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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

No sun, but no snow,,

I fear that some people are under a mistaken impression of these blogs. I have been blogging about U of M helping my daughter. She is not applying for a scholarship, she is seeking medical help. It has been fully described in previous blogs, but basically she cannot work due to her severe condition, so cannot get insurance with no job or $$, so no medical help. I took her to the University of Michigan, but without lots of cash or insurance, they cannot treat her. I was under the impression that it being a world renowned teaching hospital, there would be some type of trade-off like students/interns learning from her and she get a f=break of some kind for being a teaching tool. NO go..

Applications I am filing out and she is filling out are for help with the costs of her treatment.. It may take months to find out and her skin will be back to square one by then,, it is only two hours drive there, BUT it is not an easy set of roads to drive. THe most congested and busiest and most dangerous in the state. It did not help that we were racing a big rain/sleet/snow storm when we went the first time.
Without help from U of M coordinators, there is no treatment option left for her.

I ask for deep prayers for my DD to get the help she wil need for the rest of her life.. there is no cure and very few treatment options that allow a person to function normally. She is always very upbeat with people on Sparks, but her own situation is dismal.. I wish I could take on the pain of this disease for her...

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RACEWELLWON 3/7/2013 11:22AM

    Oh boy there has to be a way to treat DD. See this stuff makes me angry - its seems that they ( Hospitals ) make the situation so difficult to get required attention. I cannot see why DD does not qualify for SS benefits. Especially when I see the dope addicts getting it - very frustrating - You are both in my Prayers - Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/6/2013 9:41PM

    Michigan has assistance programs. The Social Worker at the hospital should have talked to you about these. That's his/her job!

Hopefully, this website will help.


Also, click the link Health Care Program for Adults near the bottom of the page.

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ALDEBARANIAN 3/6/2013 9:21PM

No social security disability? If she's turned down the right lawyer should be able to help.
There should be support groups for people with her illness, too. Maybe online? They may be able to give some advice.

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KJELLYBEAN15 3/6/2013 2:54PM

    And your state doesn't offer any sort of medi-caid/medi-cal? I can't believe there isn't anything anyone can do for her. I know homeless and indigent persons (in most states) can get some sort of medical assistance. I mean, especially since this is preventing her from working. They should be able to disable her? Strange. So sorry you are all going through this. Will be praying.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/6/2013 2:45PM

    I've already prayed for her. Bless her heart

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Daily hurdles

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A good day at work, , called to make tax appointment to get mom's taxes done,but lady told me I have a better and faster chance of just walking in! I can get it done in-between appointments. I have an early day Thursday at work, so may go then.
talked to U of M coordinators for Dd. I was all worried about the application. The wording sounded like they wanted to know if I was willing to liquidate all of MY assets to pay the bill. I let my fingers do the walking and found out that I did not have to worry, that DD was to fill it out, that none of my assets were being considered. Whew!! I'm my own worst enemy, worry wart!!

I am so used to dealing with the government, that I used THEIR definition of household assets...

I am suffering with a severe pain in my right foot at the side of the great toe. It has been like a hot electrical shock since 8 a.m. and I took an Ibuprofen and am going to take another tart cherry capsule this evening. I usually take one 1,000mg capsule twice a day to reduce inflammation from fibro and arthritis. DD takes it and it eases the pain of her dermatitis and eczema dramatically.

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RACEWELLWON 3/7/2013 11:16AM

    Gosh , I hope they can help - I know , that paper work is like signing your life away ! Have been sorting through all of this paperwork for DH lately - University of Chicago hospital stay was denied by BC/BS - Hmmmm has to be some error in that decision- ya think ? Anyway I do hope that you get thing sorted out and your toes is better . Hugs K

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/5/2013 7:39PM

    I'm glad it doesn't go by your assets or income jsut hers. She ahs mroe options that way.
Hope you feel better soon

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ALDEBARANIAN 3/5/2013 6:30PM

    Good for you for sticking with it. Sorry you're hurting. Pray it gets better soon.

Just read your post from yesterday. I'm sure your dad is with you today, too.

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NORASPAT 3/5/2013 3:04PM

    sound like a plan DD should be able to get help from the U of M. One of ours sons with a 4.0 avg Deans List engineering physics was told he had to leave the campus because his bill was not paid He had paid his part but the lions share was ours. In January on the record coldest day of the year I drove up and asked for the chancellor. I got the financial aid woman . I had a copy of our sons transcript with a letter from him to discuss this issue he was over 18.
I also had his bill and the money we had to pay was the only part owing.
She said he is a grown man and we expect our students to come forward to fight their own battles. I EXPLODED. I said look at the bill it distinctly says we owe you thousands of dollars and until we apply for a loan you cannot Kick him off Campus. He is an high honors student and this year there are 85 FULL TIME football players and even more hockey players here on FULL scholarships. I asked if it was an institute of learning ot entertainment . I knew there was a board meeting and I told her I would be there with his transcript and the letter saying he had to leave Campus January 6th.
I drove back home to a message on the answering machine that his bill was paid by physics department scholarships. He left the campus with money in the bank. He had been given a job as a lab assistant as work study so he was allowed to keep all of that.
I was shaking in my shoes I was so MAD, but the squeaky wheel got the grease. He graduated CUM LAUDE in Engineering physics but there was no work for him in Maine. That is why he lives in CA , I sure wish he was here in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I hope DD is able to get as much financial aid as she needs Pat inMaine.

