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Friday the Frantic
     First things first, though: thanks so much, all of you who sent your good wishes and happiness along in response to my rather less than coherent message of the 13th. Many of you also sent huzzah's BB's way, over at dr_whuh . Believe me, he appreciates them.
     Yes, the love of my life is now back home, with four little incisions in his side. Against the expectations of his doctors (and probably himself), the tumor was indeed benign.
     And it seems to have done some inadvertent good, by convincing his surgeon and his pulmonologist that BB needs oxygen.
     We came home with a big ol' industrial tank of oxygen in the car, and found three equally large tanks at home, along with a little machine that gives off a rather unnerving amount of heat as it operates. (Heat, but no working instructions. We're going to have check with the delivery company, and online to figure out exactly what the connection may be between the industrial tanks and the little R2D2-looking heat generating machine.)
     Where was I?
     Right. Oxygen - that's the ticket.
     And that is the ticket. We've been trying to get our HMO to pay for supplemental oxygen for months, if not a year or more. The response has always been that he needed to go to pulmonary rehab and be consistently below a given percentage of oxygen-absorption before they'd even consider it. Apparently having a lung resection generated the necessary Big Magic.
     Lung resection. Huh. Why don't  they just call it a We took out a honking big chunk o'lung-ectomy? Long, yes, but less euphemistic, neh?
     Anyhow, I have bread to bake, a mortgage payment to make, a desk to un-snakepit, some writing to do, and mushroom soup and meat loaf to make. Oh, and oxygen tanks to wrestle.
    All of which makes me, more or less, happy. And again? Thank you all.


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markiv1111
May. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oxygen (R2D2O2)
One thing I would be curious to note would be how much a tank of oxygen *officially* costs (even though you would be reimbursed, I hope and expect, for all or nearly all). One of the more traumatic events of my life was driving across the Rockies in August 1980, coming home from Los Angeles, and realizing that I was hopelessly low on oxygen and couldn't make my brain work well enough to figure out how to fix it. Yeah, it was really only at its worst for a couple of hours, right across the pass at 11,000 feet; and when I got down to 8000 feet, I went into a little rural store, bought 8 ounces of either salami or bologna and a can of Pepsi munched everything down fast, and was pretty much okay till I got to Boulder, although I did stay with a friend in Boulder long enough (a couple of days) to get functional again. Even so, if I am ever again going to go over about 8000 feet, I will have an oxygen tank with me -- or else I will cancel the "driving" part of the trip and take a plane. Does the tank sound like a possibility? Or is it just very, very difficult for civilians who have never had a lung tumor to get this kind of thing?

Nate
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Oxygen (R2D2O2)
Luckily, the oxygen is paid for by insurance ahead of time, (unless Blue Cross decides to be difficult, although it doesn't seem as if it's going to be that nasty) but if they send us any information on the cost, I'll gladly send it on to you. When it comes to oxygen availability, you might be able to find it through medical supply retail outlets.
gerisullivan
May. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oxygen is good. Three cheers for the oxygen!
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Huzzah! Thrice!
mack_the_spoon
May. 15th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad BB gets the treatment he needs, now!

And of course, so glad that the surgery was successful!
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks - we're really hoping that this will be a permanent thing, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
jbru
May. 15th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
If your little heat generator is anything like ours, it is probably an oxygen concentrator. Ericka uses one at home instead of tanks. It's basically a little compressor that also filters oxygen to provide a constant amount. We keep ours in the bathroom.
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the information. Just after I read your response, Bob mentioned the same thing. I think the little machine is fantastic - it means we won't have to be piling tanks of oxygen all over the place. We do have three or four for Bob to use when we're out of the house, but they're awkward even though they're not heavy. (And we've moved it out to the living room, so the bedroom should be a little more comfortable now.)
azmatazz
May. 16th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
I was just going to say that the device was probably an oxygen extractor/concentrator. It's a VERY nice device to have around, otherwise, those big tanks actually will be used quickly. Is BB at a level where he can use a backpack tank? Depending on the amount needed, it can run about three hours of O2 for him while on the go.
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
We were wondering if there was a smaller tank than the ones we have now; they're about four feet high. It's all still pretty new to us, but we'll probably check with the supply company and find out what's available. Thanks for the information!
galacticvoyeur
May. 15th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so so glad we don't have none of that Red Fascist Commie Pinko Socialist Single Payer National Health Insurance rammed down our throats in this country and that instead our Private Insurers are Totally Looking Out For Our Best Interests And Keeping Costs Down At All Times.

And we all know how people would just steal all the oxygen out from under us if the insurers didn't stay on top of this scandle.

Happy for the good news!
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
*snort*

Accurate and sarcastic, FTW!
cathica
May. 16th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Oxygen, a roof over his head, home-cooking, and a devoted mate: what else does a man need? I'm glad things are looking up for you. (hug)
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
As always, my dear, you say everything so beautifully - and so accurately. Thanks!
kerravonsen
May. 16th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Supplementary oxygen, eh? I'm glad they realized he needs it. That should make him feel better, I hope!

Though if he intends on flying anywhere, you should probably check with the airline as to whether they supply supplementary oxygen.
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
He tells me it is helping him a great deal. I'm not sure we'll be flying anywhere any time soon, but checking with the airline if we ever travel that way would definitely be on my to-do list.
belsum
May. 16th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
OXYGEN! Yay!
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
You betcha. Now we're all getting used to seeing what seems to be miles of clear plastic tubing all over carpet - something I will happily live with.
belsum
May. 16th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
As long as the kitty doesn't think it's a fancy new kitty toy...
kaffyr
May. 16th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my, yes. That thought's occurred to both of us. However, Alex appears to think it's some sort of potentially dangerous snake (he's freaked about the entire new environment, frankly), whilst Philip and Opie don't seem to recognize it as anything at all, unless it's as something they have to crawl over to get to us, and their god-given rights as cats to be petted and fed.
dameruth
May. 19th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Getting to comment on this section of the f-list slowly, but I did want to offer belated congrats on the good news!
kaffyr
May. 19th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
An equally belated thanks for your thoughts!
minnehaha
May. 23rd, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
What no charming tales of his obnoxious recovery? That's the best part!

More seriously, *hugs.*

K.
kaffyr
May. 23rd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. It may be the best part, but he's recuperated so quickly his obnoxious gland has completely failed to engage.

Huh. That metaphor sank like a boat anchor. Must be lack o' coffee.

And thanks for the hugs - we both appreciate them, my dear.
madtruk
May. 26th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
SO MUCH HAPPY!
kaffyr
May. 26th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is extremely happy making!
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