Thursday, December 17, 2020

Busy Day.....

 Woke up to this on Wednesday. Got busy sweeping the porch and shoveling the drive.  We had about 4 inches of snow. Thankfully nothing like the northeast has and is getting. I am praying for all of you. Have seen some scary news reports this morning.  

 Ted called from the hospital and they were ready to release him to come home. Gee, doesn't that stand to reason...snowy out, no plows had gone down our road, school was cancelled, so send Ted home.  Since school was cancelled I called my daughter and she said she would pick ted up and bring him home. I said he will need some clothes as he said his were not to be found. Angie gets in her son's closet and picks some clothes for Ted to wear home , so she doesn't have to make two trip out to the country. 

  Ted is released with a small oxygen tank , nebulizer, and breathing exercise things. I have never been around anyone on oxygen and had no idea how things work.  The drs. had ordered meds to put in the nebulizer, a steroid to start tomorrow, and another antibiotic for a week.  I called CVS to see if those orders were called in, yes they were ,but the nebulizer meds was not coded for medicare to pay for it.  The pharmacist, worked with me so that I paid for a week worth till possibly getting the drs to do their jobs of coding.  So called Angie again and she picked up the meds for us. 

  I got to thinking if they have not coded the meds right....is the company that was to bring Ted's oxygen equipment , really bringing that??? So I actually was on the phone for 4 hours to get that working right. Why do I have to do this when it is up to the professionals . I will tell you it makes me crazy. I call the third floor nurses station to see if they had it coded right....the nurse says if Ted runs out of oxygen bring him to ER....Really?? Sorry to be complaining but I just need to vent somewhat. 

  I did get in touch with the oxygen supply company and they found the order on the back side of the nebulizer order....which he said should not have been there. He told me to hang on and he found that the delivery driver was in the town north of here. So by 8:00 P.M. the young man had Ted all hooked up to the oxygen concentrator. He brought some tanks also, in case of power outage. He showed me how to use those. Hooray !!

 When all the craziness of the covid , Ted's pneumonia, and now winter is over....this is what I want to do, as soon as we have some peace. :)  Take care everyone . Be safe. XO




 
 

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  1. Oh my, I hope things go well and he is able to stay at home. I'm thankful you are able to get things working and God bless Angie! I know you are proud of your family for their help. Take care my friend. We are praying for you both. hugs, Diane

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    1. Diane, I keep thinking, it will get better. I keep praying it will. I have to say there are moments when I wonder. This can keep happening. Thank you for your prayers. Blessings, xoxo,love Susie

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  2. My mercy Susie. It is crazy at what all we have to do to take care of medical things isn't it? Now, everything is online and if you don't have this or that....then you are up the creek without a paddle. Thank the Lord for our children. LOL! I have spent two days just trying to do paper work for cataract surgery that has made my nerves bad! Praying for you and Ted and I know that snow can sure cause problems it sure is pretty in that picture. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. I am thankful for my daughter's help. I hope your surgery goes well. I was amazed at how well I could see after mine. Thank you for the prayers. I really appreciate them. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  3. Vent all you want about coding issues and anything else. I once arrived for a heart test and was told I owed $1800 that day. I said, "Goodbye." It was a coding issue from my own doctor's office. I imagine it happens often.

    So glad that Ted is home, but what a lousy day to send him home. So good that your daughter was able to help out...twice. 💕

    Take care, sip tea, nibble a cookie, and enjoy being back together again.

    Storm not too bad here...three or four inches...cold and windy!

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    1. Hi Vee, Stay warm. I am not a big fan of winter and the older I get the less I like it. It's work , especially out here in the country. Wow, that bill they gave you...no wonder you said Goodbye. It just seems that I have always had to chase meds down or scripts...People need top double check their work. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  4. The snow is beautiful!

    You are not crazy, this sounds nuts: "...that the delivery driver was in the town north of here." WHAT. Glad it all worked out!

