Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Trials and Tribulations of Life

Good Morning Everyone,

I thought I 'd better post so everyone would not think that I jumped ship like a rat.  After a very upsetting and  aggravating week I had last week and Monday, and Tuesday of this week being equally difficult, I was just about ready to strangle something, and then jump ship.

I had to think a little bit before I posted these thoughts and issues as it concerns me, family and the health care system that will eventually affects us down the road.  I generally do not get political, and try to look at things in a perspective of both sides, but what had happened, angered me beyond anyone's imagination and it will affect all of us unless it is challenged and stopped.

Last Monday, I ran errands with my mother as usual.  It was getting close to 5 pm and so I needed to get home, and she was getting tired, so I got in the driveway, and my mother had an episode of some sort, was very dizzy, and unsure of herself, and then on top of all of this, she popped her artificial hip out of joint, which it does do, if she isn't thinking about how she gets out of the car.

I ran in the house, told my dad I was running her right into the ER, which is about 3 blocks away from my parent's house.  I was there in a flash, and got help to get her out of the car and into Triage.
Well, the ER doctor I am very familiar with.  A very compassionate, and caring man who has put my mother's hips in before a few times when they pop out.

They started to get her prepped for a light sedation to slip the hip back in, and so Dr Smith, escorted me to the family room and said he would come get me as soon as he was done with everything.
About 20 minutes later, Dr Smith came in.  My heart was in my throat, the look on his face was horrified, and it  was a look I had never seen on his face before.

Vicki, I need to talk to you very seriously about something...I am totally PO'd at this and this needs to be addressed.
I was sure I had lost my mother, and the tears started to flow...No, Vicki, your mom is just fine, its her primary doctor I am totally PO'd at, he said. Did you know anything about this? No, doc, I didn't.

He proceeded to tell me that mom told him that her primary doctor had not refilled her blood pressure meds at all for over two months, and when we got her into the ER, her blood pressure was 194/80.  My mother did not bother to tell me that the doctor was withholding meds, because they own a small $50 bill at the doctor's office,and because of it, they are now refusing to refill meds, period.

I was, frankly, beyond pissed.  I was livid.  And Dr. Smith was livid also.  So, with his referral, Dr Smith got us to a new primary care doctor, and I took her to her appointment last Friday.  This new doctor is just like Dr Smith, compassionate, caring and listened.  He ran blood, and then changed her meds, and change a few other prescriptions and as of this week, my mother is doing somewhat better. Mentally, my mother is showing her age, and cannot keep track of bank accounts and money, and bills, so I also had to do something that right at the moment, my dad is mad at me, by getting power of attorney for both financial and medical paperwork  work.  I also went over to the other doctor who refused to give mom her meds and I blew up in the office and made a scene there also. It wasn't pretty.

Needless to say, after I blew up at the old doctor's office, the next morning, I did not feel good at all.  I was having issues also.  Probably my blood pressure was beyond the sky also.  My stomach was knotted, twisted, and irritated, my head hurt, in fact, everything hurt.  So I had been on a little hiatus for a little while until I calm down.
I am in disbelief of the way doctor's are now working.  Denying medical help or medicines that people need, because of a small bill.  I did not think that I would see it here, but I am afraid its here now.

I also started this week on Monday, firing D's work comp attorney and finding a new attorney in Iowa to handle it.  The attorney handling the case before I fired him was compromising the case and letting things slide so I took matters into my hands again, and was the three headed dog. So I have had a lot of people really PO'd at me at the moment  and just because I was standing up for basic rights and situations. I also had several cats who were very ill, and I lost one a few weeks back to liver failure, so its been very stressful and unhappy at my house.

So as you can see, it was trying, and very stressful for me.  And I had to think about it before I posted as I don't like to post things like this, but the medical issues were too much for me to put up with, and I could not stand for any more treatment like that. I won't go into politics as that will send me over the edge right at the moment, still feeling a little rough around the edges with stress, but I will tell you, this will affect my vote all around. Enough said.

I did manage to play a little in some seedling dirt and plant some lettuces, and bunching onions.  I have mesclun lettuces coming up now, and I thought I seen a tiny onion seed coming up, so that brightened my day a little.  A little plant has such power.

In a few days, I am going to post about something else that I have just received in a new homestead magazine.  I need to sit down and read it, but it is concerning people who keep poultry flocks and this included backyard flocks.  Its something like the animal identity that the USDA started, but they dropped it, but it looks like now, the powers that be are starting up a new system to track who has birds, and how many. Another control and restriction planned.  I will read this and post in a few days.  It is in my new Countryside and Small Stock Journal magazine, for March/April 2012.  I went to their website, (, and they still have the January/February 2012 magazine  still up.  The article is called "chicken crimes". If they get it up soon, please go through and read it.  I am sure it will affect everyone who keeps poultry.

Well, I think that I belly ached enough.  I don't know if I feel better.  And I probably shouldn't of blabbed, but I was angry about this, and I am still angry about it.
I wish everyone a wonderful rest of the week. and I will sure try to find something else to be happy about. Til then, keep on, keeping on. Be Safe all. And stay warm.



  1. Move to the UK. Over there, everything is free, and they hand out cash to all-comers. Sorry to hear you've had so much STRESS.

  2. Dear, dear Vicki ~ What a time you have had and I do hope things are better with each new day. Your poor mom to have to go through what she did, then your health being compromised too because of the stress of it all. Now the dang chicken issue.

    For Pete's sake, BB is out there spying on all of us. Our freedoms are fastly disappearing. Really scary!

    Don't you worry about expressing yourself on your blog. It keeps us informed and we can send good vibes your way and send prayers for you, God's way.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady