Sunday, December 28, 2008

As promised Christmas pictures but running late.

Ken, Mira, Jeff
Ken, Mira my daugher, Jeff, grandson

Kevin, Megan. Joy
Kevin Ken's son, Megan Kevin's daughter, Joy Clarks wife.

Clark, Helen
Clark my son, Helen

Clark,, Helen, Kevin, Megan, Joy

Helen me, Kevin Ken's son, Megan Grandaughter, Joy is Clarks wife.
Grandchildren belong to Kevin.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Please check out the previous entry, Sorry everything is messing up

I am so sorry that I messed up on the previous entry of the movie. I am glad at least that it came through.
Donna, I didn't erase your comment. It got deleted somewhere along the way. The font and everything is messing up this morning.
Anyway, My son And DIL was leaving our Christmas gathering yesterday and she was getting her small dog Baby to show off. After I saw Patches was joining in I grabbed my camera. If you will please check out the previous entry. I thought it was so funny.
Have a blessed day everyone. Helen

My DIL and her dogs plus our Patches sitting on the floor joining in.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


We would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. May you all have Peace and Joy through this season.

May you have good health and happiness and of course may your financial situation be good.

Have a very Blessed Christmas! Ken and Helen

Friday, December 12, 2008

Full moon

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I tried folks. It was to cold to stand out there long. I never got one without the small blue ring around it and when I backed off the zoom you couldn't see the craters on it. I had it set on the auto setting of course and used no tripod. I couldn't stand for any length of time either.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

MRI results

Hey ya'll, Just a short note to say we went to the doc and got home safely before dark. No show snow. Weather people most always miss it.

The doc said that I have some arthritis in my spine was what was probably causing the pain. Said the MRI showed everything was still in place good and was stable. Said to just take it easy for a while and let it heal more. To take over the counter meds like aleve for it. I am glad I am not facing surgery again for a while anyway but wish the pain was gone.

Have a good night, Helen

Monday, December 8, 2008

Just a quick update

Thanks everyone for your input, you were so good to respond to my question on the medical care question. Seems like prices are higher in some places more than others.
Well I had my other MRI done last Thursday on the 4th of Dec. and will go to see the doc on the 11th of Dec., this Thursday. I am getting antsy about what he is going to find and tell me. I take my MRI xrays with me when I go. I just hope another spinal fusion is not in store for me yet. Just a wait and see thing. I don't know anything yet about what the outcome will be.
I hope everyone has a blessed week.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Added info to an earlier entry this AM

Just wanted to add something to my earlier entry this morning. I already have some comments so I am doing this as a new post.
I did call the DR's office in Birmingham and got an appointment there for the 11th of this month so that is almost two weeks earlier than if I had waited to see him here.
I just want to ask a question to you all. It might be according to how much they scan and where it is when doing an MRI. I just looked at the bill which came several days ago where I had the full spinal scan on 8/27/o8. This place had charged Medicare $9,215.85 for that MRI. They paid their part and my supplement insurance paid for the rest of it. Plus the doc who read the MRI charged $465.00 to read it. He was allowed $224.30. That seems awfully high to me. I can see why medicare is going broke. I just wondered how much other places charged?
The hospital where I had my surgery only charged a little over $ 5000.00 for the use of their hospital, which included a two night stay. Plus the Doc had his charges as well as the person who put me to sleep had theirs. I was really surprised at how low they charged, that is if no more bills come from them later.

Hoping for a closer date

Good morning all, I got the phone call yesterday telling me my MRI was scheduled for this Thursday the 4th of Dec. after lunch. Thing is I can't see the Doc here until the day after Christmas. I am thinking I will call the DR's office in the other city today and see if he has an appointment earlier there. That would be one and a half hours driving one way with me laying in the backseat of the small car but that might be better if I can see him earlier. Three weeks is a pretty long time to wait for the results when I am in pain. They offered me that option yesterday and I told them I would just wait but my mind is about changed. It would be according to what time of day we could see him. Ken can't see how to drive if I didn't get out of the office way before dark. You all know how long it usually takes to see a doctor.

My daughter is still not doing well at all. She is still not working. She did see the chiropractor Monday and is supposed to see her again today. She felt better right after the adjustment but it soon wore off. She called me early this morning and said that she couldn't hardly stand and pain was running down one leg.
Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts for all of us. We appreciate them very much.
Have a blessed day everyone. Helen