I suppose some years rack up as better than some, but this year wasn’t the best for the Pharmacy Chick. As a whole I’m ready for 2016 to enter the record books and go away. I get asked via email if I have given up writing and the answer is no, but I can’t think of great things to write. But I thought id share just a bit of my personal side as to why I am stressed and distressed.
In January Mr Chick had a stomach ache, which I wrote about turned into emergency appendix removal. Having met his deductible in 2015 it was very untimely to start meeting 2016 deductible so early! He still was struggling with his back nearly a year after surgery 1.
Apri 1 brought the death of one of my dogs, 6 months after the death of my other dog. Missing them both and down to 2 dogs one of which has outlived all the others so far. she lives on borrowed time I know.
June we had some more tests on Mr Chicks Back and tried the equivalent of Snake Oil, some stem cell injections, none of which was covered under insurance. $4k good bye and it didn’t work. $11k in out of pocket expenses so far…
We started process for 2nd surgery.
Sept was the 2nd surgery, successful by surgery standards but 2 months later same symptoms persist. Doc says nerve damage could take yet another year to heal. More waiting.
The back brace he work for 5 weeks aggravated the inguinal hernia he has had for many years. He has to have a hernia repair done before years end. More time off work. More Bills. At least deductible is paid. Fix all you can before years end.
Add that to the 3 skin cancers he had taken off his face last week, that is 5 procedures he has had/or will have before the expiration of this year. He has missed 10 weeks of work so far ( thank you FMLA and sick pay) and we still have to manage the hernia surgery.
I had an abnormal mammogram and had a second which was inconclusive so we are gonna check again in 6 months. I care less about me than Mr Chick, so that is a 6 month wait I don’t care about.
One car had a head light out in October.. ” replace the bulb” I asked. apparently newer model cars don’t ” replace bulbs” $1300 dollars later….yes you apparently replace ” assemblies” when you need a new head light bulb. God help you if you have a LED..those I am told are $3k. There are advantages to having an old beater. you can actually replace parts and not entire assemblies!
2 days later I got a broken crown. Temp crown and $1100 OOP later I am better, but my company has really crappy dental insurance I have discovered. Insurance is great…when you don’t use it. LOL I am grateful that I do have money in the bank to pay for this kind of financial stress. But bleeding cash isn’t a lot of fun, and we have bled a lot of it so far.
Work has been stressful with the retirement of my immediate superior and the take over by a person I cannot seem to communicate with. He is from a culture that doesn’t speak ” my language” and I don’t mean English. He sounds like a robot. We had over 2300 flu shots to process in a 6 week period in a time where a tech I had a lot of problems with finally left, and we were 1 full time person short. I have been coming into work at 530 am working to 9 pm some nights to keep the work load from burying me. I praise the end of October and the downward slide of flu shots. Still havent replaced missing tech and most days the office has no staff to cover.
The company I work for has started a major shift in policies and procedures and nearly every day something new has come down the pipe requiring a change in how i do things. Questions are not allowed and explanations are not forthcoming. WE get random auditors showing up every 4-6 weeks for hours at a time. Tell me thats not stressful.
I sleep maybe 4-5 hours a night. And never all those hours in a row.
Yup, 2016 can just blow.