Not that this week’s bills were great — but I was bracing for significantly worse.
As suspected, the A/C coil were simply clogged with dirt and cat hair. Cleaning it was a fun $262 after tax, but at least we have A/C again. And it wasn’t a major problem. (The technicians checked everything out, at least, so I know things are good until the winter check-up.)
Tim’s dentures cost $150 to fix. I was braced for much worse.
The worst thing about the experience was actually the dentist’s hard sell. We repeatedly explained that we needed the suckers to hold out for four more months. Then he’d have insurance and we would absolutely get a new pair.
But she just kept pushing. We had to explain about four times that we needed to try this first.
Also, I’m somewhat suspicious of her claim that dentures usually wear out in about four years. I’m pretty sure plenty of people have theirs longer than that.
Thanks to her pushiness, that dentist has lost any future business with us. That’s a shame because, apparently, Tim will need new dentures in about four months.
So, anyway, the repairs for the week came in at about $400. It certainly could have been worse.
Granted, we still have to contend with the post-discount $1,500 of hospital bills. But I am hopeful that my letter of contention about the charges will result in at least a small reduction of the fees. It’s worth a shot, anyway.
Meanwhile, all of the places take payments and don’t charge interest. So I think we’ll go that route. We’ll make $50-100 payments until we’re back where we need to be. Then we’ll pay off the balances.
Which is a good thing, because I only get paid once a month. Somehow I doubt we could get any pay day loans. And I’d really rather not pay credit card interest, either.
In the meantime, I’m finally getting organized with regard to food. As mentioned previously, my fast food intake is down to practically nothing. But Tim’s has still been rampant. We just haven’t been able to get it together to feed him at home. This has been true for awhile, and he’s currently about 20 lbs underweight. Eep.
The dentures thing prodded me to get the makings for smoothies (and a blender, since ours apparently died from neglect). Even now that he’s back on solids, I’ve been giving him a couple of large smoothies a day in and around meals.
They’re full of unhealthy calories because those are the smoothies that taste best, generally. Plus, using sherbet helps increase the calories — and he desperately needs those right now.
I also made some brats yesterday and made a couple more for his lunch today. Plus we’re finally getting the makings for burgers. That’s what he generally eats for fast food anyway, so we’re hoping to cut out the middle man.
Realistically, I don’t know how long this organized approach to food will last. Hopefully, at least long enough to bolster his weight and our finances. We may figure out this whole “feeding ourselves” thing yet.