New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Old Fools Journal: Mushrooms or The Veterans Administration medical care.

These are growing in my yard. In fact they are growing in everybodies yard.
I can't seem to find anything about them on the internet.
Even the old people I have talked to do not know
Even though there is a lot of farming going on at the local peasant level, in general, most people here know nothing about where they live and they think New Mexico is a foreign country. They seem only to be interested in dollar burgers, boiled craw fish and super-sizing. Pity. Food grows everywhere here.

I haven't been feeling well these last few day and I have been chalking it up to getting old but now it appears that I may have the flu. You would think that after all these years I would recognize the symptoms but not me. The word for it is "Dense" so I didn't recognize it for what it is until now. But, but I had a flu shot.  I guess they are not a sure thing.

Let me get on with the story before the drugs kick in.
I have what appears to be a Carcinoma on my nose that popped up in the last two months and started growing rapidly. It burst open and started to bleed and it will not heal so last week it was off to the VA clinic for a diagnosis. They took a picture and said "we'll be in touch".  They are very friendly. Sure enough two days later I received a call from the VA in the late great City of New Orleans with an appointment in about a month.  They were very friendly but that is not good enough. It is my understanding that these things having to do with the "C" word need to be dealt with immediately so I called my old Doc that I hadn't seen in four years. They were very friendly and got me right in. He said that since it was late in the day Friday that Monday they would call me and tell me when to visit the cutter to get my nose cut off.  If it gets too bad I'm going for the Michael Jackson nose.

I've been going to the VA now for over four years and I like them.  It's a friendly place. Did I mention they are very friendly. I feel at home there but the doctoring, other than pill pushing, is done in New Orleans.  I don't want to go there. They shoot people over there. A lot. They also invite you to get drunk and naked then arrest you for it or so I'm led to believe.

It turns out that my co-pay for my medicare insurance plan is the same for normal visits and cheaper for specialist. The insurance I have takes the medicare I pay and gives me more benefits. I go to the doc I want and they do it for 2/3's of what medicare does it for. They were taking 100 dollars or thereabouts from my social security for medicare and now they are taking $65. The list of benefits goes on and I will report them as time goes on "If I live".

When I started with the VA my prescription drugs were quite a savings for me.  It was enough that it was important but now dozens of drugstores will sell me the same thing for half what I pay the VA.  Thangs Change!
This is what I found this morning when it was time to see if this thing would start.  I cleaned it up but it still wouldn't start. Under the hood it appears it has been in a flood so I took SWMBO's (she who must be obeyed) car. This is after one week. I'll deal with this later.  I really hate cars but without one today the doctor visit would have been postponed indefinitely. I can ride my bike in the rain but not when lightning is striking the ground all around me. It makes me poop my pants.

The air in Louisiana smells mouldy everywhere now


Steve A said...

I feel nearly as strong about lightning...

[batizess] sounded Louisiana somehow...

Gunnar Berg said...

Re: mushrooms. They look suspiciously like Death Angel (Amanita bisorigeraor). Unless you really, really, really know what you're doing, DO NOT EAT THESE!

Oldfool said...

Fear not Gunnar. I have no wish to poison myself. Not yet anyway.

limom said...

A little clorox will clean that right up!
The mold and the 'shrooms.

Big Oak said...

I hope you feel better soon. The flu sucks. Especially in summer.

Old Jules said...

Sorry you're not feeling well amigo.

I throw this out, not as medical advice, but rather just as an old guy relating personal experience with no intention at all for anyone to emulate it.

I've had pretty fascinating success with pesky carcinomas using a couple of remedies that medicos and other scoffers treat with purple scorn.

One's something made of 4 herbs called "black salve". Used to be on the underground market under the name "CanX", but the FDA killed that. Most of the tribes make it for themselves boiling down red clover, bloodroot, galengal and sheep sorrel in a crockpot and letting it age.

It always took me a while for it to drag up everything in the vicinity and pull it out the skinprick used to start it working.

You also might try making up for yourself what gets sold nowadays as Cassies. It's just a soup of turkey rhubarb, sheep sorrel, black burdock and slippery elm bark, though I don't recommend it.

I'm not saying it will work for you, but I'll say I've seen it work on a good many people the docs gave up on and I've used both plenty of times for my own issues.

But I don't give medical advice.

John Romeo Alpha said...

Best blog post title ever. Then I thought you were going to suggest the mushrooms might cure the carcinoma. Then limom suggested Clorox. I was also leaning toward identifying them as Amanita not because I know anything about mushrooms just that my dad scared the living daylights out of me in the woods about the things when I was a kid and now I typically have nightmares just by seeing them.

Melanie said...

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope it passes quickly! Tamiflu really works, but you have to take it at the very beginning of the symptoms.

My Dad has had several of those carcinomas removed over the years. Some were burned/frozen off of his nose and forehead. The latest was on the top of his ear and that was was surgically removed.

Jon said...

Oddly, we are getting mushrooms in our yards here in low-humidity Denver. Of course, we've also had about twice as much rain as normal, this summer...

Good luck with the medical issues. I have no advice, just concern and good wishes.

The Old Bag said...

Sending really good thoughts your way!

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

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