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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, More Bad, & the Excellent!

Happy New Year to all of our 2-legged & 4-legged blogging friends!
I meant what I said - at the end of 2007, I was going to tear up the calendar. It was an awful year for our family. Welcome 2008!


THE GOOD: The University was closed during the week between Christmas and New Year's. I spent the days with Cosmos & Juneau. They are the best company. I love watching Juneau play with all the toys in their crate. He takes each one out to decide which one will be the favorite at the moment. Haven't quite got him to the point where he will put his toys back when he is all done. But, I couldn't quite get my kids to get the hang of that when they were young! When Cosi wasn't trying to wrestle & pin Juni down to the ground, he spent his time laying by my recliner or putting his head on my shoulder when he wanted hugs. I went to see the horses in the evening when Joel came home from work. Since we have an indoor arena, I was able to ride & work Charlie in spite of the weather outside. Joel bought me a new set of dishes from Macy's. It is the Homer-Laughlin Fiesta dish line. When he heard that their factory was in Newell, WV, he took one day off so we could drive down to visit. He was like a little kid in their Seconds Warehouse!
Armed with a towel for wiping off the dishes, he went from bin to bin looking for good pieces to add to our set. 3 hrs. later, we left with another 6 colorful place settings, matching sugar & creamer, & serving bowls. This section has dishes from the line that have a few imperfections, & at a great savings. It was a great that my phone has such a good battery because I played lots of card games & blackjack while watching our crates full of dishes while the "big kid" was on his search, ha-ha! We also got to see some movies - The Golden Compass & National Treasure 2.

THE BAD: I just haven't felt up to blogging. Have kept all of you in my thoughts. I have been worried about my job. Not sure how long it will run. There haven't been many new postings. Though I did have an interview on Tuesday (keep your fingers & toes crossed for me!!) & I just got called for another one next week.

THE UGLY: Last week I noticed a little pimple with a white head on my stomach just under my right breast. The head came off of it & I had an angry, sore mark. My doctor did a culture & it turned out to be my 3rd bout with that awful new infection called MRSA. It is so painful. The last time I had it was last summer. I'm seeing my doctor's almost every 2 days to check it. I got one on my right breast as well. My son had the infection first last winter. My doc said that stress could have set it off in me again as well as the warm, crazy weather we have been having. She changed my meds yesterday. I would not be able to have surgery until I am all done with this. I feel like such a mess!

MORE BAD: My surgery was re-scheduled for Jan. 15. This past Monday, I called my surgeon's office to see if the joint was in PGH. It has not left California yet & that the company is still working with it. Even worse news - my medical insurance company reneged on approval for my first TMJ surgery (after the fact) to get the failing joint out. I knew something was up when I got a bill from my surgeon's accounting dept. with a balance instead of showing what the insurance company paid. The insurance company also said that they wouldn't pay for the 2nd surgery or for my joint. My doctor's assistant told me not to worry (better said than can do, especially with me!) & that they are fighting it. The insurance company back in March '07 had called their office & gave them an approval # for authorization of the surgery. They were waiting for another call from my insurance company. If the "great" company (who has ads on billboards around PGH as well as on TV commercials saying that they are good for the wellness of your whole body - YEAH RIGHT) does not give approval, my surgeon suggested that Joel & I talk to the newspapers & news media. When most insurance companies see the initials TMJ, they deny coverage in spite of what is written. I couldn't wait until January thinking 2008 will have to start out better than last year - boy, was I wrong!

THE EXCELLENT: Joel called me a little while ago. He heard from my surgeon's office. They got approval for both surgeries from my UPMC medical insurance as well as payment for my joint- HOORAY!!!!!! My new TMJ joint might not be in PGH in time for the new surgery date of Jan. 22, so it is now set for Feb. 5. By that time I hope to clear up this infection & be ready to go.

-Marlene-

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Wasn't that great news for our Mommy! She said that it was our turn to add to our blog.


We wants to thank Echo , Team Husky, & Tasha & Eva for the "You Make My Day Award".


We really enjoy reading about you on yur blogs & being friends wif all of you. Here we are wif our Josh!

