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Oscar was having trouble and none of the meds (lactulose)/pumpkin/metamucil were working

this really did the trick

I suppose I'll give it a shot when I'm really old and constipated
(he's going to be 19 in December/January)
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this question was posed @ NPR

You're a health care maven — lobbyist, legislator, whatever— and you run into House Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner, an ardent foe of the new health care law in a Capitol Hill elevator.

Quick, what do you do? Egg him on in trying to repeal the law, urge him to reverse course, or suggest he focus on something else?

I would look him in the eye and tell him I'm probably in better shape then you, I'm not as orange and I'm younger. I don't smoke, I'm not overweight and my doctors tell me that I'm healthier now than I was ever in the past

why the FUCK should I be uninsurable?

Some of us didn't ask to be born like this.

Look me in the eye and tell me I don't deserve the same quality healthcare that you get, Orange Man.

then I would kick him in the nuts (ok I wouldn't but it's a nice fantasy)
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I got an EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS (namely THIS IS WHAT WE'RE NOT COVERING, LOSER) from my insurance company

apparently they think I owe the local hospital $5K for four rabies shots because apparently rabies is "a limitation or exclusion under your plan".

So I called and said ITS RABIES WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM and after over half an hour on hold the representative said "oopsie, you have no exclusions under your plan, sorry. We'll resubmit."

I fully expect to get another letter saying the claim has been rejected.


and $5K for a series of shots? Excessive, much?

meanwhile, Ana Plasma (aka Anna Banana) is off to be speutered. I half wanted her owner to step forward so I could scream at them for not getting the poor little thing fixed. She's such a love and I'm just glad she's okay after her health issue.
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just came back from my stress/echo. I don't want to see another treadmill for three-five years plz thx.

I wonder how many people have a coronary during this test?

The weekend was a busy one, on Saturday we went out to Great Island in Lyme and paddled out past Griswold and Poverty Point.. lots of osprey, didn't see any babies.

Later took a detour to Fort Trumbull, not so much to see the fort but to see that other battleground, Kelo vs New London. The whole neighborhood is still an empty lot, the only structure standing is the infamous 'Italian Dramatic Club'.

if anyone has not read Little Pink House, do so. And then take a trip to New London and see what Pfizer has left in its wake.

Sunday I went to Ginette's memorial service, it coincided with her birthday. She passed from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). She had escaped the Nazis in France as a child, came to America on a whim and became a successful businesswoman and wife. She drove me crazy sometimes, sometimes I wanted to strangle her but I will miss her dearly. I'm just sorry she had such a difficult journey to her passage. Thankfully, she passed not in a hospital or even a hospice, but at a place she called home for the past two years. I'll never forget her.
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I'm off to Virginia on Wed, to see the relatives

it looks like the insurance companies have found a way to get out of this whole 'insuring sick children born with preexisting conditions' thing already (anyone surprised? of course not! why the hell should everyone have insurance, especially the people who need it)

what we need is an insurance company Götterdämmerung (thank you A.Word.A.Day)

The weather's gone from 70 to 40 to 60 to 45 and back again. Typical New England spring.

Went to Minnewaska on Saturday, lovely as always. I'd like to try the walkway over the Hudson at some point, perhaps on a warmer, low energy day, my friend told me about this over coffee yesterday

Dobbie is going to the vet (the 'spa') to be boarded while I'm gone, Walter has trouble working when he's underfoot. I feel bad, but I think Dobbie loves it, I suspect the vet techs dote over him, he appears so needy and clingy. It's a facade, of course, it's all about control BWAHAHAHahahahaha

gotta finish that laundry.
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my left hip is killing me

but it was fun

I'm glad I didn't sign up for bellydancing, I don't think I'm cut out for this sort of activity
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I used to self pay my insurance. My insurance company was Anthem (in CT). I heard this recently on the news, and sure enough...

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has proposed increases averaging 23 percent and ranging as high as 32 percent for people under 65 who bought individual plans on their own.

if I was changing 'age range' it may well have been a 40% increase.

there is NO WAY I would have been able to afford this. I now have coverage through my job (we got funding for the company, knock wood, so we have a group policy).

of course, now I'm an 'untouchable' so Anthem would never take me back, anyway.

this is disgusting.

the thought of it all is enough to make a person ill


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