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  1. For everyone at Xisto!!!
  2. Mich

    Winter Woes

    We have had over 192 inches (16 feet) of snow this winter and it isn't over yet. The worst of it is that it came in November and stayed. We haven't had a thaw to get rid of any of it, so it is still around although somewhat packed down from the rain we have had. There just doesn't seem to be an end to it. Plumber is AWOL. Don't have any idea what happened to him. We will go to LV Sunday anyway.
  3. Mich

    Winter Woes

    Sheepdog, Well, we still haven't found the plumber. Called a friend of his, who said he would check on him and get back to us if he found out anything. He never got back to us, so I guess he didn't find out anything. We had similar trouble previously with the fan in our furnace. Same thing happened; the heat traveled up through the vents without the fan running. I do hope your weather forcast is wrong as we are heading out to Las Vegas on Sunday. Will be going through Missouri on the way probably cutting across from St.Louis on 44 down toward Tulsa.
  4. Just returned home to Michigan after a 5 week stay in Florida. We live in the northwest portion of the lower peninsula. Arrived home to find that the furnace had blown a fuse while we were away and the house was freezing. I'm talking it had been in the low -11 to 10 degrees while we were away. The kitchen and bathroom pipes were frozen and the toilet bowl had a large ice cube in it. Managed to get the bathroom pipes thawed using my hairdryer. Got the kitchen pipes thawed out using our space heater but the kitchen sink fixture was a victim and let go when we turned on the water.. As to the toilet; we had to revert to using hot water from the bathroom sink to melt it. Finally got that done only to find that the refridgerator had bit the dust as well. Called the plumber to fix the kitchen sink and went to Lowe's to get a new refridgerator. Something happened to the new fixture when the plumber put in in and it also leaked. He took it with him to get a replacement and we haven't heard from him since. We have been without water in the kitchen for a week and we can't seem to locate the plumber. He doesn't answer his phone and the plumbing and heating place hasn't seen him. Hope nothing serious has happened to him. The refridgerator arrived in due time, so that is taken care of. We have to leave for Las Vegas this Sunday, Mar 1, as money is spent and reservations are made for Nascar week. Maybe we will have to leave the sink fixture undone while we are away. Winters are so wonderful here in the midwest. We have an eight foot high wall of snow in front of our house and a funnel into the driveway; can't see to back out and cannot see across the street. It is like living in a snow fortress. Our house is the little one on the left behind the snow bank. The ice on the ground is so dangerous, we are afraid of slipping and falling. BUT, we are alive and well and that is what matters most. WE WILL SURVIVE!!!! Be good while we are away. We are leaving a housesitter this time.
  5. Mich

    Absolutely Outrageous

    I will, Jim. My daughter is doing as well as can be expected with this being her first holiday season without her husband. We and his family are keeping her as busy as possible. I will, Jim, and thanks for the thought. Our daughter is doing as well as can be expected with this being her first holiday season without her husband. We and his family are keeping her as busy as possible.
  6. Mich

    Absolutely Outrageous

    Thanks, Shree, for taking time to read my vent. Your comment, as strong as it is, is appreciated.
  7. Mich

    Alaska Trip

    And I certainly wish they did have a standard to seat leg-room distances. The 29 year-old with us is 6'4" and built like a lumberjack. He was really uncomfortable.
  8. Mich

    Absolutely Outrageous

    Nitin, You have to realize that this man had no choice as he was taken to the nearest hospital when 911 was called. Since the first hospital was a "critical care" Spectrum Hospital he was transfered to the Spectrum Hospital that would better serve his condition. UPDATE: A $30,000 credit was taken from the original bill. I guess my daughter's phone calls stirred up a hornet's nest as now the hospital staff is having a big meeting to find out how everything came down the way it did. The only thing that doesn't seem to be on the adgenda is why such an exorbitant price for the medication. But then, all we care about at this point is the credit.
  9. Mich

    Absolutely Outrageous

    I still find it beyond imagination that a hospital can charge whatever they like for things. I understand the "services" they render in connection with medication distribution, but really now, does the markup need to pay the nurses salary for the whole day? The padding of bills with all these unwarranted charges has to be governed by some body of government; wether it be at the state or federal level.
  10. As some of you may know, our son-in-law recently passed away after a stay in two Spectrum Hospitals. He had no medical or hospital insurance. He was on special injection, copaxone, to slow down the progress of his Multiple Sclerosis which cost him $198 for a 30 day supply. The copaxone medication was taken to the hospitals with him so he could receive the injections while hospitalized. Upon his death our daughter received a bill from the Spectrum Memorial Hospital in Ludington, Michigan. She requested an itemized statement from the Ludington hospital and it showed a charge for the copaxone medication of something like $138 per injection; as if the hospital had supplied the copaxone themselves. She called the hospital and they told her that it would be subtracted from the bill; sorry for the error. Then she received a bill from the Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It totaled over $50,000. She called them and asked for an itemized statement of the charges. The itemized bill showed a three time charge of $10,000 for the copaxone; as if the hospital had supplied the copaxone themselves. That is an erroneous charge of $30,000 to cover three injections for which he had already paid and supplied for himself at $6.60 an injection. She called this hospital and was told that they would have to "discuss" it with the billing department and it might take up to two weeks to hear the results. Discussion, what discussion? The hospital was supplied with the copaxone and their billing for it at $10,000 a shot is ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS!! Think about it. This represents over half of the bill. If he had insurance, if would have been billed to the insurance company immediately and probably paid by now. How can these hospitals get away with all this 'erroneous' billing for unfounded charges? THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR HOSITAL CARE SYSTEM!!! They seem to go unchecked with all the fees they are charging. I mean, come on now, $30,000 for injections that only cost $19.80.
  12. Thank you for the prayers. He passed away early Friday morning the 20th.
  13. Mich

    Alaska Trip

    Sorry, there were no children on this trip. 4 adults, 3 of whom are senior citizens and one 29 year old. If you ever get a chance to go to Alaska, go!
  14. Mich

    Alaska Trip

    No, we didn't get to meet Sara. Yes, the scenery was beautiful.
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