Archive | April, 2011

Mike Day 67: A Simply Lovely Day

April 26, 2011

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Wow.  What huge progress Mike has made in a few short days at neuro rehab.  He walked 85 feet with the walker. It’s a bit clunky and he tires for sure…but I hearken back to February when we could barely get two eye blinks from him.  He walked with the assist of me and the nurse, no walker, […]

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Mike Day 66: Rainbows

April 25, 2011

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I’m reminded this morning, that after 40 days and nights of rain Noah saw a rainbow…a visible commitment from God and a reminder that He carries us safely through storms. I’m also reminded that last night as I began to despair, my daughter texted a photo…a distinct and brilliant rainbow in the East, clearly visible […]

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Mike Day 66: What Is To Become Of Us?

April 25, 2011

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Yesterday, again, was a day of many mixed blessings.  Mikey visited Mike right after church.  When I arrived at the rehab about 10 he was already there and Mike was in OT.  Unfortunately, when I headed back to Mike’s room,  I was greeted with the news that he was in therapy, his son was there, and that […]

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Mike Day 65: Happy Easter

April 24, 2011

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Good morning…and Happy Easter.  What a beautiful morning to commemorate the Resurrection!  This morning it is truly evident that Spring has sprung in Pennsylvania.  Day one at Rehab was really quite surprising to me.  I can’t say whether or not it is the increased movement and being out of bed more or just that Mike […]

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Mike Day 64: A Jubilant Day 63 Report

April 23, 2011

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First things first.  Mom…I visited the doc for my 30,000 mile checkup (though it feels more like 200,000 miles) and all seems well.  Ticker sounds good, BP not bad all things considered, EKG looks swell…waiting for results of blood work but don’t expect anything untoward to show up.  I’ll live to see another day I reckon.  (I am […]

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Mike Day 62: A Fresh Start

April 21, 2011

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After a good bit of crying over the outcome of the Highmark appeal yesterday, I had a revelation.  I realized my thinking on the whole topic of this brain injury pre-authorization was directionally incorrect. I was pretty much delusional in hoping Highmark would reverse their decision on these appeals in any reasonable fashion.   I was being naive […]

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Mike: Day 61 Appeal Results

April 20, 2011

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About an hour ago I received a call from Tammy at Highmark. She wanted to let me know that a hearing had been held yesterday regarding my appeal. Bear in mind this was a hearing I knew nothing of and was afforded no opportunity to participate in. She went on to explain that I would […]

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Mike Day 61 Highs and Lows

April 20, 2011

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Yesterday was a day of mixed blessings. As with almost every day I start by thanking God for another day above ground. I figure every one of those is a great day. I thank him for my many blessings, ask him to continue to heal Mike and to keep me healthy so I can take […]

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Day 60: Addendum; Highmark again

April 19, 2011

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I wonder if I should be calling them Lowmark rather than Highmark?   Though they were to have had something to me today.  I had nothing.  Nothing.    I believe they are doing their best to deny the request, but doing damage control in the background and until the damage control is done I won’t hear anything.  I DID hear […]

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Highmark Stuff….

April 19, 2011

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Looks like brain injury denials aren’t new to Highmark…  http://www.wvrecord.com/news/233958-ohio-doctor-challeges-denial-of-insurance-coverage-to-disabled-husband How ironic!  The Brain Injury Association is one of 13 charities walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.  Seems the charities receive the proceeds from the walk.: http://www.biapa.org/site/c.iuLZJbMMKrH/b.6544967/k.886C/Highmark_Walk_for_a_Healthy_Community.htm http://www.walkforahealthycommunity.org/whc2/hbg/index.shtml

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Mike: Day 60; The Highmark saga continues

April 19, 2011

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Yesterday was a busy day for me.  It’s exactly 60 days since Mike’s MI and the medical shit storm that has rained down on our house ever since.  It seems, in the 60 days, the demands that this has created have increased rather than lessened and my life, my time is no longer mine or […]

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Genealogical Deja Vu

April 19, 2011

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Remember when I posted about my genealogy thing in a 55 minute post?  I’m still kind of weirded out by the  chance encounter that occurred.  Here’s the dealio…. In researching my Whildin ancestry I turned up several distant cousins over the last year.  These cousins were wonderful about filling in huge amounts of family history for me.  […]

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Mike Day 59

April 18, 2011

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Yesterday was pretty hard with Mike on a personal level.  I’ve been promising him for about three weeks he would be going to rehab.  On a daily basis, as his recovery has begun to escalate and he has become aware of his surroundings and his state, he has grown increasingly frustrated with his physical shortcomings.  He […]

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Highmark…Huge Profits in 2011

April 17, 2011

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I thought this article was interesting!  Highmark is certainly doing something right….for themselves! http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/03/bad_times_for_health_care_good.html

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Part 5: Highmark Blue Shield, 55 Minutes (Mike’s Story)

April 17, 2011

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On Monday April 11, 2011 I was in the most elated state I had been in for a while.   Mike had been approved for Good Shepherd’s brain injury/neuro rehab program by the Physiatrist, his entire cadre of Pulmonology/Critical Care docs, Therapy and ME!  Beyond that, he was deemed medically stable enough to move by the Critical Care […]

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Part 4: 55 Minutes (Mike’s Story)

April 17, 2011

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Mike came back to Good Shepherd Specialty on March 24.  His weaning from the ventilator was uneventful.  He has been off the vent…and is making progress toward being off the trach but it is complicated by his chronic obstructive sleep apnea.  Since his return to Good Shepherd, his progress has been amazing.  Not so very long ago […]

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Part Three: 55 Minutes (Mike’s Story)

April 17, 2011

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On March 3 we traveled by ambulance across town to Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital.  Mike was installed in a private room…isolation was necessary due to the MRSA but I am pretty sure all Good Shepherd’s rooms are private. Transfer was uneventful and we were looking forward to the future. Mike was marginally responsive during this time.  […]

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Part 2 of 55 Minutes (Mike’s story)

April 17, 2011

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I wish I could say the days just after February 18 were long gone and forgotten but they are permanently burned into my memory. Afraid to close my eyes for fear he would slip away, I began my vigil and my advocacy for my husband. We were in a private room filled with medical equipment […]

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55 Minutes of Miracle…The Journey To Find God and My Husband

April 15, 2011

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted. Life, somehow, always seems to prioritize where our time is spent and 2011 has brought significant changes that have definitely reprioritized everything about our families life. On Feb 18 of this year my husband, Mike, a young and active 60 year old man, was getting dressed to […]

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