There’s not a whole lot to report, which is a nice change of pace, really. It means nothing has imploded recently.
I still haven’t made up my mind about when to pay off the credit card. I’ve ruled out banking everything this month, but that still leaves two options.
It turns out I could pay it in full this month (with $16.12 to spare!), which would be a huge load off my mind next month.
But last month we had to take $1,100 out of savings to cover some big expenses. I could put about $1,200 in now — and the half payment would still be lowering my stress level next month.
I’ll give myself a couple more days to decide.
A brief Hulu affair?
I’m seriously thinking about having Tim pay for a month of Hulu to get the Swagbucks offer.
On the one hand, it’s against the spirit of the deal, since it’d be a second account. We’ve already been proud cord cutters (and thousands-of-dollars savers) for three years.
On the other hand, I’m not all that moral when it comes to a small ding in a big company’s profits. And it’s a different credit card, so it shouldn’t raise any alarms. Especially since we have a guest house, so there’s plausible deniability.
Or maybe my conscience will grow. Or maybe I just won’t have the wherewithal to bother because…
Ten days after it was submitted, the referral preauthorization came through for Tim. Except the named doctor was a hip and knee guy. Tim, as you will recall, broke his heel.
I called his insurance, and they helped me find a different doctor. But it took about 30 minutes — and at the end of things, I found out it’d all been pointless.
I was trying to get a referral reassigned, but his insurance’s customer service doesn’t do that. HealthNet contracts with a network called AZ Priority Care. That’s the company that assigned the referral. So I should’ve called them. Which I did (while grumbling).
At which point I found out the referral would work for any doctor at that clinic who takes the insurance. Sigh.
So I called the clinic back, but as they were asking for insurance information I noticed Tim’s card is out of date. It still has the old network (Banner Network) information. So then I had to call insurance back to get the right mailing address for AZ Priority Care.
Then I called the clinic back, but the mailing address wasn’t bringing up the right insurance name.
At which point I’d been on the phone, increasingly confused, for an hour. So I decided to just quit — the clinic was about to close for the day anyway — and start again tomorrow with HealthNet to verify the information.
More health stuff
Tim is having an eczema flare-up. Or a continuation of one, I suppose.
These days, without the stress of work, he can keep the worst of it all in check. He’s still usually rashed up in around three places — but as long as the spots are smaller than a dollar bill, we don’t worry too much.
Last month, the rash was a steady creep down in the insides of his arms and on his back and chest. Not yet a full-blown breakout, but it was headed that way. So when Tim couldn’t rein it in within two weeks, I sent him to the doctor.
He came home with prednisone and everything was fine… Until he missed doses while in the hospital. (We told them repeatedly he was supposed to be on prednisone, but nothing ever came of it.)
He picked right back up when he got home, but the damage was done. He’s been fighting another flare-up since then, and it’s a losing battle. So he’s got an appointment on Tuesday with the dermatologist.
Here’s hoping the second, uninterrupted, round does the trick. This’ll be his third visit in the past seven months, which is a worrying trend. We don’t want to end up back in a cycle of breakouts. It was miserable — and MRSA-filled.
And you have to figure that the pain isn’t helping his stress levels. He’s (begrudgingly) taking his pain pills, but he doesn’t take as many as he could because, well, who wants to be dopey all day? And also because he’s paranoid about getting even physically hooked. As someone who was deathly ill from physical withdrawal (albeit from something much, much heavier than hydrocodone), I get it.
But hey, I guess it’s good for the disability appeal that he’s back to breaking out. #optimist
Mom’s time (here) draws to a close
Mom is going to head back to Alaska on Tuesday or Wednesday. I’ll miss her company (and the clean house), but we don’t want to keep her here for over. She has things to do up there, a life and a sweetie who misses her greatly.
She’s been helping me clean and organize. By which I mean she cleans and organizes and then asks me where I want stuff. It’s utterly wonderful.
In preparation of leaving, Mom’s making and freezing some meals. She already put some Mexican chicken and cooked rice in the freezer.
She’ll probably make at least one more meal. Probably two, if I can get us over to Albertson’s this weekend. There are $0.57/lb chickens, so she says she’ll roast one or two and make some more dishes. The slow cooker chicken enchilada turned out well, so maybe another one of those. I think chili would be another good staple, despite the increasing temperatures.
It’s lovely not to have to worry about food, so here’s hoping I’m organized enough to thaw food in a timely manner. If not… I guess she won’t have to cook the next time she’s here.
Any big weekend plans? Anyone think I should create a timeshare-Mom option?