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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Medical stuff

Okay, so it's no big secret that I'm somewhat incontinent due to pregnancies, weight, and chronic UTIs.

Every month, Medicaid sends me six bags of adult diapers, which I love because I never have to wash underpants, and I can change them as often as I need to, and they make me feel more secure, not to mention the fact that they're convenient as anything. This saves me a lot of money every month, because those things are NOT cheap. Not to mention, the ones they send me FIT, where the biggest ones I can get at the stores are a wee bit too snug and tear easily as a result.

Along with those, they send me four packages of adult diaper wipeys which are awesome to have, two tubes of this incredible ointment for if I get rashes, and six packages of those blue disposable underpads for beds and chairs.

I don't NEED all of this, and have told Medicaid this, but apparently their bureacracy cannot manage to send just what I need and no more. So I've got tons of extra wipeys (I use maybe half of what they send each month on those) and boatloads of extra underpads, and tons of extra ointment.

And I've been feeling guilty about taxpayer money buying things I don't need. Very guilty. I hate waste more than just about anything.

Today I figured out what to do with the extra. There is a wonderful lady in my church, quite elderly, who is in badly declining health and is mostly bedridden. She also has incontinence problems.

I called her daughter in law this afternoon and asked if they could use ointment, wipes, and underpads. My diapers would never fit her, and even if they did, THOSE I use.

The D-I-L was over the MOON at my offer. Medicare (very different from Medicaid) does not and will not pay for B's incontinence supplies, and she and her husband live on social security, so not much spare money. B's son and DIL have been paying for most of that stuff out of their pockets, and while they're not flat broke, they certainly aren't rich, either. Every penny saved is a good thing.

So my extras each month will be going to a worthy person who needs them and I can feel unguilty about the waste.

I know this might sound weird, but this is one of the blessings of belonging to a church community. Being able to easily find somebody to share a blessing with when you've been more blessed than you need. :)

Originally posted on http://j3nny3lf.dreamwidth.org - but you can comment either here or there. I prefer HERE!

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Good for you!.

Just out of curiosity, are you able or willing to have that surgery where they hoist your bladder up and put a bunch of windowscreen under it, to trick it into thinking you have pelvic floor muscles? I'm kind of considering it, but I'm scared of surgery.

I probably am, but I'm in such messed up health that I don't want to go under anesthesia unless absolutely necessary.

A few drips here and there don't make my life quality so bad. If I was swimming in pee, I'd probably think differently!

If, however, I ever need a hysterectomy, I'll probably have them do that at the same time. :)


If there comes a time when she no longer needs the stuff, I wonder if you could find a Hospice organization that could use them? Bet they'd pick up!

And this is how it should be done, if you ask me. You're turning around and helping others with the stuff you don't need. You COULD be charging for it. You COULD be keeping it for yourself. However, you're doing what I think is the right thing to do; redirecting the extra to someone who badly needs it. Kudos to you!!!!!


AFAIK, you can *give* them away to whomever you want to but you can't charge for the excess supplies. They don't like when you do that, at all.

I don't know if you could recoup costs for transporting them, though.

Anyway, good for you Jenny!

I know those people will be so grateful for the supplies. They're so expensive! My youngest son(14) is incontinent and we spend over $100/month just on diapers. In Georgia, Medicaid doesn't pick up any of it. Your help will be a God-send to this family, believe me.

Minky, the lady who I'm giving this stuff to, well. She probably won't be around for a lot longer. When the time comes, I'll be happy to mail my excess stuff to you for your son. I won't have diapers that will fit him, but the other stuff I will have in excess.

Oh, you are so kind. I'd be more than willing to pay for shipping. We're always on the lookout for wipes & hiney cream. Not the blue chux though--he tears those up. Silly boy! thanks for offering.


Betty has passed away and no longer needs those chux and wipes and ointment. Do you still need them? If you can cover the shipping, I can send them your way each month!

Edited at 2010-05-24 07:55 pm (UTC)

i really hate to ask - i don't want to bug you, i don't want you to think i only stick around because of this, but it's been a few weeks..

and i still do not have the thing you were supposed to mail me. and i don't if its lost somewhere, if it is, is there a tracking number? or anyhthing...

just sort of concerned; i was expected (from what you told me) that i should have had them earlish last week (monday or tuesday before lst). and if they are lost (or take by USPS) i don't know how to get the back without a tracking...

Damn! I sent it. No tracking number, couldn't afford to do priority. Shit.

Let me ask Ann at the PO.

i will talk to landlord - it is actually possible that (because of the weirdness of the move that happened - he moved to our apt, we went to his, and there is a third apartment involved) he has it, somewhere. he just got back into town today, and i know he put a post office "hold" on *his* mail - but some of our mail did get caught in that - the PO swore there were no packages, but they were supposed to be talking to me at all, and could have been lying.

so i shall hope he has it :)

just got done talking to landlord.
he does not have it; he got everything from the PO yesterday.
he is going to ask the neighbors (the mailboxes themselves aren't labeled - we just know which is which, which is bad for mail carriers, and they just *guess* sigh). hopefully it turns up.

thank you, though - i hope Ann at the PO knows something...