Bob

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ann peeples
Sirloin
2012/11/08 18:18:55
I have another sad sack story.sorry to share but you guys are, and have been, great supporters. Bob has been ill for 2 years. Cant seem to get a hold on his health.As we have no insurance, its been rough. Well, folks, he is being tested for cancer, among other things.He has lost 25 lbs for no reason, and other symptoms....please share prayers for him. We are glad to know what we may be facing, but I am so worn out.......plus his job-which he just got a couple of months ago, laid him off. It wasnt for his performance.we are sure its because he has been ill....thanks, again, for your friendship.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 19:46:54
Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about this, and I'll be praying for Bob's recovery from whatever the problem turns out to be. Stay strong and hang in there. 
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 19:52:55
I concur.  Hang in there, Ann.  And hope for the best.  My prayers will be for you and Bob.
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 20:15:13
Ann, Lisa and I will keep Bob and you in our prayers.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 20:33:39
Thanks....all of you. I need your support, and this forum has been the best...friends I have never met, but friends I can count on.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 20:35:16
And Lord, you know I feed him! LOL!
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 21:19:58
My thoughts are with you both. Hopefully they'll be able to find the problem and fix it. The money will figure itself out somehow, it always does.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/08 21:25:09
Ann, you know my prayers are there with Bob and you.  Stay strong, my friend.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 02:25:24
Ann, Yesterday I did the all-day checkup-followup on my bladder cancer surgery from last year. The final activity of the day, after catscans and tons of 'needles and dye-jobs' and other lab work, was to watch in living color the camera searching parts of my insides and coming up with the 'Looks like we got it all " from the Chief Doc in charge.
 
Keep the faith, Lots is being done in the treatment--IF the diagnosis is indeed a cancer of some type. We will remember Bob in our prayers and will talk to you soon.  Take care of yourself, so you can help your husband. God Bless You, my friend.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 08:23:45
hang in there, Ann.  Things can only get better.
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 08:36:34
So sorry to hear this Ann. Hang in there. I'm sending good thoughts and wishes your way!
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 11:57:26
My prayer and sympathies are with you.   ... If Bob isn't on Soc. Security & Medicaid, get the paper work started.  He qualifies and is disabled.  
 
The Doctor & Hospital should be able to help you with the emergency SS application. The Hospital helped my wife to get medicare/medicaid 2 1/2 years before she turned 62. 
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 12:21:04
The power of prayer as you know is a powerful thing, it heals, it can do anything it's directed towards, you and Bob have my prayers and many, many other Roadfooders with you. Everything will be fine.
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 14:00:20
I'm very sorry to hear about this and hope for good news.  The fact that I just read in another forum that you donated $100 to the Red Cross tells me a lot about what kind of people you are and no matter the outcome of the tests you will be rewarded for that.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 14:36:57
Annie,
Good thoughts are headed your way from the entire Roadhouse clan.  I know you can stay strong during this tough time!
 
Buddy
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 15:45:05
Here's hoping for some good news soon, Ann!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 15:56:38
So sorry to read about this Ann.  You know there are a lot of people here who care about you and will be praying for you and Bob.
starfire62
Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/09 20:59:10
good luck ann i hope everything goes ok for you both.you seem like real nice people.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/10 09:35:47
Ann,
 
I am so sorry to hear this.  Bob will be in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Jim
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/10 15:53:02
Keep us posted Ann! Our positive thoughts are with you!
post edited by agnesrob - 2012/11/10 15:54:09
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/12 19:11:18
Oh, Ann, I'm so sorry to hear all of this.
 
I didn't know about this until now. 
 
As you know I think you and Bob are just wonderful, and I'm  hoping and praying that everything goes OK.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 00:23:59
So sorry Ann. I'll say a prayer.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 07:35:30
We did get some answers yesterday.He DOES NOT have TB, thank God. He does, however have chronic bronchitis and emphysema. He also has a condition called hypocalcemia, which means he has very high levels of calcium, which can be from many things(Its not from calcium intake)He will be tested further for bone cancer, etc....but first we have to apply at the hospital for "charity care" before said tests will be done, as they are quite expensive.At least we know why his energy level  is low and where the dizziness comes from-the lung situation.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 08:11:17
Its HYPERcalcemia.....oops.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 08:59:55
Keep us informed. Our prayers continue for both of you.
Jan and Al
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 10:44:35
Ann, I'm not that willing to share personal information in such a public place, but I've been reading your things for a long time now, and I have a sister in Meno Falls (Schlei Road), so there is a sort of kinship.  I love that same corner butcher shop/deli that you do, and will be there at Thanksgiving.
 
