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  1. Gardencook

    Gardencook Well-Known Member Trader Group

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    So sorry for all you are going through @Fillies Fan! The incompetence these days is absolutely unbelievable EVERYWHERE! :(
     
  2. jastwins

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    Just when you think you heard it all, @Fillies Fan, you come up with another one! I agree with you....if they left it in that long, let it stay there. It reminds me of the person who had the surgery done, but always had a pain by the incision. Oh, and they left the scissors in the body and sewed the poor person up!!!!
    With this pandemic going on, the last place I would want to be is in a hospital, especially if I did not have to be there!!! You wonder if it is an insurance scam or will they bill you twice for their error?
     
  3. Fillies Fan

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    I won't get billed at all -- although my HMO will be. This is, incidentally, a government hospital (like most in Israel) so keep that in mind when you hear anyone suggesting that the U.S. government should take over medical care in the country.
     
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    Working on the pool today. Starting to look like a swamp. Hopefully the pool store is open now. Yesterday we went to the little hardware store in our small little town. The guy still smokes in there so I knew they weren't going to do masks. The was a group of Mennonite men in there, no masks. Got our one bolt and nut and left. Then stopped by the newer pizza joint. I had decided to do the bud rebate on a local joint. Picked up the pizza, no receipt. We can write one up for you on a piece of paper, they said. Will probably pick up Chick fil a for dinner and hope they give me a receipt.
     
  5. Fillies Fan

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    Does he smoke pizza or joints?
     
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  6. Gardencook

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    Well, another "fun" Memorial Day weekend here.

    It was too hot for most of this week. I had to wear summer clothes. Tonight I'm bundled up in a blanket again. My body doesn't do well with very rapid temperature extremes.

    Today the region got hit with a blizzard. Thankfully, the snow missed us. We just got torrential rains, however, the zoo an hour away had to close because the snow was so heavy and thick it was breaking large tree branches making it unsafe for visitors.

    We're supposed to be back up to 90 degrees by Thursday.

    Gotta love springtime in the Rockies! :confused:
     
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  7. Fillies Fan

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    I was back in the hospital today, and brought my x-ray along. The doctor looked at it and said there had been an "oopsie" last summer -- the surgeons who cut open my stomach repeatedly failed to remember to remove the stent he had put in.

    It turns out that I am quite a celebrity at the hospital. He was very familiar with my case. That is not surprising as it was supposed to be a very easy operation and instead it was a series of them, resulting in roughly a month in the ward.

    The visit started out badly. I went to the receptionist and was told that I couldn't see the doctor because I didn't have an appointment. I informed her that the hospital had called me three times on Wednesday telling me it was important for me to come in because they didn't know if they had removed the stent or not. They finally agreed to wait until I could get an x-ray done, which I did on Thursday and I was told that I could come any morning from Sunday through Thursday.

    The receptionist told me that she would give me an appointment to see the doctor and I would have to return. I reminded her that it is the hospital that wants me to be checked, not me who wants the hospital to check me. I told her that she can call me at home and I will give her an appointment when the doctor can come to my house.

    She was rather shocked by my suggestion and escorted me to the doctor's office. He looked at the x-ray and said the stent was still inside me. He had no idea of why it had not been removed but it is important that it comes out. Oddly enough, it is NOT important when it is removed -- anytime in the next few weeks would be okay. He said the receptionist will call me tomorrow and give me an appointment.

    It said it can be done by a laparoscopic procedure. I would be put under anesthesia for about two hours and could go home immediately afterward, with the only restriction being that I cannot drive for 12 hours.

    We came to an agreement that if he discovers anything which requires surgery he is not to perform it or to send me to the surgical ward. I told him I would rather die than be subjected to a repeat performance of last summer.
     
  8. jastwins

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    Wow! @Fillies Fan, I hope they get it right this time. Can you get a third opinion on that x-ray? In God we trust, right! Anybody else is a danger game.
    And once again, this is why I rarely go to doctors and hospitals..
     
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  9. Fillies Fan

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    I did manage to get a second opinion. It was from a young nurse and she told me, "You're far too old to interest any woman who can't remember where she was when Pearl Harbor was attacked."
     
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  10. Cathy

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    Fillies Fan, I'm not a contentious person but it seems to me that you have an awfully good case for a malpractice suit. Any thoughts on that?
     
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  11. Fillies Fan

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    The only thing that I could prove that would constitute malpractice is the failure to remove the stent last summer. To date, this has not caused me any real problem and, unless things go south from here, it will merely result in a four hour fast, a two-hour procedure under anesthetic which does not involve cutting me, and 12 hours of not being able to drive (although I will be able to ride in a car with a friend doing the driving).

