Archive for August, 2008

new hair

August 25, 2008

Before:

After:

It kicks ass.

crazy statement from hospital

August 4, 2008

So, the hospital sent me a statement of the charges they billed to my insurance company. Here it is, keeping in mind of course that this doesn’t include my surgeon’s costs; I will get a separate bill from him.

     PHARMACY                $1262.50
     STERILE SUPPLY           $316.00
     SUPPLY/IMPLANTS        $3,627.00
     LAB/CHEMISTRY            $136.00
     LAB/HEMATOLOGY           $106.00
     OR SERVICES           $18,890.00
     ANESTHESIA             $2,417.00
     DRUG/DETAIL CODE         $379.00
     RECOVERY ROOM          $4,022.00
     OBSERVATION RM           $740.00
    ---------------------------------
     TOTAL                 $31,895.50

Are they serious?  Almost $19k for the OR for 5 hours?  I mean, yeah, I understand, lots of highly trained highly paid people were there, which is good, and lots of fancy equipment and all that.  But still.  That’s a lot of money.  And… $4k for the recovery room?  Dude.  I was there.  There was one nurse for four of us, and it was a TINY room, and I was only there for an hour.  That seems ridiculous to me.

Ok, so in reality I’m also paying for other people, who couldn’t pay.  But if I’m going to be paying for other people’s medical care who can’t pay for it themselves, why the fuck can’t they get some reliable service!?

jaw surgery food

August 2, 2008

So, what does a vegan eat after jaw surgery? As it turns out, lots of grits with follow your heart soy cheese, oatmeal, orzo (pasta I can swallow whole!? Yay!), purely decadent vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream (because I have a really good excuse to spend the money on it now!), and weird stuff like this:

Mashed potatoes with kale-lentil “gravy”

kale-lentil gravy and mashed potatoes

The mashed potatoes have yukon gold potatoes, earth balance, and soy milk, and the “gravy” has lentils, kale, nutritional yeast, veggie broth, soy milk, and sage. And this was all cooked/prepped/eaten with the use of only one pot, one bowl, one spoon, one fork, and the blender. When bending down to load/unload the dishwasher gives you a nosebleed, you tend to try to avoid that task.

blueberry smoothie (with soy yogurt; still recovering from antibiotics)

just frozen blueberries, soy yogurt, protein powder, and soy milk.g