It's another grey, dreary day, but it's been a good one. I am still feeling relatively strong and my mood is good. This morning I went back to my usual breakfast of whole wheat cinnamon raisin toast with my tea. When I woke up I could feel a lot of mucus in my chest that just wasn't moving, but once I took my cough medicine stuff started coming up relatively easily, without a lot of excess coughing, and I got all of it out in an hour or so.
Kathy arrived in mid-morning to check me out. Because I wasn't doing a lot of coughing I forgot that I was going to talk to her about the coughing fits, so I'll have to remember to do that next time she's here.
Anne came at noon to give me my acupuncture treatment, which as always I found relaxing, drifting off into a reverie while the needles were in and feeling quite energized afterwards. I got a call from my case manager at United Health Care (a new one, not the one I've been dealing with for months), and I tried hard to make the case to her that I needed hospice care or I would end up back in the hospital. There was just enough time for a quick lunch of a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat before the Boston Globe reporter arrived.
I went to sit in the living room, and the reporter, Florence, Julie, Marty, and I all talked for well over an hour about my situation and how the insurance company was trying to prevent me from getting the care I need. She was extremely sympathetic and knowledgeable, asking good questions that showed she was familiar with the absurdities of the health care payment system. After awhile the photographer showed up and took a number of pictures; by this time I was pretty tired and he took pictures of me being helped back to my room and getting settled in bed. He's supposed to come back tomorrow to shoot some video (for background material that will be used on boston.com).
Once I was back in bed Susan arrived and she helped to get a lot of stuff organized and kept me company for awhile. I'm alone now (Florence is out with her cousin for a movie and dinner), but I feel comfortable. In a little while I will put some more of my potato casserole in the microwave.