Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Karma and other irritating bits of information

Speaking of Karma..
Oh yeah I was--

We have to be our own advocates these days! Don't take anything for granted!!

I'm still wrestling with the medical records errors problem.  The clinic has NOT done what they said they I shot off via snail mail an enlightened letter to the director whom I have not been able allowed to speak to as the underlings are her guard dogs.  No matter...the letter is important and I hope she reads it...
I am a Libra...that means BALANCE has to occur! I have been researching and found this out--
In my case.... information gathered in NOV of 2013 was attached to a medical records of  March, May, July. Its out of date information...according to the Documentation Guidelines of CMS.GOV (its the center for medicare and medicaid services, the largest Insurance companies in the world, I don't have either but the guidelines set up by these Govt Entities are set in stone!) It states if you have outdated information on a report it should NOT be included on the report ---or the date this information was collected must be on the report!! SO there is my base for complaint on that part of the medical records...where Review of Symptoms and Family and Social History was attached to each report as if it was done right then and there it wasn't and it was not properly documented. Its a paper pushing world we live in, so when you push paper it better be right!  

Secondly I found this on the HHS.GOV 
That's the US DEPT. of Human and Health Services website...

according to Code of Federal Regulations:

Correcting information
If you think the information in your medical or billing record is incorrect, you can request that the health care provider or health plan amend the record. The health care provider or health plan must respond to your request.  If it created the information, it must amend the information if it is inaccurate or incomplete.  If the provider or plan does not agree to your request, you have the right to submit a statement of disagreement that the provider or plan must add to your record.
For further information on this topic, please refer to 45 C.F.R. §§ 164.508, 164.524 and 164.526.

So I am within my rights to ask for this to be corrected and if it is not I can put in a report of my own which must become part of the permanent record!!!! Yippie score one for the Giffer right.  Yep I'm keeping score and taking down names..
 speaking of which....I called 3 times yesterday asked for a return of phone call...all 3 times I asked to speak to the director, at 9 am she is in a staff meeting, at 11:30 she is with someone in her office, at 3:30 she is in a staff meeting...WHAT another staff meeting? So I asked the name of the person who answered the phone...she refused to give me her name!!! 
this is a Free Health Clinic they take Federal and State dollars!

On their website they show people getting surgeries etc for problems...

Yet when I asked if they provided MRI's diagnostics....they said NO why do an MRI if you have no insurance to pay for a knee surgery? Well they had a surgeon help this woman! I believe I've been discriminated against!!

Its the never ending use the Govt rules to try and get something the Govt is keeping you from getting? Wow I feel like I'm chasing my tail!
Somewhere along the line this information may help someone else out there who is having a similar problem...what was it they used to say on the X-Files?
The Truth Is Out There!

I had my first sale on Etsy! One of my vintage Winnie the Pooh teddies is off to his forever home in Texas. He was so happy to finally be adopted!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cheering up With Simple Green!

Peppersdriftwood planter  

Spent a fair amount of time tending my flower pots this week and re-listing Ebay items that ran out last week, in the afternoons when it heats up...Ebay sent me free listings until the 20th of August!  I have increased my inventory and continue to move my Vintage items to Etsy! Its so much easier there to list, now if I can get enough to draw in a sale--Ebay is making it so hard to be a seller, they think they are our bosses! HA got news for them, we can end our listings with one click of the mouse! No listings No fees! They want us to offer 90 day return for holidays...Holy Cow, I think they are trying to push out the "used" item dealers such as myself. 

                                                                                    Anyways I got some work done on that over the past couple days! Check out the new link to my Etsy store on the sidebar.  I want to eventually have some hand made items!  I took some photos of the annual pots I also played with  fancy framing it felt good to be creative!---I've been trying to relax more and get involved in doing anything to keep my mind busy!  We sort of stayed with a white, green, and maroon, theme this yr. Mom and I worked on these pots in the spring, and now we are enjoying them as well as the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Mostly its impatiens, caladiums, periwinkles,  and some cool greens of various kinds-we don't have a green thumb per-se, but we always try to have flowers every summer   I purchased one flat with 6 impatiens, one flat with 6 periwinkles and a few blue petunias...we rooted or seeded the rest, there is one Dahlia in there too it bloomed already a deep purple. 

