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Sat. Feb 29 to Fri. March 6- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We ran to Costco and Walmart. The rest of the day was quiet and I took a nap. I still have my cold, but the cold never became very bad.

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks. I think I forgot to mention that last week we received our mail. Lots of doctor bills. We also received our tax info, so we also completed our taxes. That only took us about 2 hours on Turbotax. We do not have to pay this year, as we are getting a refund,  but with a full year of my Social Security, we will need to pay on the Social Security, so we sent in a form to the SS office to start taking money out of my SS. It was a beautiful day, but since I still have the cold, I had a quiet day. Bob did his first of the month tasks.

Monday- I had  PT at 9:30. I returned, we ate lunch, and then cleaned the front of the rig. That was 4 cabinets. We took a lot of stuff to the trash. Its the spring purge!

The weather continues to be nice, with sunny skies and temps in the 70’s. I feel pretty normal.

Tuesday- I was off to Maj at 10. I did not win until the very last game! I like for everyone, including myself, to win at least one time! After lunch, we cleaned 8 more cabinets. Again, another big trash run. We also had items we are saving for the next patio sale. Bob started coming down with the cold. He started the Zicam and the Medi-pot.

Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting after dinner. I watched Elizabeth on Netflix.

Wednesday- My appointment with the ankle surgeon was at 10:15 this morning. As per instructions, I took a shoe, sock and the brace I have been wearing for the last year with me. The Doc was very happy with my ankle. He said he wished all his patients were like me. We took the boot and went home with me in my brace. It felt really funny walking the first few steps!

I had a chiropractor appt. in the afternoon, so that I could make sure that my back and hips were aligned.

Thursday- I played Maj in the morning and we cleaned out the back cabinet in the rig and again, there was a lot of trash. This gave us room, so we went and purchased paper towels and toilet paper. That will keep items from moving around, without a lot of weight on the back end.

Friday- I was off to PT in the morning. When I returned, we went to Costco and to lunch at Café Zupas. Then we were off to Walmart. We stopped at the library and then headed home. We had a quiet evening.

Sat. Feb 22 to Fri. Feb. 28- Sun City, Mesa, Sun City

Saturday-  It rained most of the day. When it rains in Arizona, the drainage is interesting. The roads flood, then clear out quickly. That means that there is a lot of sitting water, while the roads clear.

Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry. I did lots of laundry in the rig.

We went to lunch at Café Zupas, and had our usual salads. We returned home and took a nice nap. The weather cleared in the late afternoon, although it was still cool, in the low 60’s.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday-  We filled our pill containers and checked our accounts. We packed up and left around 11:15. We drove to I-101, to AZ 60, to Mesa. We  drove into Mesa Spirit RV Park. We paid $62.48, WITH our Encore discount. We were taken to a small site. We sank in the mud a bit. So Bob put boards under the wheels.

We left around 2, to head over to Bob’s cousin Jacque and her husband Paul’s 5th wheel. We met up there with Connie and Lavern. We took the dogs with us, as they know all the other dogs.

At 4:30, we left to go to dinner. We left the dogs in the 5th wheel with Stewie, their dog. He is not the nicest dog, but he is okay with the girls.

We went to a place called The Handlebar. We sat out on their patio. The food was very good, as was the beer. The only issue, was they had connected the taps to the wrong kegs, so Bob and Lavern received the wrong beers. They ended up getting those beers for free! So they were happy, since they also got the beers they wanted, also. We had a great time visiting.

I drove us back to the 5th wheel. Roxie was asleep on the bed. I think Koda was with her. Then Koda came and greeted us. Roxie took her time, as she was still sleepy!

We said our good-byes, and I drove us home.

Monday- We had sunk in the mud in our site, but Bob was able to drive the rig out of the site. The concrete, next to the road, moved a lot when Bob drove over it. We arrived at Gene’s RV Repair at 8:45. We checked in and left. I always hate days when we have work done on the rig, as we have to take the dogs with us.

We went to a dog park which was okay. The dogs did their business, but were not interested in playing with the other dogs. I was glad of that, as there was a large pond and a lot of mud.

