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Oh, Thank Goodness it is 2018!

January 1st, 2018 at 01:21 am

I am so glad 2017 is over and 2018 is here. It can't possible be as big of a struggle as the last two years have been.

My daughter went to the emergency room Friday night at midnight in excruciating pain. They did an ultrasound and a CT scan and found out her gall bladder is full of stones. They did not need to do emergency surgery, but they think she needs to get it out soon. We don't have insurance until February.

So we will get her in to see a gastroenterologist ASAP and schedule the surgery for February. I can't even call until Tuesday and then I am sure it will be 2 to 3 weeks before we can even get in to see a specialist. I am glad that insurance still can't do squat about pre-existing conditions.

This visit is going to cost us roughly $2500, unless I miss my estimate of $1000 for the visit, $500 for the ultrasound, and $1000 for the CT, which is still less than paying COBRA. DH will have to work a lot of overtime to pay for that, but he is allowed 10 hours of OT a week without having to ask, and then if things get into a rush time, they will okay additional over that. Hopefully we can manage to get it paid without taking money out of the Emergency Fund, but we definitely won't be putting any money into the EF for a couple of months. *sighs*

I had to completely throw out my meal plan for the eat from the pantry challenge and start from scratch since DD can't have dairy, most fats, eggs, pork, only very lean beef, no refined white flour so no pasta (we don't have any whole wheat on hand) or bread or tortillas, no refined white sugar (she can have honey, molasses, and brown sugar), no fatty fish, and no brassicas. That means none of my go to vegetables of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, cabbage, bok choy and the like.

So we will be eating more turkey, chicken, rabbit, white fish and shell fish. I do have that, but I don't know how long it will last. I will have to make some stuff for DH, because he can handle only so much poultry before he starts clucking about it and he is not the biggest fan of fish, though he does like white fish.

The hardest part for me is that I like to cook in butter and oil. I know it isn't terribly healthy, but it makes things taste good. I can use spray oil or lightly brush oil on things, but no frying. We have spray olive oil and we can brush on avocado oil. But I will be doing a lot of steaming in foil packets with lots of veggies and herbs and then putting fish on top so the veggie flavors rise up into the fish and the fish juices fall down to flavor the veggies.

DS and I have agreed to eat like this with DD as much as possible. The hardest part for me will be not eating pasta. I can take or leave bread, but I love spaghetti and Ziti and macaroni. I know DH won't eat like us, though he could stand to, but he will refrain from eating the junk she likes but can no longer have in front of her. He'll keep it at work or in the truck.

And speaking of the truck, DH has been using his dad's truck since before his dad died and DH will inherit it once the will is through whatever it has to go through. It doesn't actually have to go through probate here unless it is contested, but it does have to go through official filing and then I think there is a short waiting period. So we are basically a two car family now for the first time in five or six years. Which means our insurance will likely double. We did do our part of the filing, but we are waiting for the state to do its part.

There is a loan on the truck, but MIL will pay it off before we change ownership legally once the life insurance comes through. She has enough to pay off all debts, and because he was still actively employed when he died, though off on disability, she gets his full pension of $3000 a month and she gets social security based on his wages, so she will actually be sitting pretty. Not to mention there is some property in trust between her, her sister, and her brother, so we aren't going to have to worry about her after all.

I guess I will go back to worrying about us instead. *double sighs*

13 Responses to “Oh, Thank Goodness it is 2018!”

  1. Carol Says:

    So sorry about your girl. Hope 2018 is good to your whole family!

  2. Amber Says:

    Aw LR I'm so sorry, praying for a better 2018

  3. veronak Says:

    Aw LR I'm so sorry, praying for a better 2018 and that the surgery goes well

  4. Laura S. Says:

    Sorry to hear about your daughter. My daughter (long story) had her gall bladder removed months later than she should have, and she was miserable. Sticking to the suggested diet should make it bearable until the surgery. I hope her surgery goes well, and they can get it done early in February. Hoping 2018 goes well for you and your family other than this.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Robin, C had gallstones when she was in the end stage of her cancer. Because they didn't want to do surgery, they attached a drain to her gall bladder, which gave her relief. I have no idea if this is an option for your daughter, but thought I would share.

  6. Dido Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about DD and hope your diet can keep things under control until the surgery. A couple of suggestions on pasta replacements: Shirataki noodles (one popular brand is "Miracle Noodles") which are made out of the konjac yam, are very low carb/low calorie, are the closest to real pasta. Zucchini (and other veggie) noodles are more filling but less pasta-like, and can be used for meals where otherwise you would go to pasta.

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018.

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. But glad to hear MIL is doing well financially. Phew! Here is to better things in 2018!

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That's too bad about your dd. Can she tolerate something like brown rice noodles? That's what I eat when I make spaghetti.

  9. terri77 Says:

    Sorry to hear about your daughter's illness & unexpected medical expenses. That's good that your husband has the ability to earn OT to help out with those expenses when they occur.

    I am the opposite of you: I can take or leave the pasta, but can't leave the bread alone! Smile

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--Can you tell me what brand of brown rice noodles? They don't have egg in them, do they?

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    They're what I get at Aldi's - I don't think they have egg ... will have to check

  12. LuckyRobin Says:

    We don't have Aldi's here, but I found some at Whole Foods. They actually had brown rice spaghetti noodles as well as capellini and fettucine. Kind of cool. Too bad they were sold out of their brown rice tortillas, but we got some gluten free almond tortillas for her to try. Hopefully the almond flour will be okay, but since almonds are a nut and nuts are fatty, I just don't know.

  13. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Im glad you found something that works!

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