by Andi Saw March. 14, 2019 321 views


I had to "rush" my mother to the hospital on Friday night.

No no no... don't say "Awww, poor old lady... with Pneumonia... sigh... sob..."
She lied about her symptoms, cheated about medicins and the amount of food she was taking, and, at the end, asked my cousin (Who went to school for 8 years then stop) to bring her random pills to cure what she self-diagnosed as a flu)

Like it wasn't enough, I found out she had no family doctor.
Her doc retired months ago, and she's never choosen another one.
We all have a family doctor.. S/he prescribes you all the drugs, and exams, and you pay less or nothing when you have her/his prescription.

To have a new family doctor you must wake up pretty early, and be on the other side of the town at 7.45am, take a number from 1 to 50, and wait in line for your turn.
There's no #51.
50 a day, or you're out! (I got #5, you know me, I hate to wait)
Five minutes later, you have your shiny new family doctor, and you can cure yourself for almost nothing.

Well, we pay taxes, but when you go to the pharmacy, is basically nothing.
We don't go broke to cure ourselves. THANK THE ALMIGHTY GODS!!!

"Present" from the hospital

"Present" from the hospital

This is how it works.
You go to your doc (Or send your daughter - ME), ask for a pill, he writes you the prescription, you say "Ciao" and go away, you go to the drugstore, buy the drug for free or for a buck (It depends on the drug), go home, and force your mother to eat it, while she yells at you like her pneumonia was your fault.
Ignore her complains, and play the bad cop, as long as it takes.

The price you see on the box is the full price.

This box of medicins was for FREE. The hospital gave it to me, when I brought my mother home (Yesterday)
There's only one box I need to buy by myself (The pills are not enough for 20 days). It's an antibiotic = a completely free drug.

Now, what if you don't have a prescription (From docs or hospitals)?
You cannot have some drugs. (You cannot buy chemo drugs, obviously)
Or you can buy some full price, like if I forget to get a prescription for my hypothyroidism drugs, I can go to the drugstore and pay 4.30€ for 50 pills. (1.98€ with prescription)

The sum of the medicins in the picture is 63.71€. With prescription = ZERO

As I didn't want to buy an aerosol machine for 20 days, I rented it.
52 cents a day.
Kit of tubes + mask = 16€.
And this is how much a pneumonia costs in Italy: 26,40€ (0.52x20 days= 10.40€)

So, I'm trapped at home with a whiny, crook, petulant, cheater con-woman, who used the aerosol 2 minutes instead of 8 the very first time.
I'm trapped at home with Donald Trump Italian version!
Do you want to send thoughts and prayers? SEND THEM TO ME!

BUT... let's think positive!

For all the nerds out there... HAPPY PI DAY!

Images taken from Google

Images taken from Google

What else?

Well, nothing special.

Some of my orchids are in bloom

Audrey (Phalaenopsis)

Audrey (Phalaenopsis)

Audrey has one spike only with 3 flowers (There was a set back; the flower on top of the spike died, and it prevented other flowers to grow... It happens), but for the first time since 2014, she has the same original color.

My stupid foot on the way! An evergreen! :)

My stupid foot on the way! An evergreen! :)

Biles is really pale, and I know there's something wrong with the root system. I should cut the spike, but I really don't want to!

I'll fix the problem later!

The Unnamed orchid (Colmanara Jungle Monarch) is ok.
The only orchid that spent a whole year without a problem.
She lives in a hydroponic pot, and she's happy as a pig in the mud!

And I finally replaced the Russian backer's wife orchid with another one(The one I killed by accident, afgter adopting it from the backer shop - ignored by everyone)
She keeps asking me about her plant, and I'm too afraid she wants to see a picture or want it back... I cannot live with this level of anxiety! :)
Unfortunately, my bags was so full of stuff, I broke the spike coming home.
Only the tip... with the flower. I was really sad!
But, it will rebloom next year!

It's a very tiny plant (5.99€ at the supermarket - 10 cm tall [4 in], but the flowers' color is THE ONE, so I bought it. I left the spike there, without cutting it. Let's see if something happens (I doubt it, but leaving the spike in place costs nothing, so... )

The "Kids" are fine.

The moment I cleaned AAAALLLLL the house, and put white Spring sheets on the bed, the dog went in heat! (Of course!)

And here's a hamster butt! Because hamsters' butt are always a pleasure!

Do you see that trail?
I leave mini seeds around, and he finds them all, very slowly, digging the trail on the hemp.
When he's done, you could play with marbles inside the habitat! :)

It's superfun to watch! And it's fun for Gatsby too ( + it's a natural thing. In Nature they don't find food in the bowls + he has something to do, and don't get bored)

Ah... do you wonder about my spider bite?
I cannot cure myself until my mother is better... I will need to stop, and stay in bed... so...
I did not take a shower, did not melt the crust, and everything is exactly as it was 10 days ago!
The only thing that changed is my mind.
I'll visit the new doc anyway, to have a different opinion. THEN I'll choose what to do.

I don't want to be like my mother.

And you guys... what have you done lately? :)))))

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Jennifer Raknerud 2 months ago

Oh my goodness, thank you for the laughs.  I would love to send you the real Donald Trump!!  Your photos are amazing and your humor is just what is needed!

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Andi Saw Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 2 months ago

Thank you sweetheart! i try hard to find the positive in dramatic things... and NOPE! I won't host your ill, deranged president. (I follow the news and I root for Mueller and the Souther District of NY)
Btw, my mother is equally sick (Narcissism) and mispells things via phone too. 
From the hospital she wrote me
"I can stand up. Now they bring me to the BAR (Instead of bathroom) to clean my butt!"
OF COURSE, I sent the message to friends and family right away! 
Everyone needed a good laugh back then! smile

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Laurie Madsen 2 months ago

Gorgeous Orchids!
Sending green heart hugs
and four leaf clover Lucky charm to get through the trials...
Wishing you the best!

