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  1. No, they're trying to limit theft and fraud. Just like a credit card or replacement back debit card is mailed to you in a vaguely labeled envelope.
  2. I believe it has to be the IRS that had your bank info, not social security. We got a paper check because our bank info with IRS was out of date. Do be sure to watch out for a debit card, if you are expecting a paper check. Many people got converted to debit card instead of check because they could get more of them sent faster.
  3. Some names have been changed, to protect the not-so-innocent!
  4. A long time ago, (10+ yrs iirc) in a Metromess not so far away, I hurt my right knee. Church league softball was to blame. Surgery fixed up that medial meniscus, though Doc Killemquicker warned me that I would end up with arthritis in it. FF>>> to 4 years ago, when the arthritis started getting bad, and I began favoring things to my "good" left knee, which had experienced a similar surgery in 1999. All was good afaik, until this March, when I began to notice some medial knee pain in the left "good" knee. The right knee had continued to deteriorate to the point that it is bone on bone, and I was just beginning the workup for a total knee replacement, when the quarantines hit and the .gov decided to ban elective surgeries. Bugger all! Now, picture this, it's Easter morning, 01:30 and a big line of storms is approaching. I awaken, and decide to short circuit the dogs' storm fears by giving those big chicken Ridgebacks some calming treats. I thought they were in the kitchen cabinets, but when I moved and turned, to look in the second cabinet, POP!!! OUCH!!! My good knee went out. Managed not to scream and awaken Dave, and hobbled back to bed, only to awaken in time for Easter service barely able to put weight on it. The next day, Doc Killemquicker diagnosed a torn meniscus in the good knee. MRI confirmed just how shredded it was. Since two weeks ago, they lifted the elective surgery restrictions, I decided to get it fixed last Thursday (it was making walking any distance at all fairly painful). Surgery went well, despite the crazy Covid19 restrictions, and I only experienced my first bout of post-anesthesia nausea. No pain. Yay! I left for home with Dave driving, and my knee with a ton of surgical dressing wrapped around it. Mind you, there are only two quarter inch incisions (arthroscopic) in my left knee and they are steri-stripped shut. Being a smart patient, albeit a stubborn one (so named by Doc Killemquicker!), I behaved and spent the rest of the day in bed, legs elevated. I had stopped all NSAID consumption the week before, except low dose aspirin as ok'd by Doc. I noticed, when I sat down in the bathroom, that my knee went squishy-gurgle on the lateral side (kneecap incision site). It did this 2-3x, when I would transition to sitting. I also began to notice the surgical dressings were getting heavy and pulling away from my knee... Turns out by 18:00 that night, they were soaked thru with blood. Hmm....that's never happened before. So I changed out the dressings and wrapped everything up again. By 22:00 it had happened again. Things were simply not wanting to clot. It was too late to call Doc's office, and too far to drive to an ER. Besides, the flow, while steady, wasn't arterial or anything. By 06:00 Friday, it was soaked thru, and messing up my bed. Blech! Dressing change again! Got ahold of Doc's office at 08:00, and after explaining I had needed 4 dressing changes, Doc said to drive into the Metromess. Mind you it's usually a 2.5-3hr drive depending on traffic. Dave and I left just a few min after 08:00. By 10:00, I was waiting to see Doc, having already soaked this latest dressing thru in 3 hrs, and dripped blood all over my floorboard in the truck! I conservatively estimate blood loss at one pint by this point in total. (I've been donating blood for most of my adult life, so I am well acquainted with how I feel when a pint low.) Doc Killemquicker peeled off the dressing, and revealed a narrow but steady stream of blood. After 3 attempts to staunch the flow with steri-strips, he conceded defeat, and said,"You're gonna make me stitch that, aren't you? You know, I've only had two other bleeders in 33 yrs of surgeries. One was due to a rare medication side effect, and the other stopped with steri-strips. But, no, YOU have to be difficult!" He put in two stitches there in the office, which didn't solve the problem. So he took one out, and used a different style of stitch, one that managed to miss ALL the areas numbed with lidocaine...I don't think Doc saw the bad faces I was making! But finally, it stopped bleeding! But now Doc was concerned over infection risks, since we were 24hrs post-op and your suture window ends around 12hrs. So I also got a round of horse pill sized antibiotics, and he said he'd come in on Sunday afternoon to remove the stitches and check for infection. You ever heard of a doc who would give up his Sunday afternoon to see a patient?? This is one of the reasons I am willing to drive so far to be his patient! No more bleeding. Sutures removed last Sunday. No infection. No pain in the joint. And, I get to drive in again tomorrow for my regular surgical follow up appointment! And then next week I get to restart the TKR work up with a specialist in Dallas, who was recommended by Doc Killemquicker. At least now, Dave has restocked our supplies of medical dressings!
  5. FYI, our check came in the mail yesterday.
  6. Went back to the IRS site today and now it says my paper check is being mailed later this coming week. Yay, just in time for my knee surgery.
  7. Vic303

