -because they will be using 35% of their current income on this rental. As it is, we have helped with paying their rents (they still have 3 apartments and house they are renting- because of slow moving, getting out of lease issues, and because they couldn't get married until last Friday and as it was, she didn't want to marry on Friday because it is her ex\s bday.
  23. We are a mostly tech city too, and we keep getting really big divisions of huge companies move here too. Plus we are having a new Mazda-Toyota plant opening up in the area I think next year and with that, many more companies are either expanding or starting up to service that. We have lots of space stuff expanding. We have Bio stuff expanding. Just about every week, we are getting notified by our mayor or group of local mayors and county council heads, that some new company or division is moving here with at least 150 people normally and often 500 or more, and since our unemployment is something like 2.3% here, we have lots of people moving in to meet the demand and not enough housing. When I just looked on Zillow for my city, almost all the houses were listed as being on a few days. And looking at two that lowered prices, I think those were flip homes and having been through this process with both dd1 and recently dd2-- flip homes are often either very shoddily done or way too high an asking price or both. With dd1, the flip homes had things like floors that weren't flat, obviously very cheap materials, strange layouts, etc. With dd2, she only looked at 2 houses since she was buying a home in this crazy market. The first home she looked at she found on Zillow and made an appointment to go see it and we went with her. It turned out that the realtor who came wasn't the listing agent- and boy, was she happy with that, and the house was extremely overpriced, the listing contained all sorts of lies about the place (like the appliances were top of the line, when they were actually the bottom of the line, that the counters were stone or granite, and when I brushed against it the peel off fake granite plastic top came apart from the wood counter, the layout was extremely strange, etc, etc). The real estate agent was also horrified at the place-it had been bought for 75,000 in Jan 2021 and with very minimal expenditures (since I found the photos from the listing back then), was being resold for 215,000. The house she just closed on Friday was smaller than they wanted (by a lot) but in very good condition, all on one floor-which should help dd who has autoimmune issues she needs to get sorted out, and in very good neighborhood not near to a crime area as the other house was.
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