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(Imgur)   Farker vincent_blackshadow is on the mend. Not only has he charmed nurses into stealing bacon for him, they've also turned a blind eye so he could have his first beer since he was admitted to the ICU on Feb 7th. DIT   (i.imgur.com) divider line 160
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2013-03-23 10:16:57 PM  
Get well soon,  vincent_blackshadow
 
2013-03-23 10:17:33 PM  
Speedy recovery
 
2013-03-23 10:18:11 PM  
i25.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-23 10:18:38 PM  
would some please post the link to the fundraiser? I doesn't has it on my phone.
 
2013-03-23 10:19:16 PM  
Oh man, what put you down? Get better soon
 
2013-03-23 10:19:17 PM  
Glad to hear youre getting better. Keep it up!
 
2013-03-23 10:20:23 PM  
Oh noes! Sending positive vibes your way!
 
2013-03-23 10:20:28 PM  

Sidetrack: Oh man, what put you down? Get better soon


MRSA-pan.

static.giantbomb.com
 
2013-03-23 10:20:44 PM  
Love that guy and hope is in top form very soon!
 
2013-03-23 10:21:15 PM  
Quick backstory, vincent_blackshadow was admitted to the hospital on Superbowl Sunday with MRSA. Original link here. It was touch and go there for a while, and he spent 3 weeks in ICU before being moved for recovery. Rumor has it that he may be discharged a week from Monday, and be able to sleep in his own bed for the first time in far, far too long.

In the mean time, the Fark community has banded together in the past week, to raise over $12,400 towards his medical costs. If anyone would like to contribute, it isn't too late. Please direct your PayPal to vbl­acks­ha­dow­*fundrai­ser[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­i­amg*co­m (you'll have to manually type this out, as Fark code won't let you copypasta it in order to befuddle 'bots.

UPDATE from his missus, fishwife:
"Many, many thanks to you, ... for all you have done.  The insurance claims are starting to roll in now, and I figured out that we have a $2,500 deductible to cover, and then $5,000 on top of that before the insurance starts picking up the sizable tab (thank GOD we've got good insurance).  I don't know if v_b's going to have to continue with dialysis on an outpatient basis after he comes home, so each and every donation to this amazing fundraiser is going to be put to good use.  Bless you."


Thank everyone so much for the well-wishes, the candles, the cards, the posterboards, the chocolates, and the financial donations. Each and everyone is is greatly appreciated for many reasons.

Thank you.
 
2013-03-23 10:21:59 PM  
Also, I promise to have the DIT typed up before I submit the link, next time. Sheesh.

:)
 
2013-03-23 10:22:33 PM  
Sounds like good news. Hope he gets home soon. :)
 
2013-03-23 10:24:01 PM  
You've left out the most important detail - what kind of beer?


Keep getting better brother!!
 
2013-03-23 10:24:12 PM  
Glad to hear it. And here I thought people went to the hospital to get MRSA.
 
2013-03-23 10:24:46 PM  
Woo!! It's that normalcy of having a beer that shows he's getting better/on the mend.
 
2013-03-23 10:25:17 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: You've left out the most important detail - what kind of beer?


Keep getting better brother!!


Newcastle, of course! Click on the imgur link to see it. Otherwise,

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-23 10:25:52 PM  
Okay, $12500, but HOW MUCH BIE??
 
2013-03-23 10:26:23 PM  
Alright, so, for the fun of it (and since it is Saturday) - y'all want to post pics of yourselves toasting with your beverage of choice tonight? v_b and fishwife will see this thread... :D
 
2013-03-23 10:26:52 PM  
That is one way to get out of a Super bowl bet I suppose.

Despite the terrible joke I sincerely hope he has a speedy recovery.
 
2013-03-23 10:27:22 PM  

ffish: Okay, $12500, but HOW MUCH BIE??


I'd consider sending BIE. Mostly cause I'm too broke to donate.
 
2013-03-23 10:27:27 PM  

Witchydiva: Rumor has it that he may be discharged a week from Monday, and be able to sleep in his own bed for the first time in far, far too long.


Glad to hear that he's been doing better and may soon be able to get out of the hospital.

Keep on rockin' on, v_b, and speediest of recoveries to ya!
 
2013-03-23 10:27:32 PM  

Witchydiva: Anderson's Pooper: You've left out the most important detail - what kind of beer?


Keep getting better brother!!

Newcastle, of course! Click on the imgur link to see it. Otherwise,

[i.imgur.com image 800x600]


Good man.  I'm glad to see him on the mend.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-03-23 10:27:34 PM  
Really glad things have come together so well for a scary situation. Keep getting better, v_b.
 
2013-03-23 10:28:22 PM  
Glad to hear you're on the mend.  Get home soon!
 
2013-03-23 10:28:53 PM  

leehouse: That is one way to get out of a Super bowl bet I suppose.

Despite the terrible joke I sincerely hope he has a speedy recovery.


MRSA: what happens when Baltimore wins.
 
2013-03-23 10:28:56 PM  
congrats and get better! ♡
 
2013-03-23 10:30:19 PM  

Witchydiva: Also, I promise to have the DIT typed up before I submit the link, next time. Sheesh.

:)


That's OK, you're a good egg.
 
2013-03-23 10:30:40 PM  
Fantastic news! Congrats!
 
2013-03-23 10:32:50 PM  
Haha that makes me so happy to see him with the beer!

Wow, I can't believe we raised that much.  I knew we were awesome and that everyone loved him but daaaaaaaamn guys.

Thanks for the update btw.
 
2013-03-23 10:33:25 PM  

we'refromthesamestory: ffish: Okay, $12500, but HOW MUCH BIE??

I'd consider sending BIE. Mostly cause I'm too broke to donate.


Pretty sure boobs are fark's alternative currency.

Go for it.
 
2013-03-23 10:35:10 PM  
Awesome.
 
2013-03-23 10:37:54 PM  
Excellent.

also god bless nurses.
 
2013-03-23 10:42:37 PM  

doglover: Sidetrack: Oh man, what put you down? Get better soon

MRSA-pan.

[static.giantbomb.com image 640x400]


ha!
 
2013-03-23 10:44:13 PM  

discgolfguru: Glad to hear it. And here I thought people went to the hospital to get MRSA.


It's the kind of one-stop shopping I can most certainly do without.
 
2013-03-23 10:46:13 PM  
I'm working on a photo. I'm in my jammies. And my 20+ year-old bathrobe. And be naughty bunny mug MIGHT be empty...but...it MIGHT have Jameson's in it...
 
2013-03-23 10:48:13 PM  
(I couldn't find my camera...so it will be a cruddy iphone self-portrait. No make-up...wet hair. Waiting for the bajillion photos on my phone to download into computer so I can upload ONE onto photobucket...)
 
2013-03-23 10:49:21 PM  

mjsee: .but...it MIGHT have Jameson's in it..


Get a little more and then go ravish the husband!
 