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    1. The delivery driver was taking supplies to someone north of here and really wasn't that far from us ...so he got here in time after the boss called him. I am so happy he was so near too. Because Ted was about out of that small tank of oxygen. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. Susie, My heart goes out to you. Being the caregiver to someone you love so deeply is so hard and so wearing. I went through the oxygen thing too . . . and so afraid that I would do something wrong. You just want to do your very best and we were not trained as nurses. It is very stressful and like you said, the professionals should be taking care of their responsibilities, it's not your job to double check that they are doing their jobs. You have enough on your plate and your heart is connected to every minute and every thing you do.
    You are in my prayers, sweet friend.
    God bless you.

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    1. Thank you dear friend for all your prayers. I knew you would understand some of these med issues. I had called the hospital so much that the young man on the answering end and I are friends now. LOL I did get in touch with the hospital and they were to check the codding for the script today...but guess what..they have yet to return my call. I am not a phone person and to be on the phone so long gets to me. Stay safe and warm there Connie. Blessings, xoxo,love Susie

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  6. You certainly have our sympathies. I would be completely overwhelmed and lost. Weird about the clothes though. Great someone could fill the gap. Hang in there, I am sure you have handled worse. You are pretty good at that .
    Love from just a cool Florida no now!!

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    1. Hi , Hope you are doing well there. I am hating this cold. I found Ted's clothes he wore to the hospital they were in one of those plastic bags they sent home with him. Praying he can get over this pneumonia and start to feel good again. Blessings to you and Sherry. Be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  7. Oh Susie, what a time you’re having, You do need a break, both of you! Take care, I keep you in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you sweet Laurie. I so appreciate the prayers. Things have to get better. I just can't think of it staying this way. Blessings, keep safe. xoxo,love you, Susie

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  8. Good GRIEF, and telling you to return to the E.R. if he runs out of meds!! And in the time of Covid when the hospitals are pushed to the max. Seems like they are either incompetent or not trained well.

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    1. We want to have faith in the medical field...but dang if it isn't hard to do at times. Ted had the covid tests and they were all negative. By the time I reach people on the phone who can help me , I just about fall apart. Just truly thankful it ended well last night. Blessings , be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  9. I am so sorry you have to have all that stress, Susie. It seems like it has been one thing after the other for you guys. Life shouldn't be so hard!!

    I am so glad your daughter could help out by picking up Ted and the meds. Also happy you got everything delivered and Ted hooked up.

    Hang in there sister. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, I was truly frightened. I am so lost at times. I am thankful for any help from the kids but with the Covid...we are trying to stay away from everyone. Hope you are all doing well there. Blessings to everyone, xoxo,love Susie

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  10. Oh, my goodness! How stressful! I'd have been a wreck by now! But, at least your daughter was able to bring Ted home and it sounds like you have all the necessary equipment. Take some deep breaths, try to relax and enjoy having Ted home, again. (((HUGS)))

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    1. It's good to have Ted home . I always feel like I am holding my breath. I am so thankful it all finally got worked out. Have to keep praying. Blessings to you, be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  11. Oh my goodness! You have every right to vent. I'm just glad he is home and things finally worked out. Stay safe and warm!!

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    1. Terri, Some times we just have to let it out. One day while Ted was in the hospital, my sister Jeanie, who has been in bad health with her heart, called me and we both just cried over the phone for a minute or two. That helped a wee bit. I know that Ted is a fighter and I pray lots..that should get us thru. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. oh wow susie, i hate to read stories like these. i worked as a nurse for many years and it is sad to read that a patient is sent home to his unprepared, uninformed family!!

    good news that he is home, i'm glad your daughter was able to help!!

    i did not get any snow and that's all i am going to say, i don't want to talk about it!!

