2011 is almost over, so time for me to assess the good and the bad of the year.
1: continued depression
2: back and hernia surgery
3: worrying about things that I cannot control
1: surgeries have and mental treatment have helped my well being
2: Growth of my family relationships: working through “for worse” and “in sickness” with my wife; watching my children grow; new honesty and openness with my parents and sister; meeting my brother and continued growth and reconnection with my biological family
3: blogging as a tool to help organize my thoughts and feelings.
Thank you all for reading and commenting. Tomorrow: looking forward to 2012
- Image by Army Medicine via Flickr
Let me set the scene for you: Last December I had surgery to repair two hernias. In June, I had surgery to repair a ruptured disc in my back (according to the surgeon, one of the worst he has ever seen). This December came, another hernia repair. Apparently things just come squirting out of all the wrong places all too often on me. On top of these surgeries, I had visits my general practitioner, gastroenterologist, neurologist, nephrologist, orthopedic doctor, and psychiatrist. Let’s also not forget the chiropractor, counselor, and group therapy. Oh yeah–and drugs. All of this on top of time off of work. The long and short of it is that even with insurance, we were tapped out. Bills were getting paid, but we didn’t know where the money was going to come from to pay the next ones.
A few weeks earlier I had applied to have the bill from my back surgery reduced. It looked like either we would have to set up a payment plan with the hospital or with a collector, either one with a hefty interest rate to be sure. Then, last week I got an envelope from the hospital. I opened it, expecting a bill. Instead there was a letter notifying me that the charity committee had met, and reduced the remaining portion of our bill 100%. There was a detailed statement attached that confirmed this. Total remaining owed: $0.
Here was proof in black and white that you don’t get anything if you don’t ask. But more importantly, after such a stressful year, this was probably the best Christmas present that I could get.
I promised a post a few days ago that I haven’t made good on yet…today isn’t any different. Wanted to share a couple of things though.
Tomorrow I will be going in for my third sugery in 12 months (I know!). Last December I had two hernias fixed, in June a had a ruptured disc taken care of, and tomorrow I will be fixing another hernia. This one isn’t as big, but it really seems to HURT more than the others. Pretty “simple” procedure though really, when you consider…
…my bmom’s hubby is currently having a liver transplant surgery. Yesterday must have been a whirlwind for them–Mom sent out an email to her siblings and me on his status as of yesterday. Then my sister posted on facebook that they got a call saying a liver was available. Then…it didn’t pan out. Back to waiting. Then…a second one became available not long after. All in one night.
If you are the praying type (as I am), please pray for a smooth sugery and speedy recovery.
One other prayer request–a lot of times a donor can give a portion of their liver for transplant. This is not one of those cases–a full transplant was requried. Please say a prayer of support to the undoubtably grieving donor’s loved ones. Pray they take comfort in knowing that part of their loved one lives on and is sustaining the life of another.
Also, if you wish to be an organ donor, please make those wishes known to your loved ones.
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