We went to Kohl’s to return something I had ordered on Amazon. Wow, was that interesting! I walked in the door and a salesperson asked if I was looking where to do an Amazon return. The manila bag I was carrying was a big clue!

She pointed me in the right direction, which was to the back of the store. There was a gal at a kiosk. She scanned the bar in the email Amazon had sent to me. She took the bag, put a receipt into it, taped it, and handed me my receipt. She said I would have my refund in 2-4 days. I had it in 2 hours! The receipt also included a 25% off coupon for Kohl’s.

It was too early for lunch, so we took the dogs to another dog park. This one was pretty awful!. Dog poop all over and lots of mud. We did not stay. We went and picked up salads at Café Zupas, realizing that we had been there the last time we were in Mesa.

We stopped at a park and ate lunch. Bob walked the dogs and we sat in the car reading. Around 2, Gene’s called, so we returned to the repair shop. The gal thought we were ready, but evidently, not, as we had to wait for them to bring out the rig. We left at 2:45. The rig is not fixed. They agreed with Bob and Allen’s diagnosis, that compressor #1 was not working. The manufacturer no longer makes the compressor, so they need to get parts. Our extended warranty is paying $1685 for the compressor repair, but we still have our deductible and some other items that were not covered.

They had taken out the compressor, so they did not charge us anything. I guess they know we have to return to get the compressor. They did hook up the #2 compressor, so that we have heat.

Unfortunately, it was now rush hour. We took I-202 to I-101. We sailed along on the 202, which is a new road. When we reached the 101, it was bumper to bumper all the way to our exit. That drive was no fun! This is why we went over on Sunday; so that we could avoid rush hour traffic.

We were both exhausted when we arrived home, so once we set up, Bob went over the Elks Lodge and picked up 2 spaghetti dinners.

Tuesday- I went to Maj this morning. I returned, we ate lunch, and both took a nap. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.  Koda was comfortable….

Koda chair 1

Wednesday- I had PT at 11. Zach had me doing more and different exercises. I was out of there in an hour. I returned and ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Blast it! I came down with a cold. I was not feeling very good when I went to bed.  I started on Zicam.

Thursday- I skipped Maj this morning. I was feeling a lot better. We went grocery shopping, picking up some canned vegetables to be prepared, incase we end up quarantined.

I took a nap in the afternoon and Bob went to Costco. He said that Costco was worse than at Christmas. He went to Sams Club for gas, and stopped at the Walmart we do not like, as our usual Walmart did not have some of the items we wanted.

Bob returned home and we watched some TV.

Friday-  I went to PT at 11. I had Ray today. He had me doing the same exercises, but he added the leg press.  I returned home and took a nap. I still have the cold. So far Bob ahs not come down with it.  Saw this on my way to PT. There is another dog who waits for security to come by and give him treats!

Security w dog

Sat. Feb. 15 to Fri. Feb. 21- Sun City

Saturday-  We went to Costco, Sams Club, and Walmart. I used the handicap carts in each of the stores. The Costco and Sams Club are both the same type and really easy to use. The Walmart one was a piece of junk, which was hard to drive and did not turn as easily.

Since we are in Arizona, with all the Snowbirds, we had a devil of a time trying to find handicap parking. At Costco, Bob ended up dropping me off at the door. At Sams we had to sit and wait for a very slow woman, to load her purchases into the back of her car.

At Walmart, we found a handicap spot empty. In fact, the cart was right there, where it had been left by the previous person who used it.

The weather has been awesome! Nighttime temps are in the 40’s to 50’s, but daytime has been in the 60’s to 70’. We sat outside on our patio in the afternoon. I have a zero-gravity recliner, so I was able to put up my foot. .

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Then we worked again on our travels. We now have our route for the summer. Next we will start making more reservations; the early reservations are made.  In particular, we need them for the holiday weekends.

This took most the day. We finished around 5 PM, having only stopped for lunch and dog walks. What do we do during the planning, we look for places to visit and sites to see. I do a spreadsheet and put the info on the sheet. We have some library books on various states and we used Trip Advisor and an app that Bob has on his phone. We know that we are going to Rock Springs WY for the Escapade, then off to South Dakota to renew our drivers licenses. Other than that, we are wide open on our travels.