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    1. Debbie, My daughter and a granddaughter are nurses. Liz has cried for her patients before. I know the nurses carry the biggest load . I think it's untrained office staff at times. Or just over loaded work schedules. But it's hard on my nerves to have to do the phone calls...you know it takes a lot of key punching to get a human on the line. It's good to have Ted home. I am praying he will get over this pneumonia and maybe start getting some strength back. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,, Susie

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  13. You can vent all you want! It keeps you sane! If people will just do their job!! I'm glad Ted is home. He will get better there I believe. But it is so hard! Lonnie is home and without all the ansers to the questions Michele had. Prayers that you and she can cope....it's not easy. Love you.....

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. Yes, I feel for you and your family too. I am glad Ted is home, but praying nothing else happens before he gets over this pneumonia. The rough parts are not knowing how to do certain medical things. Of course we need to know what is happening to know what direction to go. Blessings, stay safe. xoxo,love you guys, Susie

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  14. Hi Susie- You have every right to be annoyed- surely to goodness. Lovely of your Daughter to get Ted home- and settled in. Hope that all turns out well in the near future- especially Ted's recovery. Stay warm there with all the Snow. Best Wishes. KEV. (Sydney- Australia).

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    1. Kev, I am doing my very best here with Ted . He will be getting better, I am sure what with all the breathing exercises and the oxygen, plus meds. Please stay safe and enjoy the season. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  15. You deserve some peace big time and a medal for good and vigilant action. I'm thrilled Ted is home but sometimes I wonder what are they thinking? I hate it when a script isn't called in or there is a problem -- you're right. The professionals should have this down like a routine and families really don't. Well, you deserve a good vent, and now you deserve a little bit of slow-down. It sounds like everything is finally together. Just stay well and Ted, too. Time to be merry. Even if it's a quiet "merry."

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    1. Jeanie, When a person can relax and keep hope...there doesn't have to be a huge celebration on holidays. As a matter of fact at this crazy covid time..I would just as soon it be only Ted and I. It will be. My daughters may have their children in their home but not mixing families. I hope they use the good sense I tried to pound into them. LOL I hope you and Rick can have some peaceful Joy too. I have one of the nurses trying to get the code to CVS...still waiting. The hospital better not send one of those "how was it " papers. LOL Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  16. I'll be praying it all turns out for the good. Insurance is such a nightmare. Coding is a big problem. My dad was on oxygen several years and they were always very helpful setting it all up. Those people that deliver it are angels on earth

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    1. You are so right. The young fellow who brought everything here was patient and very informative. Today, I have actually felt hopeful again. Blessings to you, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  17. Thank goodness for your daughter. Insurance is a nightmare. Hope everything goes smoothly. xo Laura

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    1. Laura, Insurance can make one nuts..I never realized I would need a degree in medical business, or even a nursing degree to do this caregiving. My daughter is back to teaching her 5th grade. Today is their class party. No parents were allowed to attend. But Angie called me and the class said "Merry Christmas Nana". Sure lifted my spirits. I have always been able to help with parties , but not since Ted's battle started. I miss it. Hope you are well. Blessings, be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  18. Glad Ted is home..Sorry you had to deal with all the incompetence..Drs don't do coding..That's the job of the business office..maybe the Pharmacy? Glad you got things straightened out..Hope all goes well...hugs

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    1. Missy, I kind of thought it could have been the office staff...as they are over loaded with work. I just spoke to one of the case workers and she is getting it set up right. Hooray. I have enough going on here, I did not need days and of phone tag. Hope you are warm and cozy with your snuggly pets. Blessings, be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  19. Hello,
    I am happy Ted is home. I do pray all is going well.
    I hear you about all the incompetence. I have learned we have to be always double checking and checking things again. It does make one crazy.
    Enjoy your Christmas week, a true gift that Ted is home sweet home.

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    1. Thank you Carla. Oh it is good Ted is home for this time. I saw a glimmer of improvement yesterday...not in action but in his voice. Still on the phone with hospital staffers, trying to get the scripts right. I think by the end of the day it was straightened out. Hope. Blessings, stay warm and safe. xoxo,love, Susie

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  20. WOW snow and they released Ted, but what a beautiful ride home. I am happy that you got it all worked out and that you and Ted are warm and cozy at home. Enjoy your day dear friend, after this is all over we will go Junkin' together:) HUGS!

