We touch base with a physical therapist about once a month, and the aqua therapy instructor asks for periodic updates too. We’re presented with a range of activities (standing, sitting, bending, picking up objects off the floor, etc) and asked to rate Tim’s abilities to perform them on a scale of 1-10 (one being nearly impossible, 10 being no trouble).
On Thursday, we were told that, since Tim wasn’t showing measurable improvement, the physical therapist couldn’t keep billing his insurance. There are a few problems with this statement.
First of all, Tim barely had any appointments in February because we didn’t realize how far in advance we needed to schedule. So most of March has been about getting him back into the groove. Which means it’s only been the past week or two that he’s back to seeing some improvement.
Second, as I just said there was, in fact, improvement. It isn’t huge, of course. But over the course of two or three months, I think that even going up from a three to a four or five is pretty good.
Third and perhaps most importantly, HE HAS FIBROMYALGIA! IT’S NOT GOING TO GET AMAZINGLY BETTER!
Ahem. Sorry ’bout that. But seriously… What kind of results were we supposed to see? And doesn’t he know it’s kind of hard to give ratings to a chronic condition that has flare-ups? Tim has good and bad days. We can’t really give an overall rating very easily when he might be in the middle of a bad spell — or maybe he only just got over one. Are we only supposed to give ratings based on his good days?
Gah! Gah, I say!
Oh, but we can pay a fee and Tim can come use their pool whenever there’s a spot in it. (Two people can be in at a time.) Even that might be tenable, but the pool is nearly always booked. More frustratingly, people just fail to show up or they cancel at the last minute. So Tim would have to drive around 10 miles to go see whether someone just happened to be a no-show.
Unfortunately, this is the only aquatic therapy provider that was covered. But there are some places around with heated pools for aqua therapy. I’m going to see how far away those are and whether there’s an option for membership. Tim knows the movements, but it’s best if he can do them in a hot pool.
Failing that, Tim and I will make use of Medicare’s Silver Sneakers program (free entry into certain gyms) and get signed up at the nearby L.A. Fitness. Worst case scenario, Tim can use the pool there, though it may be too cool. There’s a hot tub, but he doesn’t think he’d be able to do the exercises comfortably in there. At least it’s something of a plan B, I suppose.
In other frustrating news, the dentist Tim and I had settled on has bowed out. Technically, the dentist is doing a good thing. He usually does dentures based on a slightly different setup. While he can do it, he thinks it’s a better idea if Tim goes to another local guy who’s something of a specialist in that regard.
But it means yet more delays because we need to get a consultation appointment and hope the rates won’t be higher — or at least much higher.
I’m calling them Tuesday morning to get an appointment asap. I want everything set up so that we can get started absolutely no later than early May. Preferably mid-April.
Other than that, there’s not much to report.
Mom’s very nearly through the manuscript. Happily, she hasn’t discovered anything major. Just wording tweaks and two or three “Uh, you forgot to flesh out this thought, there’s just a sentence and a note to yourself” items.
She already sent me the first set of edits (about the first 1/3 of the pages), and I’ve gone through most of those. She’ll give me the rest as soon as she’s done. I can go over those and make the necessary fixes. Then figure out the order chapters should go in, and do another edit. Then send it back to Mom. Then take any of notes she comes up with. Then go over it one last time. Then start crying in relief that it’s all done.
In the meantime, I secured the domain frugalityfordepressives.com for $1.17. I’m hoping to have a product page to showcase reviews and to enable direct sales.
Don’t worry, I’ll still put it up on Amazon. I know some people prefer to read things on Kindle. Or maybe they just want to use Amazon GCs. (Because everyone is Swagbucks-ing up a storm, right?) Still, direct sales would mean an extra $1-2 per book sold, so it’s worth having it as an option.
At this point, I feel bad mentioning this damn project any more. It seems like my posts are only about this stupid thing. As though, when I review these posts a year from now, I’ll see that I’ve just written, “Book. Book book book. Book book book book? Book book.”
If it’s starting to feel that way to you too, I apologize. I’m doing the best I can to find other things to talk about. And hey, maybe next month (definitely not this one, we found out), my posts can start being, “Baby. Baby baby baby. Baby baby baby baby? Baby baby!”
What’s currently consuming your life/focus/sanity?