I usually fill my deck up with plants! Having basal right by the door is good thing I just reach out and get a leaf or two when I need it..
Deck plantingdeck planter 2
Like I've shared before I normally root sweet potato vine year to yr so these are a couple of yrs  old now...added marigold, coleus I grow these from seed, and some wandering jew--I keep this alive year to year. 

white impatient planter center pieceperiwinkles

These impatients like the shade, take quite a lot of water too...but they keep right on flowering! AND *knock* on good wood--the squirrels don't bother 'em! these photos were lined up wonderful in my draft screen but when I post they are scattered all over the place!! I thought the smaller size would work better but its hard to make them stay put!!
the water gardenwhite impatientscaladiums
And I've really enjoyed my small water garden this yr! That's it up behind the gazing ball..AND here it is centered in a larger size so you can see all the little plants up close! Some frogs have enjoyed hanging out there too this summer... 
We have tadpoles in our water barrels! Hope they hatch out soon, we need to use the water, we like to water the plants with rainwater, they do so much better on that!! Plants are one of the best parts of summer...the flowers  and the fresh veggies too! Today we peeled and sliced up fresh SC peaches to freeze!! We put them on a cookie sheet and freeze; then put the frozen slices in zip-lock bags so it wont stick together this way we can open the bag and get out whatever we want and not have to thaw the whole bag!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's a Cruel World

Today was the day the dogs had to go down to met the Mobile Vet. They were very excited to start out, thought "Road Trip" I don't normally take my dogs riding round unless we are going someplace!  They run around in circles, springing down the driveway...I have to call them back then they jump into the DixxeLand Express and away we go.  They usually both jump on the bench seat each one has a Picture Window to view the world through.  I keep a King sized sheet in the van to put over the seat, so I can shake off the hair and sand they tromp in!
They have to get booster shots and the blood testing now required before you can get heartworm pills and that has to be done with a prescription or buy it direct from a vet. Its all a racket these days! I recall when we bought the pills from the feed store. 
There is no way on this Earth I could be a vet!! NOT because I don't love animals I fact its my love of animals that drove my decision to eat a Vegan diet.  There's more than enough veggies to do me.  Its not that I don't understand medical processes, or I'm afraid of blood, I'm not intimidated with emergency life saving techniques...quite the contrary I was a I dealt with all that stuff when human lives were at stake, not my favorite job but I did it for nearly 6 yrs.
The reason I could never be a vet is IGNORANT CRUEL PEOPLE.
I always arrive early due to the chaos of the owners as they line up, break line, can't control their animals, and the ones who are cruel and this woman:
She comes up with her mother--and mother's dog..mother is an older lady who is hard of hearing...instead of getting hearing aides she takes her ignorant daughter along to communicate.  Within minutes she had dropped the F-bomb on the vet! Her form hadn't even been filled out yet...the vet tech handled it so well......."I'm a breeder, believe me I know what her dog needs, she don't need no heartworm test."  I would have jumped in her face and said just who do you think you're cursing??? I had to control MYSELF as I was about to say, "What is your problem lady?" The vet tech has what I don't have....the right temperament to deal with jerks during conflict.
He diffused that one pretty good....meanwhile old lady lights up a cigarette while holding the poor Chihuahua--its eyes were watering...then when some others coughed and waved their hands in front of their faces, she stomped it on the ground...the daughter pipes in with the whiniest of voices "Damn mamma I wanted a drag off that." >>>>OKAY moving on... 
A young Mexican man walks up with a puppy about 2 mos old no leash puts it on the ground it immediately takes off into the busy parking lot full of cars zipping in every direction on the tarmac.  Did I mention it was raining? Oh yeah to make it all ever merrier it began to rain...
Everyone had to help this twit fetch his dog back before it became road kill...
I'm first in line I always get there early...and my dogs sit by my side quietly as we wait for the van to arrive and set my paperwork is filled in, and my dogs have had their shots, the blood has been drawn and now I'm awaiting the results it takes 10 mins. 

