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I'm glad that worked out so well--that was a wonderful gift! :-)))
I know that when I move to Florida, I'll have no premiums for Medicare, while I pay $52 here in Oregon (down from $76 last year). And the benefits are better in Florida. My gastroenterologist told me a couple of weeks ago that it's because early on Florida negotiated with the gubmint the best deal in the country, while Oregon has one of the lowest physician payments because the physicians do so well keeping costs down. They get penalized for that by getting lower payments.You're right about the cat pan and multiple cats. I have three closets that I converted to kitty litter rooms, with linoleum on the floor and shelves for supplies above. There's a cat door in each door, so it's totally private for them. I almost never know who's doing what in there. In the 70s when I had my first diabetic cat, I'd have to wait for him to pee and stick the test strip under his butt. It was very imprecise. Times have changed, fortunately. A secret Jigidi friend ordered a feline glucometer with all the necessary lancets and a lancing tool, and 100 test strips for me, plus some cat food. This particular glucometer only needs 1.5 ml of blood, unlike others that need between three and six. Norton's ears are so thin that this is the best one for him. I'm hoping to receive it over the weekend. It's really amazing how the Jigidi community pulls for one another. Where else on an online site can you never meet someone in person, but who cares so much that they want to help you out? I've never seen anything like it.No Walmart for me as a result. My ethics remain intact. Yippee!
That wasn't what Bob and I found to be the case, re:insurance, but maybe NY has a different policy. That's one of the advantages of that cat pan I told you about, where the urine collects in a drip pan underneath--you just have to use a much cheaper test strip, with no blood or needles involved, although I guess with multiple cats that would be a problem... I hope things work out for you and Norton. Take along some moral protection--maybe a union brochure--when you go into enemy territory like Walmart..... :-)))
Thanks, Pat. From what I found online, you have to have insurance to get it for "free". I found out I can use a human glucometer, which are around $20, not too bad. But depending on the amount of blood needed (between three and five ml), the cost of the test strips goes up, anywhere from $1-2 each. Norton's going to need about 10-15 a week for now. His poor ears are going to hate me. Fortunately, he takes his asthma pills and the insulin well. I have a good friend, Marsha, who located her feline glucometer and is going to give it to me. I don't yet know how much blood is required, but I need one that only needs 3ml because Norton's a tiny thing and his ears are very thin. If Marsha's won't work, I'll buy one. I'm going to break down and go to Walmart. It would be my first time ever there. I've always refused to shop there for social justice reasons, but I understand now how people who can't afford more decide to shop there. I've had several letters published in the Oregonian over the years about my reasons not to shop there. I'll do what I have to do for Norton's sake. Walmart's cost of the strips is about $.75.
We have gotten all of our glucometers free--there are offers all over the place. They give them away to get you to use theirs, because, once you use up the small number of test strips and lancets that come with it, you end up buying their own particular brand to fit that machine, and that's where they make the money--the machine itself is a one-time shot, but the refills are forever! So I would suggest checking out those offers--we've gotten quite a few machines over the years, without having to pay.
Got a definitive diagnosis on Norton ~ he's diabetic. That makes my fourth diabetic cat. I must have a sign over my head that says "Diabetic Cats Welcome Here". At least I have an answer. Now I have to decide which glucometer to get to test him. There are a million online, so I have my work cut out for me.
I guess nothing's new. I leave comments here and there on other puzzles, and nothing seems to change. These puzzles just come on Jigidi all by themselves, with no effort on anyone's part...It's now up to 197 solves, including mine (13:58). Great puzzle, Pat. Thanks.
Re: comments-----so what's new, right?! There are names that I see on the leader board of virtually every puzzle I post, even on more than one size of the same puzzle, and yet they've never once even bothered to say thanks, or "nice one".......Anyway, thanks, Gail! Enjoy it when you get the chance! :-)
What, no comments in 189 solves? Then let me be the first. I like this puzzle, but it's going into bookmarks for now until I'm back on Jigidi again.