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Old 08-01-2013, 09:56 AM   #5181
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Sure do...had to kick up a fire in the firepit.
I 'spect Mrs Hoot will fetch a new coffeemaker home this evenin'.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:22 AM   #5182
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Sure do...had to kick up a fire in the firepit.
I 'spect Mrs Hoot will fetch a new coffeemaker home this evenin'.
You could have put that pot on the stove. You just wanted a reason to kick up a fire.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #5183
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Bummer. I hope you have an alternative way to make coffee.
He could make cowboy coffee. Just a lot of grounds in the bottom of the pot, a pinch of salt and an egg shell. Then cook it over a campfire. No milk or sugar.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #5184
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Ain't many things more distressing than waking up to find one's coffeemaker has bit the dust. How can something break overnight when it isn't being used?

Not the best way to start the day huh? Hope Mrs Hoot found you a good one !

I bought a cheapo and keep it just in case of emergency. We have used it during power failures because I can heat the water and pour it in, no need for electricity. We also had a coffee maker die one night so pulled out the emergency one and even though it doesn't make the hottest coffee, it beats no coffee !!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:31 PM   #5185
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Yeah, that smell is not pleasant. I don't understand the "cat box in the kitchen" thing either. I always put it next to a toilet. That just seems like the right place for it.

I'm glad you got to have a cat, but you do realize that you don't own the cat, don't you? Dogs have owners; cats have staff.
Oh I know that all too well. If he could talk I'm sure he'd say "have a great day at work earning money to buy my treats, food and litter"
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:04 AM   #5186
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Six and a half years ago I had a hole in the bottom half of my right leg that was six inches long and about 4.5 inches across.........Today I received the best news possible. I have been vindicated. Massachusetts General Hospital has been rated next to last for care of patients in Massachusetts....:
Glad something finally fixed that leg of your Addie. If I had been you, as soon as that leg was better I would have marched myself right over to MGH and kicked those doctors in their butts.

Went looking for the top ranked hospitals in the country. Oddly, MGH actually shows up in the top three best for a couple categories. The other odd thing I noticed was that even though Boston newscasters mention how the hospitals up here are the best in the country there are two names that are recurring in a lot of categories - Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, with Johns Hopkins showing up quite a bit too. I don't remember any of those hospitals being in New England.

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #5187
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I just got back from a useless medical test appointment. I got there, paid my co-pay, and waited about 1/2 hour. Then the technician came out and called my name and escorted me back to the procedure room, then proceeded to tell me that the lab the doctor uses to test the biopsy material (not for cancer - it's related to my peripheral neuropathy) is not in my insurance company's network, so if I went ahead with it, I'd have to pay the $1,800 cost of the testing.

Why didn't someone call me before I wasted my time going over there, I asked? The technician said she was on vacation last week (the appt was made at least 2 weeks ago) and the person who made the appt for me didn't know my insurance didn't cover that lab. So aggravating.

So I called the referring doctor's office and his nurse called me back and said she'd work me in to the schedule at that doctor's office, and they would use a different lab. Still waiting to hear back from her about the date.

I guess I didn't realize how much I want an answer to all this. Although to be honest, I believe I know what the problem is, and I'm a unique case. For a couple of reasons, I don't absorb nutrients properly from food and I take 15 Rx medications (including a few Rx vitamin supplements) and a few over the counter supplements. I doubt there's anyone in the world with the same set of conditions and drugs I take, so my doctors can't possibly predict what kind of side effects all that might create.

I think malnutrition is at the root of my problems with fatigue, weakness and foot/leg pain. And that can't be helped because I can't stop taking the medication that causes the malabsorption. When I don't take it, the pain is incapacitating and even narcotics don't touch it. I really don't have a choice not to take it.

Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #5188
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(((Hugs GG)))

Not telling you about the cost before you got there is just unacceptable, not to mention inconsiderate and rude. Did they at least return your co-pay?
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #5189
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Not telling you about the cost before you got there is just unacceptable, not to mention inconsiderate and rude. Did they at least return your co-pay?
Thanks, TL. I was so angry I left without talking to anyone at the front desk, but I will call tomorrow about it. I'm sure they'll return it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #5190
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Thanks, TL. I was so angry I left without talking to anyone at the front desk, but I will call tomorrow about it. I'm sure they'll return it.
That's rotten, GG. I don't blame you for being angry. Medicine is a business, insurance is a business. Somewhere in there, the patient is the lowest priority.

Lots of states now are allowing medical marijuana (not ours yet, but Illinois just passed a bill). Wonder if that would help with your condition?
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