2013-03-23 11:01:59 PM  
Craving beer is a good sign.  Stay on the mend vb :)
 
2013-03-23 11:02:46 PM  
Oh man that's awesome.
 
2013-03-23 11:03:56 PM  
And I just realized Im drinking a newcastle right now.
 
2013-03-23 11:07:38 PM  
ANNNNND...I fail at this technology stuff. sigh.
 
2013-03-23 11:12:51 PM  
I give up. Perhaps tomorrow...
 
2013-03-23 11:14:12 PM  
Newcastle?  Oh, man, I'm so sorry... :(
 
2013-03-23 11:28:46 PM  
What a asshole I am. Get better V_B. Lets jump on the band wagon and cheer and forget all the $$$ raised. I'm such an asshole. Whoo, bandwagon, whoop, whoop. Go go go, local sports team. Whoop!!!
 
2013-03-23 11:30:56 PM  
Happy Saturday


i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-23 11:40:18 PM  
I didn't know it was MRSA. I got that last year, and still haven't gotten completely over it.
I was in rough shape.
They even called my family in to say goodbye.
 
2013-03-23 11:47:00 PM  

Sidetrack: Oh man, what put you down? Get better soon


MRSA. Here's the original thread.
 
2013-03-23 11:58:18 PM  

Ras-Algethi: would some please post the link to the fundraiser? I doesn't has it on my phone.


The original link has been posted in the thread. There is another fundraiser for V_B as well, with an incentive to donate. Here's a link to that as well.
 
2013-03-23 11:59:06 PM  
All the best.

Newcastle????
 
2013-03-24 12:01:26 AM  
Feel better v_b!!  And wow, Farkers and the donations, I am impressed.
 
2013-03-24 12:01:27 AM  

whatshisname: All the best.

Newcastle????


Yup, Newcastle.

He's doing it right.
 
2013-03-24 12:02:42 AM  
I'll do everyone a favor and not post a photo of me toasting. Get well soon, Vincent!!  Anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger, or eats parts of your flesh and leaves you with stupid medical bills.  Either way all the best to you sir, and may you have a speedy recovery.
 
2013-03-24 12:08:42 AM  
*raises glass*

(To all the haters, Newcastle wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever's available immediately in the hospital would be fine.)
 
2013-03-24 12:12:11 AM  
I know that I'm just another Internet stranger with well wishes, but I am genuinely happy to see you doing better.

Here's hoping that you'll be released soon so you may begin the process of recovering your humanity, which is the first casualty of an extended hospitalization.

Remember that singular goal.

Cheers.
 
2013-03-24 12:13:42 AM  
hehe nice work, hombre. Get well soon
 
2013-03-24 12:13:44 AM  
Go bro.I dont have the money,But I do have the prayers for you and yours.

/I look forward to your posts soon.
 
2013-03-24 12:15:30 AM  
Pharmacist here. You know, lots of hospital pharmacies keep hard liquor in their narcotics vault (to treat methanol or ethylene glycol toxicity). My hospital has a handle of Jim Beam for such purposes. Play your cards right, you just might get an rx for the same . . .
 
2013-03-24 12:19:57 AM  
Mad love and best wishes to our fellow farker. We need another funny picture thread for him. That thing the other day had me, and I imagine a lot of other people (hopefully VBS included) literally LOLing.
 
2013-03-24 12:22:19 AM  
Get well soon and like you I too enjoy Newcastle Brown Ale!
 
2013-03-24 12:27:05 AM  
Great news.
 
2013-03-24 12:36:33 AM  

doglover:


My favorite pic. *muah*
 
2013-03-24 12:36:52 AM  
Cheers to you good man!

/Love me some tasty Newcastle
//I've had almost too many tonight
///almost


suck at pics
 
2013-03-24 12:37:41 AM  
Kippis, v_b!!

i.imgur.com
/yep, tis straight outta teh freez0r
 
2013-03-24 12:39:35 AM  

Witchydiva: Alright, so, for the fun of it (and since it is Saturday) - y'all want to post pics of yourselves toasting with your beverage of choice tonight? v_b and fishwife will see this thread... :D


www.bruguru.com
Here's to you Vincent!!!

/fark MRSA, that's got nothing on you
 
2013-03-24 12:44:57 AM  

I'm hoisting a Modelo Negro in your honor vincent_blackshadow!


farm9.staticflickr.com

In this mug which is kept in a freezer (along with a few others).  Glad you are able to smile.
 
2013-03-24 12:51:00 AM  
So, has anyone tried to get drew to go see this guy and wish him well?
 Or is he in a Heineken-induced coma again?
 
2013-03-24 12:53:27 AM  
Wishing you all the nurses you need for a speedy rok solid recovery, amigo.

www.nursecostumes.com
 
2013-03-24 12:59:22 AM  
Awesome news, V_B! I love seeing these good updates. Keep on going sir!
 
2013-03-24 01:00:42 AM  
good deal

hope you got kiwi's pictures too

that should make everyone feel better. harder? better? better harder?
 
2013-03-24 01:00:52 AM  

msupf: So, has anyone tried to get drew to go see this guy and wish him well?
 Or is he in a Heineken-induced coma again?


In the last V_B thread he said he'd try to drop in early April
 
2013-03-24 01:06:06 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: msupf: So, has anyone tried to get drew to go see this guy and wish him well?
 Or is he in a Heineken-induced coma again?

In the last V_B thread he said he'd try to drop in early April


Ah, thanks. Haven't been able to read through everything. Just saw the updates and made a donation when I could.
 
2013-03-24 01:10:18 AM  
Awesome, VB!
 
2013-03-24 01:14:37 AM  

msupf: Ah, thanks. Haven't been able to read through everything. Just saw the updates and made a donation when I could.


And thank you for donating. :-)
 
2013-03-24 01:21:21 AM  
So very happy to see that Mike is on the mend!
 
2013-03-24 01:29:12 AM  
Yaaaaay!!!
 
2013-03-24 01:30:31 AM  
WOOO!

Glad to see a smile on your face vincent_blackshadow!
 
2013-03-24 01:30:46 AM  
Bacon, a very good sign in the healing process.

Regards and well wishes!!!
 
2013-03-24 01:42:42 AM  
Am I the only person who thought that headline could get hospital staff in trouble, possibly fired?

/glad he's doing better
 
2013-03-24 01:43:40 AM  

Ras-Algethi: would some please post the link to the fundraiser? I doesn't has it on my phone.


Go back to yesterday, look for the boobies tag. That'll take you right to it, if you look in the posting that happens to be number one.

/take that, filter
 
2013-03-24 01:46:38 AM  

Omahawg: good deal

hope you got kiwi's pictures too

that should make everyone feel better. harder? better? better harder?


I missed this thread completely, I was busy getting my blood sucked out by an incompetent phlebotomist hahaha

Glad to see you feeling better, dude!
 