We are staying later this year and missing our usual Alfa Rally, which is in Branson this year. We are really sorry to miss it, but my last surgeon appt. is the day that the rally starts.

Monday- We sat outside in the wonderful weather. The temp was in the high 70’s. Yahoo! So nice…

Tuesday-  I went to Maj in the morning and Bob changed the water pitcher filter. Bob went to NAPA and purchased windshield wiper blades for the rig. We lead a very quiet life in the winter! I went and had my haircut then I dropped off a bunch of books at the library, some were donations and some were returns.  We sat outside with the dogs for awhile as the temp was 78 today with no wind.

Unfortunately, the outside of my left leg starting hurting. No pain in the ankle. So I went back inside, and took off the boot, to check to make sure that I did not develop a DVT. The muscle was just sore, as is my back and my neck. I put heat on and massaged the areas

Wednesday- I went to Maj in the morning. I returned and sat with my foot elevated, as it has swollen a bit. I have been having some sciatic pain on the left side. This is from the boot on the left.  I have tried to be very careful of staying level, but obviously I did not at one point. So I had made a Chiropractor appt. My Chiro was off, so I saw a different one who was very busy. He got me out of pain.  I made an appt, with Dr. Mike for Friday morning.

Thursday- I went to Maj in the morning.  After lunch, we picked up MaryAnne and went to the Library sale. We were very disappointed. It was mostly DVD’s, CD’s, cookbooks, kids books and toys, other stuff and few adult books. It was also extremely crowded. We purchased a couple of books and left. We went to the 4 PM Residents Mtg. where we heard that they have discontinued the Thousand Trails discount in the park. We get this discount for our annual site. So we were all concerned. They have moved our park into the Trails Collection, which we have not paid extra to use, as we don’t usually need too…we would have used it at Mesa Spirit where we are going on Sunday,  but only using it 1x in a year, does not make the $299 worth it. We will need to see if we can get the discount here in the park for the annual site. That might make it worth purchasing.

Friday- We were up early and into the shower. Then I left a little after 8 to go to a Chiro appt. Because the boot is higher than the shoe, on the right side, I am having back issues. He straightened me out. I returned and Annette came by. I gave her some items I had copied. She ran off to a Doc appt. We left and went to Costco. We were able to drive right into a handicap space. We had arrived just as they opened. I took cart and had to stop, to show another lady how to use one. They are simple once you figure out how to drive one.

We picked up a few items, and were out the door in less than 15 minutes. Its a good time to go to Costco! Our Costco in Glendale is one of the most busy ones in the country.

We stopped at Sam’s Club for gas, as the line had been too long at Costco. We ran to Walmart and picked up a few items. Then we ran home. We ate lunch, and then I went to my PT assessment visit.

Kit, the PT, was happy that I had continued doing the exercises that I could do, that I had been doing in the Rehab Hospital. Of course, that meant that she could increase the PT exercises that she could assign me to complete!

Of course she looked at the foot and took off the steri-strips. She tested my leg strength and was happy with the strength in all directions on both legs. She also said to change to a heavy sock and to try to find a higher shoe.

We started with the sitting stepper. Then progressed to using bands doing some of the exercises, that I have already been doing. The appt. was about 55 minutes. I returned home and fell asleep in the recliner! We had a quiet evening…

I dragged out my Sketcher shoe and added two inserts to the shoe. It is still not equal to the left foot in the boot, but at least it makes me higher. I also changed over to a heavy sock that I used in Breck and took off the ace bandage and the thin sock I had been given.

Sat. Feb 8 to Fri. Feb 14- Sun City

Saturday- We went to lunch at Café Zupas and dinner with MaryAnne and Ray at  Rosie’s Italian Café.  Bob went grocery shopping.  MaryAnne and Donna came over and we played Maj. I kept my leg elevated the rest of the time.