    I figure that the most a judge would award me would be the cost of the gas for the short drive to/from the hospital.
     
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    In order to be treated like a king during your short hospitalization, have your son and/or daughter accompany you and refer to them as your lawyers! That should keep them on their toes!
     
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    I don't want to be treated like a king -- especially when I recall what happened to Louis XVI of France, Charles I of England, and Hamlet's father. However, my son is a physical fitness instructor and a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Introducing him to the doctor before the procedure should do the trick.
     
  14. Jorainna

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    A favorite of mine and fitting for Memorial Day. Hope everyone stayed safe today ...

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  15. Fillies Fan

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    As if I didn't have enough with doctors, I recently developed a small brown-black growth on the bridge of my nose. I had the same thing, in almost the same spot, about 3 years ago, had it removed by a plastic surgeon, he sent it for a biopsy and it turned out to be cancerous -- but because it was caught so early it presented no danger.

    At that time, my family doctor sent me to a dermatologist who, in turn, said I needed the plastic surgeon. My HMO was willing to schedule me to have it removed -- but there was a three-month backlog. The same plastic surgeon also has a private practice and I got an appointment in two days.

    This time, I decided to skip the dermatologist (although I did consult with my family doctor), again got another appointment with the plastic surgeon in two days, went to him yesterday, he gave me an injection for a localized anesthetic and removed the growth in less than 5 minutes. He then put some bandaids on my nose.

    Total cost for 5 minutes of his work: $615.

    Marina and her two daughters were waiting for me in the shopping center where the doctor has his office and I took them to buy some clothing. I insisted that I will not drive them home until they spend (on my credit card) at least as much as the doctor charged me. I explained that I will feel better knowing that instead of my spending 100% that day for a visit to the doctor, their shopping would mean that I only spent 50% on him.
     
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  16. Gardencook

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    Today I've once again been reflecting on how any of these retail companies and even the U.S. Postal Service expect to make any money using the current business model -- other than banking on survival of the fittest. Once they run out all the competition, I suppose they expect to make big bucks on their monopolies.

    So this is today's question to ponder.

    Last weekend I placed another Amazon order -- using gift cards I'd earned with rewards programs so no money OOP. With free shipping, my order was to arrive today through June 2.

    The three items in my last order actually surprised me by arriving in the same box, so apparently they were all items stored at the Salt Lake City warehouse. Pretty rare, but they all got shipped together and since Salt Lake is so close they arrived much earlier than the original estimate.

    Of course, this time the two items I ordered ended up shipping from opposite coasts of the country -- Fresno, California and Charlotte North Carolina. Still can't believe Amazon can make money shipping $11 worth of merchandise in one package and $15 worth in another, but I've already discussed that in a previous post.

    Since they supplied a tracking number, I've been fascinated watching the progress -- or lack of progress -- on each order. The first one was actually quite direct and fun. The second one just left me scratching my head again.

    I received the first half of my second order today. The first part of its journey was pretty straightforward. It was shipped by UPS from Fresno on Sunday, arrived in Salt Lake on Monday and arrived here in town VERY early Tuesday morning. All of that sounded quite logical. My first reaction was that it looked like my package might arrive earlier than the Thursday delivery date I'd been given.

    Once it got here, it sat at UPS for a full day and a half before it was delivered to the U.S. Postal Service. Had it been delivered earlier, it might have made it onto a truck that day, but since the trucks had been loaded by the time the USPS received it, it took another day and a half for it to arrive at our doorstep. We get mail very late in the afternoon and of course, my instructions to PLEASE RING THE DOORBELL were ignored so we had no way of knowing it had been delivered. :mad:

    The neighbors directly across the street are in love with Amazon Prime. The UPS truck arrives at their home EACH and EVERY day -- and parks directly in front of our house while it makes its delivery.

    So please tell me, how can this system make any money paying UPS to deliver a package to the post office when a UPS truck has been parked in front of our house three times since our package arrived at UPS here early Tuesday and could have stuck it on a truck for our home as soon as it arrived? :confused:

    I've heard that the USPS is giving Amazon rates that are far below cost, but it refuses to divulge the actual rate to anyone. So is it actually cheaper for the USPS to deliver a package once it arrives at UPS -- even though a UPS truck drives down our street every single day?

