Friday, July 11, 2008

Coming Home

Hopefully today Mike will be coming home. Yesterday he "voided" quite a number of times on his own, so for now, he will NOT be coming home with the catheter. That's a good thing. He really didn't eat much for breakfast and slept through lunch, but he did OK for dinner. The kids and my mom and Walter were up at that time and I started to believe that he likes the chaos. He was all smiles, so who knows???!!!

I met up with the rep from HCN (hospice care network) yesterday at the hospital. She will be coming up this morning to evaluate Mike. I have no doubt that he will qualify, but there's an issue with Mike's Managed Medicaid Insurance. There's also the question about being able to keep an aide for the 11 hours we already have, since hospice only provides an aide for 4 hours a day. I was hoping that Medicare (hospice) could bill for the 4 hours and medicaid could bill for the 5 hour balance, but the woman I met briefly said she didn't think that could happen. Once again, I am amazed that even when a family wants to do the right thing, they cannot.


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

Just wanted you to know that I check in as often as I can and we pray for you all. I know it's been a long time since we've talked and I feel very guilty about that. Please know I think of you all often even though I don't write. In our prayers always, Kelly Floyd

Karen H said...

Kelly -

What a nice surprise to see you on here. I had no idea you check in. Of course, you made me cry. I hope all is well with you. Thank you again and be well.