Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Potpourri 2

Well, Mr. Eva has made it to the halfway point in his chemo.  So far so good.  The only side effects have been fatigue, and a little nausea.  I say a little because in the whole 12 weeks that this has been going on, he has only had to take 2 anti-nausea tablets.  We're keeping our fingers crossed that we can maintain the status quo, but the  effects are cumulative, so we'll see.  At least we know he's on the home stretch.

If you are on Medicare and can afford a supplement insurance plan, go for it.  Medicare covers 80% of your medical costs; the supplement will pick up half to all of the uncovered part, depending on the plan you have. 

 Unfortunately, we were unable to afford the supplement (they cost from $160 to $260 per month per person).  We do have what's called a Medicare Advantage plan ( a more economical monthly premium product)  which pays 80% on most things and covers most of doctor's visits and much of prescription costs, but chemotherapy is what is called a Medicare Part B drug, which means it is  covered 80%  by our plan, the same as if we had Medicare.  

This sounds good until you consider that the Chemo treatments run about $10,000 each and he needs 12 treatments for starters.  Do the math; our share of the total cost at the end of the treatments will be about $24,000, not counting our co-payments for doctors appointments and the surgery.  (Can you say "So long, comfortable retirement?")

Okay, enough whining, already!  I'm just grateful that there is medication available which will hopefully save his life.

I'm loving the change in temperature!  Autumn in Maine is the best!  Mid-sixties and sunshine with a nice breeze!  We went to my grandson's  soccer game yesterday and we sat in our lawn chairs and enjoyed the weather and the game.  It was a great afternoon.  His team won 3 to 0, so that was the icing on the cake.

Tomorrow we are having lunch with Mr. Eva's niece and her husband who are flying to this area from Atlanta, on their way to northern Maine.  She specified that she would like to eat at one of the restaurants I reviewed that is not a national chain.  I'm flattered that she's been reading my blog!  I guess we'll go to Thatcher's, because it is close to the airport.

Saturday was our anniversary and we went out to dinner to the Longhorn Steakhouse.   I thought I'd spare Mr. Eva my photo taking for a change, and just enjoy the dinner.  It was excellent.   We started with White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms, then had salad, followed by succulent steaks with delicate fried onions on top.   I always have the sweet potato when we go there, and Mr. Eva went with the mashed potato.  Of course I had to have a pina colada first!  (It was a celebration,after all!) Twenty-eight years is a long time to still get that fluttery feeling in your stomach when you see your man....and I still do!  (And they said it wouldn't last!  His 3rd marriage, my 2nd!)

A few words about LinkedIn.   When I registered with them, I was trying to find another way to get some exposure for my blog.  I didn't realize at the time that it's really a business networking site--not a funny-business site.   As a result, I never went back, once I figured that out.  I apologize to those of you out there who have sent me requests to link with them; I can't remember my password, (Duh!) and don't think linking with me would be of much value to you anyhow.  So, sorry that I haven't accepted invitations to link with  you.

I'm a lousy tweeter on Twitter, too!  I get there a couple times a week and am not sure what to do; I feel like a wallflower at an 8th grade dance.  I have no idea what the hash tags are for.  I do appreciate the fact that a couple of you (Terri, especially) have given my blog a shout out there.  Sorry I'm a clueless twit!

Enough random rambling for one day, wouldn't you say?


AgingGal said...

So sorry to hear about Mr. Eva. I know he is glad to have you by his side! Take care of yourselves.

Bitty (Linda) said...

Hey Eva,
Happy anniversary! Glad you still get butterflies from Mr. E.
Sorry 'bout your Medicare issues. I deal with them daily with my patients. Got one today who has Cigna secondary that is paying nothing because they claim to be an 80% policy and since Medicare pays 80% Cigna won't pay. Take a look at drug assistance programs through the pharmaceutical companies. You might be able to save some there. Unfortunately, my motto is, "Don't get sick in America."
Hopefully, Mr. E's chemo will be over soon and you two will be on to brighter days ahead. Fall colors coming soon.
Take care,

rosaria said...

The Mr. is lucky to have you around, with or without the humorous pen around.
The lesson about medical supplemental insurance is so needed for people who still have time to make their plans for retirement and having these facts should sober them out.

tsonodablog said...

Oh sweet lady, I love your ramblings. Especially when you include my name. LOLOL
snort.....I'm not conceited, I'm just convinced.
Anyhooo, thanks for the updates on Mr. Eva's progress and treatments. I don't say it every time, but I hope you know that both of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs, my friend. Enjoy your autumn. I am jealous.
Oh yea, and Happy Anniversary!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I'm so happy Mr. Eva is at the half=way point in his treatments and that his nausea has been kept to a comparative minimum! YAY!

The financial part is scary and I'm praying for you guys. There are legions of folks out there who might not want to think about it, but will fall in the same boat, should they live long enough. I'm glad you have Medicare. I know folks who don't have any insurance and one hospital stay for them is financially catastrophic. I don't like to talk politics, but something has to change with our healthcare system. It's not as if there aren't other countries providing coverage to everyone. Arghhhh!

Gail said...

Half way is good...sending healing thoughts.

Brian Miller said...

i am glad you are still fluttering eva...and had a good time on your anniversary...ugh on medical expenses...healing prayers your way...

Kristina P. said...

I had NO idea that chemo was that expensive and that you still had to pay for things with Medicare. I thought everything was paid for! Glad he's hanging in there.

Kristy said...

I love fall weather too. Feels so good and is so beautiful. It always brings me cozy feelings. Never fails. Every year, I start to feel sad that summer is ending, but then fall is there to make me feel better. :)

MandyMy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll be praying for your family, and the speedy recovery of Mr. E! Your anniversary dinner sounded amazing, and I hope you are blessed with 28 more!! HUGS!

David Allen Waters said...

this still brings a tear, but I am praying for the best, med bills are so scary....

hugs my friend, to you both :)

Eva Gallant said...

AgingGal: We're doing our best!

Bitty: Thanks for your concern and caring.

rosaria: It's true; most people think Medicare covers everything.

Terri: Thanks for the kind words, and the good wishes!

Grams said...

I feel exactly the same way about Twitter. I joined because the SITS Girls Book Club uses Twitter for discussion. Other than that, it's just a little too random for me.

Sue said...

I hope he continues to weather the chemotherapy well. Unbelievable that you have to absorb that much of the cost. It's crazy.

I will keep him in my prayers.


Pat said...

I'm so glad to hear that Mr. Eva is doing so well. Sorry to hear about the medical bills; at least you have some insurance, I guess.

Happy Anniversary!

The Frisky Virgin said...

I'm SO happy to hear Mr. Eva is doing so well! It sounds like he's handling things amazingly well. I continue to keep you both in my prayers every night.

And, I confess...I got a little teary eyed when I read how you still feel those butterflies when you look at Mr. Eva. How I would love to have that.

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I hope the same for you!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Yay, I'm so glad Mr. Eva is on the home stretch and doing so well. I'm so glad! :)

However, I have to say, healthcare in the US is the worst in any first world country. Not the care itself, just the fact that if you don't have money, you don't get help. That's INSANE. Being from a place with free healthcare, I never have to worry about not affording treatment. It's ludicrous anyone does. I'm sorry you now need to find all this money just to help someone because they got sick.

Your dinner sounded amazing. And your relationship with Mr. Eva is adorable and enviable. :)

Eva Gallant said...

Veg: I would agree with you! Our healthcare is ridiculously expensive! And thanks!