November 4, 2019

A Busy Quiet Day If That's Possible


Heidi has turned into a food begging monster. It doesn't matter that she had a meal just an hour before, if she sees me walking to or I am in the kitchen, she is there doing nothing but giving me the look that she needs a treat. With any hound you have to watch their weight. Too heavy means joint problems later, lower back problems with bassets and hips with bloodhounds. With that in mind I cannot pass out treats every time they want one. Yet, she tries to lay the guilt trip on me with her eyes.


I think you will notice a huge difference from last nights sky as it got close to sundown. Tonights skies were beautiful. These were from Sunday night. I will warn you though, tonight I don't have a lot to say nor do I have a lot of photos to post. I spent most of the day in town at one medical facility or another and that does leave a lot of time for taking photos. I did fit in a short 34 minute bicycle ride again today .... the winds made me work a little more than I wanted. I would downshift and ride slower is all.


I am finding out this medical arena is hard to figure out. Who does what, who pays for what, they say appealing costs is normal but I have a question that no one seems to answer. Anyone out there in blogland able to answer this question?

"If I do appeal a charge(s) and that take over 30 days to have an answer, will the balance due be reported to my credit agency as a late payment over 30 days, thus hurting my credit rating? I would be willing to pay for something I don't have to just so I don' have a balance due over 30 days old, and having it show up on my credit report as a "late payment"


I have to laugh when I hear "Medicare for All" ... Really?? I will not get into the financial side of that disaster but I will say that if you think the entire USA population is going through any kind of medical program run by the government ... take a quick look how that works out at the VA. You really want the government to tell who you can and cannot see as your doctor or surgeon? I am going to kick back in my couch and watch the circus when that happens.


These are from today, not quite 5pm. The Southwestern skies never give a poor show.




Overall the neighborhood is a lot quieter than I ever expected. Next door is an old 13 or 14 year old pug. We don't hear of him much but when he is out barking it always makes Stella curious what that sound is. If you didn't know any different the pug sounds like it has been a lifelong cigarette smoker.


Of course that is also the same neighbor that gave her some bbq chicken one Sunday night after asking me if it was okay. So she might be checking out for any sounds of him firing up his bbq grill. She isn't particular when it comes to grilling ... steaks, fat, chicken, wings, ... just toss it over the fence to her, she'll find it.

I've been waking up in the middle of the night lately unable to get back to sleep for hours so tonight I am going to try to stay up late for the first time since I moved here and see if that helps me sleep through the night. I catch myself more and more ALMOST getting into bed or the car the normal way instead of the way the PT showed me. I am also waking up at night about to roll on my right side to sleep, the surgical side. So is that the body speaking to me, telling me it's okay to do normal movement?

Another beautiful day here in the Wild West. Possible exploration day tomorrow.

6 comments:

  1. In the last two years I find that about 3-4 times a week I wake after 4 hours of sleep. Then I am wide awake for about an hour and BAM I go to sleep instantly when I hit the bed for about three more hours. It feels really good when it happens. Usually I just check things on the computer for a half hour or so in that awake time. The first few times I tried to fight it with absolute failure.

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    1. That about the right routine. If it gets really bad I'll actually get up and check out the computer like last night for two hours. I had just to convince a bloodhound that I'm sleeping for three more hours instead of getting up to start the day. She cooperates most of the time. I don't try to fight it, I'm just tired of it.

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  2. Beautiful pictures both yesterday and today. Sleeping can become a challenge for us as we age. :) Maybe I'm too much of an optimist in thinking that if our elected officials would quit fighting with each other and work together maybe a health care system could be worked out and we'd still have a choice on which doc to see. Not likely to happen with all the one upping that occurs.

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    1. Thanks. The chance of our elected officials working together is slim and none, now and in the future.

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  3. Maybe it is age, but my sleeping pattern can be the same. Usually I do the computer or read for a while and then get back to sleep.

    When I had my medical event and continuing appointments, etc. between my Medicare Parts A & B, along with my supplement I never had an issue or had to appeal any charge. The only bill I received was for a lab test that was denied and I just paid it - $64.00. Two years later the hospital did an audit and found they had been paid by insurance and sent me a refund. Good luck.

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    1. Well it's good to see that more people than just me get up in the middle of the night and wander to the computer desk. My medical billing problem all started when paperwork went in with a name that was not my official name on driver's license, Medicare card. That is slowly being corrected and resubmits are being paid by them. There are just a few dangling still to be paid by them that are getting close to the due date. I've had those same kind of refunds in the past from a medical audit, they are nice surprises aren't they?

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