    Is it in Amazon's best interest to save money on delivery now by bankrupting the USPS in order to run out all the box and mortar stores, figuring it can charge anything it wants for UPS delivery once all the competition is gone? :(
     
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    @Gardencook yesterday I spoke to a teacher whose husband is an executive for UPS. He said the volume of package being delivered exceeds previous Christmas deliveries. Some ridiculous number like 2 million packages a week! I agree that no one is making money except amazon. FedEx stoppped delivery for amazon and this put a strain on USPS and UPS. The attached article says that surcharges will be applied by June to larger delivery clients sending out more packages.
    https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/up...-commerce-demand-amid-coronavirus-11590684130
     
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  18. Fillies Fan

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    Quite honestly, I think the USPS should either be shut down completely or else have its business model re-written and tremendously scaled back.

    Right now, it is literally costing the U.S. taxpayer (which, believe it or not, includes me) billions of dollars each year in federal subsidies.

    Meanwhile, who uses it? If you want to send a letter by first-class mail, you use it -- because federal law prohibits any other delivery service from handling it. That said, almost any letter you might want to send can be done on the internet for free.

    Places like Amazon use it for "last mile" deliveries. This means that a package from NYC will go via UPS to some place like Portland, Oregon, and then given to the USPS to bring to your house. It goes as a package rate, which is very low. (Fedex, incidentally, did not stop delivering for the Amazon. Amazon stopped using Fedex because it finds it less expensive to use its own planes.)

    Stores use it for bulk mail deliveries of advertisements, most of which are thrown in the garbage bin unread. However, the "printed matter" rate is so low that the stores can afford to do this.

    Whenever the idea of shutting down the USPS is raised, people scream that folks in remote areas of Wyoming or Texas will get no mail service. That is not true. There are very few people who don't manage to get into a town at least once a week. If they are so remote that they can't do this, they also cannot buy food, go to a doctor, or have their children get to school.

    Outside of cities (where UPS can make door-to-door deliveries), the USPS should make arrangements for local stores (one would suffice for most towns) to get the mail for everyone in their area and it can be picked up when the recipient visits that town/village for other reasons.

    There is really nothing new in this. It was the way that most postal deliveries outside of major cities were made for years. In fact, there are still some towns where the mail is sent to the general store.

    What is stopping this from being done is the fact that the USPS has over 600,000 employees -- most of whom are members of the nation's largest union. No senator or Congresscritter wants to get on the bad side of all these people (or their union).
     
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  19. Gardencook

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    Since I'm from one of those "remote areas" right by the Wyoming border -- although our city is large enough to be classed "urban" rather than "suburban" -- I'm afraid I've got to disagree with you on shutting down the USPS @Fillies Fan.

    Those who think otherwise obviously haven't lived with our challenges. Cell phone reception is really poor here due to the mountains and the phone company hasn't made necessary investments in infrastructure which makes our landline service ever more tenuous.

    We do not have dependable Internet and many elderly people don't have Internet access at all. With per capita income some of the lowest in the nation, many working people flat-out can't afford the Internet. We have more part-time jobs that offer no benefits than virtually any other state in the union -- and as long as Corporate America can get by with it, that won't change.

    At least we can afford housing here, which is more than can be said for the HUGE percentage of "working-poor" families that have joined homeless population in major cities like Boise, Seattle and Portland the past couple decades.

    After Microsoft destroyed my last two computers with defective updates, I couldn't depend on it to pay bills online even if I wanted to when my brand new computer shuts down eight to 10 times a day without warning.

    I agree, our postal service is FAR from ideal, and some (not all) employees definitely need an attitude adjustment along with an improvement in service but we DEFINITELY need the service. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and realize essentials don't always come cheap.

    Our city used to house the postal sorting center for the entire region including rural Idaho, rural Wyoming and rural Montana -- and the system worked VERY well.

    They closed our brand new mail center several years ago in an attempt at "cost savings" -- and it has been a NIGHTMARE ever since. It was literally like chopping off a limb.

    We're now forced to drive a letter across town ourselves if we don't have the luxury of waiting a week for it to get to Salt Lake City and back for sorting. We used to have next day service.

    We've got to stand in line for an hour at lunch to mail a package, because they've only got one employee on duty at that beautiful mail center which now stands virtually empty -- and must be maintained despite the fact it is no longer used to sort mail. Even then, the USPS tried to close that post office forcing everyone to use the old main post office on the other side of town. Only a MASSIVE petition drive saved it -- at least temporarily.

    We used to be the second largest city in the state! :( However, corporate America is DETERMINED to kill our cities by closing our brick and mortar stores, forcing us to drive anywhere from an hour to three or four hours if we CANNOT find shoes or clothing that fit without trying things on.