So I can tell you a couple things, although it could be better news, financially.
 
I too have COPD, and my manifestations of it are the same as Bob, although I would put the emphysema first over the chronic bronchitis, as the emphysema is constant and the bronchitis will occur in periodic attacks.
 
I have actually only had bronchitis once in my life, but I did have pneumonia twice in 2011, in January and again in July.  I thought I was a goner, especially after the second time in six months.  The future did not look good.
 
You've seen the ads in magazines for Advair and Spiriva.  I am on both.  Been on Advair for about three years, and the Spiriva was added after the July pneumonia.
 
They are, for me, miracles!  I am breathing much better now.  Unless I exert myself too much, I can forget I have a problem (Yes, get reminded quick enough).
 
The two drugs do different things in the lungs.  The Advair was good, but the Spiriva really made the difference. The doctor says some people have wonderful results with it, others less so.  He is glad I'm doing better, but says if I was off for a few days, I would know it for sure.
 
The problem is they are both very expensive!  Neither are anywhere near generic yet, and won't be for a while.  I am sorry to tell you they are costing me an arm and a leg.  But without them I would not be walking around.
 
I know times are tough over there.  My sister is losing her job at Dana Corp, after some twenty-six years there. They are closing the plant and over two hundred jobs are moving to Kentucky (Danville).  She will be done by Thanksgiving, gets a five month severance package, then she will be an older lady without insurance, and I am really worried for her.
 
Hey, for you and/or Bob -- Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac announced yesterday they are adding 170 jobs.  Their plant is right on Hwy 41, just a few miles north of the Quad plant.
 
(I recognized your description of Quad, I've been there a jillion times on business with them.)
 
Hope I have helped, even though not the greatest news.  It's pretty scary at first.  But the hospital has given you good information; there is reason for hope!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 19:50:02
Thanks, easy......what a wonderful, post.Things make sense now-not for the bronchitis, but emphysema( probably wrong spelling...) He is absoluetly exhausted all the time, he is dizzy-and the worst part is he is very intelligent. He is forgetting words....he is forgetting memories They say its lack of oxygen, and I believe it.I saw my Mom go thru it.Bob can barely work anymore........but thanks for the referral to Fond Du Lac.Bobs brother owns a company that goes to China once a year They make tons of money and I get a Coach purse!Just kidding about the purse..I want Bob healthy......
 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 19:51:12
By the way- he has lung tests on the 29th............
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/13 22:51:54
Ann,  it could also be parathyroid disease.
 
Hope you both get some good answers soon.
 
 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/14 08:53:00
Wow, Mar......Bob has a ton of the symptoms associated with parathyroid.... The Doc did tell him his thyroid was a little swollen.....
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/20 18:42:33
Ann
 
I have been away for quite some time and I just read this thread.
 
I will light a candle tonight for you and for Bob.  I know he has struggled with his health, you both will be in my thoughts and prayers.
 
 
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/11/20 21:54:04
Best wishes Ann & Bob.  My father passed away last week so I have been in a prayerful mood and will pray for your recovery.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/21 09:49:58
Thanks again...the outpouring of love has been tremendous, and certainly gives us hope and strength...
Carlton, my sympathies on the death of your father.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/11/30 20:41:36
Here is the new one........Bob had further tests yesterday for his lungs.okay, we got this. Until he gets "community care" from a local hospital, they will not test for what might really be ailing him. I have called 5 times, left a messege, and no one has called back. What a crock, and what a fu***ing system. Meanwhile, he feels horrible.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/12/01 12:35:03
Do you need to go down somewhere and "stand on someone's desk"?.  I find that endless emails and phone calls seem to get straightened when I my sometimes frustrated face is within inches of someone's nose
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/12/01 15:28:58
I had to have community care in July. It took forever and it took calling my doctor again and getting her on the stick. At first they were all over me like glue and I was having nurse visits and at home physical therapy several times a week. Mid way through, I had to have a semi emergency D&C. Four days later the physical therapist came and I said "I can't do this, I hurt!" I was bloated, in pain, my BP was way up and the therapist thought I was having a heart attack. She wanted me to go to the ER ASAP but she wasn't "allowed" to assist me in any way. I had to call someone who had to leave work and drive me to the ER. Turns out, I simply hadn't recovered from the D&C yet and this lady was wanting me to do leg lifts and stretches for physical therapy. The ER basically said too much too soon. That was in August. I haven't heard a peep from community care since. They are useless. Sorry that you have to use them to continue Bob's care.
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/12/01 21:29:05
I'm really sorry to hear this, Ann (and bummed for you too, K).  Just out of curiosity and because I don't know how these things work, is it possible that maybe Bob could get in at UW here in Madison because it's a teaching hospital?
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/12/01 22:03:39
Our system isn't perfect but when I hear stories like this I'm glad to have it. 4 kidney stones in 2 years and working on number 5.
1 to 3 days to see my family doctor, 2 to 4 weeks to see a specialist, a lot quicker if it's urgent. In that time I was admitted to the hospital 3 times, I think I will be admitted again soon just waiting for a CT scan on Wed. No private insurance, my cost ZERO.
I pay on my taxes just like every other Canadian but if you and your family and your employees don't have your health you don't have anything. Obama and Clinton want you to have this, maybe you should let them. Call me a socialist if you want. It just means I believe in an overall strong society. Health, education and freedom in that order. 
post edited by Ice Cream Man - 2012/12/01 22:05:03
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/12/01 23:40:09
Fried-I WILL stand on someones desk if necessary-I will......
Brad-am working on ANYTHING that will get Bob his tests. We are in a crappy age group-no kids, and too young to be seniors. Yet we paid into this system all of our lives..
Ice-Thanks, but Obamacare will not be free, and will not be in place for at least 4 more years.
Long story short, its almost too much to deal with. But I will sludge through the process, and get what he needs-even if it kills me........and it IS wearing me down, alot. We have earned the right to get help, although it seems to me, as we supported lots of people while paying taxes, we get none. I am pretty pissed.
 
