5:40 AM. We had about four inches of snow on top of the “wintery mix” as they call snow, freezing rain, and sleet here on Thursday. I got home from work on Thursday and got out my electric snow thrower that my wife bought me for Christmas two years ago after a snowfall. She couldn’t figure out what to get me, and then it snowed and I was out there cursing up a storm trying to shovel off my driveway, and she got the idea. Then it didn’t snow again the rest of that winter or at all last winter. So I got out the snow thrower and cleared off the driveway and sidewalk in about 20 minutes. It was awesome. So then I got up on Friday morning to the four inches of new snow and cleared off the driveway and sidewalk and the neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk all in about 35 minutes. Our neighbor is a widow with 12- and 10-year-old daughters. I did it because I could and because people looked after my wife and kids whenever I was deployed so I try to pay it forward, and lastly (and probably the real reason if I’m honest with myself) I was just having too much fun with my toy to stop. We’re supposed to get more snow here this afternoon and evening, so I’ll get another chance to play tomorrow morning!
Soonerdaughter is on a liquid diet for three months that started Thursday, per her gastroenterologist. She’s had significant relief from her symptoms with the budesonide, but she’s not in remission yet, and the doctor wants to get her there and thinks this may be the trick that does it. She had a rough time over Thanksgiving. She’s not happy at all, thinking about all the toffee and fudge and sugar cookies and 7-layer bars and so on and so forth and such like that she won’t be able to partake. My family are huge Christmas candy eaters. She’s not normally grumpy, but she’s been in a pretty foul mood the last couple of days. Well, I would be, too, so we’re just going to let her feel what she feels and express what she needs to. She’s missed a lot of school recently, but my sister (her favorite aunt) teaches at her high school and her teachers love her so she’s been able to stay current with their help. We got together with the school, and she can attend classes by remote when she needs to. The teachers at our high school all have iPads on a wireless network, so she just clicks a link on her laptop, and she’s in class. I didn’t really want to have any Apple devices in my home environment, primarily because I’m more experienced with Android and Windows, but she’s getting an iPad Air for Christmas. That should make things even easier for her. My work has been very supportive of taking time off when I need to for her, so that’s been good as well.
Speaking of all of this, I am an Obamacare success story, even though I haven’t had to get my insurance from the exchange. The changes that the law requires to our insurance, Federal Employees BCBS, are going to save us a significant amount of money next year over this year, and I have the additional peace of mind of knowing my child will be able to get health insurance of her own in the future. The Out Of Pocket cap of $6,350 would have saved us about $5,000 this year.
Here is a link to an article at the Brookings Institution that would be very useful for talking to non-crazy people about PPACA. The only failure of the article is that it doesn’t say that one of the primary motivators for Republicans to repeal the law is that they are afraid people will like it and reward the Democrats with electoral victories as they did with Medicare and Social Security.