Sunday- I usually hate the seat in our shower, but with having to keep no weight on my left foot, when the boot is off, I am really appreciating being able to sit in the shower. I sit on the seat, and Bob takes off the boot, the sock, and the ace bandage. I shower, then Bob helps me dry the left leg. He puts everything back on, and I stand up, and step out of the shower stall. It is working well!

Shower Seat

We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob ran to In-N-Out Burger for lunch. We had dinner at home and signed up for CBS All Access to catch up on the Star Trek and Good Fight series.

Monday- We worked on our travels this summer. We cannot seem to get any reservations at State or Federal Parks. They are already booked for the summer. Also, we are finding the prices have skyrocketed. When we first started to travel, the sites were $15 to $20 a night. Now, they are $40 to $65, if you can get a reservation! Wow! Even with all of our discounts! Passport America is usually half price, but still, half of $63 is still expensive! Also unfortunately, Passport America is only useful for non-summer times.

Exel arrived at around 10 to clean the new rug. It looks terrific!

I left for a Chiro appt at 2, driving myself. I had tried the car, and if I put the seat all the way back, I can get in and the boot is not in the way of the brake. So once I am in, I put the seat back up, closer. I have to do this each time I drive, but it beats poor Bob having to drive me everywhere!

Tuesday- I went to Maj from 10-12. I did well, playing with Allen and Donna. I returned, ate lunch, and kept my leg up. I am able to sleep in the ankle brace instead of the boot, so that has made life much better than if I had to use the boot.

Wednesday- I went to Maj from 10-12 and had a great time. I returned and put my leg up. Bob has been working on various tasks around the rig. He re-charged our water softener and changed the water filter in the refrigerator door. He also cleaned the coffee pot, as it let us know it needed to be cleaned. LOL.

Koda had her yearly check-up and received her Rabies and DPT shots. She has been licking again, so the Vet also gave her an allergy shot. They also did her heart worm test, which was negative. We had never seen this before! The Vet mashed a treat onto the exam table. Then Koda was so busy licking the table to get the treat, that she never noticed the shots! What a great idea!

We returned home, they ate, walked, and then poor Koda started reacting to the shots. Poor baby, the sites of the shots were very sore and she looked miserable. I could tell by her eyes. She spent the whole evening in my lap. Roxie knew something was wrong and left her alone.

Thursday- Koda was back to normal, which is pretty active! No more pain at the injection sites and her eyes look normal. She and Roxie even played.

I went to Maj again. We worked some more on our travels, then I went for a Mani at 2:30. Kris was able to get me in for an appointment on short notice.

Friday- Happy Valentines Day and Happy Birthday Koda! It is Koda’s 3rd birthday. She really has come a long way in the last year. We had a quiet day.

Koda birthday

Sat. Feb. 1- Fri. Feb. 7- Sun City and Acute Rehab

Saturday to Monday-  MaryAnne and Donna came over to play Maj on Saturday. That really helped me mentally! Bob stayed for dinner. On Sunday, Bob brought the dogs over again. The weather was beautiful, with bright blue skies and temps in the 70’s, so we met up on the outside patio.

Coblat 2

They thought it was interesting sniffing.

Monday and Tuesday we prepared for me to go to the Doctor’s office on Wednesday. One of the OT’s, Karen, took me outside, with Bob and I transferred from the wheelchair, using the walker, to the car. I did it perfectly, without any issues.

Wednesday was the day I was waiting for… I had PT at 7AM. Ugh! I requested to use one of their wheelchairs, as I knew I would have my feet down for a long period of time. The park’s wheelchair had foot rests but not leg rests. Every time I had the chance, I had my feet elevated to keep the swelling down. So the PT found one for me. At 8, I went to breakfast. Bob arrived at 8:30, and at 8:50, transport arrived. They required me to go in their wheelchair van, but Bob could go with me in the van. We took the short ride to CORE to see my Doc.

We arrived early, as my appt. was at 10:30. But we only waited about 10 minutes and they took us in. I saw the assistant who unwrapped my leg, then the Medical Student took out my six stitches. She did it very well without any pain! They added some steri- strips to one area. The Doc came in, and looked at my foot. I thought it was swollen ( it was) but they all said it was not too bad. Most folks are worse.

