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Friday, July 25, 2014


I'm Seeing Red

I’m Seeing Red

No, I’m not angry-just enjoying a bit of the color “red” around here.  We are used to seeing reds, pinks and blues in the sunsets-but this morning was different!


Lucky had just finished her morning meal and I was taking her out into the yard when I heard a bird singing.  That was just a tad odd-you see, the road runners make a weird sound that is both “peep” and “engine” in nature.  The pigeons make a traditional “coo”, the owls the “who” and the quail make a cluck-but this was a song.

I looked around and saw not one but two red birds!  If I didn’t know better I’d swear they were cardinals, but outside of the pro football team here, I doubt a cardinal hangs around the North side of Phoenix and in the Sonoran desert.

There they were on the block wall singing a song to what appeared to be just me and our tiny pooch.  It was lovely.  I wanted to snap a photo and share it with you but darn if the phone wasn’t inside being charged.


Steve finally saw the family of cottontails the boys and I have been telling him about-he couldn’t believe they were hiding in one of our shrubs.  “Don’t those rabbits know they’re just begging to be stuck by those thorns?”

They’re rabbits; I think they’re just happy to find a source to have water (the drip system tubing), a bit of shade and protection from the rattlers and coyotes.

I was seeing a bit of red over a couple of unexpected medical bills though.  As a woman, many of those who read this part will sympathize!  I had to have an extra mammogram a while back.  Six months before the technicians found “something” that turned out to be nothing but insisted they wanted a re-check.  So I went.  It took 4 long hours!  Poor Steve had to entertain the boys during this event.  This set of techs also saw “something”, but on the other side.  It too was just what I said, nothing.  But I was happy they were so thorough.


Turns out our PPO does cover mammograms-but it does NOT cover extra views or ultrasounds!  Imagine our chagrin when we received a bill for $500!  GRRR.


Other “red” things this week-I was not happy to find out that a special “compound” my pain management doctor had ordered was still not close to being able to give me a price on.  It’s been almost a month, countless phone calls and then I was told, “We have to get this okayed by your PPO in California because we can’t get approval here.”  That was over a week ago.  I also asked, “Before you send it I need to know how much will this personal compound cost is going to cost me, how long does one tube last and is this something that I will need to use all the time or once it works over the course of time I can wean off of and not have the problem come back?”

I was told these were excellent questions and they’d have someone call.  I’m guessing the questions were quite difficult since no one has bothered to contact me!

Luckily I’m seeing the doctor in a few days-maybe he or one of his assistants can do a bit more work and get me some answers.


Until then, I prefer to see the red birds and hear a song that anything that puts my checkbook or face “in the red”.

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