2013-03-24 01:54:44 AM  
kiwimoogle84:
I missed this thread completely, I was busy getting my blood sucked out by an incompetent phlebotomist hahaha

Too lazy to make my own witty remark. Build your own:

hooker
transvestite
alley
motel room
'services rendered'
sure, sucking 'blood'
etc. etc.
 
2013-03-24 02:13:47 AM  
Glad you are on the mend boss.

I don't know you from spit, but you seem like great peeps.

If you are in Houston sometime, hollar I'll set your ass up.
 
2013-03-24 02:38:03 AM  
Just donated, glad to help in a small way.  I just finished reading the original thread and it scares me how many people have to face life-threatening illnesses AND insane medical bills/bankruptcy at the same time.

If you haven't already read this, please do: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html  It's a long read and it is compelling.  I'm sorry if it came up on a Fark thread already; it almost certainly did.  I don't check in here daily.

Off topic on VB but OT w/MRSA: That picture of VB with his beer seems to have been taken in a multi-patient ward (see the 2nd bed beside him). I thought those things had been done away with, precisely because of MRSA.  Nothing personal to VB, but who wants to be the patient in the bed beside a patient with MRSA?

I have the worst health insurance - it reimburses at Medicare rates - but my local teaching hospital accepts it.  When I was admitted there in December, I stayed in a private room with my own bathroom, because that's the only kind they have.  Was I just lucky?
 
2013-03-24 02:41:37 AM  
Great to see that a good man and his Newcastle aren't separated for too long. :) Keep on getting better and better my dear friend and we'll hoist a few soon.
 
2013-03-24 02:46:33 AM  

ElizaDoolittle: Just donated, glad to help in a small way.  I just finished reading the original thread and it scares me how many people have to face life-threatening illnesses AND insane medical bills/bankruptcy at the same time.

If you haven't already read this, please do: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html  It's a long read and it is compelling.  I'm sorry if it came up on a Fark thread already; it almost certainly did.  I don't check in here daily.

Off topic on VB but OT w/MRSA: That picture of VB with his beer seems to have been taken in a multi-patient ward (see the 2nd bed beside him). I thought those things had been done away with, precisely because of MRSA.  Nothing personal to VB, but who wants to be the patient in the bed beside a patient with MRSA?

I have the worst health insurance - it reimburses at Medicare rates - but my local teaching hospital accepts it.  When I was admitted there in December, I stayed in a private room with my own bathroom, because that's the only kind they have.  Was I just lucky?


He's probably undergoing dialysis. IIRC he's doing so on a daily basis.
 
2013-03-24 02:49:17 AM  

Witchydiva: Anderson's Pooper: You've left out the most important detail - what kind of beer?


Keep getting better brother!!

Newcastle, of course! Click on the imgur link to see it. Otherwise,

[i.imgur.com image 800x600]


Good choice in beer. If it was something I didn't like, I'd demand my ten dollars back just out of principle.
 
2013-03-24 03:05:06 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: ElizaDoolittle: Off topic on VB but OT w/MRSA: That picture of VB with his beer seems to have been taken in a multi-patient ward (see the 2nd bed beside him). I thought those things had been done away with, precisely because of MRSA.

He's probably undergoing dialysis. IIRC he's doing so on a daily basis.


Even so, should he be undergoing dialysis next to another person doing the same thing when he has an infectious disease?  Please don't hate on me for asking this.  I hope VB gets well; obviously, nobody is to blame for contracting MRSA. But once you have contracted it,  shouldn't you be isolated from the rest of the patients to contain the infection?

Please hold the hatred.  I'm asking a question that seems logical to me at 3AM on a Sunday.

Also, very sorry that VB is undergoing dialysis.  That must be one MF of an infection.  MFRSA?
 
2013-03-24 03:06:40 AM  
Hells yeah! Great news and great beer to go with it
 
2013-03-24 03:20:46 AM  

ElizaDoolittle: Bathia_Mapes: ElizaDoolittle: Off topic on VB but OT w/MRSA: That picture of VB with his beer seems to have been taken in a multi-patient ward (see the 2nd bed beside him). I thought those things had been done away with, precisely because of MRSA.

He's probably undergoing dialysis. IIRC he's doing so on a daily basis.

Even so, should he be undergoing dialysis next to another person doing the same thing when he has an infectious disease?  Please don't hate on me for asking this.  I hope VB gets well; obviously, nobody is to blame for contracting MRSA. But once you have contracted it,  shouldn't you be isolated from the rest of the patients to contain the infection?

Please hold the hatred.  I'm asking a question that seems logical to me at 3AM on a Sunday.

Also, very sorry that VB is undergoing dialysis.  That must be one MF of an infection.  MFRSA?


I posted the original thread further back up this thread. The MRSA not only caused him to go into septic shock, but kidney failure too.

However, I'm not getting the "hatred" thing. Is that how you see my reply to you because that wasn't my intent.
 
2013-03-24 03:47:15 AM  
Never exchanged words with you VB, but I've been in hospital with MRSA when the stab wound that had punctured my lung got infected. I lost nearly 20kg bodyweight, and had some pretty spectacular lucid dreaming with the temperatures during the fight.

Glad to see you with that beer, and that smile, soldier. We're keeping your bunk warm back at the barracks here in Farkistan. We just won't tell you how. ;)

Safe journey, and keep those nurses on their toes! I'll keep my bong lit for you.

(oh, and those big lumps in your arms at the i.v. sights die down on their own, it's not to worry about, just your veins hardening)
 
2013-03-24 03:54:06 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: ElizaDoolittle: 

I posted the original thread further back up this thread. The MRSA not only caused him to go into septic shock, but kidney failure too.

Aargh, I missed the bit about kidney failure.  That's scary.  Get well, VB.  Best wishes to you and your wife.  What an ordeal.

However, I'm not getting the "hatred" thing. Is that how you see my reply to you because that wasn't my intent.

Don't worry.  It was not directed at you at all.  You're one of the nicest women here.  It was a preemptive move to try to avoid the many farkers who would interpret my post as being smug about my private room in hospital rather than genuinely confused about why VB was in a shared ward when he had MRSA.
 
2013-03-24 03:56:05 AM  
Glad you're pulling through man.  If your presence on fark.com is any reflection of your presence in the meat world, you do a lot of good for a lot of people, whether you know it or not.
.
 
2013-03-24 03:56:20 AM  
uttertosh: That is a great Fark name.  Handle, as it were.
 
2013-03-24 04:43:47 AM  
V_B, get well now, not soon.
 
2013-03-24 04:48:22 AM  
Keep up the improvements, v_b. I don't drink anymore, so you go ahead and have an extra beer for me.
 
2013-03-24 06:06:52 AM  
I get it! These are "Featured Partner" links, right? Because, really, I've never heard of the guy and I've never seen any Farker get so much "main" time.

Hope V_B gets well soon.

Also hope people stop posting these threads. And "dusty in here" threads, if I may ask for such a thing, because it's not dust, it's wuss.
 
