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Old 08-09-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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I don't quite understand these write-offs. I had an ER visit that was billed out at over $10,000 but my insurance paid a fraction of that. I have BCBS also. I'm not complaining, I just don't understand how it works.

Jean, somewhere in the mess of paperwork I have from my insurance company, there is an explanation about this. It has to do with Medicare and write-offs. If I find that paperwork, I'll write you a P.I.
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Change of topic. How sad that some posters can't just accept that there are different perspectives on most aspects of life and that when someone expresses a perspective which is different from theirs they feel compelled to get mean, nasty, and insulting. How about a rational discussion instead? What a radical concept - disagreement without being disagreeable!


Yes, I realize that sermonizing about it is not going to change anything, since angry and hostile people are like they are for deep-seated reasons. I suppose my comment is just a get-it-off-your-chest mini-complaint.


And yes of course, many posters do in fact practice disagreement without being disagreeable. I frequently rep them, perhaps thanking them for their civility. They are the ones who make participation here worthwhile.
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Change of topic. How sad that some posters can't just accept that there are different perspectives on most aspects of life and that when someone expresses a perspective which is different from theirs they feel compelled to get mean, nasty, and insulting. How about a rational discussion instead? What a radical concept - disagreement without being disagreeable!


Yes, I realize that sermonizing about it is not going to change anything, since angry and hostile people are like they are for deep-seated reasons. I suppose my comment is just a get-it-off-your-chest mini-complaint.


And yes of course, many posters do in fact practice disagreement without being disagreeable. I frequently rep them, perhaps thanking them for their civility. They are the ones who make participation here worthwhile.
When that happens, I try to let it go and categorize it as someone having a bad day. We all have them and probably should refrain from posting on those days. However, if I see them do this several times, I figure it's not a bad day, but a very unhappy person. It colors all their posts. When I've run into posters that seem unreasonably argumentative, I go back in their post history and usually see a pattern, not a one off. I tend to ignore or gloss over their posts after that.

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Old 08-09-2017, 01:17 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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And to change the topic again, yesterday I had my annual eye appointment. I almost cancelled because I had been crying over the possibility of putting our dog to sleep. I probably should have rescheduled.

I don't need new glasses, I need a cataract surgeon consult. Nothing like feeling like I was being kicked when down. After a good night's sleep, everything was back in perspective today. I don't have a choice.

I have one eye with good vision and the other eye is legally blind. When I learned I had cataracts starting, I thought I would have lots of time before doing anything. I didn't want to have surgery and complications afterward that might cause me not to be able to drive, read, etc.

The doctor told me yesterday, if on my next exam my cataract has opacified more, causing my vision to worsen, he would have to report it to the state since the other eye is considered legally blind, and my driving license would be revoked. I need to do this now. All I can control is choosing an excellent surgeon.

I'm 63 1/2, young for cataracts, but it was one of the possible side effect of an occupation using ionizing radiation with x-rays, nuclear medicine and CT scans. This was explained as something that could happen when I applied to the x-ray program. I was 19 and early cataracts didn't worry me in the least, since it was so very, very far away.

Far away arrived yesterday.

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Old 08-09-2017, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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...I don't need new glasses, I need a cataract surgeon consult. Nothing like feeling like I was being kicked when down...
Uugh! First your fur-baby, then this. Several years ago, when it was told to me that I had the very beginnings of a cataract, I asked around at work. Turns out a fellow a few years younger than us had cataract surgery and I sought him out to ask about his experience.

He said it really was no 'big thing'. Procedures are well established and pain/discomfort minimal/non-existent. He put me at ease about having the procedure, (have not yet, and haven't had my eyes examined since. Who knows when? But when I had my 'eye exam' at the DMV the other week to get a driver's license in my new state, the lady said that I would have to wear glasses next time I came in.)
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: WA
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BRILLIANT orange red, a couple of leaves had turned on the maple tree outside my dining room window. Next day, it Exploded to red/orange with a few green leaves. Indication of an early winter ?

Temps here on the Oly. Peninsula, in the early mornings have been in the low 50's !

Over the Rainbow, so traumatic to let go of our dear fur babies. Prayers for comfort.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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And to change the topic again, yesterday I had my annual eye appointment. I almost cancelled because I had been crying over the possibility of putting our dog to sleep. I probably should have rescheduled.

I don't need new glasses, I need a cataract surgeon consult. Nothing like feeling like I was being kicked when down. After a good night's sleep, everything was back in perspective today. I don't have a choice.

I have one eye with good vision and the other eye is legally blind. When I learned I had cataracts starting, I thought I would have lots of time before doing anything. I didn't want to have surgery and complications afterward that might cause me not to be able to drive, read, etc.

The doctor told me yesterday, if on my next exam my cataract has opacified more, causing my vision to worsen, he would have to report it to the state since the other eye is considered legally blind, and my driving license would be revoked. I need to do this now. All I can control is choosing an excellent surgeon.

I'm 63 1/2, young for cataracts, but it was one of the possible side effect of an occupation using ionizing radiation with x-rays, nuclear medicine and CT scans. This was explained as something that could happen when I applied to the x-ray program. I was 19 and early cataracts didn't worry me in the least, since it was so very, very far away.

Far away arrived yesterday.
DH had 'age appropriate' cataracts. Just a few months ago, he persuaded/(badgered) the opthamologist enough to get one of his eyes done for cataract surgery. He had one uncomfortable afternoon after the surgery, and then he was over the moon with how marvelous it was to finally see properly out of that eye again. He's been trying to get her to authorize his other eye to be done, but she's holding off on that.

BIL didn't even realize he had cataracts until my sis noticed that the "washed" dishes weren't washed. He had both of his done (also at a young age - 64-ish). He was noticeably cheerier when I visited him after his cataract surgery. I don't think he ever realized how limiting his cataracts were until they were gone.

Don't be afraid to have the cataract surgery if your cataracts are interfering with your enjoying life! You're much more likely to be able to read, drive, etc., after surgery than before, if your cataracts are interfering with your vision.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Cataract surgery improved my life. I regret that I have to wear glasses to read but really love being able to drive safely.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Cataract surgery improved my life. I regret that I have to wear glasses to read but really love being able to drive safely.
Night driving has been an issue. Where I notice it the most though, is at dusk when I walk the dog. I feel like there is almost a film on my vision. This has been worse the last few months and I suspected the cataracts were probably the cause. I've needed more light to read and do some of my crafts. Daylight has been better than any lights I use. It all came together when the doctor told me it was time.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:04 PM
 
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Jean, I am sorry to hear your doggie is ill. So,so hard to watch of four-legged family members not be well. And sorry to hear about your eye troubles.

My cousin went to the eye Dr for her annual check-up at age 60 and was told she had the beginnings of cataracts and to come back in a year. Then, in the middle of her 60th year she noticed her sight deteriorating, so she went back to the same Dr. This time she was told she her cataracts had changed and she had an "aggressive" type that was growing rather fast. Immediate surgery was required, of course, one eye at a time. So she went ahead and had this done, and all went well. Like many, she can now see better than she could before the operation, distance-wise.
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