Wait...I think I see a $20 still hiding in there.
First, I happened to be only a few blocks away from Presbyterian Hospital/Plano when my doctor called to say there was more going on with me than a simple food allergy that he first thought, and that I should go straight to an emergency room.
Things happen for a reason, I truly believe that. Was this a coincidence? I've experienced too many coincidences in my life to believe in "coincidences". I feel my Maker was looking after me that day (He always is) and directed me to that hospital at that time. And as usual, He always knows best. I believe, simple as that. Thank you God.
And what a wonderful family I have! My wonderful wife Kelly, aka K, would have stayed at my side for all 11 days if I hadn't absolutely insisted that she go home and take care of Jax The Dog, and herself, too. (Or was it 12 days? Time flies when you're having fun :) She was more than amazing. Thank you wonderful wife. And thank you to her company and boss(es) who told her to take whatever time off she needed to see things through. They really are wonderful people. :)
My daughters Kristan, Andrea, and Erica were always there, either in person (Andrea and Erica) or on the phone from San Antonio (Kristan). I remember one night I woke up to find Erica sleeping in my room on that thing that doubled as a guest bed. That was very comforting. And to make that happen, her spousal unit Donnie had to hold down the home front. So did my ex, who went into uber-babysitting Grandmother mode. And SIL Chris, also a Dr, gave the family reassurance long-distance that my docs were doing things by the book. Thank you all.
And my bro, Todd. While I was out of commission he took over all the field oversight that I usually do to see that the homes we are building stayed on track. He's usually the office admin guy, but he really stepped to the plate in a BIG way. Thanks little bro. :)
And a big shout out to all of the doctors....Dr Rosen-Schmidt, Dr Blatt, Dr Boorla, Dr Illum, Dr. Hughes, and the guy who gave me the goofy gas that caused me to not remember much of it. They were absolutely scary smart! And all the nurses and assistants who catered to my every whim. WOW! I simply can't describe how dedicated and caring and compassionate they were....every single one I dealt with, no exceptions.
Presbyterian Hospital/Plano is the ONLY hospital I'll ever go to willingly if I ever come unglued again, they were that good! (Remember the abysmal hospital food from years past? Not at Presby! Their "Five Star In-Room Dining" featured choices like grilled Mahi-Mahi, chicken marsala, pan seared beef tenderloin, braised short ribs, three-cheese oven baked lasagna, chipotle salmon, and more. And it was GOOD! Can't say much for their jello, though....Scott doesn't do jello :)
And here's the kicker: I never thought I'd say this about an insurance company, but United Healthcare Insurance has REALLY stepped to the plate and performed as advertised. Yesterday we received their explanation of benefits summary, and my bills (that appear to be complete to day) totaled just a few bucks shy of $400,000. YIKES! Yet my cash out of pocket is only $6,054. Whew! Thanks UHC!
And of course you, all of my friends either in person or online who sent their kind thoughts and prayers....thank you so much. :)
Yup, I've been blessed for sure. Now I'm ready to get back to leaving silly smart-assed remarks all over the internet. Hey, it's my calling. :)