2013-03-24 06:37:36 AM  
Glad to hear it.  Keep getting better!
 
2013-03-24 06:53:03 AM  

Sidetrack: Oh man, what put you down? Get better soon


My first ominous thought was of the Vincent Black Shadow, hellishly quick vee-twin, but with puny tiny brakes.

May have contributed to the fatal crash of Lawrence of Arabia, who was reportedly trying to miss some kids on the road.

Motorcycles in those days really did not have strong stopping power. I remember the 1960s, when Ceriani four-leading-shoe drum brakes on racing bikes were so huge the spokes in the front wheel were the length of matchsticks. Still wouldn't lock up the front wheel. Stoppy? Forget it.

/Did I just hijack something?
//It crawled into my hand, honest
///Hey get well quick, VBS.
 
2013-03-24 07:06:12 AM  
I wont comment in this thread except to say- You do know me. Chose beer and give me a day and its there, mate.
 
2013-03-24 07:19:38 AM  

Witchydiva: Newcastle, of course! Click on the imgur link to see it. Otherwise,


Be well my brother. I have an  Andygator and a Maudite as soon as you are ready . Also an odd beer from Petaluma.
 
2013-03-24 07:36:24 AM  
Theres a lot of MRSA survivors on FARK. Hugs at you all.

VB, I'm on the other coast, but wish I had gone to the other side for one of your shindigs, having heard of your antics. May you enjoy many more beers, and I hope to hear of more misbehavior in the future.

But for now, hello kidneys, get to work.
 
2013-03-24 07:40:51 AM  
Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.
 
2013-03-24 07:58:27 AM  
Behold, the power of beer!

I mean, FARK!
 
2013-03-24 08:11:38 AM  

ElizaDoolittle: uttertosh: That is a great Fark name.  Handle, as it were.


heh.

I was in Scotland when I got stabbed, picking the infection up in the hospital. They isolated me until the infection was clear, then back in the main cardiothoracic ward for my physio. The great thing was that the socialised healthcare system in Scotland covered everything, including all prescriptions and 6 weeks physiotherapy. Felt quite guilty bout that, so I spent $100+ on fancy chocolates for the nurses.

You got lucky with the singleroom layout of that hospital. Real lucky. The blood-curdling noises that the cardiothoracic ward is known throw out are, imho, best experienced without getting to see exactly what's happening to the poor bastard making them.
 
2013-03-24 08:22:20 AM  
....because it is impossible that anyone in the hospital reads fark and there is no way that this headline could land the nurses in a pot of hot water for their kindness.
 
2013-03-24 09:06:44 AM  
Craaazy. I'm glad you're feeling better.
 
2013-03-24 09:10:55 AM  
"You know what the business community thinks of you? They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years"
 
2013-03-24 09:12:46 AM  

edmo: "You know what the business community thinks of you? They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years"


Craaaapaap. Wrong thread

I'm positive our business community thinks very highly of you and wishes you a speedy recovery.
 
2013-03-24 09:14:43 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-03-24 09:53:00 AM  
Good to hear.
 
2013-03-24 10:05:04 AM  

RockofAges: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: ....because it is impossible that anyone in the hospital reads fark and there is no way that this headline could land the nurses in a pot of hot water for their kindness.

Is this seriously what we're worried about now?

My God what a bunch of blubbering got-damn pansies not only Fark has become but the internetizens in general.

The odds of this happening are 100000000000:1. Disciplinary action based on a squirreled away Fark post!

/Just donated to VB. Not much but I respect. Also, I like the prizes we're giving out.
//To the farker above who said it's not much like 2002. I was a poster back then as well and I couldn't agree more. Got the net in 93. Since then it's been year after year of pussification and hand-wringing as we surrender all activity to worrying about bureaucratic nonsense and things that are antithetical to the service of life.


More often than not, as long as you don't mistreat any of your nurses and you avoid causing enough of a ruckus that it angers the other patients, you're fine.

In general, the staff wants to promote happiness and joy--it makes their day a little brighter and (most importantly) it helps the patient recover faster.

In short, trust the staff to keep things organized and focus on healing.  Worrying about the bureaucratic BS is not something that any patient should have to do, so I agree that worrying about it on his behalf is unimportant.

For now, just send the good vibes and wishes for a speedy recovery.  Cheers!
 
2013-03-24 10:06:57 AM  

MeSoHomely: RockofAges: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: ....because it is impossible that anyone in the hospital reads fark and there is no way that this headline could land the nurses in a pot of hot water for their kindness.

Is this seriously what we're worried about now?

My God what a bunch of blubbering got-damn pansies not only Fark has become but the internetizens in general.

The odds of this happening are 100000000000:1. Disciplinary action based on a squirreled away Fark post!

/Just donated to VB. Not much but I respect. Also, I like the prizes we're giving out.
//To the farker above who said it's not much like 2002. I was a poster back then as well and I couldn't agree more. Got the net in 93. Since then it's been year after year of pussification and hand-wringing as we surrender all activity to worrying about bureaucratic nonsense and things that are antithetical to the service of life.

More often than not, as long as you don't mistreat any of your nurses and you avoid causing enough of a ruckus that it angers the other patients, you're fine.

In general, the staff wants to promote happiness and joy--it makes their day a little brighter and (most importantly) it helps the patient recover faster.

In short, trust the staff to keep things organized and focus on healing.  Worrying about the bureaucratic BS is not something that any patient should have to do, so I agree that worrying about it on his behalf is unimportant.

For now, just send the good vibes and wishes for a speedy recovery.  Cheers!


Well, phooey.. That post was meant for LSC.  Anyway, I figure that he'll see it regardless.
 
2013-03-24 10:30:09 AM  
I was not aware of any of this.

Goddamitsomuch.
 
2013-03-24 10:37:34 AM  
I hope you have a speedy recovery! Money is tight now but I'll donate the next donation thread...
 
2013-03-24 10:39:27 AM  
Trying to post a pic from my phone but I am out in the middle of nowhere and the service is super slow.

At any rate, glad to hear that VB is on the mend, and that the Fark community responded with the volume of donations that were sent.

If you see this, hang in there buddy.
 
2013-03-24 10:49:15 AM  
FINALLY. My internet is cooperating. Here you go, v_b.
img.photobucket.com

Terrible phone self-portrait is terrible. There was coffee in that mug this AM!
 
2013-03-24 11:13:59 AM  
smells_like_meat: Roman Fyseek: Fark Friendship Fund

Just saying. This charity drive was for V_B and his family, not a "cause to be named later". Poor idea.

Just saying.


From the previous thread. You misunderstood me.  All of the donations go directly to v_b to cover his expenses. I'm just making it clear that any excess aren't going to turn into a drug-fueled weekend in Vegas.

Unless I'm invited, of course.
 
2013-03-24 11:17:08 AM  

Ukab the Great: *sigh*

Once again this thread has been "popped to the top" by the powers-who-be and those-who-must-not-be-named.

