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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Reflections on today


So, today is September 20. My niece, Lace, turns five today. Happy Birthday, Lace! But, on this date in 2004, David underwent life changing surgery, at St. Dominic in Jackson. They removed the cancer, found a little more, removed that, too! It was a very scary day, but we were surrounded by family and friends. Erica and I stayed at a hotel near the hospital, while he was in ICU. When he was moved to a private room, I switched kids and Christopher and I stayed in the room with him, both of us sleeping on a fold out bed. We were told they got it all, the margins were "clean", and the chemo he would need would essentially be "mop up". Sadly, that's not what it turned out to be. Unbeknownst to us, even then, there was cancer growing in the lungs, that the readers of the tests all missed. We feel that was divine intervention, though, because our doctor said that had he known about the lung nodules, he wouldn't have done the surgery and would have hit him hard with chemo. David and I both feel very very strongly that he would not have survived, had they done that. The pain from the original tumor had to be addressed, too, so we feel that things happened for the best. I mean, here he is, 3 years later, and after quite a bit of a setback, one in which we weren't sure he would come out of, planning to go back to work in a little over a week!!! We don't know how that will work out, but he is excited about seeing his co-workers and getting back into the middle of the exciting world of slot machines! I will police him, if he needs to take a nap, well, then, he has to take a nap. They know that he is not going to be able to work 10 hours every day, as he did a few years ago, and I think that they want to do everything they can to keep him. Besides wanting to be back at work for working's sake, he really has to because of insurance. Cancer ain't cheap!! But everyone seems genuinely glad to have David coming back to work, after all of this time. I think it will do him a world of good, and, hopefully, he will be able to work for years, without another setback. Of course, we recognize problems now, and they can be addressed more promptly, hopefully getting the proper treatments earlier. And I think the oncologist has made David a high priority, calling him "remarkable" and a "miracle". He, and the nurses here at the Cancer Clinic, will jump at the first sign of a major problem. And unfortunately, we NOW know about the SHINGLES!!!!! He is still taking medicine to keep that from coming back.

And, speaking of which, we have a doctor's appointment in a little over an hour. Speaking of insurance, our insurance company sent us a letter stating that this doctor was not in network, that they were not reconsidering payment, blah blah blah, yada yada yada, and my sister went to the website, found the doctor's name that he WAS in the PPO network system!! So, I faxed that information, plus the squinky little letter to our case manager, who, if she hadn't been on a "secure and recorded line for quality purposes" would have really liked to tell me what she thought of all of this!! She hasn't gotten back to us yet, but COME ON insurance company, pay the damn claim!! And they have started kicking out his chemo claims, saying that we have to submit the chemo drugs to the prescription drug plan! Yeah, like we can call up the drugstore and ask for Camptosar, Erbitux, a bag of Benadryl, and hey, could you throw in some Aloxi for nausea, while you are at it? Yeah, thanks, here is 10,000 dollars!!!!!!!!! I am hoping that Jackson Oncology is taking care of that while we are trying to straighten up the other insurance mess. Stay tuned.
Gotta go let the menagerie out now!!! Have a great day!!

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