Yesterday was another busy day for us. We started out by taking Beverly to a couple of doctors’ appointments. Then we stopped at a nursery to look at citrus trees because Terry wants to plant a lemon and a lime tree in our yard. This was pretty much a fact-finding mission, just to get an idea of what the trees cost, the best time of year to plant them, and how to take care of them.
From there we went to Stavros Pizza for an early dinner, and after that we drove down Flagler Street in New Smyrna Beach and parked at the municipal parking lot at the beach entrance ramp that gave us a great view of the water. There’s something about being around the ocean that calms our souls. When we decided it was time to give up the fulltime RV lifestyle and started looking for a house to purchase, one of our top priorities was that it be no more than 15 minutes or so from the beach. Much further than that and more often than not, people will not get around to going nearly as frequently as they thought they would.
That’s about all I have new to report, so I thought I’d give you a couple of updates on things I discussed in previous blog posts.
Several readers have been asking me how we feel about our switch from Verizon to Consumer Cellular. So far, we are very pleased with it. As I said before, here at the house we seem to be in a dead spot for Verizon, with frequently missed or dropped calls. When we switched to Consumer Cellular we kept the same phones, but they took out the Verizon cards and replaced them with AT&T cards. So far we have been very pleased. The bill for unlimited talk and text on our three phones, along with 20 GB of shared data, is about $100 a month as opposed to over $260 per month with Verizon. And the signal is much stronger. We have not lost a call at home or anywhere in town since we made the switch.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the hospital was not able to get Medicare approval for Terry’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal damage done by radiation during her cancer treatment 18 years ago. At the initial consultation they said she would need about 40 treatments, each of them costing somewhere around $1900. That’s a whole lot of money, and I would figure out some way to come up with it, but even the doctor at the hospital who runs the program said there are no guarantees of success with her particular radiation damage. So that’s on hold, at least for now
In the meantime, her Viberzi prescription seems to be helping her quite a bit. That’s also an expensive medication, at over $1400 per month. With various discount programs we were able to get it down to $667 a month, which is still a chunk of change. The nurse practitioner at her gastroenterologist suggested we look into a Canadian pharmacy, and Terry has been doing some research on that. The problem is that there are a bunch of them online and it’s hard to know which of these outfits is legit and which isn’t. Anytime you’re dealing with a company on the Internet, you always have to be wary of getting burned. Have any of you had success with a Canadian pharmacy? If so, I would appreciate any feedback you might be willing to share.
In writing news, now that we’ve got most of Beverly’s initial doctor appointments out of the way, I hope to be able to squeeze in some more time at the keyboard. I did manage to get in a little over 8,000 words this week on my new John Lee Quarrels book. But I’ve got a long way to go so I need to chain myself to the desk and get some work done.
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Thought For The Day – I’m not saying I hate you, but I would unplug your life-support machine to charge my phone.