Look...it's getting old. Don't get me wrong, I feel for this guy's plight but come on...five frickin' days of this? What's he need this money for? His fishmonger wife says they have health insurance. So where's it going? I want to see the scanned in hospital bills and I want an independent accountant handling this money in escrow.

Sorry, but I'm too suspicious to buy into this all at once. For all I know there's someone in Nigeria (Niger, please) rubbing his thin, bony hands together.

Do we have any proof this story is even for real?


Sigh.

It's real. V_B is one of the good ones...as evidenced by the love he's getting here. He is a long-time denizen of TFD. We take care of our own. You don't want to donate? That's fine.There are a number of former TFers that have become liters for one reason or another. It was almost certainly greened so that they could see it.   I do wish Drew would make an appearance and give you a proper set-down. It's his sandbox...and I guarantee he is cool with this.
 
2013-03-24 11:19:17 AM  

robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.


WHAT?
 
2013-03-24 11:24:05 AM  

robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.


I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.
 
2013-03-24 11:26:15 AM  
Glad to hear you are feeling better.
 
2013-03-24 11:30:27 AM  

kiwimoogle84: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.


Oh, honey. (Motherly hug and kiss on forehead.) I've not been on TFD much of late...so you don't know me...but...yeah. That is unconscionable.
 
2013-03-24 11:40:33 AM  

Witchydiva: Anderson's Pooper: You've left out the most important detail - what kind of beer?


Keep getting better brother!!

Newcastle, of course! Click on the imgur link to see it. Otherwise,

[i.imgur.com image 800x600]


Best picture ever.
 
2013-03-24 11:45:17 AM  
Fark yeah!!!  Keep on getting better!
 
2013-03-24 12:00:59 PM  

kiwimoogle84: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.


I understand the betrayal of your trust is upsetting, and the offendee should be severely punished, but I thought the "Okay rack" part was also offensive and objectionable.  It is considerably more than okay.
 
2013-03-24 12:04:54 PM  

vladimpaler: kiwimoogle84: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.

I understand the betrayal of your trust is upsetting, and the offendee should be severely punished, but I thought the "Okay rack" part was also offensive and objectionable.  It is considerably more than okay.


Yeah, there is that.

*shrug*

I'm leaving the thread. If anyone has any info, you know how to find me. And now apparently, so does the entire world.
 
2013-03-24 12:14:02 PM  
Keep getting better,  V_B!
 
2013-03-24 12:46:33 PM  

kiwimoogle84: vladimpaler: kiwimoogle84: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.

I understand the betrayal of your trust is upsetting, and the offendee should be severely punished, but I thought the "Okay rack" part was also offensive and objectionable.  It is considerably more than okay.

Yeah, there is that.

*shrug*

I'm leaving the thread. If anyone has any info, you know how to find me. And now apparently, so does the entire world.


No good deed goes unpunished. I was a big fan of you doing this for someone you don't even know on the internet for no reward. Truly selfless. Thanks

unfortunately, there are many jerks on the internet that are not as wonderful as you.

I mean this as far as I can tell, since I have no idea who you are and what you are like. But thanks
 
2013-03-24 01:17:43 PM  
Wait. A special hospital version of tord on a Sunday morning. Ok. I think V_B has actually altered reality.
 
2013-03-24 01:24:29 PM  
I've got a very strong Irish hot chocolate I'm toasting to you V_B. I just got out of the hospital myself. Get better soon!
 
2013-03-24 01:28:19 PM  
Oh crap
 
2013-03-24 02:16:03 PM  
To whoever reposted Kiwis photos, USE COMMON SENSE. Yes, I know that there's a distinct lack of it around the internet, but come on. If you get BIE, it is meant for you, and you alone. It doesn't matter if Fred or Bob got the same email, you do not get the right to post them for the world to see. You are why we can't have nice things.

Sorry about the threadjack. Get better soon, so you can go home, and have a beer of whatever label you like whenever you like. I've donated once, and I'll try to send a few more bucks your way on Thursday.  :)
 
2013-03-24 02:34:49 PM  

kiwimoogle84: vladimpaler: kiwimoogle84: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

I need answers as soon as someone can give them to me. I need to know where they are so I can have them pulled. And whoever is low enough to post them everywhere needs a ban. That was not what this was for and it's really upsetting me.

I understand the betrayal of your trust is upsetting, and the offendee should be severely punished, but I thought the "Okay rack" part was also offensive and objectionable.  It is considerably more than okay.

Yeah, there is that.

*shrug*

I'm leaving the thread. If anyone has any info, you know how to find me. And now apparently, so does the entire world.


Well, hell.  Somebody tries to make a difference, then some jackass has to abuse the process and not accept a gift for what it is--a gift.  If she was trying to make a few bucks for herself off of her shots, I wouldn't necessarily be that upset, but this is not the kind of event that would make that action even remotely acceptable.  I hope that the offender is at least singled out and invited to go fark themself.

I declined the photos after my donation, but hopefully someone can do some tracking on her behalf.  There is at least one website (www.tineye.com) where you can either submit an image or a link to a known posting, and it will search the Internet on your behalf.  It isn't foolproof, from what I have found, but it is at least a tool to be used.  Please see what you can do to help her out.

*sigh*  Why can't the jerks just take a day off once in a while?
 
2013-03-24 02:36:45 PM  

gambitsgirl: Oh crap


Those of you posting kiwi's photos on any sites, you are apparently uncaring or unaware of the high ability types who are regulars here on Fark, and who would do a good Farkette a favor.
 
2013-03-24 02:36:51 PM  

robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.


Will you please email me links to the sites to which you are referring? vblackshadow.fundraiser at gmail dot com

kiwimoogle84, if this is true, I would like to help you get those photos posted without your permission taken down.

This is why we can't have nice thing, y'all. Not cool.
 
2013-03-24 02:51:14 PM  

Roman Fyseek: smells_like_meat: Roman Fyseek: Fark Friendship Fund

Just saying. This charity drive was for V_B and his family, not a "cause to be named later". Poor idea.

Just saying.

From the previous thread. You misunderstood me.  All of the donations go directly to v_b to cover his expenses. I'm just making it clear that any excess aren't going to turn into a drug-fueled weekend in Vegas.

Unless I'm invited, of course.


Well, if we're doing drug fueled in Vegas, I'm available as a chaperone for you crazy kids. ;-)

Get well V_B.
 
2013-03-24 06:58:16 PM  

ElizaDoolittle: I hope VB gets well; obviously, nobody is to blame for contracting MRSA. But once you have contracted it, shouldn't you be isolated from the rest of the patients to contain the infection?


FWIW, it was posted in one of the prior threads that the infection is cleared up, and now his body is just trying to recover from the damage it did.  I think he was in ICU when he was actually battling the infection itself.
 