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Andi Saw Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 months ago

Thank you sweetheart! blue heart

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Heidi Egerman 2 months ago

Medical cost in U.S is outrageous. I just had and MRI for $800+. Crappy health care too. Nobody seems to care. 
I love the hamster butt. Too cute.
I am happiest with my animals.
I can grow a lot of things, but I can’t grow orchids. They are beautiful.
Mom’s are rough patients. Some more than others. Some a just impossible to deal with. 
I think my life is boring and simple. I’m o.k with that. 
Hang in there.

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Andi Saw Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 months ago

7.30 here (am, of course)
I woke up at 6 to someone screaming: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
My mother wanted to prove herself she was able to climb the stairs with her breakfast on it! She is, but not now that her lungs are healing.  A giant cup of fat milk and coffee, and 2 slice of bread + butter just slipped on a 1928 wooden stair + white wall. 
It took me almost an hour to clean everything.
Of course barefoot... or it's barefeet? wearing a t-shirt (I had to act fast)
I'm freezing right now! smile  
I can paint the wall, but I really hope the wood is safe. (Too wet to make a correct diagnosis)
I understand she wants to go back to her normal life, but... in her place, I would be thrilled to be served and do NOTHING for 4 - 5 days. 
I would download a bell tone on my phone and call my slaves whenever I want something. Or just for fun! (What a bitch!)

Oookkk... Whatever... 
If you want to try with an orchid, I'm always here. 
I had no time to repot the mini orchid I bought 2 days ago... what a shame. I do it now! Anyway, you find my email address in the community forum, and you can ask me anything. I'm pleased to help. 

Your life is not boring. You're a goddess growing food every year, you have a good husband who's a woodworker genius, and you've just finished the Santiago Cammino, and you give sage, and cabbage the most beautiful look ever with your photos...  
And pls, don't forget you have the most amazing, cute, and awesome green house in the US! 

But if you feel bored, pls, feel free to come here and take care of my mom for 5 days! smile  smile  smile

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Björn Roose 2 months ago

Well, I'm happy to read you're doing well smile How's that for being positive ?

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Andi Saw Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

My mom went to sleep! I'm positive NOW ! smile 

(I'm positive here, on the Hamsters forum, when I listen to music (Always), when I read... I'm so tired I don't read since TWO days. This is crazy! And I'm happy when I'm with my animals)

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Björn Roose Replied to Andi Saw 2 months ago

Okay, not reading for two full days is crazy indeed smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

I read 2 pages last night. This morning I found the e-reader open. I fell asleep like a baby! smile

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Lisa Britton 2 months ago

I can so relate I also take care of my mother, who is now in a nursing home because of surgery.
I wish you best of luck - they can be very trying.
On the other hand your orchids are beautiful.

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Andi Saw Replied to Lisa Britton 2 months ago

Thank you! 
I'm planning to buy more with my mother credit card! 
I mean... I'm her slave? Ok, I'll be a slave with benefits! smile

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Sherry Hill 2 months ago

green heart

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Andi Saw Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months ago

Yes! Hugs.... many many hugs! I like them! blue heart

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Antonio Gil 2 months ago

The orchid pictures are amazing CRI. Our health system works almost like in Italy, but the drugs aren't free (we just pay a small amount of the total cost). Good luck my friend

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Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Thank you sweetheart! 
I have one problem only. 
i hate to cook. I cannot cook. I'm a disaster... 
And now I must prepare lunch and dinner... NOOO
+ my mother told everyone that in the hospital the food was SOOOOO GOOOODDD...
smile smile smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 2 months ago

Youtube smile

2 months ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

This is a good idea! Thanks blue heart

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Andi Saw Replied to Andi Saw 2 months ago

Just so you know
I made a decent cereal soup (Edible) Mini vegetables cakes (DELICIOUS)
+ mozzarella + yogurt and my mother ate EVERYTHING! 
I cried one tear. Really. I was so relieved! 

I learn everything from Youtube, NEVER EVER thought about learning how to cook. 
THANK YOU! Again and FOREVER! blue heart

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Andi Saw 2 months ago

Buy her microwave meals with her credit card too!

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Russell Smith 2 months ago

Eventful few days. I will keep your mom in my thoughts and hope she returns to good health soon. Hopefully the spider bite will heal soon either through self care or a brilliant idea by Dr.'s .

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Andi Saw Replied to Russell Smith 2 months ago

Few days of pure heaven until she was not around! smile 
Not so much rest, because I cleaned up her house, but the silence... oh my friend... that amazing SILENCE... smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Andi Saw 2 months ago

I joke that Silence is Golden and Duct Tape is Silver grinning

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Andi Saw Replied to Russell Smith 2 months ago


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Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 2 months ago

And luckily CHEAP too!smile

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Camellia 2 months ago

Ha! was wondering about the spider bit, seeing you talked about everyone and everything... I thought you were avoiding that part, but did finally see that you had not. Your dealings with your mom are exactly the same reason why I live in Illinois and she lives in Florida...distance makes everything livable :)

When I look at the cost of treatments for your mom and compare it to what it would cost if it were here, I cringe. So many people my age who retire go back to work just for the insurance, they don't care what the salary is as long as they can get health insurance. I am so torn between the type of health care you have and the ones we have here. Each has it's drawbacks and really I don't know which is better. Fingers crossed your mom will get better soon and you can tend to your own needs gift heart

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Andi Saw Replied to Camellia 2 months ago

Thank you my dear! 
My mom is superfine. She has enough air in her lungs to yell at me, so we're good! smile

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