i really need to Thank Everyone on the site for being so courteous and helpful. I honestly appreciate everyone's quick and accurate responses to my questions, Just not used to that here in Florida.
Actually, I am going one step further and moving it to Member Introductions, where Larry can meet a few more of The Gang.
Where from in the UK?
Also, I did something from the Larry Plan, I lost the first post on this reply and started over. Please 86 the unfinished post, ThanksThat's fine by me. I'm not much of a whiner.
I'd buy ya all a beer, if I could afford it, Right now I can't afford to pay attention, Looking at 2 hospital bills for $420,00 & $350,00. Didn't have insurance when kidneys crapped out. Heck..Never seen a Doctor until I was 65, didn't need to, or so I thought.
Another question, Probably be a no brainer for you all., But when I format my Thumb drives why do they only show 12GB of 16GB free? just never could figure that one out. Does anyone elsy agree that Sandisk drives suck? I've had so many take a
Moving it is alright with me, I'll learn my way around. I'm not much of a whiner, but been called a weiner at times.
I'd buy everyone a beer or 2 if I could afford it. Looking at a tad over $700,000.00 in medical bills from my kidneys crapping out. Never had insurance, heck...never seen a doctor until then. Thought I was healthy as a horse, I thought wrong.
Enough of that, I have another simple question for everyone... Here goes:
When formatting a 32 GB thumb drive , why does it just show as 16.1 GB Free?
What's up with the other 15.9 GB?
Anyone else agree that SanDisk thumbs are terrible? I've had a few that only lasted a week.
Have better luck with Walmart generics.
Didn't have insurance when kidneys crapped out.
Never seen a Doctor until I was 65, didn't need to, or so I thought.
I thought America was messed up.
I would be okay with the $700k + if it were for like a massage parlor or a casino, but this wasn't fun. And all while I was in hospital it was a renal diet, YUM.Then, well, those bills aren't all that bad! LOL Those bills are downright small if you live in the US.
As I'm fond of saying... "Lessons were learned."
This is not a competition, but I was a passenger in a pretty spectacular automobile wreck. My bills topped 7 figures by the time I was mostly done.
I still haven't settled with the insurance company, mostly 'cause I'm pretty pleased that they keep paying any bill I send 'em. I'm in no rush to settle. I've got about three more years before I need to start the proceedings.
Which leads me to...
Again, it's not a competition. What it is, is a statement about the value of *good* insurance.
What we can't do, unless we're really careful, is talk about single-payer. Politics is off-limits - but *medicine* shouldn't really be all that political. From a *medical* viewpoint, I feel everyone should get treatment at least kinda similar to what I got.
Gotta be careful as politics is strictly off limits.
Now, onto the meat of what I was going to say. Depending on where you went to the hospital, they may have scaled billing, where your bill is based on what you earn.
Another one, pioneered by a hospital not too far from me, is that the hospital lets you work off your bill. I know that sounds odd, but they have you scrubbing floors and mowing lawns. You're not actually conducting surgery to pay off your bill.
I recently had a cyst in my calf muscle. It was a bit aggravated so I sanitized an x-acto knife and cut it out. I then kept it clean and dressed for a few days and it was fine. I'm a long ways from a hospital and it was just the easiest path. The missus was kinda concerned but it's not the first time I've done so.
Hmm... Yeah, this is a wine-fueled novella. Ah well...
And all while I was in hospital it was a renal diet, YUM.
News to me, did some shopping yesterday, yes we have a shortage of eggs [and other fowl products] this is due to a bad attack of bird flue that has decimated many of our poultry farms, and as a result prices are high, but I managed to pick up a box of 15 eggs, energy prices are outrageous across the whole of Europe so no use moaning about it,you're on rationing? Only allowed 6 eggs
Originally I am a Kentish man, married to a Lancashire Lass for 49 yrs, and now living in East Anglia, Before my final retirement I had a part-time job working for GME [Vauxhall/Opal] delivering all types of vehicles around the UK and often had to go to the Ellesmere Port factory [before that many years ago I used to buy bricks from the brickworks on the Wirral.]Where from in the UK?
I live in a small town, rural. Hospitals here sell out every 6 months or so. About chucked my chow when I only saw a big plate of green beans. I mentioned to the doctor that put me on the renal diet that they would be feeding me through a tube if they didn't change it. They changed it.I kid you not.
Seriously, this is not a joke.
I had *real* lobster rolls on the menu. They weren't fake lobster, they were real lobster Not tiny pieces, but legit chunks, as though it was claw meat. And not just little claws, but real lobster.
The hospital is Maine General, in Augusta, Maine.
If you're gonna go to the hospital, I highly recommend Maine General!
I'm not even kidding. Not only was I eating real lobster, I was feeding it to any guest that looked even a little hungry.
They also have seasonal food, from 'filddleheads' to native wild Maine blueberries, depending on the season.
Again, I ain't even kidding... I had real lobster rolls on the menu. I ate lobster rolls almost once a day, though I could have had it twice a day. Hell, I could have ordered it for breakfast and they'd have delivered it.
The thing here with the VA is it's in Tampa, bro-in-law is a train wreck. 87 years old been an alcoholic since he was weened off the milk. He's addicted to gambling , and knows more than his doctors, so they treat him like he treats them.I've had great results with the VA. I was there last week. They can be a little slow, but they've never left me wanting.
That said, I did not use the VA after the wreck. I didn't really have much say in it. Well, I probably could have said something, but let's just say I wasn't in a talking kinda mood. They flew me to Maine General.
The VA does not have lobster on the menu.