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.