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November 26th, 2009 at 07:22 am

I saw the SA blog and it showed what we have learned this week. I did comment on it.

http://www.savingadvice.com/blog/2009/11/26/105446_at-the-en...

Dh and I had a long talk about all this the other night. & he said all he wanted to do was take BM rock climbing. Because he had been meaning to and hadn't got around to it (indoor rock climbing, that is).

It is possible he would maybe want to travel a bit, but we feel his last flight set all this off. (Flying put some pressure on his ear). So basically, he doesn't want to fly anywhere. & I think on some level he rather just be home.

The interesting this is we concluded our lives were fulfilled and there wasn't much to do. If the important things are family, that is what we have focused on all along. We have always prioritized heavily in our life - meaning we don't tend to put off important things. Which is an awesome feeling. He actually told me his only regret would be missing seeing the kids grow up, etc. What more could you ask for, as you face mortality at such a young age? No other regrets?

There is not a high chance of death in his scenario, but it gets you thinking very seriously about your life, and death, regardless.

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I laid off the computer yesterday. Which was a good thing. Can be information overload.

Today I did some research on the hearing side of things.

Looks like hearing prognosis is good. I even found that as of the last year or 2, our HMO covers "bone attached hearing aids," which they refer to as BAHA. I am not 100% sure they would cover it if he only loses hearing in one ear, but I guess there have been a lot of advocacy groups fighting for the "right to hear." & they said his specific tumor led to more acceptance of full coverage of implanted hearing aids. It looks promising, and looks like it could be a hell of a lot more expensive and not covered, if this was just a few years ago.

Just, interesting. Glad to know there are options. Of course the hearing device is $5k-ish and we could swing it. Seems surgery is usually approved - the truly expensive part. Though I am not sure why an insurer would pay for surgery but deny the device. But, whatever...

Hopefully dh will *not* lose his hearing, and will all be moot. But it is good to know he will have options to hear again, if it comes to that.

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Our final headcount is about 21 for today. We lost 2 people but then gained 4.

I made fudge and eggs in the end. (The fudge took seconds to make, it seems).

Dh did some cooking, but most of it is more of a potluck. So not a huge amount of T-Day stress here. Never is. We try to make it easy on everyone.

It's kind of cool how we all work together. Great-Grandma is the stuffing master, and Grandpa does the gravy. Grammy picks the turkey apart afterwards. Grandma makes the pies, and on and on. IT's like a well-oiled machine. Somehow I am the egg and fudge master. It's nice just to be responsible for what I am good at. Big Grin

Happy Thanksgiving!

4 Responses to “Another Update”

  1. momcents Says:


    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! BTW, we love Everybody Loves Raymond - scary to think there really might be inlaws like that!

  2. frugaltexan Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    To be able to say you have no regrets when you look back at your life is a wonderful thing.

  3. scfr Says:

    I'm so sorry to read about what you and your family are going through. I wish I could send you over a week's worth of meals for the freezer!

    I'm sure the indoor rock climbing will happen.

    Take care and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  4. lizajane Says:

    Thanks for updating us. We all worry, I'm sure you know that. But we're far enough away that we know our boundaries Smile It's nice to realize that you've put the important stuff first all along. I'm sure the "what if" thoughts are bound to creep in too much, but keep thinking positively as much as possible.

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