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Icon 1 posted December 27, 2009 09:44      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Awesome, glad to hear the good news. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2009 16:45      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me is off to the hospital to bring Mrs Druid home.

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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2009 21:28      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very good news indeed!!!

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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2009 22:38      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mrs Druid is home, and tearing through a large gift basket of gourmet snacks after 2 weeks of bland hospital food.

btw - on checkout from the hospital I stopped off to pay the bill, 2 weeks in hospital, including 4 days in the Intensive Care Unit, and a large take-home bag of 12 different prescription meds, total cost: $68.90

You've gotta love that Evil Socialized Health System.

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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2009 12:12      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Woohoo!!

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Icon 14 posted December 30, 2009 15:47      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Fantastic! [Smile]

FSM-bless socialized medicine!

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
[other good things elided]...and a large take-home bag of 12 different prescription meds, total cost: $68.90

You've gotta love that Evil Socialized Health System.

Kinda off-topic, but I just realized a handy benefit of such a system -- you'd never get a 'take-home bag' of meds here. Instead, you'd get a mess of prescriptions, and have to fill them at your pharamacy, in no small part because you might not have a prescription plan, and the hospital doesn't want to get involved in that mess.

Of course, you might have conveniently skipped over the 'going to the pharmacy' part, but if not, that's so awesome! Personally, when I'm sick, I'm total crap at remembering all the details of what my doc says, and the idea of just getting the necessary things then and there sounds brilliant. Here, you're lucky if you get an extra dose to stay alive briefly after getting out of the hospital and then you're on your own. (Which really sucks if you don't have insurance and went to the hospital ER/A&E because things got that bad...)

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
you'd never get a 'take-home bag' of meds here. Instead, you'd get a mess of prescriptions, and have to fill them at your pharamacy

That's how things are often done here, but these anti-rejection drugs are fairly esoteric, not the kind of thing every corner pharmacy carries.

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Of course, you might have conveniently skipped over the 'going to the pharmacy' part, but if not, that's so awesome!
No skipping involved. The nice young lass from the hospital pharmacy delivered them to Mrs Druid's room the morning she was discharged, along with an insulated drugs bag, with cute little compartments that remind you what to take and when, and a little water bottle so you have something to wash the tablets down with. Very neat.

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____ The reason we Americans (Merkins) are dumb founded is. That the Health Interests here paid out SIX HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to make sure that, that does not not happen in the USA. Not one patient was made better, with that money. Six Hundred Million Dollars, the cost of doing business the old way. I am sure that the Health Interests will figure out a way to write off those costs and get a tax deduction on that money. Business expenses......

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dman, a lot of hospitals have their own pharmacy to start you with, but they still make you or someone else appear in person to get it filled. Getting refills from your local pharmacy might be tough, depending on the drug. And sometimes not even the hospital has what you need - when L's been sick they've had to order in her drug special.

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In all fairness, I should mention that someone getting a kidney transplant in the US will most likely have Medicare. Coverage doesn't start until you've been through four months of dialysis treatments, which is kind of dumb, but it does pay for the majority of the cost of dialysis and a transplant after that.

Three years after the transplant, however, coverage ends and you're on your own. If you haven't got a job that provides health and prescription insurance at that point, you're left begging for Medicaid, state assistance and/or prescription assistance from drug companies (which is more effective than you might think since they get a tax write off for the full retail value, not production cost, of any drugs they provide... it winds up being profitable for them).

Anyway.

I'm glad the transplant is working for Mrs. Druid and that she's through the roughest parts of the recovery. Life is definitely better with a working renal system.

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GrumpySteen

I read your last post in this thread several times -

You are clearly a rational and intelligent contributor...but your comments worried me.

No matter how many times I read your post I could not avoid this conclusion - the healthcare system in the USA is fucked up, and badly.

God (whichever one you choose) bless Nye Bevan and all those others who gave us our evil socialist medical system in the 1950's.

I wouldn't swap it for anyone else's.

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If you only knew how much I've ranted about the US healthcare system elsewhere. It is very messed up and unfair and tens of thousands of people die every year because it's optimized for corporate profit and not the good of society.

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_____ GrumpySteen, Your last post fits perfectly with my thoughts on the 535 Elected idiots we send to Washington.

____ Kst. a Street in Washington where most of the firms that actually do the Lobbying are located. This past year, in a recession THREE BILLION DOLLARS, changed hands. Every one of these donors thought that the return on their money was worth it or they would not have done it.

____ Military/Industrial Complex BS. PAPER HOUSES ie Banks, Brokerage firms, Insurance firms. Companies that do not make a single product, just issue paper, Control the USA.

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This was a dramatic thread!! But luckily it had a happy ending.... whoof!! Incredible!!

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I fell off the grid for a while, but so glad to hear everything is going so well for Mrs. Druid!

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Any news? How are things going?
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quote:
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Any news? How are things going?

Very well, thank you.

The new kidney is going well, the doctors are very pleased with how well it's functioning, and how quickly they've been able to ease off on some of the nastier drugs. There's been a few minor glitches as they fine tune the drug dosage, but that's to be expected.

I've been mostly working from home, and Mrs Druid and I have been walking a few blocks to local eateries for lunch. Since the transplant, her dietary restrictions have been substantially relaxed, so she's been really enjoying catching up on some favourite foods she hasn't been allowed since 2002.

Mrs Druid was cleared to drive last week, and as of an hour ago, the fracture specialist has cleared me to drive as well, so life is slowly returning to normality in Casa del Druid.

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____ Good on you and Yours. [Applause]

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Yea! Does little happy dance!

What did she crave most? [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
What did she crave most? [Smile]

Before she'd even left hospital, she sent me to the deli for a variety of cheeses.

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Cheese was one of the first things I wanted the most after years without too. Having to restrict potassium and phosphorus was no fun.

Cantaloupe, bananas, hot chocolate, milk shakes, baked potatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, orange juice... there's a lot of tasty stuff that she'll be able to have again.

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Glad she got to indulge. Think chocolate or tea would be hardest for me to give up.
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