Cardiac Rehab

Today I am starting cardiac rehab. It has been three weeks since my heart attack.

I will be doing rehab 3 x a week for 10 – 12 weeks. I set my appointments for early since I get up early anyway and that way I can still take mother in law to the church 2 x a week.

Rehab will not cost me any copays so that is a good thing.

Ever since I have been home from the hospital Jack and I walk for 30 minutes outdoors around 7:00 a.m. By the time I do that I am pooped out. I take a daily nap which I never did before the heart attack.

I see the cardiologist this week and will find out what testing is going to be done to evaluate my heart function. I have met my deductible on my health insurance as well as the maximum out of pocket so I want the best testing available.

Last week we ate salmon patties and tuna casserole to get in our two fish meals a week. I am sure fish will get old to me I would rather eat chicken.

Affordable care act

The affordable care act is honestly the biggest joke there has ever been for insurance.

I do not qualify for medicare because I am to young I know I am not the only one stuck in this gap for health insurance.

The paperwork on ACA will let you know if you qualify for $400 – $800.00 a month in assistance for health insurance.

First of all has anyone ever paid $800 a month for insurance?

That’s not your part this is the part the government will pay towards your part. You will have to pay another $250.00 – $300.00 depending on the coverage you pick and if you want to use this discount you can ONLY pick a silver plan which are more expensive.

The plan I am currently looking at will cost us $275.00 a month.

Your insurance could be costing $1050.00 a month with your part and the governments part. REALLY!

Think about it long and hard before you retire from your job with good health insurance.

This year I was forced to do cash pay for a lot of my testing and even doing that it was less than one months insurance premium under the ACA.

Work related insurance can not discriminate against you for preexisting conditions. ACA plans can not hold preexisting conditions against you.

All private insurance can and will not pay for preexisting conditions but I bet its cheaper monthly than ACA plans.

This is not something people 60 and over should have to worry about. Maybe we need to lower the age of Medicare to 60.

Someone find a solution to our healthcare crisis and do not let them discriminate about pre-existing conditions. Most people take a medication for something.

My stent

You have to love family genetics and those lovely things you inherit from your family.

I told my cardiologist about my grandfathers history of the PAD and that I felt like my leg pain was related to this.

This had been going on for about 10 months but we were concentrating on my heart valve replacement then COVID hit and we just had to wait.

I went from 12,000 steps a day down to 3000 on a good day the pain was severe just walking 30 foot.

Severe leg pain, charlie horses at night, numbing pain and then the leg would get hot which I thought was a nerve pain it was like in a line. The worst of it was the stabbing pain in the middle of the thigh and the top in the crease of your leg. The skin on that leg was scaly looking and shiny. My leg was not discolored or cold.

In early August I was given the venous and arterial doppler it showed up on this but not the severity of it. The Dr said well you were right! I love it when I get credit for my own diagnosis especially from the Dr.!

He suggested we do an angiogram to see how bad it really was. I had that done on Wednesday of this week.

The first step was the injection of the dye this artery is like an upside down Y so it was the top right side of the upside down Y.

What he found next even shocked him. Total occlusion of the aortoiliac artery. He said you will find 30% even 60% but it very rate to see total occlusion and I was the first time he had seen it. I love the fact I got to watch this all on large screens and the dr continued to talk to me about what he was doing.

He said this was 100% hereditary there was nothing I could have done different to change this.

They ran balloons several times through my arteries clearing the path and enlarging the opening for blood flow. I could feel the balloon being inflated in my arteries it was a weird pressure type feeling that eventually went to a cramping pain. Once the mesh looking stent was in place the arteries lit up like a Christmas Tree on the screen and once again there was blood flow to the leg.

The stents last about 10 years then have to be replaced.

I think the hardest part of the whole thing was laying in a hospital bed for 5 hours and keeping my legs straight so I did not bleed out.

I have to add plavix to my list of meds a blood thinner that prevents clots and heart attacks and I will be dropping the other one for now.

My advice is if you are 50 yrs old or older and have good insurance get a venous and arterial doppler to look at the veins and arteries. If you do not have good insurance check on the cash pay option which should be around 300.00 per test. If this is in your family history you may get checked sooner.

I have my follow up in a few weeks and will have my list of questions ready.. Aortoiliac occlusive Disease ( AIOD) is a manifestation of Periphereal Arterial Disease also known as (PAD). The dr drew a diagram of before and after to show my husband exactly where the issue was at. Ironically one of my pain sites in the upper thigh was where the blockage was.

When you have Dr.’s who pay attention to what your saying it can save your life.

When you are having a procedure like this it is great to have a few loved ones watching over you. Thank you Dad and Mom!








Medical Insurance vs Cash Pay

I needed to get an MRI and I have not met the deductible of my new insurance.

My cost was going to be $3300.00 needless to say I canceled the appointment.

Our daughter Jeanelle told me to call back and get the cash price.

It will be $394.00 for the MRI and Approx: $95.00 for the radiologist to read it. Less than $500.00 this is so crazy.

I called back and made a new appointment and it is one day before the other one was.      I will be paying cash and smiling that I saved a bunch of money in the process.

MRIs and I do not get along so this time we are trying Diazepam 30 minutes before and another at the time of the test if I need it, nighttime sleep mask, and earplugs. Hopefully, I can get through it.

I am normally not claustrophobic but there is something about the MRI that really bothers me. I think it is the combination of the tunnel and the noise.




Navigating Health Insurance

Has anyone been through the nightmare of having to find insurance on your own and you are not eligible for medicare yet?

My husband is retiring in 7 weeks and I have to find my insurance. His will be easy enough but I am younger than he is.

The first time I checked on this early last year I made the MISTAKE of giving the online form my phone number. I kid you not by the time I pushed enter my phone started ringing and I was getting 40 – 50 calls a day.

Now all those calls are blocked one by one I got rid of them.

I have a friend who suggested Humana insurance. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

What I would like is low monthly payments low deductable and prescription care coverage.

Please no Salespeople!

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