He made me weight bearing as tolerated ( full weight bearing). I had to get it in writing for Cobalt, which he did. Then I was off to the room to get the ‘boot’. It turned out that CORE is not contracted with my insurance provider for the durable medical equipment. They are for the Doc’s and Therapy. So no boot! EEEK, I was so ready to walk!!!

The boot tech gave Bob information on two places to get the boot. One was across the street from CORE, on Grand Ave, which was a hike. We had called for the Wheelchair Van, so Bob had to hurry. They would not give Bob a boot until Monday! They had to get the insurance permission. Bob hustled to get back before the van arrived in an hour and 10 minutes.

So when the van driver arrived, we went back to Cobalt. We went straight to lunch. From lunch,  I went straight to OT and Bob went to get me a boot at the second place. I gave the PT the paperwork, and they found me a boot ,for my 2:30 PT session. I had to walk up and down stairs well, which I easily did. Its down with the bad leg, up with the good leg. I progressed from a wheelchair, to a walker, to a cane in a few minutes. No pain! Yippee, freedom! Bob arrived with my boot, and we switched. We also changed wheelchairs.  That evening I walked into the cafeteria, using the cane, to cheers and high fives. People moved in and out of the hospital quickly, so we would do that when someone was getting ready to leave!

They would not let me leave on Wednesday afternoon. They did not say so, but as a CM I knew, that the hospital does not get paid for the day that the patient leaves. So they kept me until the next morning.

Thursday- Bob came to pick me up at 8:30. During my stay at the Rehab Hospital, I was seen daily by the Nurse Practitioner, Angel, and by the Rehab Doc, Dr. Bagley. So both had to write the discharge orders. It took the nurse until almost 11:30 to get the orders.( On Tues and Thurs they have care conference).  We finally left at 11:45 and Bob drove me home. I had to get up the motor home steps which are high and narrow, so Bob went in ahead to get the happy dogs corralled. I made it in okay and greeted my furry gals!  Bob ran to the Elks Lodge to pick up lunch.

We ate and then took a nap. We had a quiet evening.

Friday- it was a quiet day for us, as I was busy keeping my legs elevated. Koda had an issue with peeing on the new rug. This started right after we had taken her in for her allergies, before I went to surgery. She did not have a UTI,so Bob and I brainstormed and decided it was the medicine. Bob stopped the medicine, while I was still at Cobalt,  and it worked. She no longer was peeing in the rig. I asked Bob to please have the rug cleaned, so he called Exel and set it up for Monday morning.

Sat. Jan 25 to Fri. Jan. 31- Sun City- Acute Rehab Hospital

The days mostly run together through this time, so again, I will put them all together. Nothing happened on the weekend about getting me moved to acute rehab, as the insurance was closed for the weekend. So I continued to sit in Banner Boswell Hospital.

Below is a picture of my cast.

Cast 4

I still had PT and OT each day, as both were required to be transferred to acute rehab. I definitely progressed. I spent most of the day up in a chair. Bob visited every day I was in the hospital, bringing me my decaf coffee and other items. I read a lot of books!

On Monday morning I called Cobalt, again, and told the admission gal that she needed to send the authorization request to Orthonet.  The nurse read me the CM notes in the chart and they all said that the auth request was going to United Health Care. The nurse, Luz, called Diane the TCS, and told her what I was saying, again!

Evidently, it finally got through to them, that they were sending the request to the wrong place! Tuesday morning, the CM came to me and said I would be leaving for Cobalt Acute Rehab Hospital. I was picked up around 2 and transferred via wheelchair transport. This was one week after surgery! I had paid my deductible, so the hospital, since they had me under observation, has to eat the cost. If not. we will appeal, as it was their fault I was still there!

I arrived and settled in. The nurse checked me in, and per my request, found me a recliner to sit in during the day. My room was huge. It was the size of two hospital rooms. There were several bad things about this. The TV was on the wall across the room and was small, so it was hard to see. The second floor wing that I was on, was originally built as a Memory Care Unit. There was a sleeping room for staff connected and a big window in the corner with no curtain, so for privacy, and to keep the light out at night, I had to have the big hospital curtain pulled. One night, one of the staff decided to watch TV in the room, and the light woke me up. I called the nurse, and he looked and realized what had happened. He turned off the lights and I did not have that problem again!

