Just before leaving for my son's eye appointment he came down and handed me an envelope from Regence, our health insurance company. It was a thin business envelope, not the oddly sized explanation of benefits envelope. I didn't want to open it. About a week ago we had gotten one just like it saying they had received the appeal.
I decided not to open it and we headed off to get his eye exam and new glasses picked out. He's also going to get contacts for the first time, so we will have to make an appointment to have them teach him how to use them and take care of them. It's going to be interesting. Insurance did not cover frames this time, just lenses and they won't cover contacts. The exam, retinal mapping, $10 co-pay, and additional contact lens measuring came to $100. I think that we pay more at the next appointment.
Anyway, they were having a 20% off sale on glasses, so with our insurance and that, his new glasses came to $210. So we came out of there pretty good, I thought. When my daughter and I get glasses our prescriptions are so bad it costs a lot more. Even with the lower cost frames under $200, and insurance for the lenses, we still pay around $400 to $450 on a year that covers both.
So that was a good thing and we headed home to face that envelope. I opened it up and I burst into tears. I hardly ever cry unless I am watching something heartbreaking on youtube or a show. I've got a real tight control on my emotions, but I just couldn't keep it in. I had to read it four times to believe it. She has been approved to stay on our insurance for 5 years! 5 years. I thought it would only be one, but 5 years! Then she'll have to go through exams again, but man, 5 years! You cannot imagine the relief I feel about this. No COBRA, no $753 monthly payments, just business as normal.
When I told DD, she also burst into tears. You can't imagine the stress this has lifted off us. It was like it evaporated away into nothing. My husband and son are also so relieved and DH felt his stress, at least over this, lift in much the same way. I don't think we really have to worry about all this in 5 years, either because her diseases are degenerative. She won't get better, she'll get worse or if she is lucky stay the same, but to not have to worry about medical getting yanked out from under her is just amazing.
After that we went to the chiropractor, I told him about the spondylosis at the L2 and L3 that showed up on the x-rays I had on Monday, so we add that to the L4 and L5 degenerative discs in the treatment program. Now that I've been cleared to do physical therapy again, I called to try to get scheduled, but they want me to get a new order from the doctor. *sighs* More work for me. Hopefully I can just message him through the portal since I just saw him and get a new order sent without having to go in again.
After that, DS and I put soaker hoses on the green beans. They have really perked up since putting on the shade cloth. Some I thought were dead for sure are standing up and putting out new green leaves. I am so happy. I am going to poke some seeds into the ones that all the sprouts died in, just to see if they'll be ready in time to pick before the cold seasons, but at least the sun didn't kill them all.
Then DH got home and told me that his Great Aunt had died. So I cried again, because I loved her a lot. She's been doing poorly for a while and we knew it was coming, but she's been an instituion in this family. Her older brother lived until he was 105 years old, so we thought maybe she would, too. DH couldn't remember if she was 97 or 98, but she almost made it. Her husband has been gone maybe 10 or 15 years now, so she's been alone for awhile. One daughter lives in the mid-west and the other is an hour away, so one was near and some of the grandkids and they were taking turns to check on her. It is for the best with the pain she was in, but I will miss her.
At least I have a nice dress I can wear to the funeral. It's not exactly subdued, but it isn't a riot of colorful flowers, either, like what I usually buy. Just a nice summer dress with sleeves and not a sundress. I don't have any appropriate shoes unless I wear my boots and it has been way too hot to do that. Funerals aren't exactly a place to wear flip flops and they don't make sandals in 4E width. DD has a nice dress, too, it came 2 weeks ago. I am focusing on the minutiae because I really don't want to think about it. I'm not heartless, just discotiating.
My new wardrobe came and I'm happy it goes well with some of the pieces from my old wardrobe as well. And everything is true to the colors they showed in the photos. So I'm happy with that. I finally have nice clothes again, not washed out, overly worn, incorrectly sized clothes. It's a silly thing to be happy about on a day that has put me through the emotional wringer.
I need to get my tears out now, so I can be there to support my husband and MIL and my favorite of DH's cousins, her youngest daughter. I'm not close with the older one, but I'll be there for her, too, if she needs me.
This is bringing up thoughts of my own mother who turns 83 at the end of the month. She is getting frail and more forgetful and I see her mortality every day now. We need to pay for her to get a will made. It needs to be done sooner rather than later, while she is still in her right mind.
It was such a good day, until it wasn't, but I am still riding high on the good news and maybe on the increased dosage of the drug that controls my hypomania and depression. Maybe now I can allow myself to breathe again.
I'm well ahead on my reading goal for 2022. I finished Child Zero on the tenth and it was a good book. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the knock down was because incredibly excessive swearing. Like you would be hard pressed to find a page that didn't have swearing in it if there was dialogue and sometimes when they were just thinking. It was so bad it kept throwing me out of the story. But I soldiered through and I really liked it. Chris Holm is no Michael Crichton, even though they are comparing him to that author. Not nearly enough medical details to even come close. Still good though.
I started reading City of Orange, but I couldn't stand it, so turned that back into the library. It is rare for me to not stick out a book, but yeesh. Ten pages in and I felt like I was being tortured by bad writing. Now I'm reading Summer at the Cape, but I'm not sure I'm really in the mood for book four in this series right now.
I have more books on hold, but they are taking forever. I may have to actually go into the library to find some instead of purusing GoodReads.com and hoping the library carries whatever I am interested in. I'm in the mood for a YA thriller or vampires or werewolves or something supernatural. Just kind of fun, mindless things with overwrought teenagers, but well-written. It's a guilty pleasure. And they don't tend to have explicit love scenes.
Well, my son just took the pizza out of the oven so I guess it is time to finish this off. Hope all is well with everyone. You've all been pretty quiet.