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SUSANBEAMON 3/5/2013 2:29PM

  sounds like a productive day.

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Dad's birthday

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today is my father's birthday, well, if he was still alive,, he would be 86,, god Bles him, he has been dead for12 years,, next week,,
I miss my dad so much,but know that he is here with me I can feel him when I talk about him or need help.

today is just a quiet day, a few phone calls, delivery from Puritans Pride for tart cherry capsules for DD skin inflammation and my arthritis and fibro..
Got to make an appointment for moms income axes.. another hurdle to jump for another year.. I know everybody LOVES to make that appointment!!!

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RACEWELLWON 3/7/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon emoticon Wishes to Dad - Hope the Cherry pills work ! Hugs k

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FITANDFIFTY2 3/5/2013 3:22AM

    I was a Daddy's girl my whole life and his passing was Feb 15th, 04. He would be 85 if he was still alive. I miss him terribly but have the faith I will see him again. Hugs to you . Spark Friend! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/5/2013 3:16AM

    My Dad passed away in March 11 yrs. ago. I know how you feel. Let me know how the cherry capsules work.

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NORASPAT 3/4/2013 9:20PM

    I hear you LINDA, It was my mothers birthday last week and i just keep thinking about her so much right now. I wish the snow would go away and let me get outside to walk in the sun. It snowed all day long , 35 degrees it stayed on the original snow cover but the roads and the sidewalks are clear..

I sure know how you feel about missing Dad. I hope DD and yourself are helped by the cherry capsules. I used to buy DH Tart cherries and I even tried the gin soaked raisins. We had no luck with either never knew about the cherry capsules I will check them out HUGS Pat in Maine.
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PATRICIAAK 3/4/2013 6:15PM

    Special days such as this are always hard.
I am blessed to have my parents still alive. My dad celebrated his 87th birthday last month.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/4/2013 5:06PM

    I need to get back on the tart cherry capsules myself.

I don't like using the word dead. My mother has been gone for 12 years, too. I miss her lots.

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BAMAJAM 3/4/2013 4:09PM

  It is wonderful to have cherished memories of your father. You are indeed fortunate to have memories of fun times with a loving father. For those with living parents, --- show them respect and concern. Life can be short and very unpredictable.

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GERIKRAGH 3/4/2013 3:19PM

    My dad's bd would have been Feb 18. I'm glad we have memories!

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KJELLYBEAN15 3/4/2013 3:19PM

    Sorry it feels bittersweet to not be able to celebrate his birthday with him. The anniversary of my father's death was Friday. His birthday will be here in less than two months. Even though it's been four years, its still hard. And I know my mom cries still. Its something you just wont ever get over.

Best wishes for the tax appointment. So relieved mine is over with.

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Sunday, March 03, 2013

I finally went to visit mom yesterday after about two months . Either she was sick, we were sick, or they quarantined the building. Stayed for over three hours, had a very nice time.
I always have the urge to stop at the drive through and get a caramel frappe`, but have resisted for the pat eleven months.. I love McDonalds brand, but still, drove home, very thirsty and very un-satisfied. Drank my 1/2% milk when I got home, then DD made me a cup of my treasured jasmine tea. All was right with my world for a few minutes with that!!

One of the things that helps me stay away from restaurant tempting trigger foods is my financial situation. Each time I resist a big temptation, I put that $$ into our vacation fund.. at this trate, we may be flying to Hawaii!!(just kidding of course) ,, more like driving the seven hours up to Paradise on Lake Superior,....

I'm just saying...

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PATRICIAAK 3/3/2013 5:21PM

    Congrats on resisting and building a vacation fund!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/3/2013 3:17PM

    I hope your mom is doing well. My... You visit more restaurants than I do but i believe i do more fast food than you. :-)

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ALDEBARANIAN 3/3/2013 1:16PM

    Thank you for giving your mom such a nice visit.
I hope you have a great vacation.

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NORASPAT 3/3/2013 11:00AM

    LINDA i am so with you. If anyone asks us to go to a restaurant I will check out the prices and my head tells me I can buy so much more to make at home for this. Then I realise i have so few invitations out I will go. I am so glad I was raised frugal and always will be that way fir sure. Pat in Maine.

I am happy to read you had a long visit with MOM, way to go I am happier still you enjoyed your visit, I hope that Mom did also. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KKKAREN 3/3/2013 8:35AM

    Good for you resisting your temptation!

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DEDICATED2HIM 3/3/2013 8:32AM

    Good idea saving up the temptation money.....and cheers for avoiding that frappe! Isn't Jasmine tea good!? I love it.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Up many times in the night to void,, probably should not have drank all that tea and water so late. So, now I am still tired, BUT the pain pill helped somewhat. Will be getting extra cardio in for sure today cleaning and organizing the house.. Will finally go to visit mom,,it has been almost two months.. we are both non-catchy for any sickness and they lifted the lock-down at moms place.

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PATRICIAAK 3/3/2013 6:37PM

    Enjoy your visit.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/3/2013 3:25AM

    I'm a big Tea drinker, and I have nights like that too. Hope the pain is better. Enjoy your visit!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/2/2013 5:29PM

    I was up off and on all night too powdering my nose. I'm tired today as well. Sucks...

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ALDEBARANIAN 3/2/2013 4:57PM

    Sorry to hear your weekend's starting out rocky. Hope it gets better. Sounds like it's time to pamper yourself a little. emoticon Have a grape weekend.

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