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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 23, 2011 4:17 PM CST
We will have a rental...the insurance had already approved that. The man at the body shop told us that any time there is any painting to be done, it might take that long. Curious...isn't it?
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
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Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 23, 2011 5:03 PM CST
That makes sense - most dealerships partner with paint shops as it's pricey to keep a paint booth operational.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 23, 2011 6:48 PM CST

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When we were in Hawaii and about to return stateside, our car looked like the paint was about to peel (we lived a block from the water). There was an automotive shop on base. We had to cover our windows and windshield with newspaper, sand the bad spots, and then they painted it the same color for a little over $100. Was a good deal, but I remember it took a few days to get it back. Must be normal...prep, drying time, etc. Sounds like you're set!

We went to the lake today. It was green up there. They had a half inch of rain sometime last week. The water pump hadn't frozen, we found a plumber to meet us up there next week to replace all the pipes that froze in the house, and I found that the yucky smell in the frig was a bag of moldy limes way up in the back from last summer...as opposed to frig going bad. So, I guess so far, all's right with the world.

Happy Easter to you all.....
Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 23, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Glad there was some good news for you Sandi. :)

Happy Easter!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 23, 2011 9:12 PM CST

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Now if I can just remember where I hid those eggs!!!! Just kiddin'.....
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 28, 2011 7:46 AM CST

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So where's our rain??? I know I can't keep up this watering pattern.
Linda...did you see the article this morning about "some armadillos definitely carry leprosy?" One more reason to send Mr. Snout to the farm...if I could catch him. Did you get your car back yet?

Careyana...we'll save you a seat tonight. Should be a good program... One more thing, you wrote that you have solar panels. I'm interested in how you protect them from hail. I read that you had to replace one of yours. How difficult...and expensive is that?
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2011 8:55 AM CST
I've known about the armadillos sometimes having leprosy for a long time. But it's SO hard to catch that disease...people must be trapping and eating them or something! I never touch them and they only show up during the night anyway. I don't know where our rain is....I keep hearing about other parts of the country having too much rain...are we totally cursed or something? Someone up there must not like us. Only chance I see for my area is 20% chance on Sunday. 20% chance usually means...just keep dreaming, not going to happen!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
E. B. White
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 28, 2011 12:14 PM CST

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Yes, I know they've suspected they carried leprosy for quite a while now. I have a photo of us in San Marcos at the armadillo races.....and I'm holding one of 'em. That was over 20 yrs ago, and some guy came up to me and told me I should go wash my hands right a way because that "thing" might have leprosy!
This article today claimed a definite conclusion. And yes, it was mostly people who trapped and ate them that contracted leprosy. It's easily curable with antibiotics, but takes a while for you to even know you have it....
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2011 12:58 PM CST
Fire Weather Watch in the forecast for tomorrow in many counties, including mine. What can a person possibly do? Just wait, I guess.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
E. B. White
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Apr 28, 2011 7:44 PM CST
Sandi I'm so sorry. I had an assignment that absolutely needed to be finished today so I had to miss out on all the fun stuff.. :*(
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 28, 2011 8:40 PM CST

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That's okay...I totally understand. It was fun, tho! The manager gave a little talk about the nursery industry...about some of the growers that are going under because of the economy. He had lots of plants to give away after we had supper.

I won a new introduction, a rare skullcap found in Mexico by a plant hunter named......Starr. The plant is called Starrfire Red Skullcap. Looks more like a ground cover with tiny red flowers. I hope I don't kill it with kindness! He found it growing in the limestone cliffs along an area where they were building a new road in Mexico.
Scutellaria sp. Starrfire skullcap

We just got home about an hour ago. I didn't buy a lot, but my friend sure did! We got a 20% discount on everything. One couple bought a huge $350. wind chime!

I'm still moving pots at my house! Taking a break tomorrow to clean the house...
Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 28, 2011 11:39 PM CST
oh UGH and I missed out!!! :(((( I'll survive...but please pass on the news of the next meeting! Last Thursday of the month, correct? I may or may not be on my own, looking for ways to entertain myself anyway! :)
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 29, 2011 8:16 AM CST

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Our next mtg ( May 26) will be the plant auction for our college scholarship fund. We'll have big gorgeous plants and hanging baskets that are auctioned off to the members and guests....things that are unusual, or large, or hard to find, etc. There's also a silent auction of garden things that members donate....gardening tools, books, seeds, pots, etc.
( Last year I donated an outdoor chandelier using solar lights).

