We received an email from Peter last night saying he won’t be able to come for a while. He’s been having trouble with his shoulder, and the doctor says it will take from 4-6 weeks to heal. We wish him well.
Andy says Peter has only a few more days of work to finish his part, but our best guess now is we won’t have radiant heating before spring.
So Andy can go back to working on his woodpile, among other things.
This past week or so he’s been burning wood faster than he’s been chopping it, and it looks like it will be a cold winter. The temperature prediction today is from 10° to 18° F (about -12° to -8° C).
We didn’t get much snow, but it was cold and dreary yesterday —- the high was only about 22° F (-5.5° C). I think Qannik over at The Thundering Herd had the right idea.
Wake me up when it’s over.
I had a lazy, puttering day — I was glad I didn’t have to go out for very long. I kept thinking of a mother Panda I saw on Planet Earth. She was cuddling her baby in the cold, trying to keep it warm. And, of course, there are the Emperor penguins down in Antarctica. Mother Nature isn’t always very nice. I like being sheltered from her.
Andy finally had his appointment with the sleep doctor yesterday. He doesn’t have sleep apnea, but he does have restless leg syndrome (RLS). Most people move their legs about five times an hour while sleeping — he moved his about 175 times an hour. That was a big surprise because he seldom has the funny feelings in his legs usually associated with the problem. At least they have an idea of some things to try now, so the study was a good idea.
Peter hasn’t been up since Tuesday. It was extremely windy Wednesday, and it snowed some yesterday. So he’s hoping to come up Monday if the weather cooperates.
When Andy couldn’t start this project until September, I predicted they wouldn’t finish it until next Spring. I don’t understand people who always want to be right. As a cheerful pessimist, I would love to be proved wrong.
I’m not an operating officer. Some in this debate around experience seem to think the job of the President is to go in and run some bureaucracy. Well, that’s not my job. My job is to set a vision of “Here’s where the bureaucracy needs to go.”
I think it’s important that we have a President who understands that you have to run the government.
Whatever you think of Hillary, it’s hard to argue that she was wrong here. An effective president needs more than vision and talk. No wonder Obamacare is such a mess.
How do hospitals set prices? They set prices to maximize revenue, and they raise prices as much as they can — all the research supports that.
—Glenn Melnick, Professor of Health Economics at the University of Southern California
In the following cases, guess how much the hospital billed the patient:
A fellow cut his finger while peeling an avocado and needed five stitches.
A fellow needed three stitches for a dog bite.
A toddler fell and cut her forehead. It was treated with skin glue.
These examples and others are discussed in this New York Times article. The hospital was different in each case, and the hospitals did negotiate the final fees with the insurance company or the patient. But the inflated and fluid fees illustrate one of the problems with the present U.S. health system.
We’re all hearing about the problems with Obamacare — The Economist has called it a flawed program by a flawed president to fixed a flawed system. I find it hard to argue with that assessment. What about you?