The staff took me via wheelchair for my meals to the cafeteria. The food was mostly pretty decent, but they had too much beef. I guess to build us up…. many nights Bob would have dinner with me. MaryAnne and Donna came over several afternoons and we played Maj. That was really wonderful!

I had PT and OT 3x a day. I had to hop, using a walker, 80 ft. around the room. I could do about 50 ft. with out sitting down, which was pretty good! I did a lot of work in the parallel bars.  PT was 2x a day and OT was 1x.  The first OT was seeing how well I did taking a shower. Yahoo! First shower in over a week! I was so happy! It really is the little things in life…the other therapists said that Pauline is always the most popular person, since she does the showers the first day!

PT was hard work. OT was much more fun. Some of the time, the OT was a group session. One day we played balloon badminton with a racket and a net. They lined us up in wheelchairs, four, on each side of the net and batted the balloon back and forth.  We hooped and hollered and everyone had a great time. It was also a great way to meet other patients.

Another OT session, I had to stand, in the walker, on my good leg and place playing cards up on a board, matching the cards that were there. Another time I had to stand and do a puzzle, on the table. Another time we were just batting a balloon back and forth. The gal next to me hit it to me. I could barely reach and accidently hit it up. It hit the vent and  popped. It startled all of us, and the OT was afraid someone was going to have a heart attack. We were all okay and laughing!

Bob brought the dogs over one day! Roxie is an expert in the elevator, but this was Koda’s first time. She was pretty freaked out. At least she did not pee in the elevator! She crouched down close to the floor to steady herself. Then she crouch walked out of the building when they left!

Bob told them to find me, so they checked every room until they arrived near the end of the hall where my room was… then they were excited. Bob let them loose in the room with the door closed. They each jumped up in my lap. Then they would sniff, the up in my lap again. Finally, they were ready to go, so they sat in front of Bob. Bob asked them if they were ready to go, and Roxie barked one time! It was a hoot, she headed to the door…   Koda at Cobalt (1)

Above is Koda in my lap. Bob did not get a pic of Roxie…

As I progressed, I was given more” privileges’”. (You would think I was in jail!) First, Bob was allowed to watch me transfer, without anyone else present. Then I was allowed to transfer from the bed to the toilet. Then I was allowed to transfer from wheelchair to the recliner, then wheelchair to bed ( except at night, they wanted someone there for safety if I needed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I was okay with that.) I had to hop during the transfers, using the walker. Once I could transfer, then I was able to wheel myself down to the cafeteria by myself.

Sat. Jan .18 to Fri. Jan. 24- Sun City and Surgery

Saturday- We did some errands. We went to Target and Famous Footwear. The shoe horn I have been using broke, so we needed a new shoe horn. They had a nice, plastic, long one. $5. We dropped off books at the library.

For dinner, we picked up MaryAnne, and we went to the Lakeside Grill. We each had a nice dinner.

Sunday- We cleaned the rig, did laundry, and all of our Sunday tasks. We basically had  a quiet day, including taking the dogs to the dog park.

Monday- Rushing to get everything done before my surgery tomorrow. At 3 I had a massage to get ready for sitting and laying down a lot! The hospital called while I was on the way home, to ask me to be there at 7:30 instead of 8:30. When I arrived home,  I texted MaryAnne to let her know, as she and Ray are going to stay with Bob during the surgery. They are not early morning folks, so she said that they would meet us at 8:30.

Tuesday- We were up early. Bob ate an orange and walked the dogs.( Linda walked the dogs for us during the day).  We easily found where we needed to be at the hospital. I checked in and was taken right back. Bob waited in the waiting room. MaryAnne and Ray arrived at 8:30.

Meanwhile, I was doing everything that needed to be done. They were really cautious about infection; I was certainly glad about that! The nurses took vital signs and put in the IV.

