Of Rocks & Hard Places

Sep 10, 2011 | 2 comments

Oysterville, June 26, 1935

     Well, it’s finally happened.  Nyel’s cardiologist has prescribed a medication that will force us to choose between eating and keeping him alive and well.  Our insurance doesn’t cover it.  “But,” said Dr. HeartMan, “it will be out in generic form in just a few months and then it will be dirt cheap.”  And meanwhile???
     It seems ironic to me that this new wrinkle in our lives comes the very same week as a front-page news story stated, “Oysterville is now a small upper-income retirement village…”   We fit the “retirement” part, but out of curiosity, I did a little research on “upper income.”  The generally accepted figure for “upper income” comes to about ten times what our income is.  Clearly we live in the wrong place.
     On reflection, it would seem that we are falling into the Sea of Clichés-About-The-Agéd – as in we live in the old family house that we can barely afford to keep up and the cost of our medications has outstripped what little income we have.  What next?
     Like Scarlett, I plan to think about it tomorrow… or actually, Monday.  Then we can talk further with our pharmacist, the doctor and (maybe) to live insurance voices.  Just when is a “few months” and isn’t there an interim solution?  I’m ever hopeful that there is a little wiggle room between that proverbial rock and the hard place.
     One day at a time, I say.  And today, it’s the Rod Run!  Their cruise is scheduled to come south on Territory Road, right through downtown Oysterville, between 4:00 and 6:00 this afternoon.  We’re planning to take our garden chairs out in front of the house along with our chips and dip and beverages.  After all, there’s no use living the “upper income” life if you don’t have front row seats!  


  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Upper income on the Peninsula may well mean no more than no one has a car up on blocks in Oysterville, but what terrible news regarding Nyel and his medication! I am sending you positive thoughts. Nyel needs the medication and a way will be found for him to have it and food, too. Enjoy your weekend. I will be thinking of you both.

  2. Ann

    By any chance, is the prescribed drug “Pradaxa?” If so, I’ll share comments from my husband’s Cardiologist regarding that drug. It’s a costly one, too!


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