Til next time,

-Cosmos & Juneau-



16 comments:

The Daily Echo said...

Oh we're so glad you're back! We were worried you know. Those insurance companies are stupid. If they change their stupid minds again you just let us know. Tell em you know Echo, The AO4, and all the rest of the gang and we'll clog their fax machines with so much husky hair they won't know what to do ....that oughta do it! We hope you feel better real soon and get through your next procedure. Oh....and our grrrrl is jealous about the indoor riding arena. She wishes she had one of those. We told her she could ride inside the house but Dad said no.
ECHO

Kapp pack said...

We were getting worried about woo! We really hope thing start to look up for you!

Kisses and Hugs from all of us!

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

WOOHOO!!! We've missed WOO all!

I do the same thing with my toys!!

I pikhk one that is IT fur me !

My doggy nanny - aka my grandma - says I need to learn to put 'em away each night - HA! - I'm a Sibe - that's what my MOM is for!

Sorry you've had good, bad, ugly, more bad, AND excellent times!

WUV!

Khyra

Holly said...

I'm so glad you are back! It always worries me when my furiends are gone for too long.

I'm SOOOO sorry about your momma!! I sure hope 08 turns out to be MUCH better.

Holly

sharkgila said...

So glad you're back, you've been sorely missed! Sorry to hear about all the unpleasant things happening - but am glad it is turning out better. Lotsa love and hugs as you prep for surgery.

And Happy New Year!

WOoo,
Togo

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Woo Hoo! Welcome back! Sorry to hear about that nasty infection. We hope it heals fast! And that is excellent news about your surgery getting approved. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Hugs,
Sitka

Lacy said...

woofies All!!! me iz glad to c ya back, me been worrieded..me iz happy fings r lookin up fur u...its fun being home wiff the furkids...since i'm on disability now, im home with lacy all the time...lol and she keeps her eye on me too....that Mrsa is going around in Charlotte too, ever week or so new cases pop up...insurance companys can b a pain in the butt, glad u got it all sorted out now...congrats on ur awarwd...i luv coming to ur blobby to c watt u all been up too...i hope 2008 will b a better year fur u...

b safe,
;)lacylulu

The Army of Four said...

Echo had some great advice! Ha rooooo!
We're so glad to see you guys, too! We missed you!
We hope 2008 is a MUCH better year for your family!
Play bows,
Zim

The Husky in the Window said...

Awoooo, Juneau, I'm back my handsome masked one. Our mom is doing better too! We are glad you can have the surgery, now keep us posted on the other medical.

We like all the colorful dishes. Our mom likes everything in color too! Such fun!

We're keeping out paws crossed for you'all too.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Amici said...

We're glad you are okay but sorry that you have all of those medical things going on. My Mom knows too much about MRSA as she works in a nursing home. We're sorry that has happened to you...we've heard and saw that it can be very painful.

We hope everything heals up (as much as it can) soon and you start feeling GOOD again. :)

Katherine and Pippa, said...

Wow, mistress was biting her fingernails reading about the bad insurance company - and was so relieved when she read the end bit.

Your health insurance system sure is strange.

Paws crossed that everything goes better from now.

Pippa

Maddox said...

I've not heard of that infection. Good grief, BURN 2007! I am glad the surgeries got paid for though--that is insane, that company trying to pull that on you!

Welcome back!

maddox et al

Joe Stains said...

Great news on the surgery!?!!! Mom loves those fiesta ware dishes!

Huskee Boy said...

My ma hates to have anything to do with insurance companies.. they can be a real pain in the bum bum...
Don't worry, it's a breand new year ahead so things can only look better!

Bama said...

Oh no, we're sorry that you are still having a rough time, we'd hoped the New Year would be better for you, too. We're happy that the insurance co. saw the light though. Maybe that was your sign that things are going to start turning around for you.
Special kisses, and crossed paws,
Bama & the RHP

Ferndoggle said...

Oh my DoGness, you've been through the wringer! We hope 2008 is a much better year for you. I think I remember you were an Admin, correct. We're hiring if you're interested. Email me if you want more info.

Jen