2013-03-24 07:15:08 PM  

Tziva: ElizaDoolittle: I hope VB gets well; obviously, nobody is to blame for contracting MRSA. But once you have contracted it, shouldn't you be isolated from the rest of the patients to contain the infection?

FWIW, it was posted in one of the prior threads that the infection is cleared up, and now his body is just trying to recover from the damage it did.  I think he was in ICU when he was actually battling the infection itself.


Yes that was the info posted, that the infection itself had been battled and cleared Since he's not in a bubble or wearing a mask or anything like that, it's assumed that the Infection Control folks know that he's OK to be out and about without risk (and hopefully going home soon!).
 
2013-03-24 08:04:39 PM  
Sidebar:

Thank you to the farker who gifted me a month of TF. I greatly appreciate the gesture, even if I view what I did for this member of the community as nothing more than being neighborly and unworthy of the reward.
 
2013-03-24 08:33:01 PM  

uttertosh: ElizaDoolittle: uttertosh: That is a great Fark name.  Handle, as it were.

heh.

I was in Scotland when I got stabbed, picking the infection up in the hospital. They isolated me until the infection was clear, then back in the main cardiothoracic ward for my physio. The great thing was that the socialised healthcare system in Scotland covered everything, including all prescriptions and 6 weeks physiotherapy. Felt quite guilty bout that, so I spent $100+ on fancy chocolates for the nurses.

You got lucky with the singleroom layout of that hospital. Real lucky. The blood-curdling noises that the cardiothoracic ward is known throw out are, imho, best experienced without getting to see exactly what's happening to the poor bastard making them.


Don't talk to me about blood-curdling noises.  I was in for bowel obstruction.  Hadn't pooped in two weeks and was crippled with copious amounts of painful trapped gas.  They gave me some concoction that ensured I spend the entire night farting uncontrollably at high-decibel levels and shiatting vast quantities of two-week-old shiat.  If I'd had to do that in a bed pan, next to innocent patients, I would have self-defenestrated.  So not only did I get lucky with the private room, so did all the other patients.  Don't tell me you didn't send the chocs hoping to strike something up with that one pretty nurse.
 
2013-03-25 12:26:54 AM  
looking good VB, i'm glad you're getting better and hope you're out of there soon.
 
2013-03-25 01:24:41 AM  
Cheers!
 
2013-03-25 02:08:17 AM  

Witchydiva: robohobo: Kiwi's photosets have turned up in more than a couple sites.

Okay rack.

Will you please email me links to the sites to which you are referring? vblackshadow.fundraiser at gmail dot com

kiwimoogle84, if this is true, I would like to help you get those photos posted without your permission taken down.

This is why we can't have nice thing, y'all. Not cool.


Is the email still the same as the initial thread?

I think I'm gonna go ahead and send something anyway.  Just watching how everything turned out in kiwi's thread was cool, and I feel like I should contribute, gift or no gift.
 
2013-03-25 05:58:43 AM  

ElizaDoolittle: Don't tell me you didn't send the chocs hoping to strike something up with that one pretty nurse.


Even got the Godiva ones she chatted about. Pricey, but well worth it.
 
2013-03-25 10:05:44 AM  
I'm glad to hear he's on the mend!

we'refromthesamestory: ffish: Okay, $12500, but HOW MUCH BIE??

I'd consider sending BIE. Mostly cause I'm too broke to donate.


Would you consider a proxy? EIP.
 
2013-03-25 10:11:37 AM  

Clutch2013: Is the email still the same as the initial thread?

I think I'm gonna go ahead and send something anyway.  Just watching how everything turned out in kiwi's thread was cool, and I feel like I should contribute, gift or no gift.


Yes, vblackshadow.fundraiser at gmail dot com is the PayPal addy. Thank you very much!

UPDATE from fishwife:
"NUTS. It appears that the whole 'going home in about a week' thing was more of a wishful thought on v_b's part, and not something the doctors were deciding. They're talking a other MONTH of rehab. I feel like I've walked full speed into a brick wall. I truly do understand how blessed we are that v_b's come so far, and I think that v_b will surprise them by how quickly he can get to the point of being ready to go home, but still...."

Also, Farkers have raised $12,627.36 so far for vincent_blackshadow. Amazing.
 
2013-03-25 11:13:38 AM  

Witchydiva: Clutch2013: Is the email still the same as the initial thread?

I think I'm gonna go ahead and send something anyway.  Just watching how everything turned out in kiwi's thread was cool, and I feel like I should contribute, gift or no gift.

Yes, vblackshadow.fundraiser at gmail dot com is the PayPal addy. Thank you very much!

UPDATE from fishwife:
"NUTS. It appears that the whole 'going home in about a week' thing was more of a wishful thought on v_b's part, and not something the doctors were deciding. They're talking a other MONTH of rehab. I feel like I've walked full speed into a brick wall. I truly do understand how blessed we are that v_b's come so far, and I think that v_b will surprise them by how quickly he can get to the point of being ready to go home, but still...."

Also, Farkers have raised $12,627.36 so far for vincent_blackshadow. Amazing.


 Maybe after a few days they'll let him go home and continue an outpatient rehab program? I've heard of that happening, if he makes good progress and he remains stable. No one WANTS to keep patients in the hospital. They want to send them home. I'll cross my fingers for you guys.
 
2013-03-25 11:41:30 AM  

Witchydiva: Clutch2013: Is the email still the same as the initial thread?

I think I'm gonna go ahead and send something anyway.  Just watching how everything turned out in kiwi's thread was cool, and I feel like I should contribute, gift or no gift.

Yes, vblackshadow.fundraiser at gmail dot com is the PayPal addy. Thank you very much!

UPDATE from fishwife:
"NUTS. It appears that the whole 'going home in about a week' thing was more of a wishful thought on v_b's part, and not something the doctors were deciding. They're talking a other MONTH of rehab. I feel like I've walked full speed into a brick wall. I truly do understand how blessed we are that v_b's come so far, and I think that v_b will surprise them by how quickly he can get to the point of being ready to go home, but still...."

Also, Farkers have raised $12,627.36 so far for vincent_blackshadow. Amazing.


proxy comment:

v_b  - I really feel for you. I really do. I hope you get to read this thread (and the other ones that, no doubt, lie in TF)

If you have any change left over from your 'get well soon' fund, can I suggest investing in sponsorships for those in need? It'd be a swell gesture and prolly guarantee your place in heaven (lol)

(ps don't sponsor me, I'll just fritter it away in photoshop contests!)
 
2013-03-25 12:27:10 PM  

kiwimoogle84: They want to send them home. I'll cross my fingers for you guys.


The problem with MRSA is that it is persistent and comes back quickly. When I was in the hospital, for 2 months, I was on IV antibiotics for 9 hours a day and had my blood tested for infection twice a day. The infectious disease doctor kept tweaking the type and dosages of the antibiotics often on a daily basis.

I was anxious to go home, as I'm sure V-B is, but waiting may be for the best.

