Paying for medical care

Paying for medical care

I have been home recovering from my heart attack. In my entire life I have never rested like this. The first couple days I knew I needed it and was tired so it was easy. The next few days I was going stir crazy and wanted to go back to work. I had agreed to take 2 weeks off and simply relax and maybe take up a regular meditation practice. I needed to be calm.

 

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There go the doughnuts: My recovery

There go the doughnuts: My recovery

After I came home from the hospital after my heart attack I expected sympathy, to be fed in bed, my kids would clean the house, clients would give me recovery time and space, and rest.

 

As soon as we walked into the house after my 2 day hospital stay my daughter said, “Hey mom, what do you give a heart patient? Three weeks.” Ouch, there went the sympathy. My doctor put me on an exercise routine (35 minutes a day) and a Mediterranean meatless diet. And then there were the pills. My kids ‘decided’ it would be better if we all made like nothing happened. That meant they didn’t change their lifestyle and add cleaning to their roster. I guess that’s good that no one went around like they were always doing the pledge of allegiance.

 

My doctor gave me a list to make sure I was educated:

 

1. Know the names of everything you take.

2. Be clear on how and when to take them.

3. Know the side effects.

4. Learn what each medicine does and why you’re taking it.

5. Make a list of the things you take. Keep it with you in case of an emergency or if you need to talk with another doctor about them.

 

Then I was told to see a mental health specialist. My reaction was, wow, not just a psychologist. I needed a mental health specialist. My doctor must have seen something special in my issues.

 

I also had to go to rehab. I really didn’t see any outward differences in my appearance. As my aunt always said, “It’s not how you feel honey, it’s how you look, and you look fabulous.”

 

No more salt. Ugh. No more fatty meats. Ugh. No more doughnuts or trans fats. Ugh.

 

Life just got serious.

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Heart attack?

Heart attack?

The other morning I was getting ready for work and all of the sudden I felt bad. No warning. I felt like throwing up and my chest hurt. My first thought was heart attack. I always heard it was like an elephant sitting on your chest. That wasn’t exactly what I was feeling but it felt like it required my attention.

 

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Unworthiness and alligators

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As some of you know I live in Florida. I am a warm weather person so that works well for me. Summers are a bit warm and rainy but I believe I had some lifetimes in India in previous incarnations and the summer monsoons in Florida remind me of that somehow.

 

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Men…Ugh

Men…Ugh

I was having lunch with Marge, my best friend, and we were talking about men and how they are never real, they never will let us see their ‘real’ side. I told Marge that women can fake an orgasm but men can fake a whole relationship.

 

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Life getting you down?

Life getting you down?

This week my ‘get service’ light went on in my car, my daughter needed $700 for a summer camp (my half. My ex paid the other half) and I was feeling compelled to contribute to my women’s group. On top of that taxes have to get done and the second payment on my property taxes paid. That’s a lot and it’s weighing on me. It cost me sleep last night.

 

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My daughter's suspension from school (and how I reacted)

suspension

This week my youngest daughter was suspended from school for hitting another girl in her class. According to everyone involved the other girl was making fun of my daughter’s dad being a fag. My girls (and I) adore their dad. He is caring, loving and kind. He is always there for all of us. We divorced 9 years ago because he is gay but we remain very close. The girl who was hit received no punishment.

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