Friday, October 28, 2016

Bottom Of The Barrel!

Dear Diary,

It appears that, with all the weird things going wrong with me lately and the general direction my life seems to be taking that I have finally reached a new low, the proverbial 'bottom of the barrel'.

This morning began uneventfully enough. I woke up a little late (you can do that when you're retired), got up out of bed and immediately noticed that our dear, demented cat, Pumpkin, had decided to leave me a gift in the form of a nice, fresh, well formed turd.

I knew he had visited me in the night as he frequently does but I had no idea he was bringing gifts!

I guess he figured that would fit in nicely with my present lifestyle. He had placed it carefully, in stealth mode, on my exposed right side.

We are used to getting up in the night and stepping in small pools of cold vomit (hair balls) but this was a new low for him.

He is 19+ years old and following way too close to his daddy!

Cats....gotta love "em!


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Insurance & Treatment Issues

Dear Diary,

Feeling really depressed today. I spent part of the morning researching my upcoming insurance options for 2016. It appears there aren't any!
My current plan is no longer being offered and my government subsidy that we have been relying on is going to be reduced significantly, partly due to my wife's new part time employment.
I looks like average monthly premiums with either private insurance or Federal programs are going to be around $2,000/month. We are currently paying around $300.
Since premiums that high effectively negate our monthly income, it appears that I will have to go without health insurance. With my current health the way it is, that is scary!
If my PSA continues to rise as it has over the past few months, it is expected that I will begin hormone therapy in the form of Lupron/Casodex, probably every 3 to 6 months'
Lupron is running about $2,000/dose. Not sure about Casodex but is most likely very similar.
Even with insurance, these drugs are far above our budget.
Unless something can be done to regulate these insane prices, tens of thousands of people are going to suffer and die, well before their time, myself included.
The key, I guess, is to try and hang on for another two years so I can get Medicare. Even if Hillary does get in, I doubt that she'll be able to pull off  an early 'buy in'.

I guess my next entry will be next week, after my lung biopsy. Not sure how long I'll be in the hospital this time. After that, we will need to address the heart surgery if it appears that I'm strong enough.
If anyone out there has a little extra cash, any donation to https://www.medgift.com/open-heart-surgery-for-dave helps. We will never be able to pay off my medical bills in our lifetime but we will keep trying!
Thanks so much to those who might consider helping us out as well as those who already have.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Finally, The Lung Surgery Is Scheduled

Dear Diary,

The last time I posted, we were on track to see the new surgeon, Dr H, at St Joe's. The appointment went well and the wife and I were duly impressed with the surgeon as well as her staff.

We now have a date of November 1st at 7:00 am to do the biopsy. I will go in the day before for the pre-op testing. Dr H will try to do the procedure as minimally invasively as possible. This would involve video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). If this proves impractical, she will then do a full thoracotomy. Depending on the procedure and any associated complications, my stay at the hospital should be anywhere from 2 days to a week. The procedure itself is estimated to take around 45 minutes to an hour, barring complications.

During the initial meeting, we were warned that there was a possibility that the biopsy might not be diagnostic. We are keeping all our fingers crossed that that is not the case!

As I mentioned previously, we are holding off on the heart surgery until we get a good handle on this lung issue. Holding off is a bit of a risk but it is one we have to take.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface