Monday Night, 11-13-23

After a long day we’re home without many answers. The doctor ordered an MRI and I’m the one who said a month ago to wait and have the MRI done at the Spine Center rather than risk having two ordered and us having to pay out of pocket for one of them. I’ve heard nightmares about multiple tests ordered and insurance not covering both. Ugh. So now he’ll have an MRI here and we’ll send the results to the doctor we saw at the Spine Center. I wish I could have a “do over”!

So I have nothing more to add – I’ve been gone all day and I have orders to fill tonight.

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Pattern by The Rabbit Factory

Kay Karsjens

490 W.. Lyon

Garner, IA 50438

22 thoughts on “Monday Night, 11-13-23

  1. Deb in Idaho

    Sorry your day was hard and long. I always feel drained when I’m gone all day and nothing gets done. Insurance is one thing everyone has a love/hate relationship with. I live the quilt show. I’m working on a couch cover quilt and it’s a slow process. I’ll be glad when I finish it. Get some rest. Tomorrow will be better.

  2. Betty Klosterman

    Sure hope you can get some sleep tonight. You have had a very long, stressful day. At least you had good weather. Hope Rick did some of the driving. I’m sure the ladies wouldn’t mind if their patterns came a couple days later. You must take care of yourself.

    Take care. Betty in Rapid City

  3. Sharon G.

    Mary – I hope it all works out for you and Rick and the MRI isn’t an issue with insurance. As my late husband’s caregiver, I know how difficult it is spending the whole blessed day away from home at appointments in which there are differences of opinions about tests, where the test will be done, if said test is covered, and which insurance will cover the cost, and then it’s hurry up and wait! Ugh is right. Hang in there!
    Thanks for the variety of photos. Lots of cuteness.
    I’ll get a card off to Kay tomorrow. I meant to do it before now.

  4. Janet S

    A long day with no accomplishment is always frustrating. One of my Visa cards has been hacked but they caught it & notified me to call. When I got Visa on the phone she asked me if I had charged $39.95 to a ‘dating site’. It was a giggle but because they are on top of their game, it was stopped. Now, I’m checking other cards just to be safe. Not so much fun is getting new internet service. They have cables all over (and cut the sprinkler line)but not buried yet – and winter is coming. Very upsetting. So instead of getting a ulcer, I look at this blog and can enjoy the wonderful quilts and admire the accomplishments of others. Thank you all for that.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – I feel for you – internet is now necessary for all of us and we’ve also been through the digging, the cables, etc but at least not cutting the irrigation line! And I’ve also had an unknown charge on my cc – absolutely terrifying to think of those consequences! And if you like to look at quilts I’ve got some great ones for tonight’s post!!

  5. Vicki Ibarra

    I love the clothes pin dolls and their pocket carrying cases. Lots of detail there. So many wonderful projects today. Karla’s teddy bears remind me of a teddy bear a friend made for my youngest son. It looks much like Karla’s, but in different colors. It is now 30 plus years old.
    Sorry about your less than stellar day. Understanding insurance and what they do and do not cover is a challenge. The “why” is the most frustrating to me.

  6. NancyTD

    relax today. Sew or read a book and have an ice tea at happy hour ! Take care of you!
    Everything was great for show and tell. Gave me an idea to make sleeping bags for Barbie and teddy bears. The quilts and wall hangings were outstanding too. Lots of talent in our group.
    Another windy and warm day here. Enjoying the nice days in SE MN.

  7. Margie from Ohio 28 degrees

    What a day for you and Rick! They knew he needed the MRI, sounds like they failed to schedule it. My husband’s urologist switched hospitals and when we got there was told because of this it couldn’t be run thru the VA insurance. He needed his third cancer shot and couldn’t get it unless we paid the $7000. The doc made this switch in June, however didn’t look into it or inform us. Finally got the shot in early November. According to the doc it would be ok if the shot was delayed. We can only hope. Wish they would have explained more to you and Rick about getting the MRI. Hope today is a better day.

  8. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Oh, Mary, I get it. My husband’s first MRI for his knee was denied so the Dr. put in for the “better” knee and it was accepted! Our current and wonderful neurosurgeon also wanted a CAT scan to better see my husband’s neck after the MRI. I asked him how he needed to word the request so it wouldn’t be denied by people with a third grade education, he said, “Oh no, they don’t have a third grade education, they have a second grade education!!!” I feel so bad for you and Ric going through all this. I know how draining alllll of it is from the appointments to the scans to the surgery and then the recovery. Hang in there.
    The quilt show, little tiny clothespin dolls and blankies, and the adorable bears are wonderful. I love to see what other people are making so THANK YOU, Mary, for sending us this blog:) 33* this AM, but going to 50*.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – well, if I hadn’t thrown in my 2 cents worth months ago this wouldn’t have happened. I don’t know when to shut up

  9. Diane and the gang in Central Ohio

    Awww, go easy on yourself, Mary. We all just try to do what is best for our spouses and sometimes it backfires, but the intentions are good:)

  10. Betty Klosterman

    Hope you got a good night’s sleep. And maybe things are looking better this morning, or are you just more irritated? I think the doctors are just as upset with insurance coverage as you are. All the doctors want to do is help their patient, not fight with the insurance company. But maybe they could do better scheduling? New help, or maybe short of help? They have to make appointments for the tests, too.

    Karla T. Did you make the teddy bears for friends, etc? They are very impressive. Of course, they are John Deere’s. I’ve seen where they took a father’s coat (after he had died) and made it into keepsake bears for the kids, etc. Everything was used including the lining and outer fabric.

    We had the clothes pin dolls when I was young. Things don’t change very much? It is so great that we get to see all the things that people are making.

    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Karla T

      Hi Betty~ yes, I made the bears for a gal to give as gifts to family. The plaid fabric was a shirt of her late brother in law who was a farmer and drove John Deere. I definitely prefer making quilts 😁.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mareen – yes, everything is so expensive but now we’ll start over – and hope these decisions will be better

  11. Anne in Southern IA

    Sorry you didn’t get answers. Frustrating to have the appointment and end up with more questions than answers.

  12. Cynthia from SW MN

    Hello! I am wondering g if Linda G, IA, might have a name for her wallhanging photo she sent! I have made one that I copied from a wallhanging my Aunt bought at a garage sale, but mine has just the single pinwheels, where Linda’s are double! I am working on the cute eyeglass holders. A perfect use for scraps! I hope it is not windy for a while as the winds last night and most of today were 35-40 mph. It tires one out listening to them and also trying to walk and work outside as well. I will send my order for patterns.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cynthia – I raked on the north side of the house this afternoon – most of the leaves literally blew out to the grove! Miserable wind.

      1. Cynthia from SW MN

        Mary! You used the wind to your advantage! Must have been fun watching them blow away!

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