I continued the IV routine at home with biweekly blood tests for a couple of months. I now get tested monthly and take oral antibiotics.


uttertosh: can I suggest investing in sponsorships for those in need?


Please stop this. Its unseemly.
 
2013-03-25 12:45:45 PM  

smells_like_meat: kiwimoogle84: They want to send them home. I'll cross my fingers for you guys.

The problem with MRSA is that it is persistent and comes back quickly. When I was in the hospital, for 2 months, I was on IV antibiotics for 9 hours a day and had my blood tested for infection twice a day. The infectious disease doctor kept tweaking the type and dosages of the antibiotics often on a daily basis.

I was anxious to go home, as I'm sure V-B is, but waiting may be for the best.

I continued the IV routine at home with biweekly blood tests for a couple of months. I now get tested monthly and take oral antibiotics.


uttertosh: can I suggest investing in sponsorships for those in need?

Please stop this. Its unseemly.


I can see that. I've never had that myself luckily but I know the routine with lots of other inpatient cases, so I can see that, for sure. Well, it was an optimistic guess. Hopefully they knock it out for good, and quickly.

And yeah, Uttertosh, no one NEEDS TF. What a silly suggestion.
 
2013-03-25 12:51:50 PM  

kiwimoogle84: smells_like_meat: kiwimoogle84: They want to send them home. I'll cross my fingers for you guys.

The problem with MRSA is that it is persistent and comes back quickly. When I was in the hospital, for 2 months, I was on IV antibiotics for 9 hours a day and had my blood tested for infection twice a day. The infectious disease doctor kept tweaking the type and dosages of the antibiotics often on a daily basis.

I was anxious to go home, as I'm sure V-B is, but waiting may be for the best.

I continued the IV routine at home with biweekly blood tests for a couple of months. I now get tested monthly and take oral antibiotics.


uttertosh: can I suggest investing in sponsorships for those in need?

Please stop this. Its unseemly.

I can see that. I've never had that myself luckily but I know the routine with lots of other inpatient cases, so I can see that, for sure. Well, it was an optimistic guess. Hopefully they knock it out for good, and quickly.

And yeah, Uttertosh, no one NEEDS TF. What a silly suggestion.


I was going to suggest a couple charities, but they need to check if they have to pay taxes on the donations.
 
2013-03-25 01:51:19 PM  

DirkTheDaring: kiwimoogle84: smells_like_meat: kiwimoogle84: They want to send them home. I'll cross my fingers for you guys.

The problem with MRSA is that it is persistent and comes back quickly. When I was in the hospital, for 2 months, I was on IV antibiotics for 9 hours a day and had my blood tested for infection twice a day. The infectious disease doctor kept tweaking the type and dosages of the antibiotics often on a daily basis.

I was anxious to go home, as I'm sure V-B is, but waiting may be for the best.

I continued the IV routine at home with biweekly blood tests for a couple of months. I now get tested monthly and take oral antibiotics.


uttertosh: can I suggest investing in sponsorships for those in need?

Please stop this. Its unseemly.

I can see that. I've never had that myself luckily but I know the routine with lots of other inpatient cases, so I can see that, for sure. Well, it was an optimistic guess. Hopefully they knock it out for good, and quickly.

And yeah, Uttertosh, no one NEEDS TF. What a silly suggestion.

I was going to suggest a couple charities, but they need to check if they have to pay taxes on the donations.


IANACPA, but gifts are usually tax-free to the recipient.  The donor pays the tax if the gift is large enough, and VB's fund is made up of a lot of small donations so I don't think anyone will be paying taxes here.  In addition, gifts to cover medical expenses are usually exempt.

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Frequ en tly-Asked-Questions-on-Gift-Taxes

Stop railing on uttertosh - he specifically said he didn't want to be sponsored.

I'm so sorry VB that your stay has been extended.  Stick with it.  You didn't endure all this to die because you wanted out.

This whole thread has been a revelation to me.  I had no idea that MRSA was so debilitating.  I knew it could be dangerous and fatal, but I thought it was something like strep throat. Derp.
 
2013-03-25 02:06:47 PM  
Also, @Mrs VB or others involved in managing his health care costs:  It sounds as though you have good insurance and I hope the fund will cover the deductible/out-of-pocket expenses incurred.  However, if your insurance company gives you a hard time, please read this brilliant article in Time  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html .  Unfortunately, they have now put it behind a paywall, so you'll have to subscribe.  But the main suggestion I would have in this situation is to hire one of the patient advocates mentioned.  They are former billing claims agents and know how to assess a bill and where you are being financially raped.

This only applies if your insurance runs out or refuses to pay.  If your insurance company is on the line for the bill, they'll do the fighting for you.  Lots of luck in rehab and focus on recovery.

From my last post:  I meant to say:   You didn't endure all this to die because you wanted out of the hospital too early.
 
2013-03-25 02:25:24 PM  

ElizaDoolittle: Also, @Mrs VB or others involved in managing his health care costs:  It sounds as though you have good insurance and I hope the fund will cover the deductible/out-of-pocket expenses incurred.  However, if your insurance company gives you a hard time, please read this brilliant article in Time  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html .  Unfortunately, they have now put it behind a paywall, so you'll have to subscribe.  But the main suggestion I would have in this situation is to hire one of the patient advocates mentioned.  They are former billing claims agents and know how to assess a bill and where you are being financially raped.

This only applies if your insurance runs out or refuses to pay.  If your insurance company is on the line for the bill, they'll do the fighting for you.  Lots of luck in rehab and focus on recovery.

From my last post:  I meant to say:   You didn't endure all this to die because you wanted out of the hospital too early.


Actually, that's how she and I got to talking in the first place. 8+ years in the insurance billing, claims, hospital contracts, and financial counseling fields. She's already planning on contacting me with all the details to ensure that they were billed correctly and that there aren't any loopholes for an insurance company to exploit. I know full well when the insurance hasn't applied the proper contracts and I know how much the hospital is responsible for writing off.
 
2013-03-25 02:39:03 PM  

kiwimoogle84: ElizaDoolittle: Also, @Mrs VB or others involved in managing his health care costs:  It sounds as though you have good insurance and I hope the fund will cover the deductible/out-of-pocket expenses incurred.  However, if your insurance company gives you a hard time, please read this brilliant article in Time  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html .  Unfortunately, they have now put it behind a paywall, so you'll have to subscribe.  But the main suggestion I would have in this situation is to hire one of the patient advocates mentioned.  They are former billing claims agents and know how to assess a bill and where you are being financially raped.

This only applies if your insurance runs out or refuses to pay.  If your insurance company is on the line for the bill, they'll do the fighting for you.  Lots of luck in rehab and focus on recovery.

From my last post:  I meant to say:   You didn't endure all this to die because you wanted out of the hospital too early.

Actually, that's how she and I got to talking in the first place. 8+ years in the insurance billing, claims, hospital contracts, and financial counseling fields. She's already planning on contacting me with all the details to ensure that they were billed correctly and that there aren't any loopholes for an insurance company to exploit. I know full well when the insurance hasn't applied the proper contracts and I know how much the hospital is responsible for writing off.


