Okay. We mulled it over and decided to go with the Zeppelin knot instead of the Hangman’s noose. You know the saying….when you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on for the ride.
Cancer, doctors who tell you that “you should be dead by now” (true story, folks), the immense cost involved even with insurance, incorrect billing by almost every office all take their collective toll. I had a PET scan that was ordered ASAP because of a possible new tumor. The day of, I was told insurance denied the scan because the new doctor failed to send in the paperwork (Don’t confuse that one with the one who told me he hated his job…………Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens……….. Sorry.) I was quoted $1600 without insurance and had the test. Afterall, when granted a coveted spot on the imaging table and waiting weeks to image a…a thing….just mutating in the control tower of your body….. I know it’s hard for healthy people to understand. Doctors don’t even get it. The best way I can explain it to the everyday, healthy person is to say, “Imagine this: You have your computer that you take with you EVERYWHERE. it has ALL of your contacts names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, all your financial information, stock portfolios, broker info, online banking, navigation when you get lost….your whole LIFE is on there. No cell phone (analogy people-work with me here) No cloud exists. You drop your laptop in the pool. Your backup failed. How would you feel? Angry? Helpless? Frustrated? Maybe the need to get in your car and drive like a lunatic to the nearest Apple store to get a new laptop and try to remedy the situation ASAP? Nope. Sorry. When that laptop goes, you enter a world where you have to make do. Glitches? I have those, but mine make me sleepy. :) No memory left? Oh, honey…I’m soo with ya on that! No bits or bytes? Yeah, my appetite waxes and wanes, too, but you get used to it. Welcome to my world! I’m glad to have a friend :)
Though the concerns were troubling, it turned out my original tumor remains a loner. Awwww…NOT! When I finally got the bill it was $4000. More than double that quoted. We called THREE times and they brushed it off saying, “Oh, just pay the $1600 quoted and we’ll zero out the difference. We did. The next three months we received bills for $4000 and a FINAL NOTICE. I had called and informed them of each and every date and time I called, the rep I spoke with, the amount I was told to pay and then I accused them of scamming the sick and elderly who have so many bills coming in they just think they owe it and they will pay or set up payment plans. Haven’t heard from them since.
Then we have Craig’s job that is out of control. They’ve moved everyone, have not hired anybody to handle the increasing workload, they are demanding everyone work 8 am-6 pm PLUS overtime. CJ is having a rough time juggling it all.
There is a whole lot of weight on our shoulders, which is why we chose the Zeppelin knot (completely secure, takes massive strain, yet remains easy to untie when – and only when – wanted.) :) We would wave, but we don’t wanna lose our grip, ya know?? Smiles and air smooches from the swing. XOXO :)