What a Wednesday !

Well it’s a Wednesday,  Got up to a very wet spring snow this morning

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after a terrific day in the yard on Tuesday with lots done and lots of sun. Wife stayed out all day!

So, I went out and knocked off the snow from our redneck patio cover (currently a Tarp), then knocked off the snow from the chicken run and let the girls out….which they didn’t 🙂

Made french bread and ‘instant’ chili, taking a quick nap while the bread was rising.

Started a pallet ‘sofa chair’ for a customer, started a wheel barrel planter and an old ladder plant stand. Fixed my $5 sledge hammer.

Cleaned up the garage afterwards.

All in all a pretty fulfilling day I would say.


Blogging…..hard? or just…..

Yeah, really, it just means you have a lot to say and need to take the time to write it down HA!  I have too much to say, think, do and ‘worry’ about…..

I just need to remember to write it down.

Weather has changed for the better

Chickens are laying

Health is good

Roof is fixed

Got a ton of projects to do

Life is good

So that’s a start to a blog today

Lasering a Retinal Tear (all is well)

had a scare with a close one having an eye issue night before last.  After an extended day of testing, discovered a little retinal tear.

So….what’s involved?
  • A patient who experiences symptoms of retinal detachment, such as bright flashes of light or floaters, will be treated by an ophthalmologist, who will conduct tests[8] to check the retina and pupil, such as using a lighted instrument called an ophthalmoscope to examine the eye, or ultrasound to create an image of the retina. A retinal detachment requires medical attention within 24 hours of the detection of symptoms.
  • Common treatments include a vitrectomy, in which eye fluid is removed so that the retina can be repaired; scleral buckling[9] , in which silicone, rubber, or plastic is used to repair retinal holes; and laser surgery[10] HAVE NOT IDEA WHERE THIS CAME FROM…..WASN’T EVEN CONSIDERED…MUST BE AN OLDDDDDD POST HUH?
  • Surgery typically takes between one and four hours.  nope
  • Typical costs:
    • Patients experiencing symptoms[3] typically first visit to an eye doctor. The national average charge for a comprehensive eye exam is $114 for those without insurance. For patients with vision insurance coverage, the typical copay is $5-$35. VISIONWORKS….$25 (no Rx for glasses)
    • There are several procedures[4] a doctor might enlist to address the condition, and the price of treatment will vary depending on the particular method, as well as the extent of the detachment, the presence of complications, and the patient’s geographic location. In general, retinal detachment treatment typically costs about $5,000-$10,000 or more per eye, once fees for the doctor, hospital and anesthesiologist have been included. According to a recent report[5] on ambulatory surgeries performed in Utah, the average cost of repairing a retinal detachment with a commonly used surgery called vitrectomy[6] is $5,394. At Phillips Eye Institute[7] in Minneapolis, MN, treatment ranges from $5,000 to $7,000.
    • For insured patients, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of a specialist copay, possibly a hospital copay of $100 or more, and coinsurance of 10%-50% for the procedure, which could reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average hospital copay for outpatient surgery is $132 and for inpatient surgery is $232. The average coinsurance rate is 17%-18%. Our Kaiser? $40 for the specialist and maybe we’ll get a bill for the $132 don’t know yet.  But $5000-$10000????  the procedure took 10 minutes!!!  No anesthesiologist needed…. 
    • Point is….look at our Health Care issues and tell me that the private sector is the best way to control costs and provide the best care  FOR EVERYBODY not just those who can afford it.