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I know I've been away for a long time. "Simple surgeries" are what the doctors call them. Since February, both Tim and I have discovered that our terminology may vary. Tim is finally healed nicely--yesterday he was told he could now forgo the steroid cream, the silver paper, and whatever do-dads, beads, and rattles had been required to keep him from bleeding all over the landscape. He was also told that the insurance companies always send a letter saying the coverage is denied (over $7000 in charges!) after vascular surgery! I've been shaking non-stop ever since we got the damned thing, and it turns out they always do this, trying to scare us into paying! They didn't even send a letter to the doctor; apparently, when they do, and he explains why the surgery was necessary, they pay up! Bastards! Boil-sucking, sewer-swilling, ape-fucking corporate greedheads!

Okay. My surgery went well; my therapy was progressing, and then I hit what my surgeon calls "a bump. I call it oodles of pain, but I'm the amateur. Anyway, it seems to be wearing off a little, but it means lots of ice at home, and pain pills, and I had to transfer my mouse from my left hand to my right. This is dreadfully confusing to my left hand, my right hand, and to me. My right hand has enough work. But if it keeps me from having excruciating flashes of pain when I do simple tasks, I'll try to work it with my confused right hand.

It also means, in case you haven't noticed, that I'm writing less on both ljs. I'm working away on MASTIFF, and I have a lot of publicity stuff for MASTIFF that I've been doing, but I haven't been doing lj so much, and I apologize.

cross-posted to the tammypierce fan livejournal

This, though, I have to celebrate. Check out my webpage! Thanks to Web Designer Cate Burlington, who provided the basic design, and Tim Liebe, my IT guy and Spouse-Creature, who did the adaptation and development, we have a new look for the first time in . . . well, in a long time!


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Apr. 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I hope you're both feeling better soon (and that your right hand has a quick learning curve). And I just wanted to say I LOVE the new look! Congrats.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
"Boil-sucking, sewer-swilling, ape-fucking corporate greedheads!" - I must find a way to use that in an everyday conversation.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
The new site looks fabulous! Also, HURRAH, Bruce Coville wrote the third Unicorn Trilogy book! I didn't realize that was coming! Yay!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Please Oh Please don't worry about LJ and the rest of the IntraWeb. You focus on getting better and pain free.

Do you have an ergonomic keyboard? Peter got one when he started having some wrist problems and he's fine now and you know how much he must type. *grin*
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, the website looks oodles better - I really like it.

Re: insurance - why is it that their primary mission seems to be scare-tactics and rejection rather than, oh, INSURING?!

Both of you take it easy. Make him type for you. :)
Apr. 4th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
"...why is it that their primary mission seems to be scare-tactics and rejection rather than, oh, INSURING?!"

Because insuring ISN'T their "primary mission" -- making a profit is. This is actually the case for any business, and insurance is a profit-making business.

And this is the danger with running the healthcare system as a profit-making business rather than as a public or infrastructure service, like schools are. The general criticism of public services is that they are prone to inefficiency and waste, and this is absolutely the case -- because profit is not their focus, because money is simply a path to doing other things, and because they expect to get the funds out of a steady public purse rather than having to "sell" a product and minimize expenses -- because, after all, the desired endpoint isn't to have more money, it's to have done the service.

In a profit-making business, though, the end is the profit, and the means is the service sold, not the other way around. So rather than waste and inefficiency, this system is more prone to dishonesty, unethical practices and cutting the corners on the services offered.

You end up having to pick which set of sins you live with. There has never been and will most likely never be a system invented and run by humans which some humans cannot find a way to abuse to the detriment of others.
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Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that y'all are on the mend.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I hope you're doing ok!

But! I saw these and thought it make cheer you up:

Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Insurance companies do always do that! It's really disgusting.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Really glad to see you're back and okay!

And aaaaaaargh at the insurance runaround. Seriously, why is medicine in the free market again?
Apr. 4th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Because socialized medicine has been billed in America as a "great evil" since the early 40s. I know this for a fact; I have the magazines.

It's an embedded part of the American culture, now -- a belief that the US has the greatest medical system in the world, and every country with nationalised healthcare suffers for it.
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Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better!

And absolutely, any extra hand endurance should go into working on Mastiff and not into talking to us. I say this, of course, for entirely selfish reasons. :-)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, poor Tim! Psh, they are forever hoping to take more out of us. It's good to hear that your surgeries went well. Love and wishes sent to you in a massively thick package from this end via spritelings.

Ohhh. Nice to hear that Mastiff is already in production, but I'm bouncing in anticipation for it to come out! Never mind that I blew money on both Graceling and City of Glass lately--I'd trade both of them and more in for a copy of Bloodhound ASAP.

Never mind tending to us fans on LJ here. Our devotion persists. =D Hope you and Tim can throw out the health worries soon!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Medical stuff just doesn't sound fun at all. Bleh.

On the bright side, the website looks amazing!! And I didn't know you were splitting Numair's story into two books! Exciting!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, now the that new site is much prettier! I love the colours, and the very simple decoration.

It's good to hear that the surgeries went well, even with "bumps." I hope you get past this one quickly!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Bah, medical idiocy. I'm glad they're just trying to pull the wool over your eyes, not hitting you with awfulness.

On the other hand, that website looks absolutely stunning!!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're both feeling better, and if you ever decide to incite some mob violence on insurance companies, I'll be there, pitchfork in hand. If I could think of a *better* way to get them to pay up without giving people unnecessary grief, I'd do that instead, but I'm thinking pitchforks and torches are our best bet.

And yay for Mastiff (Mastiff!). I'm already on tenterhooks waiting for Bloodhound to be released.
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