    Hey MtRider!

    MtRider, we use air med care network, $85/yr for the chopper insurance. It's less if you get three yrs at a time (save like $15 total). Plus they give you a small Amazon gift card. At least they did last year when we signed up.
  8. Bugger all...I just found out that our pmt was supposed to hit today, but the direct deposit info was for our former bank. Can't update it online, so we are stuck getting a paper check mailed, blast it!
  9. Vic303

    Hey MtRider!

    Thanks Jeepers, it is really pretty out here.
  10. Today DH & DS started building me a ramp off the front porch. This make getting around easier and safer with my bad knees.
  11. Vic303

    Hey MtRider!

    We've moved 2x since I was very active here. Once to get out of the metromess, and once to buy a small acreage place for cash and get out from under a high mortgage/high tax place with an expensive pool. Now we own 5ac with a small horse a great shop and several outbuildings, ten miles from the nearest town. We have a greenbroke tenant mare, that assures our ag exemption, and basically pays most of our property taxes for the year. It's a win-win situation. The Monkeys are still at home, 18, almost 17, almost 16. DH is still a phone guy, though he is eligible to retire now if he wants. He had a TIA last july that gave us a scare, but he's recovered. Financially though it was a bit of a hit. Or rather, the chopper ride was! If you don't have Air Med insurance yet, get some! It's cheap and covers the family at your house, AND the chopper ride. FYI, a 116mi chopper ride here, runs over $63,000, before insurance.
  12. Vic303

    Hey MtRider!

    So, I read a recent post of yours where you mentioned a basement?? Did y'all move? I don't remember you ever mentioning a basement in the little mountain cabin. Hope y'all are well. Been so long since I was here... Vic
  13. Gosh, it's been so long since I was here! What have we done in the last year? Lots! We were briefly completely debt free, bought a nice rural property for cash and moved even farther out into rural east Tx onto 5 fenced acres, recovered DH from his TIA in July, that put us into debt from the chopper ride, sadly. This spring,hmm, bought 6 more baby chicks for dd1 to bring her flock to 20. We're getting about 8-10 eggs/day from the 14 adult hens. Bought 9 blueberry bushes and planted them, along with 4 elderberry plants. Refurbished my old magic mill grinder and brought all our food buckets home from the storage unit, DJ got a month paid leave from work for being on a high risk group for covid19, so he has been cleaning up the workshop, and firing up our reloading set up. And on the not so successful side of things, I decided to have knee surgery, in an attempt to stave off the knee replacement, but it got put off for covid19. Then, in the wee hours of Easter Sunday, I managed to wrench my good knee and cause a meniscus tear, so I am really hobbling around now. I get mri on that injury this week or next, and possible surgery asap. I have to have that knee strong enough and pain free if possible before I do the replacement on the other knee. And this Thursday I start the workup on the bad knee for surgical replacement. That just means I go meet the surgeon and his crew and they look over the files and we yak about my lifestyle, expectations and knees.
  14. MtR, I've seen tons of people wearing masks incorrectly...Apart from the ones who seen to think they're to be worn like a necklace, it's most common that I see them worn over the mouth, but NOT the nose!
  15. WE2, if the dog is to be an outside dog, then a Ridgeback is NOT a good choice. They do not do well as strictly outside dogs.
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