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Not Good News about Conniecat

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#44
A little more news...


They only just identified the infection she has yesterday (September 2nd) so they've just started her on antibiotics. It will be a bit before she starts to feel better. Apparently it came in through her dialysis port and they are going to replace it. Right now the infection is her worst enemy and no other ones on the horizon. Let's hope it stays that way!
 

ewheelock

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#46
Actually if she is has end stage renal disease she can get medicare. If she doesn't already have insurance then if kicks in right away but if she has insurance then it kicks in in 30 months. I had to deal with this because my dh had renal failure when he was 60. I hope that Connie can get better but I do think her son is doing the right thing because she probably will never be able to live alone again :(. Being on dialysis she really needs help.
 

Corky

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#47
Shipmaven - thank you for the update. At least they've found the site of entry for the infection and will now know how to treat it. :doubleup:

Quote from ewheelock: Actually if she is has end stage renal disease she can get medicare. If she doesn't already have insurance then if kicks in right away but if she has insurance then it kicks in in 30 months.

Ewheelock - did you mean 30 days, or is it really 30 months before the medicare kicks in? That seems a long time.
 

ewheelock

Well-Known Member
#48
the 30 months is if you have other insurance at the time the renal failure starts. My dh was in the va system when he when into renal failure so he went straight to medicare.
 

nieciez

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Community Sponsor
#49
I am glad to hear she isn't having any immediate cardio issues at this time...she has enough on her plate as it is. I sure wish I lived closer so I could visit or be of some bigger help. Thoughts and prayers continue.
 

TexasSue

Well-Known Member
#50
In one way that's good news. Hopefully antibotics will do the trick. Yes medicare takes over after your private insurance pays forf 30 months (if you don't have insurance medicare is immediate) My husband was on dialysis for 5 1/2 years before he passed away. He was functional until the last 1 1/2 years then had an electric wheelchair and did fine when I was at work. He also had cardiac problems so I know what she's facing. Lots of prayers from here.

Susan
 

Corky

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#51
ewheelock and Texas Sue - so if someone Has insurance, goes into renal failure...and maintains their insurance, then, after 30 months the medicare kicks in. Got it.

What if someone loses their insurance before the 30 months is up, will medicare immediately kick in?

I'm praying for Connie cat that the antibiotics are starting to help. (((HUGS)))
 

ewheelock

Well-Known Member
#53
Yes, it would. My dh was on peritoneal dialysis and the clinic charged medicare between 25k and 28k per month. Of course they didn't pay that much but when we didn't have the supplemental policy (didn't get that till I went to work for the company that I work for now) it ran us between 400 and 500 a month after medicare paid.
 

TexasSue

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#55
Yes medicare will pick up but doesn't pay near as much as private insurance. Bill had to go for dialysis 3 times a week 4 hours each time and the cost was $22,000 to $28,000 a month depending on what medications he needed. We were lucky the dialysis center he went to took what ever payment they received and never billed us anything. Of course that was just the start of all the medical bills, surgery for placements of dialysis graphs, hospital for pneumonia plus many others. Don't wish that on anyone.

Many prayers conintued for Connie.

Susan
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#56
Today's (Sept. 6) latest on Connie...

Connie's about the same - they've been playing with her antibiotics to find something that can clear up the infection, but not much progress has been made yet. Will hopefully know more tomorrow when the hosp. is back at full staff. She's lethargic, but aware and can still carry on conversation for a bit. Visitors seem to tire her out pretty quickly, though.

Maxie has been adopted. Scooter remains in a shelter - I was told he has never wanted to use a litter box, so that creates a problem. Simon is in the process of being adopted.
 

Corky

Well-Known Member
#57
Ewheelock and Texas Sue - the $$ amount you both post for dialysis is staggering. My mind just boggles at the amount.

Shipmaven - thank you so much for the update on Connie cat. It is good to know that she is aware and able to carry on a conversation. That is a good sign.
 

popcorn

Well-Known Member
#58
Thanks for the update on Connie & her cats. I hope that Connie will be able to get news of her pets whenever she needs a 'fix'. It is not great news about her but at least it is not drastic news. Has her son made any headway on the sale of her trailer? I don't envy him that job.

Liz
 

ShipMaven

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#59
Liz - Connie's son hasn't made any further mention about the trailer. I think we (here on C@) realize that heartbreaking decisions are being made.