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Update on Anthony

Apologies for the delay in updating. I’ve been trying to catch up on life after hospitalization. Anthony was discharged from the hospital Tuesday evening, that is the good news. However, he is having trouble tolerating feedings via the j-tube. The doctors were trying to increase his feedings to the goal of 50cc/hour in order to discontinue his TPN and remove the PICC line. But every time they would increase his feedings beyond 20cc/hour Anthony would gag and vomit, even with his g-tube to drainage. So, we decided to continue the TPN at home and gradually – hopefully – increase his feedings. So, that’s were we are at now. The hope is that Anthony’s GI tract will start moving better with time.

We received a pile of letters and statements in the mail from our insurance company concerning Anthony’s recent hospitalizations. Here is a peek at one of the more amusing statements. Ya, I’ll get that check in the mail, LOL! Of course we will not be paying this amount, but I’ll likely spend a lot of time getting this stuff straightened out. Have I mentioned lately that our health care system sucks?

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Health Care Reform

Everyone is buzzing about the new health care bill. Most people know very little about our health care system and the people who are really pissed probably get their ‘news’ from Fox. There is so much I’d like to say, but I don’t have the time right now to write the post that this topic deserves. This bill is so watered down that it will not fix the worst of our health care problems. Specifically, the for-profit insurance companies will continue to grow and thrive while our health care just gets more expensive.

I just came from my buddy Chris’ blog where I found some graphics to help put our nations health care in proper perspective. These graphics are from ‘Some days it’s not worth chewing through the leather straps’, one of my favorite blogs:

That’s it for now. I’ll take the small victory for health care and a big symbolic victory for President Obama. But as far as fixing our health care system, this bill is just a beginning. We still have a long way to go.

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