Senior citizens

I mentioned a couple of days ago that when the electricity went off in the house, it fried Mom’s computer. A guy from Geek Squad came over to fix it. I told him that I had tried all the cords and rebooted the modem a couple of times. He looked on the other side of the desk and found a cord, unplugged it, plugged it back in and the computer started. Duh, Denise!

After the man from Geek Squad left, Mom and I went to her pharmacy because she was supposed to have a prescription waiting for her, but it wasn’t there. In the meantime, I found a Crossword puzzle book and bought it for her. She already completed the 3 I had gotten her a year or so ago.

When we got back home, I was opening a different drawer from where the Scrabble game is kept and I found a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. Mom laid down for a nap while I started putting the border together. When she got up, she sat down to help me with it. She kept saying, “This is a really hard puzzle!” and I said, “Only if you keep telling yourself it is!” It took us all afternoon, but we finally got it put together.

Proud to have finished it!

I have been cleared (by Lauryn) to go over and Dad-sit tomorrow while Elaine gets out. I called Elaine to find out when she’d like me to come, and she said any time. She said that this afternoon, Dad got tired and she helped him get to bed so that he could lay down and take a nap. She told him that she had to go to the store, but she would be back soon. When she got home, Dad was on the floor and couldn’t get up. After she left, he had gotten up and started trying to find papers for tax purposes. He saw a paper on the floor, so he tried to bend over to pick it up. It wasn’t so much that he fell, I guess, as it was that he ended up getting down on his knees and then he couldn’t get himself back up. Elaine said he’s like a 2-year-old. He doesn’t mind! She and I will definitely need to keep him under observation at all times to make sure he doesn’t try that again!

There was a light tap on the door this afternoon and a UPS package was sitting by the door for me from Mark. I am on Medicare Advantage now that I’m a senior citizen. Ever since I married Mark, I have used Express Scripts home delivery service for my prescriptions, but this year, for the first time, I found out I had to use Carelon for home delivery. The way I discovered this was that I tried to order a refill through Express Scripts, and after being transferred from one department to another and having to leave a message and wait for a callback, I was told to look at my Medicare card and see if it had an Rx on it. It did, so I was told I needed to get set up with Carelon.

I was already low on my prescription when I got set up with Carelon, so I asked my doctor to send a 10-day supply to a local pharmacy to tide me over. That ran out just before I flew here, so I asked my doctor to send a 14-day supply to the pharmacy near Dad’s house. After a week, I called Carelon to find out why my prescription still hadn’t come, and they said that every time I used my insurance to get a small refill, the processing date on my 90-day supply was pushed back. It wasn’t going to be processed until my 14-day supply was done. I was getting a little hot under the collar because this meant I would be without medication for several days waiting for my 90-day supply to come. That never happened with Express Scripts, so I said, “What am I supposed to do until my meds come?” They said, “Use your benefits card to get a small supply.” Unfortunately, my benefits card was in Arizona with Mark, so he said he would send it to me along with a few of his pills since he and I are on the same medication. When the package came today, I opened it up and found the pills and my card and this:

Rose petals!

The day that I found out Dad was being put on hospice and asked Mark to pick me up from work, he bought me some red roses. He sent me these petals from that bouquet. It was such a sweet thing for him to do! It’s a reminder of his love and support while we are apart. I am still not used to being married to such a wonderful husband! I love you, Mark!

Tonight, Mom and I played two games of Scrabble and each of us won one. She went to bed much happier than last night!

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