In February when we were working on a NOMADS project in Mercedes, TX Leonard showed me how his left leg was swollen. He thought maybe he twisted it while working. We went to the local clinic where they took XRays that showed nothing was broken. The doctor gave him prescription for pain relievers and diuretics. The swelling has not gone down.
As the drilling crew left Friday and the line crew is not coming in until tomorrow or Tuesday we have a couple of days we could both leave the site. Yesterday I insisted he have the leg checked. We first went to an Urgent Care center. They would not look at it but told him to go to ER.
At the ER they did tests that show he has a blood clot in the thigh. This could have been fatal had it traveled. He has to stay in hospital 3 or 4 days while treating with blood thinners. Before we knew he had to stay in hospital they gave us the ER bill. Over $4,000 !!! Are they serious? Just for the ER? I can only imagine the final bill.
So, no Alaska trip or other plans in our horizon. When he retired he attempted to get health insurance and was turned down in Texas and SD. Both times we wanted a high deductible Health Saving Account.
As we were getting ready to retire he had numerous tests done to determine if he had any issues. Everything came out satisfactory. However, when someone in our doctor's office responded to the insurance companies, the letter listed everything he was tested for. According to the letter, it looked like he was actually TREATED for all these ailments and not just tested. So we took a gamble and lost. He will turn 65 in January when he will get Medicare. We were trusting he would not have a problem until then.
But it looks like now that most of what we've worked for over the last many years will pay a huge hospital bill. Even at that, I would not take back the last three years of full timing and still be working. I am five plus years older than Leonard. If we had waited until he was 65 for Medicare I would be 71. I was burned out when I retired at almost 66.
The doctors made it clear to him that he is not to drive long distances again. No more 400-500 mile days. That is fine with me.
My issue now is I might be required to do the job here myself or have to leave. I can not work 24/7 until he comes home. I also do not know how I am going to hook up this fifth wheel and move it.
For now I will try not to worry. I am most thankful he is going to be okay. Everything else will work itself out. I'm off to the hospital to see what's happening!
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