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    1. Theresa, I was really worried about Angie getting down our road...and thank the Lord, I mean really...a snow plow went down 10 minutes before she pulled up with Ted. I may have to change my blog 's name to she used to junk. LOL Blessings and Merry Christmas, xoxo, Susie

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  21. (((hugs)))
    It sure makes one wonder why everything has to become so difficult. I sure dislike straightening out what should have been done correctly in the first place. Thank goodness they found the order and the guy actually helped hook things up and showed you how too. Hang in there
    Sue

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    1. Thank you so much for those hugs. Getting all the medical papers/codes/refills/etc right is hair pulling. I tell you I could just hug anyone who helps and gets things going for us. I tipped the young man, from the oxygen company...had a bit of left over money from groceries. LOL Blessings and Merry Christmas to you, xoxo, Susie

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  22. Oh my goodness Susie — I know what you mean about their coding and getting things wrong. Then having to work with equipment you’ve never seen before!!! Ugggg I’m praying for you. And Ted if course. Sorry about all that snow—my goodness. We didn’t send it—been cold but no moisture. To be 50 this coming week. Then highs in the 20’s. BUT I know it’s winter in Iowa😊

    Take care and know I’m thinking of you 🥰

    Blessings
    Gert

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    1. hank you sweet friend for thinking of us. I am so grateful. I was hoping this winter would be so much better since Ted was not getting chemo now. It's hard to relax always waiting for the other shoe to fall it seems. Blessings, Merry Christmas to you and your family. xoxo,love you, Susie

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  23. You have your hands full for right now, I have a Nebulizer and use Albuturol, with my COPD it helps when I need it, Medicare covered the cost and eventually paid for the Nebulizer so I own it now, The Oxygen you should be able to get Ted on a Portable Oxygen Unit that he can carry. We were Blesssed as the Snow was all south of us, they got 3 to 4 feet of Snow, We got about a 1/2 inch of Snow ! I am keeping you and Ted in My Prayers and lifted Ted and Suzie up for Prayers this Morning in Church at a Healing Service! Take Care, Blessing to you both, Gary

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    1. Thank you for the prayers Gary. I may be learning more about this home care stuff than I really want to know. This is rough. Ted has seemed just the tiniest bit better. and I am grateful. Blessings, stay safe, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Oh Susie, of course it makes you crazy! How do things get so terribly mixed up.....and the worse thing is that YOU had to see to it to be fixed!! God bless you both ♥
    I pray that you and Ted are having a good weekend and will have a really good week. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Doris. I am going to be bald and stark raving mad by the time Ted gets on his feet. It sure does seem that way at times. I hope God never tires of my voice, calling him. Blessings to your sweet family and Merry Christmas.xoxo, Susie

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  25. Hi Susie. I just read your last post along with this one. I hope that you and Ted have a better week. I'm praying for you both. Wishing you and Ted a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you pretty Pilar. I am grateful for your prayers and kindness. Hope you and your mom are getting to enjoy this season. With God's mercy , we will get thru this . Blessings to you, be safe, xoxo, Susie

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear about what you and Ted have been going through, Susie! Such a hard time to be dealing with illness and hospitals right now. I am glad he is home. Praying for healing! Love to you, sweet friend! xo

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    1. Thank you LInda. I am grateful for the prayers. We are doing our best. Today Ted seems a tiny bit better and I am happy about that. I think of you in you new home. Hope it is a warm cozy holiday for all of you. Blessings to you and yours, Merry Christmas. xoxo Love you to sweet young lady. Susie

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  27. So sorry Ted was so sick and you had a circus to deal with. My grandpa was on oxygen at home for several years. Tanks at first and then the machine, but grandma always kept a big tank on the front porch in case the power went out. Did they show you to beat his back with a cupped hand? It knocks that junk lose so he can cough it up.

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  28. Prayers prayers and more prayers. I am so sorry that you are dealing with so much. Big hugs. Kris

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