The Days Just Slip Away!

I cannot believe I have once again allowed this blog to get behind, but I have! It seems like each day brings on more tasks and we are always going upwards! (as in pushing a very large boulder uphill!)

Today, Mark had a dental cleaning appoinment late this morning.  After the appointment, we drove down to Hornell to get the snowmobiles registered.  It is always so much easier to go to the Hornell office, as Canandaigua requires one to go to three different clerks before getting out the door.  The system sounds good, but when going, it is wise to pack a lunch!  Okay, slight exaggeration, but I don’t like waiting in line for hours…and yes, it really is hours!

After visiting the DMV,  we were off to get a late lunch.  We had a tremendous lunch at a Chinese restaurant there and then we were off again…this time to the home of my Amish friend and her husband.  Mark has been trying to help them in negotiating with the hospital for their baby daughter’s care.

If I may rant for a bit…

We are asked to be *tolerant* as far as skin color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, etc.  Why, then, are the Amish treated like second rate citizens?  Let me make note that an organization that works with Amish and Mennonites has tried to negotiate with the hospital to no avail.  It is a known fact that hospitals charge well above the actual cost of services and goods provided.  The company that tried to do the negotiating offered a higher amount than Medicaid would pay, and they were turned down.  The hospital  never even came back with a counter offer.

My heart aches for my friends. They don’t have a third of a million dollars for their bill.  Why is the hospital being so stubborn!  Well,  my friends have begun making small payments to the hospital and as long as they are paying something, I hope that will keep the wolves at bay.  Why would the hospital have turned down a large lump sum only to be given a small amount each month?  In all actuality, the amount will take probably more than a lifetime to pay off.

Well, sorry to rant, but I feel so helpless! 

Tis the night before the night before Christmas!  Is everyone ready?  I feel like I am behind, but I will leave it at that.  I am tired of feeling like Christmas has to be perfect.  After all, the perfect Christmas gift was offered to all mankind in the form of a precious baby, and He is the best gift of all!

4 Responses

  1. That is so sad about your friends’ hospital bill. It makes me think if Mary and Joseph turned up today they might not be put in the stable, but they’d be given an enormous bill for the inn when they left.

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas Katya to you and yours.

  2. I feel so bad for your friends….it truly doesn’t make any sense at all. On another note….may you and your family have a blessed Christmas Day!! We’ll get together after the RUSH!

  3. Thank you both Jackie and Jeanne and a belated Merry Christmas to you both!

    My heart has been so troubled by the nonsense my friends are going through. In a world so fanatic about political correctness, I would love to know WHY people do NOT have to be accepting of others with different religious beliefs. Praticularly since these people are such hard workers and add so much to society!

  4. You need the NHS! We moan about it, but when you really need treatment, it’s there for you – including the time when an American friend of ours took ill over here with heart trouble and when her husband asked for a bill they just looked at him. I think it’s one of the great things our country has, and would go to the wall to preserve it.

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