When I mentioned a Christmas Wish on timing of long-time necessary knee replacement– because who know’s what health care will look like in 2018?– it was an acute surprise when scheduler said two cancellations would mean I could have surgery the following Monday, at least if I wanted friend and highly-regarded ‘cutter’, Dr. Robert McBride. Its cool that he comes to our Christmas tree lot, does the sales thing: this is our clubs biggest fundraiser of the year.
After six years of very gimpy knee, I’d set this year– at age 60, and in better than average physical shape– as the time to be ‘physically whole’ again in my mind. To be rehabbing a week later AND not being $1000s in debt, was only possible by ACA coverage through Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
Doc is exactly who everyone should want in such situations. The speed of x-ray appointment on Tuesday and ability to be rehabbing a week later was only made possible by ACA coverage through Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Give a shout out to those people, everything I needed to overcome major physical problem handled, like this life-changing new knee and after a bicycle accident two Memorial Days ago. That would have been nearly $6800 in emergency assistance, and it came came down to my $100 deductible plus $325 worth of ambulance. Getting crunched on a bike path isn’t even the consideration Attitude for young-healthy people, buying something that might not use, si they rely on bad luck staying clear of them. That’s kinda called ‘skating’, and you should be considering buying.
How thankful am I NOT to be thousands of dollars in debt from two bumps in the road this Christmas? It meant losing last two weeks of temp assignment at that BSPC (Brown Shield Package Company), but even overtime rates wouldn’t be better than DOING IT NOW with surgery. I’m going to my 2nd PT session tomorrow, session with physical therapist about basic exercises to keep blood clots from forming. I’ve heard about, and am tingling with anticipation of the constipation from oxy-whatever meds.
Everyone knows I’m going for surgery– at least 1/2 dozen in our club have used ‘Doc’ and no complaints. The next two weeks will likely be pain filled, but I’ve always been a good patient. Good, not ‘great’ patient. In earlier times, I played in a rugby tournament five weeks after earlier injury. The first time I tried a fake punt move, my knee buckled on me: 9:10, done for the day. I’m thinking more of the taking freedom to do whatever I used to choose, nice for the walk vs. skip across so I don’t get run over.
On Saturday we decided to extend the sale, and these guys are the troops. Do I feel guilty at not being there down the stretch for our 32nd year in tree selling? Not a problem– these are cagey veterans, they know about making decisions. They take pride in finishing off the event, I believe they won’t leave extra dollars around. Of course, the knee.
Lastly, at the end of November I submitted just over 50,000 words to NaNoRiMo, which they consider having written a book. I’m already several sessions into editing for the follow up book about Marlena the Magnificent: Working With Platinum Warrior Focus.
I’ve promised I won’t tuck this under my bed for three year this time.