Saturday, September 14, 2013

Approved for VA Healthcare - traded up to a Corvette for the upcoming fundraising.

=)    I was approved for VA healthcare yesterday (Priority Group 5) via a hardship request. I first applied for VA Healthcare last September, so it took a year to accomplish this. What I have to find out now, is if I keep "Illinois Vetcare" which is essentially "Medicaid". I must say, there are literally no specialists accepting Medicaid (no Rheumatologists or Urologists at least) so this is a positive step in the right direction. What I need to find out now is, how extensive VA Healthcare actually is. I will be going to my first evaluation on Friday, so at least I am able to get in there pretty quickly.    =)

Given the shock of how much the 2006 Chevy Uplander was actually "worth" in the market place and the general lack of interest in that particular model for the past month, I shifted my focus onto "trading up" for a vehicle which would normally sell decent no matter the time of year. I had the opportunity first for a 1971 Pontiac Lemans T-37..... but ultimately, that person just could not bear to part with his car (and couldn't pull the trigger). So then the opportunity came to trade for a 1984 Chevy Corvette..... a red one with 68,400 miles. After 2 days of correspondence, we both pulled the trigger and in my driveway is sitting a beautiful Corvette. How I managed to slide into the car, I haven't a clue..... but I did it and drove it home much to our son's enjoyment (he went with to pick up the car). Here is a pic of both of them.   =)

It just needs minor cleaning plus a buff wax. Travis enjoyed hearing the engine being "goosed" and feeling the pulling power of the 5.7 V8 (and he is very proud of the fact this was pulled off). He know the car won't be around long (it is after all, to be used to fundraise to help us survive my unemployment, but he will be going to a show with it at least once where he can show it off with his approving father looking on as he describes the vehicle to others.  =)

In the interim, I am sure it is weird for our neighbors to see the cars slowly change in our driveway, but to be sure.... not a dime has been spent in the trading up process (one does not sit idle when unemployed, one has to do what they can to ensure continued financial viability). My ability to "horse trade / barter" is serving us well during this extended unemployment, and ultimately.... we will survive partly due to that effort. We have made it this far also thanks to the generosity of friends and family (and that cannot be understated plus they cannot be thanked enough). With the fundraiser plus the combination of "Illinois Hardest Hit" and my unemployment benefits, we have made it a year on unemployment and Penny has had quite a bit of her medical costs covered during that time. Penny has also made it to the point of possible "remission" (4 Cystoscopies, BCG treatment, and Chemo treatment) during that time and I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be there for her 100% with no distractions. She still has all of her organs and the cancer has been kept at bay (so she can still live a somewhat normal life at this point). Also, I have been able to start "working" on my own medical issues and I am finally dealing with the stress of the chaos that I have been surrounded by over the past 30 years, all of these things are good things.

God has made all of this possible, and ultimately... to HIM the glory. Without God in our lives, we would be unable to weather this storm.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

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