Believe me I keep a close eye on everything. DH #1 sold insurance so I read it all very carefully and understand it. I took care of all his insurance claims when he was ill and then dad's and now Bill's. This company would make more by supplying the machine-they only get paid for supplies now as the machine is paid for after a year so they would get the money to purchase the new one. I am sure medicare wants certain things to meet their criteria BUT they are quite lax in getting around to asking for things-they have drug this out for 6 weeks now. If I hadn't been making weekly calls I doubt this much would have been done-it would have just gotten into someone's inbasket and who knows when they would have done a followup - if they ever did. Bill went to a gastro doc who wanted to put him on entyvio and when the insurance didn't cover it, they just let it drop. I made several calls to try to find out what he wanted to do and they never returned my calls. Needless to say we got another gastro doc! I don't tolerate things that affect my loved ones medically without questioning it and getting answers OR we get a different doc. I did learn early on when DH #1 was in and out of hospitals for 9 years that you better have an advocate if you can't do it yourself. They tried to run roughshod over me but I quickly learned who I could and couldn't trust. I guess sometimes I embarrass Bill but I don't suffer fools when they are dealing with his health. Sorry for my rant-they really got me worked up today!!
You definitely have a challenge ahead of you my friend. I do hope you can get the tummy issues calmed down. My DH seems to go for a number of days just fine and then BAM a bad day, but he (we) can live with that. I try to use truvia as a sweetener as much as I can and then stevia. I do agree that who knows what all the artificial stuff is doing to us. I have been fighting with the company who has been doing the supplies for DH's bi-pap machine. The dr wanted him to get a new one and sent in the order back in July and still no machine. I have been telling them we are going to be gone for 2 months for over 6 weeks and no urgency on their part to get it here. I keep getting the runaround. I was told on 8/17 that they had all they needed and it would be shipping in a couple of days. Well, today we get a call that they need more info. I guess I wasn't too nice but told them if it wasn't shipped by Fri to forget it because it was going to be sitting around and not be used as we were not delaying our plans and leaving as scheduled. The bad thing is, his old machine is huge and we do not plan to haul it along so he will be doing without it for 6-8 weeks and when we get back I plan to ask the dr to find another company to supply the machine so we will be starting all over again! I can't believe how hard this has been. They have been supplying his current machine for the past 2-3 years so it isn't like they are unfamiliar with his needs, etc. They blame it all on medicare regulations but I am not buying it. He isn't new to the machine, he has proven he is complying as they read the card in his machine every 6 mo so....just not holding water in my book!!!
It sounds like you had a very active childhood and a very wise father. I have found since retired that I am beginning to re-discover my childhood. Yes, I still have responsibilities but I am much more relaxed about them. S-l-o-w-l-y I am doing many of the things I did as child--like walking. Once I get more weight gone I hope to do more swimming, maybe find someone to learn and play tennis with me, and maybe putt around a game of golf occasionally. I was very active throughout most of my life but between ages 30-50 I was consumed by work and my family to the point I had no time for me. Discovering that aspect of retirement has been a joy.