The Nurse Anesthetist showed up with a Nurse Anesthetist student. They prepared me for two blocks. The Anesthesiologist showed up, and monitored the student giving me the blocks. This was very different from the arm block. They did a block on the inside and the outside of my leg, from the thigh. I could still feel my leg. With the arm block, I could not feel my arm, at all. The blocks are done under ultrasound, so that they can see the nerves that they want to block. It was not comfortable (an understatement), but “short term pain, long term gain” ! Needless to say, my job was to stay still and not move!

Dr. Holmes arrived and marked the leg that he was operating on…They brought back Bob, MaryAnne and Ray. Then I was off to the OR. Bob et al, went to breakfast.

I woke up in the PACU, about 2 hours later. They brought Bob in to see me, then transferred me up to the floor, 4A, in the same bed. Bob said that Dr. H had come out and told him that everything went well and that I was being admitted. (We thought that meant that I was actually admitted, but I was placed in Observation. That means that I was not on Medicare A, I was on my secondary insurance. Last Friday, the hospital had called and collected my deductible.)

Bob, MaryAnne and Ray visited with me in the room. I ate lunch, and Bob, MaryAnne and Ray went to the cafeteria for lunch. They all had pretty good tamales!  Then they left, and Bob stayed with me until after dinner.

The end of the bed was broken, and would not raise. Since my surgery was on my ankle, and I needed to keep it elevated, I complained to a staff member. She literally said, “ put it on your survey”. HUH??? Other than that, all of the Nurses and CNA’s were terrific! The PT asked several times for me to be moved to a different bed! I kept my leg propped up on pillows.

Wednesday-Thursday-Friday- The days all ran together, so I am going to just give you an overview. I know that on Wednesday I had PT and the CM came in to speak to the lady in the next bed, Sandra. I asked the CM if she had heard anything, and while walking thru, she just said she was working on it. This was the beginning of the nightmare.

Sandra was deaf, and she had the TV at full blast. I had to ask her to turn it down. I asked the nurse to get her a headset, which they had, and that problem improved!

The nightmare is about my discharge! I should have been discharged on Wednesday. I was ready to go to the Acute Rehab Hospital, Cobalt, which is located in Surprise, and only about 8 minutes from Paradise. My time in Cobalt is covered under Medicare A, or at least it should be….

Thursday I had PT and OT. I never saw the CM again. It was crazy, as I was waiting to be transferred. Finally, in the afternoon I called Cobalt and left a message asking what was going on. I also left the message that the request for authorization had to go to Orthonet, NOT United Health Care (UHC).

I received a message back, that I was accepted, and that they were working on the authorization. The nurse checked with the CM at the hospital and the Doctors were starting to be very frustrated that I was sitting there still, as their bonuses are based on Length of Stay (LOS). Remember, I worked on the Observation Unit at Del Webb, and our goal was to have our Observation Patients out within a max of 18 hours.

I kept being told, by everyone, that since the first of the year, they had been having trouble with authorizations from all the insurance companies. So Friday came and went with me having PT and OT each day. I was doing very well and had stopped using the port-a-potty and moved to hopping to the bathroom, using the walker. I had been using the walker with transfers from the beginning.

The food mostly tasted okay, but the kitchen, on only 2 meals, got my order correct. That was out of 12 meals!

My CM friend, Annette, had visited me several times while I was there. Allan and Donna stopped in for a quick visit; MaryAnne had also visited again. 

On Friday, because they had discharged a lot of patients, they needed to re-arrange patients. The supervisor, not the nurses, decided since I was a light patient, that they would transfer me to 4B, the other Ortho floor. I only agreed it they would move me into another bed. They agreed, and I was moved. I hated leaving the staff, as I really liked everyone!

One of the things that I did discover, was that they have taken most of the CM’s and transferred them to Mesa, near the Banner Corporate Office. They are no longer in the hospital, like I was, when I worked for Banner. Annette is working in the ER at Banner Boswell, where I was, on Saturdays, and Banner Del Webb where I used to work, on Mondays. She was also working some extra fill in shifts.  The gal that I thought was a CM, was actually a TCS. Not sure what the initials mean, other than she was doing a lousy job!