You're awesome, kiwimoogle.  Just what the couple needs.  Do you mind if I ask a question, unrelated to VB?  In one of your posts on the first thread, you said (excuse me if I mis-read) that ambulances couldn't charge unless the ER doctor deemed it a non-emergency situation.  Three years ago I was alone at home and shattered my leg in a fall. I spent two hours in agony trying to get to my phone to call 911.  I couldn't walk or get to the bathroom or to a drink of water.  I think that qualifies as an emergency.  The ambulance service billed me.

Is there something I should know for the next time this happens?
 
2013-03-25 03:02:51 PM  

ElizaDoolittle: kiwimoogle84: ElizaDoolittle: Also, @Mrs VB or others involved in managing his health care costs:  It sounds as though you have good insurance and I hope the fund will cover the deductible/out-of-pocket expenses incurred.  However, if your insurance company gives you a hard time, please read this brilliant article in Time  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html .  Unfortunately, they have now put it behind a paywall, so you'll have to subscribe.  But the main suggestion I would have in this situation is to hire one of the patient advocates mentioned.  They are former billing claims agents and know how to assess a bill and where you are being financially raped.

This only applies if your insurance runs out or refuses to pay.  If your insurance company is on the line for the bill, they'll do the fighting for you.  Lots of luck in rehab and focus on recovery.

From my last post:  I meant to say:   You didn't endure all this to die because you wanted out of the hospital too early.

Actually, that's how she and I got to talking in the first place. 8+ years in the insurance billing, claims, hospital contracts, and financial counseling fields. She's already planning on contacting me with all the details to ensure that they were billed correctly and that there aren't any loopholes for an insurance company to exploit. I know full well when the insurance hasn't applied the proper contracts and I know how much the hospital is responsible for writing off.

You're awesome, kiwimoogle.  Just what the couple needs.  Do you mind if I ask a question, unrelated to VB?  In one of your posts on the first thread, you said (excuse me if I mis-read) that ambulances couldn't charge unless the ER doctor deemed it a non-emergency situation.  Three years ago I was alone at home and shattered my leg in a fall. I spent two hours in agony trying to get to my phone to call 911.  I couldn't walk or get to the bathroom or to a drink of water.  I think that qualifies as an ...


First, it would depend on your type of insurance- HMO vs PPO or other plan. If it was an HMO, it would depend on if they took you to a non- contracted hospital, or one that happened to be 30 miles or more away from your medical group if you have an HMO- in either case it can be considered an out of network visit and they pay nothing (HMO's are pesky little creatures that require a lot of bs to understand).

And if you had a PPO and you hadn't met your deductible yet, you would have been 100% responsible for the bill. That happens. It will be that way for my hospital visit this last weekend- I haven't hit my deductible yet for my PPO so I will have to pay out of pocket until I hit my $2,000 deductible, and then my insurance will kick in to pay 70%.

Sometimes ER doctors are excellent at treating and terrible with paperwork, and yes, if they don't specify that this is emergent vs non emergent, I as an insurance claims rep can't look at a diagnosis of "leg injury" and equate it to "shattered leg", therefore qualifying it to be paid on an emergent basis. If everything was up to snuff and you didn't owe any deductible or anything, literally the only thing I can think of was that someone messed up, and if you had insurance and one tiny box didn't get checked, now it's your bill- exactly as I stated, that a doctor would not rate it as emergent, and therefore necessary. Which sounds like utter crap but I've seen appeals for heart attack patients when they got the same kind of bill. I would have called the hospital about it at the time and had them explain why this was your bill- that's why we have customer service.

Hope that helps! EIP if you really want me to delve into the meat and potatoes of the insurance world- I am perfectly happy to do so. It's what I'm good at.

/sorry for the long windedness
 
2013-03-25 03:14:08 PM  
Kiwi, did you enjoy your slice of cheesecake yesterday?

:)
 
2013-03-25 05:03:39 PM  

Jim DiGriz: Kiwi, did you enjoy your slice of cheesecake yesterday?

:)


I DID. It was amazing.
 
2013-03-25 06:43:43 PM  
hey, cool. Boat didn't float.
 
2013-03-25 09:00:44 PM  

kiwimoogle84: First, it would depend on your type of insurance- HMO vs PPO or other plan. If it was an HMO, it would depend on if they took you to a non- contracted hospital, or one that happened to be 30 miles or more away from your medical group if you have an HMO- in either case it can be considered an out of network visit and they pay nothing (HMO's are pesky little creatures that require a lot of bs to understand).

And if you had a PPO and you hadn't met your deductible yet, you would have been 100% responsible for the bill. That happens. It will be that way for my hospital visit this last weekend- I haven't hit my deductible yet for my PPO so I will have to pay out of pocket until I hit my $2,000 deductible, and then my insurance will kick in to pay 70%.

Sometimes ER doctors are excellent at treating and terrible with paperwork, and yes, if they don't specify that this is emergent vs non emergent, I as an insurance claims rep can't look at a diagnosis of "leg injury" and equate it to "shattered leg", therefore qualifying it to be paid on an emergent basis. If everything was up to snuff and you didn't owe any deductible or anything, literally the only thing I can think of was that someone messed up, and if you had insurance and one tiny box didn't get checked, now it's your bill- exactly as I stated, that a doctor would not rate it as emergent, and therefore necessary. Which sounds like utter crap but I've seen appeals for heart attack patients when they got the same kind of bill. I would have called the hospital about it at the time and had them explain why this was your bill- that's why we have customer service.

Hope that helps! EIP if you really want me to delve into the meat and potatoes of the insurance world- I am perfectly happy to do so. It's what I'm good at.

/sorry for the long windedness.


I'll never accuse anyone of being long-winded again after that amazing Steve Brill piece.  It's a complex subject and sound bites are our enemy.  You have to read Brill's 25,000-word article to really understand why our medical bills are so high.  However, if you like soundbites, I liked this summary I saw on TV.  Some guy from TV:  So, we have a ridiculously expensive health care system without good outcomes, and the losers are the doctors, the nurses, and the patients? Some guy from Time:  Yes.

Thanks for your advice on the ambulance charges.  I was below my $2500 deductible when I broke the leg. $400 for a 30-block ride, but in the grand scheme of things, that was the least outrageous bill I got.

I hope you can set up your own business being a patient advocate.  It sounds reasonably lucrative, but also really helpful.  I wish Gambit's Girl had had you on retainer while she and her then-husband went through hell in their personal lives.  I wish she could have had you on board and handed the bills to you to be dealt with.  It seems to me quite enough to deal with two young children and a husband dying of a terrible disease, without having to spend your days on the phone screaming at the insurance company.

Sorry GG if I am mentioning your private life but I am just quoting you.  I admire you so much. Not sure I could have done what you did.
 
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