It’s rather late in the day to just now be getting to a post. But it’s been that sort of a day. Er, week.
I did manage to write a piece (finally) for BlogHer this weekend, which you’re welcome to read and/or comment on (hint, hint): The Roach Diet, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Dirt.
But in the meantime, it feels like only a day has gone by since I dropped my mom off at the airport. It was Thursday, which should give you some idea of the flurry of activity that has gone on. I only wish I could point to any result, really.
Let’s see, we found out on Tuesday that Tim’s mom could get a (much-needed) scooter for $400. A friend of a friend was selling his mom’s. But, of course, she didn’t have any funds until the beginning of February. And she could only spare $200 then, which put her getting a scooter sometime in March.
So, now that we’re a little less constrained financially, we sent her a check for $200. Then, on Thursday, we got a call that she was in the hospital with severe fluid retention. Somehow it’s connected to her congestive heart failure, but we’re not really clear on how. Tim’s dad is really not so great at getting details like that.
He’s at least been good about giving us steady updates. It looks like she’ll be released tomorrow. The diuretics and such seem to have done their job. But the doctors have decided a gastric bypass is medically necessary for her health. Certainly, it would help her replaced knees. I’m guessing less weight would just help her heart in general. Again, we’re getting rather fuzzy details here.
So the doctors are trying to set her up asap for this procedure. Which worries me a little because, as happy as I am that she’s getting help in this department, I know for awhile they wanted to avoid surgery since they were worried about the combination of anesthesia and her congestive heart failure. But I guess at this point it’s more important to get her started on losing weight.
In the meantime, having talked to a friend of ours about his gastric bypass, I’ve discovered that it can cost around $25,000 with $2,000 out of pocket. Tim’s mom informed me that she has the best plan at Group Health which is, once she is in the hospital, it’s $300 per day, max. Then everything else is covered.
She seems convinced that this includes surgery. But I really doubt it. Usually, surgery is its own issue, whereas the hospital cap is if you find yourself in the hospital unexpectedly and/or for any complications after the surgery that require a stay.
In the end, it doesn’t much matter as it is going to happen. And Tim’s parents make so little money right now (less than $30,000, that much I know) that most of their financial obligation should be written off as charity. If not, I guess now we’re in a situation to help out some. So it should all work out in the end.
Other than a relatively clean kitchen, that’s about all the news I have to report. I wish I had some fun, irreverent piece to make you chuckle. But we were mostly concerned with getting through the weekend and getting the house to a vaguely respectable level of cleanliness. And I do mean “vague.”