So, it seems every single time I turn around, I have another medical bill to pay, and I am thankful that I have a job that allows me insurance, and a flexible spending account (which was maxed a month or so ago). My bills are a 10% co-pay of what the total bill is after insurance, but still, $30 here, $28 there, $1600 now, $15 then, well, they add up. So much so, in fact, that when I recieved my latest EOB from Blue Cross, I had reached my $3,000 out of pocket maximum for the year. And that was as of my first chemo in September.
That means that I won’t have to pay for the chemo or radiation treatments between now and the end of the year.
Phew. Because one chemo treatment is $800. I don’t even want to see what they charge for radiation.
I go back to work next week. Until the end of the year, anyway. I will have to pay $500 as a deductible next year before my co-pays kick in, but one chemo treatment will cover that. I have already elected to put $2,000 in our flexible spending account for next year, so when the first bill comes, I can just pay it without having to wonder, ZOMG where am I going to get that cash??
This morning I went and had my bloodwork done that was actually due two days ago. Labcorps were closed from Virginia to NY through yesterday, so my oncologist had a heads up my bloodwork would be late. On the way home, I stopped by the Harford County Early Polling facility and exercised my consititutional right to vote. I am unabashedly Democrat, and with our medical bills this year, I proudly voted democratic again. I also voted “No” on the question of allowing expanded gambling in Maryland (we have enough traffic going into Baltimore, don’t need gambling traffic as well) and “Yes” to Question 6 which legalizes Same Sex Marriages in the state.
So there. Now you know. I’m a big old Dem.
My husband is a big old GOP. I have to vote to cancel his out. 😉
I chose to vote early because I’m sure by the end of my working day next Tuesday, I’ll be exhausted and won’t want to stop on the way home after a 12 hour day that included radiation. I tried to vote this past Saturday, when early voting opened, but lines were out to the road. I always feel so accomplished after I’ve voted.
Now, since it is Wednesday, and I have to go to work like a big girl next week, I am getting the job done of getting things done before I go back. This morning I paid bills and will hit the grocery store. Tomorrow, I’ll do a little cleaning and finish that Friday. Saturday I am going up to DE to have dinner with my Mom and then Sunday, I will rest and get ready for the work week.
We are resuming our regular lives now that Sandy has gone. Well, as normal as it can be for a person undergoing cancer treatments.