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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Today I woke up @ 4:15 a.m., but I was a bit short of breath, so I waited till I calmed down before hitting the gym @ 5:40. The reason for being short of breath is a combo of allergies, and eating too much sodium on my chicken and green beans last night. I was up to 181.2. I also tweaked my knee yesterday while doing the recumbent bike, and it swelled up on me last night. So I was contemplating going back to bed, but I got to the gym.

I did a 30 min walk at slower speed to make sure I didn't hurt the knee anymore, and then decided on doing a 45 minute shoulder workout, instead of legs, for the same reason. After that I did another 30 minute walk.

I came home and ate my eggs, and had to go to the pharmacy so I could drop off holds on pills, and my brother could order 2 pills. Before that happened I had to call the cable company to get my internet working again. Only took about 10 minutes. Then we went off to the pharmacy, and to get quarters for laundry.

My brother put off his doctor visit, because the Medicaid expansion part of Obamacare was delayed here in Michigan until April 1st, and his plan started on June 1st. The card came yesterday, and he got the wrong doctor. His actual doctor called to let us know that we needed to change the doctor, and we couldn't be seen. This was after a 1 month delay already. So when we got home, he had to call the insurance company. They fixed the problem in 5 minutes. Obviously we were on a roll, so we decided to get glasses today. We called to set up a 2:15 appointment, and Tiasha informed us that the eye exam for both of us is free now ( $160 saved ). My brother's last eye exam was 19 years ago, and he sits on the floor to watch TV, because he can't see very well. My glasses are 6 years old, his are 13-14.

I am currently doing laundry, and after cooking my chicken, I am cooking my brother's, since he had to go up to the college. Then I need to call to set up an appointment to see an opthomologist, and a podiatrist for both of us, which we just haven't been doing, despite both of us being diabetic. Hopefully, we can work through all the medical appointments we have been delaying quickly. Since April 270K people in MI have gotten health care, who never had it. So there may be a delay in getting an appointment.

My brother has gotten help paying for college ( Pell grant ), which means he goes free to the community college, and now without medical bills/pill cost, he can save up the $7K he will need for his final year at Walsh Business college. He isn't wasting this help. He has a 3.93 GPA, and should be able to get an accounting job to replace his pizza delivery job. At that point, he would lose any govt. help, and need to pay his own way to go back for his Master's, and get his own health insurance, which is now possible, even with his pre-existing condition, thanks to Obamacare. He's looking forward to not being poor enough to get the help. but glad it was there for him.

I know that it is a topic that causes heated debate, but without help, my brother would be a 44 years old pizza delivery guy, with no hope of a better job, or the ability to get health care. In America, no one should be in that position. I just wanted to talk about it here, because it is changing our lives, and while some might be divided over the politics, there are real human beings being helped, and in the end, he will become a contributing member of society again.

Back when he graduated, college wasn't something people around here felt to be necessary, so despite him getting a 35 on his ACT, he started working in a factory. Twenty years later, it would have been impossible to get out of this situation on our own, especially since we are both held back by heart problems. With improving health, and a desk job, he should be able to continue working for a long time to come though.

So today, we have a lot to be thankful for. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

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    Things are turning around in certain aspects! If your brother is interested in a Masters... I would recommend keeping an eye on WGU. It is an online university that charges not for credit hours but for a six month term. I have a friend that just finished her bachelors in 2 years so the entire degree cost her less than $12k!! That's like less than 1/3 of the normal cost! Plus if is all online and with how smart your brother is he should be able to do that without a problem, in my opinion.

Glad to hear that things are looking up!! It is always nice to see things turning around for the good people that deserve it!!

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CALLMECARRIE 6/12/2014 10:36AM

    No one should be ashamed of getting help when they need it. That's what it's for, especially when someone has a 3.93 grade average and is trying to better himself.
And I think the day will come when we look back on the pre-Obamacare era as appalling in its coldness towards people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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RUSSELL_40 6/11/2014 5:08PM

    We both got our glasses and eye exams and it cost me just $223.44. My brother's cost $308, but they were free. I got a few extras, and had some co-pays.

We both had to get dilated, and they checked to make sure we had no bleeding behind the eyes. We're good. Vision was a little messed up for 2-3 hours, but I get my new glasses at 11 a.m. tomorrow!

I have never had 2 sets of glasses before. I have a visit to the podiatrist on the 24th, and I may have to see an opthomologist, if my doctor doesn't think the tests they ran are enough, but both are 80 % covered, and the podiatrist said they write off the other 20 %, and won't send me a bill.

As always I love finding out something that I am not afflicted with.. no bleeding behind the eyes, so things aren't as bad as they COULD Think positive!


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AKHEIDI 6/11/2014 2:50PM

    Russell- not sure if you have to pay for glasses or not but I get mine through Zenni Optical for C H E A P. Just have your doc write the scrip and then go on line and order them- all for less than $25 a pair. I don't have bifocals or anything special so I get mine for about $10- then I get them in a bunch of colors so they match my clothes (I know- silly). I save my vision benefits for expensive prescription sunglasses.

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WOUBBIE 6/11/2014 2:15PM

    No human endeavor is perfect, and the ACA is no exception, but it is SUCH an improvement over the former situation! Thank goodness you're finally covered. Here in Pennsylvania we're still fighting to get the expansion. Our soon-to-be-ex-Governor* still refuses to allow it. I shudder to think how many people are suffering or dying needlessly here every day.

My DH is going back to school with Pell Grants and unemployment assistance. These are investments by government authorities for everyone's future benefit, not just ours.

He should have a higher income when he graduates than when he was initially laid off, hopefully for many years to come. Money will go back to the Commonwealth and the US Treasury in the form of income taxes, sales taxes, and economic stimulation. It's a win-win.

In addition, free or nearly-free basic higher education should be available to anyone who qualifies academically. A college education is no longer the luxury option it once was. We have excellent jobs being routinely offered to non-citizens precisely because we don't have enough qualified candidates of our own. Again, it pays for itself every time someone pays taxes on a higher income than they would have had without that education. Improving our community college system is an investment that will pay huge dividends.

*That moron is so unpopular that a recent poll (not long before the PA primary) found that he would lose by a 36 point margin to "Any Democrat".

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2014 11:58AM

    So sad things are so difficult in this country. Glad you got the insurance issues taken care of.

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SHOOTINGSTAR12 6/11/2014 10:12AM

    Have a blessed day my friend emoticon

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