It’s official: Tim’s not going back to aqua therapy.
The insurance customer service representatives can’t even find aqua therapy separate from physical therapy. (As I recall it wasn’t easy last time either.) And the physical therapy company they’re finding isn’t the one Tim was getting aqua therapy at.
And yes, company — singular. Multiple locations, one company. I was already 99% sure there was a similar setup with aqua therapy, so this pretty much confirms my suspicions. At least enough that I’m not putting any more time/effort into checking.
Meanwhile, Tim’s creakiness and pain levels increased on Thursday night, which is usually his second aqua therapy appointment of the week. Somehow I doubt that’s a coincidence. Furthering the theory, Tim was told by the masseuse that it felt like she hadn’t worked on him in three months… at his weekly massage.
So we’re getting a pool table.
A different kind of therapy pool
I’ve already mentioned that, counter-intuitive though it may be, pool seems to be helping Tim’s mobility. But we can’t afford for him to go out and play more.
Besides, he’s been having a hard time just getting a table at the current place. (There’s another nearby pool hall, but he had a bad experience. Plus the rates are higher.) He prefers to play at night, but the bar has a nightly tournament — after which, bar patrons swarm onto the tables.
This means that Tim has to time it right so that he’s not sitting for an hour or more waiting for the tournament to end (anywhere between 9:30 and 11), but so that there’s still a table when he goes in. It’s increasingly been a problem.
So… pool table.
So. Many. Add-ons.
We found a perfectly nice one for $999.99. But we needed a different kind of felt. (The fuzzy stuff can throw the ball off slightly, plus it’s different from what the bar has. So if he wants to practice for tournaments, we need the upgrade.) That was an extra $275. Plus $299.99 for delivery, assembly and leveling. Plus and tax. For a total of around $1,700.
On the ride home, Tim was enumerating the other things we need: a rack, balls, chalk, a break cue, cover (so that we don’t have to skin Patches for jumping up and messing with the $275 felt), etc. I had to tell him to stop for a bit until the screaming in my head died down.
I’ve already found a $42 cover on Amazon that one reviewer said was tough enough to stand up to his cat’s claws. So that’s not too bad.
We still need to find a standard cue, but we can probably find an affordable one at Big 5. Amazon has plenty of cheap chalk squares. Tim’s finicky about the type of rack, so that may have to be chosen in person.
The balls are a bit more confusing. (That’s what she said.)
We’ve been advised to get Aramith billiard balls because they create less friction and won’t leave “burn marks.” But there are four tiers. The nicest set is $300 — so that’s out. We’re not really clear about the difference among the other three.
Tim’s worried about the lowest priced set because the 4-ball is such a deep purple that he’d have trouble distinguishing it from the 8-ball. He already has issues with this in most bar’s sets. But the next level up is almost twice as much. Later today we’re going to another pool store (the one we bought from was clear across town) and see if we can get more information.
All in all, I’m expecting it all to cost around $2,000. Excuse me while I shush the mental screams.
How it’ll save money
Tim has already agreed to stop going to the bar if he gets a table of his own. (He’s always wanted one, so he’s ready to agree to anything to get one.) If he gets good enough, he may start going out to the tournaments to see if he can win anything, but those are $5. Not exactly a huge outlay.
Nixing those excursions means we’re spending around $20 less a night. Which means around $600 a month. Maybe a little less since he’s been having trouble getting to play, especially on the weekends. But nixing aqua therapy frees up $160 a month. So one way or another, the table and copious accessories will have paid for themselves in no more than four months. After that, we’ll save around $7,000 a year.
Of course, that’s only true if we actually save the money.
Currently, we’re living on an average of $30 a day, and Tim spends an average of $20 a day on pool. To make sure that the money we’re saving is actually saved, we need to try to keep living on $30. So starting with this next paycheck, I’m going to adjust the numbers.
That said, chaos rules the lives of the chronically ill, and getting paid only once a month makes financial experiments dicey. So I’m going to keep enough for $280 a week in the secondary checking account. We’ll try to live on $210, but we’ll have a safety net if things implode.
Speaking of chaos, we have to move a bunch of stuff around. And maybe a week to move it in.
We have to nix the dining table. It’s fine, since we never use it. Well, other than to toss mail or business cards on. In the few spots of clear space, the glass was coated in dust.
I cleaned it off, took some pictures and threw it on Craiglist for $30. We could probably get $50, even with a few imperfections, but I wanted it gone. Someone is supposed to pick it up this afternoon.
This also motivated me to call the water delivery service to come pick up its bottles. (We’re loving the reverse osmosis system, by the way!) Maybe we’ll get a deposit back. I can’t remember if we paid one or not.
The biggest issue is the cat boxes. They’re large currently in the corner of the dining room. Which isn’t as gross as it sounds because a) they’re Booda domes and b) we never eat in there anyway.
Point being, they can’t stay there. Which means we have to move things around in the living room. All while Tim’s pain levels are high and I can’t lift anything too heavy in case I’m pregnant. The fun never stops at Chez Perry.
But it’ll all be worth it. Beyond saving $20 a day, Tim will also get to play more often. This should increase his mobility and decrease his pain even further. We hope.
Have you guys invested in unusual health equipment? Or just paid a lot of money in the short-term to save in the long run? Anyone know anything about Aramith billiard balls?