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/12/02 12:22:17
I know nothings free but health care is the most important thing to us as far as I'm concerned no one should be turned away when in need.
Good luck I hope your troubles will soon be over. 
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/12/02 14:13:18
So glad to hear Bob's lungs are OK. So sorry to hear how hard it has been for you to find out what is wrong. My thoughts are with you! I just reread your message and realized you didn't say his lungs were OK. Did they give you any results of the test?
post edited by agnesrob - 2012/12/02 14:17:08
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/12/02 15:40:13
I'm completely unfamiliar with community care, which seems weird given how many medical issues I've had the last few years and my spotty insurance coverage. But I would definitely raise some heck about getting the tests done that he needs! From what I'm reading, community care is for people who don't have insurance and not much money? Forgive me for not understanding, but all I can find online is for something called Community Care through various individual hospitals, and I don't quite get it.
 
Anyway, if it's money, are they willing to work out a payment plan so he can get the tests done? I find it reprehensible that while hospitals are not allowed to turn away people in an emergency, they can ignore you until it is one.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/12/02 16:37:44
I had been in the ER  and was told I need physical therapy but I can't drive so Community Care came to me. I had a nurse come and do a physical exam even though I see my own MD regularly. Then I had a case worker who saw me twice and finally a physical therapist who came 3 times a week. All these people report to the hospital where I had been in ER, I did not initiate it. All of it was covered by Medicare (I'm 66). I had Community Care for something similar 3 years ago when I was hospitalized for 3 days. Again, it was initiated by the hospital. 
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Bob 2012/12/02 16:43:03
Ah, gotcha. That makes it a little clearer for me, thanks! Not something I would have been offered in any case, since they don't much care if I can get around or not, they just tell me what I need to have done and it's just my sorry luck if I can't make it happen.
 
Best of luck to you and Bob, Ann! I hope you are able to figure out what's wrong so you can go about getting it fixed soon!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Bob 2012/12/03 13:01:48
Felix-exactly-no insurance and not much income. That is us. And Kland, we are 52 and 53......they dont come to us unless Bob was was hospitilzed...its a cluster fu**, and I am tired of it. We cant drive either-no car. Its just a pain, and if we were younger, older, or a minority, we would be helped sooner. Its a fact, people, not a statement of prejudice.
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Bob 2012/12/03 14:17:38
I am really sorry that things are going this way Ann.  I've worked for a major academic medical center for the last 13 years and I still have trouble understanding all of the ins and outs of our healthcare "system."  It is so confusing to navigate and many decisions are driven by payers.  Hospitals have tough decisions to make and they don't always use the right logic to do so.  I have found that the "squeaky wheel" really applies so don't be afraid to keep asking until you get the tests you need.  And don't be afraid to go to the ER for at the slightest chance of a problem.  It's messed up but it works.  And as someone suggested above, you might be better off going to a larger hospital like UW than a community hospital.  I knwo our attitude here is that we take anyone from anywhere but someof the smaller community hospitals don't act that way.
 
Keep your head up and keep fighting.