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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rants and Raves

A couple of things have been bugging me lately and I'm gonna take this opportunity to get them off my chest.  Plus it's the last day of the month (NaBloPoMo) and I need something to post about!  But I'm also trying to do better at looking for the silver lining in situations, so I'll do the Thumper thing and say something nice as well.

First, health insurance/discount plan/whatever it's called.  We are self-employed and health insurance rates are horrendous!  Luckily, we are healthy (knock on wood) and only go for physicals.  Since I am now past the mid-century mark, I decided to be a good little girl and get all those wonderful tests that are recommended for folks my age.   Over the course of about 6 months, I had a physical, Pap, bone density test, mammogram, and colonoscopy.  Have the bills stopped coming in yet?  NO!  Has the insurance company paid a dime?  NO!  Do the bills come from one source?  NO!  Can we determine if we're being overcharged or paying for something we shouldn't?  NO!  Could I have recarpeted the whole house for what we've paid so far?  YES!

On the bright side:  tests that should have come back negative did and those that should be positive are.

Second, Mother Nature.  For at least five years, I've had symptoms of menopause.  Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, the works.  Did you know you have to go a full year without a period before you're considered post menopausal?  Mother Nature does!  I went 9 1/2 months--then, voila!  My friend Fred appears (that's what I call my monthly visitor).  I hear laughter--and it's not mine.  No, it's Fred and Mother Nature having a grand time at my expense! Personally, I think they've got a little sumpin sumpin going on on the side.

On the bright side:  maybe I'm still young after all.

Last, movie prices.  This past weekend, my two daughters, four of the grandchildren, and I went to the movies to see Tangled in 3D.  A matinee.  The cost?  $74!  I about dropped my teeth!  We didn't get snacks or drinks--thank goodness!  I might have needed to hock my engagement ring to pay for them.

On the bright side:  Tangled is a cute movie and was enjoyed by all--even the two boys (ages 7 and 4).  I highly recommend it--once it's out on DVD and you only need to spend about $20!

That's it.  I'm done.  Thanks for listening.  Whew!  I feel better!


Connie said...

Way to get things off your chest! Clap,Clap,Clap!!!!

You are right to look on the bright side of these things. #1 Your health is good. #2 You are still young, and beautiful I might add. #3 Thanks for the tip about waiting for the video. ($74 would have made me do more than gasp, I probably would have said something I would have regretted saying in front of precious grandchildren)

I love your rants. Glad you feel better.

6L's said...

glad you feel better getting that off your chest! i hear ya on the movies and medical bills! our insurance just took a big jump. :(

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

Wow, I hope you feel better! I totally understand though sometimes you feel like they get you where ever or what ever you do! But the bright side is great, I can't wait for my granddaughter to go see that movie with her Nama!!

momof3girls said...

Well whew! I bet you do feel better! But I have to tell you after 91/2 months i would be frustrated and desperately in need of serious chocolate! Movie ticket prices are crazy! Especially if it is in 3d which I find acceptable for a one time charge but if you save your glasses and bring them back to use again I think the extra surcharge should be waived urr! I hear you friend!

Lori E said...

I too went a long time without and than bam back it came. I loved menopause because it meant the end of my almost daily headaches. No problems at all. Symptoms minor and short lived.
The movie prices are crazy. I rarely go and prefer to watch them at home where I don't feel like I have been robbed.
Glad to hear you are well. We have government health care in Canada and we rarely have to pay extra for anything. The premiums are manageable and are even subsidized when you are low income.

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