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.