Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hopeful Message

Well, i received three letter from my health insurance company today.

All 3 inform me that different parts of my recent treatment, including the hospitalization, will be covered.

Wow.  It could have all been so much worse.  There's no way to know how much in deductibles and co-pays i will end up with, but at least the basics will be covered.

Then i turn from my computer and get asked a question, which leads to me looking for an email, and a news story catches my eye.  There's a doctor in Rushville, Illinois, who only charges $5 for an office visit, still.  He's been the only doctor in town for 57 years.  My hat is off to him and his staff, the full story is here.

Now, if only we can figure out how to replicate what he's doing, we won't have to worry so much about what is covered and what isn't.

Meanwhile, at least my insurance agreed that i need the care.

And now, to help me forget the lady who is suing the little league catcher story (don't let me rant!), a joke:

One day Thibodeaux went up to Boudreaux.
 "You know Boudreaux, I think somethin' wrong wit me."
Boudreaux said, "Mais, Thibodeaux, tell me what's your problem.?"
"Well, Boudreaux," Thibodeaux said. "My whole body is in pain. Everywhere I press on my body it hurts.  See?  When ah press on my arm, it hurts!  When ah press on my chin, it hurts!"
"Thibodeaux, I think I know what's wrong with you." Boudreaux replied.
"Tell me Boudreaux, what could it be?"
"Thibodeaux, you need to see the doctor because your finger's broken."

Today is

Armed Forces Day -- Azerbaijan

Barcode/UPC Day -- the first scanner, at Marsh's Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, scanned its first item, a pack of Wrigley's gum at 8:01am this day in 1974

Beautician's Day -- on a couple of websites, while other list other days; if yours puts the "beauty" in beautician, remember her next time you go have your do tended to

Flag Day -- Romania

Handing Back of Tiger-Get-By's Presents -- Fairy Calendar

Holiday for the Shemsu of Heru -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Independence Day -- Madagascar; Somalia

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

National Canoe Day -- Canada

National Chocolate Pudding Day

St. Pelayo's Day (Patron of abandoned people, torture victims; Castro Urdiales, Spain; Torreira, Portugal)

Sunthorn Phu Day -- Thailand

Birthdays Today:

Jennette McCurdy, 1992
Derek Jeter, 1974
Chris O'Donnell, 1970
Harriet Wheeler, 1963
Greg LeMond, 1961
Chris Isaak, 1956
Eleanor Parker, 1922
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1914
Colonel Tom Parker, 1909
Peter Lorre, 1904
Pearl S. Buck, 1892
Lord Kelvin, 1824
Abner Doubleday, 1819

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire; General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield, 363
The legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, German, 1284
Richard III is crowned king of England, 1483
Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima, 1541
W. K. Clarkson patents the first bicycle, 1819
The Christian  holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States, 1870
The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity, 1909
The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco, 1945
William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor, 1948
The Berlin Airlift begins, 1948
The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships, 1959
The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, 1974
Indira Gandhi establishes emergency rule in India, 1975
The CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure on land, is opened to general public, 1976*
Biologists J. Craig Venter and Francis S. Collins announced that their research groups had mapped the human genome, 2000

*It is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere


  1. Haha! good joke. And I am really glad that your hospital treatment is covered. Oh, this must be a huge weight off your mind.

    The lovely doctor sounds like a one-off. I am a big believer in public health care, not necessarily that we have the best system here in the UK. I was listening to a programme the other day about Sweden and they seem to have got things well sorted.

  2. National Chocolate Pudding Day! Woo-Hoo!

  3. Glad to hear the good news about the insurance and that you're back on your feet. What a relief!

  4. alrighty- I'm making chocolate pudding today to celebrate oh so many things! Like a doc who still only charges $5 an office call....3 cheers to him!

  5. Good hear your medical insurance is on the job. That must be a significant relief.

  6. Jenny, i'm glad you enjoyed the joke, and there has to be a way to do healthcare without bankrupting everyone or taking away all of our choices.

    Suldog, enjoy!

    Gigi, thank you.

    Kathe, enjoy the pudding, celebrate lots of fun stuff!

  7. Frank, it is, and Hilary, you are right!

  8. Whew! So glad for good news from the insurance. Definitely could've been a lot worst. Too bad healthcare is a cash cow business instead of a people business. But at least it is for that doc that charges $5. That is sooo awesome.
    Barcode/UPC Day? I shoulda slap a barcode on my forehead. I would've done dat.

  9. Josie, you are a smile on a cloudy day!