    The Garrett family lost majority stock in our major freight carrier through a hostile takeover before the new owners closed the world headquarters here. They took Amtrak away from us after Union Pacific removed its hump yard, Greyhound pulled out after that and we lost all but Delta Airlines years ago. Still, Delta keeps trying to leave us entirely cut off from the outside world and thankfully, the U.S. Department of Transportation ruled our airport is a vital service and this week forbid it to leave.

    We aren't all "hicks from the sticks" here in the West as some would like to believe. Our "Cowboys" haven't fought a war with the "Indians" for generations -- the two actually work side-by-side together quite nicely these days. ;)

    I'm certainly glad we no longer have to rely on a "General Store" to send and receive mail. I tried that once in Wyoming and a month later the package I had weighed by an employee at the store and I thought had arrived in Germany weeks earlier was returned to our box marked "postage due." :oops: A REAL post office wouldn't have made that mistake.

    Just which major grocery superstore would get the postal contract? And how many other grocery stores would close through a ripple effect when the U.S. Government endorsed one chain over another? Small independent stores which are already struggling wouldn't have a chance of competing.

    If the contract went to a store such as Target -- which we don't have -- does that mean we'd have to drive an hour to get our mail as well as shop?

    We've only got one Walmart here, but there have been rumors for years our store was considered for closing. Walmart is the ONLY major grocery chain in the town a half hour away from us. Would those residents be required to drive to the major city on either side to get mail if Walmart didn't get the contract?

    And Walmart is a mixed blessing in any city. We lost Kmart, Sears, The Bon Marche/Macy's/Herberger's, ZCMI/Meyer & Frank/Dillards and probably soon Penny's because Walmart located here. How many other cities which have tried to keep it out would be in the same boat were it to have U.S. Government endorsement and become more powerful?

    What would happen to mail delivery when Corporate America decided to close the contracted superstores in a region as just happened a few weeks ago when Kroger pulled the bone-headed move of closing one of its major stores an hour away?

    The FBI wouldn't have expanded its major state-of-the-art center here were we as backward as some would like to believe. Our university supplies highly trained engineers for the Particle Accelerator at the University Research and Development Center and it also supplies engineers to the Idaho National Laboratory. The INL -- a major nuclear complex and research facility which also houses U.S. Naval defense operations (i.e. national security) -- is located on the desert with no nearby major city for sending and receiving mail without the postal service. Mountain Home Air Force Base is also located on the desert an hour away from Boise.

    There is a reason explorers like Lewis and Clark tried so desperately to find the "Northwest Passage" across the United States. We live RIGHT on the Oregon Trail, because Idaho is the ONLY plausible route through the Rockies -- if you don't believe me, look at the Donner Party.

    The Rockies are the reason Idaho became the very necessary connecting point between the East and the West and the nation needs that connection. You can't put a price tag on some necessities. Sometimes logistics are just the way they are.
     
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  20. Fillies Fan

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    @Gardencook, I enjoyed reading your post. It is always a pleasure to read a well-thought-out and intelligent reply on a serious topic, even if that reply is in sharp disagreement with my own views.

    Like you, I live in a mountainous rural area. We don't even have street names or house numbers. My name and the name of the village is all that is required for mail to be delivered to me. The Israeli Postal Service sends a van to my village, and a number of other ones in the area, 6 days each week. On 5 of those days it only delivers incoming mail while on all 6 it collects outgoing letters. The incoming mail is handed to a resident who then puts it into our mailboxes in the main village building.

    (I do get a number of packages from the US and Europe, but they are delivered by UPS, DHL, and Fedex -- all of which will deliver any day except Saturdays and holidays.)

    I get a lot of letters -- almost all junk mail which I throw away immediately. So far this year I have received only two actual letters, one from the U.S. Treasury with my $1200 check (I have no idea why they didn't use direct deposit into my US bank account) and the other from the Israeli Transport Ministry with a form I needed to fill out to renew my driver's license. I expect to get a third letter sometime during the year containing the new license.

    Of course, I could have gone into a DMV office and picked up the form and get the license -- there was no need to mail them to me.

    We have both excellent and inexpensive internet service. It costs me roughly $15 per month and there is no limit to how much data I can download. Cell phone service also good -- whether I am at my mountain-top home or in a nearby valley. In fact, when my daughter took a trip to the middle of the Negev Desert, she was connected both to the internet and to the cell phone system.

    The problems that you face are not insurmountable. They merely require updating the tech systems in your area. Quite honestly, what you described is what I faced about 20 years ago. If Israel, which has only 9 million people, can afford to give us good service nationwide, I have no doubt that the U.S. can do the same. I also believe that the cost of a complete update to the rural areas in America would be less than what the federal government gives to the USPS annually.
     
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