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I mailed Vivian's birthday card today, actually allowing for the Veteran's Day holiday tomorrow, so she'll get it on Wednesday, her actual birthday.



I noticed early this morning that I'd forgotten all about paying my Kohl's charge card bill, which was due on Saturday. I went to pay it online and noticed that the total due was more than what I'd charged. It wouldn't show me what the extra charges were, but I assumed a late fee or interest, but it was so much more that I thought, "Did I purchase one other thing on it?"

In a phone call to billing, I found out that they had charged me a TWENTY-NINE DOLLAR late charge—an absolute outrage and totally unacceptable. I told her, "If that fee can't be waived, then I'd like to cancel this card."

"I'm sorry sir, but we don't waive fees on our cards, but what I will do is take half off of it for you, so a $14.95 charge."

I said, "Yes, please do that, and then cancel my card, please."

She replied, "Yes sir, I'll do that. You do realize that by canceling your card you won't be able to save on frequent store-wide sales for which you receive bigger discounts when pay with your card."

I said, "Yes, I do," instead of what I was thinking, "You do understand that I won't be shopping at Kohl's for the next year or so, so I'll save even more that way." The late charge was 33% of what I owed on the card. Are they high?



At work today, it was noted that in the meeting on Friday for which I took the minutes, I included this line in the them:

"Some kind of in-house knowledge suppository is needed..."

Good grief! I must have misspelled that word, clicked "suggested words," and then clicked on the wrong one with which to replace the misspelling.



Joe talked with his friend Liz who works at Raleigh Orthopedic, and she helped me to get an appointment today at 2:00 to see "Jeremy," a P.A. there.

After a little drama on the phone (around them not being able to find my appointment) when I called about a half hour before leaving to make sure my appointment was at their Glenwood Avenue location, and not their Cary location, I arrived at about ten minutes until two, with my three new patient forms all filled out, since I had downloaded them from their website before going.

I was delighted to find out that they had free wireless Internet in their waiting room, so while I was there I sent the following tweets on Twitter:

dr's office has wireless! w00t!

$40 co-pay

Given too tight yellow shorts 4 x-rays. Don't match my outfit.

x-rays taken. Deity knows what those'll cost.

x-rays clean. MRI next. Suspicion: torn meniscus pad.

MRI to be scheduled. Back to doc's next week for reading. In the meantime: RICE! Working from home now...



Got some serious United Airlines frequent flyer points for my trip to China:

DateActivityMiles addedElite bonusFare bonusTotal
Oct 20, 2008UA 265 T Class RDU to ORD 64700647
Oct 20, 2008UA 851 W Class ORD to PEK 6,579006,579
Oct 31, 2008UA 836 W Class PVG to ORD 7,056007,056
Oct 31, 2008UA 146 T Class ORD to RDU 64700647
Period total:14,929



I rode out to Manbites Dog Theater to pick up my glasses, and then met Robert at Elmo's for dinner. I had their Greek Grilled Cheese, which is what Katherine had when I went there with her, and about which I said I wanted to try the next time, since she liked it so much. It was delicious.

It was a short, albeit very enjoyable dinner, getting to see Robert and getting caught up on his reunion weekend. I sent him home with a piece of my birthday cake.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Website Link
Please send the link for the Knowledge Suppositories - I need to order a case for work.

-- Steve
dailyafirmation
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Website Link
HA! Thanks for the laugh today, and thanks for your continued reading and commenting!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Knees
Hey, John - I've been reading about your knee trauma. Two thoughts: first, if they tell you that you need arthroscopy for a torn meniscus, I strongly recomment getting a second opinion from some orthopedics doc who specializes in knees. Turns out that many many many folks over 40 have some degree of tears in the meniscus, often without symptoms. So along comes pain, and scans to find the cause of the pain, and "Why lookee here! That torn meniscus right there is your problem!" But frequently it is in fact not the real problem at all. (My partner and I *both* had meniscus repairs before we learned more about this!) Now it may be that in your case the torn meniscus IS the problem... I am only suggesting a bit of reluctance to accept that diagnosis out of the gate.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, always take shorts with you to any kind of knee-related medical appointment. Those little office-issued shorts NEVER fit anyone who has a real body.

I enjoyed reading your posts from China.

Take care -- and good luck with the knee!!!

Dorothy Drennen
dailyafirmation
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Knees
Hi Dorothy. Thanks so much for your posting! So did you and your partner have the surgery, but it didn't help anything? And if so, was the **real** problem ever diagnosed?

And thanks for the fashion tip! LOL :-) "A real body"—I loved that line!

And, finally, thanks for being a trooper and reading my (very) long China entries. :-) It's good to be home.

Edited at 2008-11-12 02:09 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Meniscus stuff
Hi - for both of us, the underlying problem was degenerative process in the knee. After April's surgery for extensive meniscus repair, she actually had *more* pain, not less. Two years later, armed with considerably more knowledge, we found another knee doctor who injected her with SynVisc (or something like that), which really relieved her pain. For me, three years post-meniscus surgery, I had increasing pain in that knee. Went back to the same guy, who was all set to operate AGAIN on a torn meniscus. Same story.. armed with more knowledge, went to a couple of knee experts. Both of those guys confirmed that many 40+ arthroscopies are not in fact helpful. (I ended up with a unicompartmental knee replacement, and will eventually need a full knee.)

Now... your pain sounds really acute, not chronic, so maybe it IS an injury related to a torn meniscus. But you have mentioned that knee in a number of past posts, and that's enough to raise my eyebrow when you talk about a diagnosis of torn meniscus as the cause of your current pain.

A second opinion would be a good thing. Take your shorts. :-)

Dorothy
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