I went out on the courtyard barefooted last night to get the skullcap, so I could read the tag...and left the front door open. When I came back inside, I noticed a "leaf" on the floor and stooped to pick it up. It was a small scorpion. It must have scurried in the front door in the few seconds it took me to retrieve the pot. He was curved into a little ball. I called to DH to come quick, and he sent the intruder to scorpion heaven. I think we're going to see more of them around because of the drought. I have ants in pots this year...lots of them...and all kinds of bugs outdoors. I think we're going to have to spray the bad stuff around the perimeter of the house this year. Both neighbors have pest control services...so I think the bugs are migrating to our yard!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 29, 2011 11:46 AM CST

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Update: The bill came yesterday for the emergency room visit right before I left for the mtg... No itemized explanation of charges, just the full amount and that it was covered by insurance with a zero balance. The charges were a little staggering....$30,461.00. I can't imagine what would happen if we didn't have insurance. I tried to scan the bottom of the bill to send to my niece, but the type came out blurry. She guessed it would be about $700. I jokingly guessed nearer $100K, really figuring about $5K. I want to call them and ask for an itemized bill, but I'll wait until I know for sure the insurance has signed off on it all....
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 29, 2011 12:34 PM CST
What gets my goat on ER visits is it wasn't just one combined statement. Instead, it was:
1) one statement on the actual ER charges
2) separate statement from the ER doctors, who are apparently contract MDs
That's based one ER visit for me and one (non-VA ER) for DH in the last 5 years.
On the one that was mine, the outside companies contracted to handle the statements and claims seemed to have very little info given them by the ER/hospital, took a LONG time to send in any claims at all and couldn't seem to figure out how to submit a claim on the secondary policy, even after I gave them all the info that the ER had supposedly not given them. Then they kept sending me statements with balances due, when the secondary claim hadn't been sent in or they hadn't waited for the other insurance to get back to them. I finally got tired of making calls and would just send the statement back to them with a copy of all my coverage info, and a note that I wasn't paying anything until I knew if I owed anything, according to my secondary insurance. It was finally resolved, but an unpleasant experience.
I'm not too surprised about the amount on yours. It's very expensive now! My daughter is a doctor and is often called in on cases in the ER and is in charge of an ICU unit..not to mention all the regular hospital patients she treats (who are not in the ER or ICU's). I can't help but think that asking for an estimate is routine on so many things, but not often done on ERs and hospital visits.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
E. B. White
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 29, 2011 1:50 PM CST

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I was just a "by-stander" that day, but even if I had been speaking up for myself, I guess I would have wanted them to do what they thought was necessary just in case it was a stroke. What I would question is the tests that were done after they already decided it was TGA.
I am grateful for the care...
Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 30, 2011 12:40 AM CST
Wow, you must have good insurance! About a year and a half ago when I still worked (and had PPO through my employer) I slipped and fell down a few stairs. DH had to carefully carry me to the car - whenever I moved any part of my lower extremities, it was like daggers. I knew there wasn't spinal cord damage (based on the pain) but I wanted to be sure there were no bone chips.

Anyway, after an xray and sitting in a room for basically 3 hours, they finally gave me a vicadin (after they made sure I wasn't pregnant. try doing a pee test when you can't move...). A week later the bill...$3600. Got a separate one from the doc for $150 (he was obviously proud of himself as I saw him for about 20 seconds so he could come in and poke me in the ribs. literally). My out of pocket costs were around $750. DHs coverage is better..,.when he tried to take his thumb off and the doc stitched it back on, his bill was about the same amount, but there was no out of pocket for us.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 30, 2011 8:21 AM CST

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Gosh, you were lucky you didn't have damage to your spine...but the effects of that fall may catch up with you when you "age" a bit! 'Wonder how much they charged you for that one Vicodin???

My neighbor (retired Seton nurse) told me yesterday that our insurance company might disallow 75% of the charges.... We have a secondary ins. also. I guess just because it says zero balance....it doesn't necessarily mean it....until the insurance weighs in. As near as I can remember, there were four doctors...two neurologists and two internal med docs...in the two days I was there... 'Expect their bills will come soon too.

Linda, I think by the time you're in ER, you've just given up control of your life to someone else whether you want to or not.

BTW...we're gonna get some rain! Maybe tonight or tomorrow. I'm going to water my roses with the"good stuff" out of the rain tank this morning in anticipation of getting tank refilled by Sunday night.
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Apr 30, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Wow Sandi, I sure as heck hope not! That's A LOT of denied coverage - I'd hope they'd have an explanation??? As far as my fall, I did suffer some nerve damage where my back bounced off a stair but otherwise was fine.

And odd thing about strokes - there's apparently an interesting signal...when a stroke victim is told "It's time to go to the hospital" a good percentage hop into the shower. I know when my dad had one last summer, he did exactly that.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 30, 2011 10:27 AM CST

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Really? That's interesting... Never heard that before...

Here's the unrepentant intruder that ate my water lilies last night.....
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