Up comes this elderly black man he is rail thin, he also has a lit cigarette hanging from his whiskered face.  He is dragging a ever thinner mixed breed pit bull dog behind him.  He has a large heavy chain collar on the dog and a 1 x 4 about 3 ft long in the other hand.  He threatens the dog with the board immediately upon his arrival at the van. OMG now my ballistic button is about to fire! 

The vet, an older gentleman went over immediately, 
"You here for your dog's shots?"  This old man had obviously had a hard life and never received a proper education, all he knew about life is its about who can knock the hardest.  
The dog was quite happy to see everyone he was wagging his tail, trying to sniff noses with the puppies, and had a great big smile on his eyes had teared already. 

"Yeah, he ain't worth it but I guess I need to get it, he might bite me with the rabies." He threatens the dog with the board again, as he reaches out toward my dog Flossie, I had come closer cause if he drew back to hit that dog>>>> I WOULD BE GOING TO JAIL IN  ABOUT 5 MINS, AFTER I DECKED HIM AND HE HIT THE GROUND,....for assault, I may be bent but you know about those stories the strength of Samson when you need it, my plan was to quickly disarm him of the plank, then use it to beat the living daylights out of him...probably about the head and shoulders....and then ask..."how did you like that?"

 If I didn't get away from there fast I knew I was going to explode.   
The vet being a much better people person than I, spoke up..."Now we don't hit dogs with planks here, you don't need that he is going to be a good boy and we'll get you fixed up right away." He could not write so the vet filled out his form for him...the dog waited patiently...I took this opportunity to look him over he had scars all over his rear end...Tears coming even more now dripped down my face.  I wanted to grab the leash and run away...
The vet took the plank away from the old man and put it in the van...they gave the dog his shot gave the man his new tag and then he he left he was yelling, "You took my stick now what if goes to run away?" Holy with it, if he runs away you both will be better off!!

I told the female tech who helped me,

" I couldn't do this way....I'm too closed minded for this!!!"

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hot Plush Mess

You were still in school when you had that fool who really messed your mind.
And after that you turned your back on treating people kind.
On our first trip I tried so hard to rearrange your mind.
But after a while I realized you were disarranging mine.

You better stop, look around, 
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes. 
Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown.

I know all you golden oldies know that song and now I've inserted a mind worm into your day--sorry bout that!  So an update on the screwed up medical records--STILL screwed UP.  These people down there are giving me ---- my 19th nervous breakdown! ----They say "we are working on it" when in reality finally got the scoop today they have done nothing except posture! I had an appointment to go back on Aug 19th...they promised me they would have the matter in hand by then...HOLY COW a month and a half later??? Give me a break--sounds like a fuster-cluck to me.IF you get my twisted wording---
I called and asked to speak to the director! She is busy, okay she can call me back.
She didnt she had that same lacky call me! omg I was about to really loose it. I am sitting here taking deep breaths and repeating this mantra over and over
                                           "One day this will all be over, one day this will all...."

Well nothing I do don't seem to work,
It only seems to make matters worse. Oh please.
Here it comesssss....

  • So I said "you can cancel that appointment, I have no intentions of having yet anther BAD record put out there"----and it could be resolved if I were dealing with someone,
    "who still treated people kind"

  • I sold a golf Travel Bag on Ebay, shipped it...then next day found the shoulder carry strap laying under the edge of the bed just out of sight  DUHHH ---awesome,
     " You better stop and look around"

  • At the grocery store today I got the one armed bagger....NOOO not today!!
    "And though you've tried you just can't hide your eyes are edged with tears"

  • I asked for grits on my Breakfast platter.....HOLY Anxiety...they gave me hash browns!!!
    ... "you were never brought up right"

It hasnt rained for a while now so....its dry! We are expecting rain on the weekend... I was out watering the flowers, stood right in a fire ant bed with flip flops on, this is NOT the happy Dance*&^%$#@

you better stop, and look around, Here it comesssssssss....Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here comes your 19th nervous breakdown!

