Beautiful day, not too warm yet. We had to get up early to go to the health insurance meeting. Now we just have to decide which plan we want. I thought they would give us booklets on all the companies in our area that our clinic be accepting. They did tell us which ones that is and said we can get our own info on them, but mostly they talked about Providence so is was really just a sales pitch. Apparently it is a very high rated company though and our doctor must think it's good since he referred us to this meeting..of course they might have just gotten to him first and he fell for the good sales pitch.
The monthly premiums aren't bad but there are so many co-pays and % we have to pay after that. We have been fortunate for 14 years now to have Medicare and Tricare and we have had almost no out of pocket expense. Spoiled I guess...so this is kind of shocking to us. But since we can't find a doctor who will take Medicare and Tricare, if we want insurance we have go this way. Funny, they say, oh you will always have your Tricare, but then when you talk to them they admit there are no longer doctors accepting it as a supplement. So basically except for drug coverage, Tricare will only cover us in a military clinic/hospital. I understand it from a doctor's perspective, don't blame them, but still don't like it as a patient. The healthcare act I am sure is helping some people, but to tell the truth I don't know any who have been helped. Everyone I know young and old say there costs have gone up not down, and now we are part of that group.
On a more positive note, we had a great dinner last night! Our son was with us and he enjoyed it too which always makes me feel good. I made BBQ chicken in the oven...it is not the kind where the sauce is stuck to the meat, it is more like a sauce that it cooks in and then I pour it over the meat. I served it with fried rice and not the lighter version I usually make for us plus corn on the cob. Not the best meal veggie-wise but we've been eating a lot of green veggies recently so it was a nice change.
Yesterday I got into our main bathroom and decluttered the shampoos/conditioners. Lots of conditioners but only a few shampoos. Since I use the medicated shampoos (doc says forever!), I don't use them but I put them in catch-all cupboard in case someone might. The conditioners that don't match any shampoo, I put in a bag to keep for making fabric softener.
I also did a little more decluttering the spare bedroom but now trying to decide what to do with the stuff I took out of there.
It is photo books I want to keep. Haven't done much today since we were gone all morning, but I plan to clean the kitchen in a bit. If I find time I will start decluttering my office. It's a real challenge!
Rosey - Sounds like we're on the same track. I need to declutter my books too. Esp now that I have to find a place for the photo books. These books (family room) are ones I really love and sometimes reread, so hard to get rid of them. Then in my office I have a huge number of books most I haven't even read yet. I'm mostly reading ebooks now but I read these in the bathtub. I am not sure I'll live long enough to read them all though.
I try not to buy any more hard copy books but sometimes I can't resist.
Cherry - Those pounds pop back on so fast, don't they?!! I lost two pounds last week and so far this week they are back on, so hoping they will be gone plus more by next Sunday. It's such a struggle and the med I am on is not helping!
Wannabe - I think I just got busy decluttering and didn't realize I was that hungry until i stopped. My bs really varies...yesterday it was high all day, but I think I did eat more. I can't seem to get myself back to tracking my food consistently, I start the day tracking then forget about it. So far today it was high in am, but 111 before lunch. I still need to eat better, but know I will never be perfect. I think the doctor may increase the dose as he gave me a very low dose...sure hope it doesn't make me gain again.
Cajun - I'm like you, I like well seasoned food. I don't think I overdo the sodium usually in my cooking. but I am very tempted by salty snacks. I wish dh would not bring them home, but lately he has been bringing home corn chips, pork rinds and caramels! I told him no matter how I complain about missing sweets or salty snacks, please do not bring home bags of them!! A tiny bit we can share wouldn't hurt now and then. I don't even like the pork rinds, but they don't have carb and I like the crunch and hot taste (he gets the spicy kind) so I'm tempted by them even though I hate the smell! And that sodium adds up!
Glynne - Sorry you hurt so much! Hope you can get some relief today.
Karen3 - Does the doctor think your knees will always hurt after you've been on them a long time or is it still part of the recovery?
Well, need to get to work...you all have a good day!