Thank you Mick Jagger I had the right  words to describe my Day, and some of my Ebay plush Items for illustrating it, now
What song describes your day???

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ants in my Pants!

Back in June when I went tripping, I told y'all I followed the SC Heritage Corridor, here is the blurb from the webpage:

The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (SCNHC) was designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area (a program of the National Parks Service). Stretching 17 counties and 320 miles across South Carolina, the SCNHC is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of South Carolina. 

The best part about it is the old is preserved although there may be some strip malls on the outskirts of each town and a Walmart tossed in here and there mostly its the old way of life still going on...

It's divided into 4 regions. so far I've explored regions 1 & 2...I'm itching to do 3 & 4. It's lots of side of the road beauty...

           Country Stores full of locally grown produce and honey and jams and jellies...

AND Ghost TOWNS..the south has plenty  they are much older and have more ghosts than the ghost towns of the west! This abandoned community is on Hwy 28, Mount Carmel....near the site of the Long Canes Massacre of 1760!. Can you imgine SPENDING A NIGHT IN THIS OLD HOUSE? I don't think I'd want to!! I would want to do a quick walk through just to see the old beauty of the place...I see 2 fireplaces and its upstairs Its weird that staircase on the porch going up to the second balcony?  Could be an old 2 family house?

and an old church is across the street..

Dilapidated homes line the abandoned streets at this cross road ...

... the massacre occurred when Cherokee Indians attacked a wagon trail of settlers leaving to get away form the violence of the Cherokee Indian War of 1760 no reason to try and see this old Fort Charlotte, because its now under the water of Lake Strom Thurmond! Ghosts under water? EERIE

and the old train depot now boarded up makes me wonder of the travelers who came to this area to start a new life...or flee a failed one!! History is all around, but I didn't see many people just other cars passing through on their way to someplace else.  

so much to explore so little un-tethered  time...

...soon as he weather cools I want to plan to continue on this Corridor right where I LEFT OFF...and follow it to the coast gotta get together with my sis and see when Mom can come stay a while with them so I can take off, can you tell I'm getting itchy??

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Swamps Are Gardens too!

Swan Lake and Gardens is basically a swamp! The water is shallow, filled with Cyprus trees and the water is now smothered with duckweed, a tiny small 2 lobed plant the size of a pin head! Its not a good plant to have in a it cuts out sunlight from reaching the bottoms of the lake bed.  When wild birds fly from one lake to the other they can transport this weed on their feathers and feet so it gets moved around pretty fast and it grows like wildfire I put some in my wee water garden and its now filled and clogging my pump!

Swan Lake has a large collection of swans....they roam and swim openly through out the park...although I don't see any I'm assuming the wings are clipped some way that makes me sad, I go to see the other wildlife that fly in and out of the area it is a Wildlife area too.  And the swans are beautiful, and well cared for.  We had a nice cool day for a change so we wandered around and enjoyed what we saw!!!

can you stand on one leg
Trumpeter Swan Alaska and western Canada

hybrid duck?
Hybrid ?

butterfly garden
butterfly garden


how many turtles can...
these turtles were stumped!

Belted Kingfisher
the belted kingfisher tried to hide

The Green Anole
sunning anole
In the lime light

Great Egret
The great Egret in a tree..
Whooper swan
Whooper Swan Eurasian species 
Auzie Black Swans
Black Swan from Australia 

Coscoroba Swan SA
Coscoroba Swan South America
They have Bewick's Swans too but I didnt GET a photo of one...I saw a hybrid swan tho...he had a white body and a black neck! they had him in a pen by himself
mute swan
Mute Swan Europe introduced to USA and doing well in the East
      this soft shelled turtle was pretty big I'd guess a foot across!

soft shelled turtle


silver  spotted skipper
Silver spotted skipper

green heron
Green Heron

Keep your head down
Great Blue Heron

male wood duck non breeding
male wood duck non breeding


And a very cool winged sculpture! There is an Iris festival here each spring,,,and tourist come by the bus load to admire the gardens..

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.