ER: Stuck Between Pain and Copay

Most people analyze their sickness thoroughly before heading to the ER because of the high copay. Copay use to be $100 and now has increased a whole $100.00. Not $5, $25, or even $40. Copay is now $200! The stress level has increased with it.

On Saturday September 8th, I decided to cook. I normally don’t cook on a Saturday, but school has started back for the kids. I was making some baked Mac n cheese and I wanted to go hard on the cheese. Put an umph on it, level up, exclamation mark it! I had shredded cheese in my refrigerator but wanted to get a different kind of cheese. I bought a block of Monterey cheese mixed with something else. I also picked up a cheese grater to shred it. I finished the Mac n cheese but wanted to add that umph I was telling you about, on top of the Mac n cheese. I was moving too fast trying to get it done and didn’t position the heater correctly.

Swoosh! RED. That’s all I saw. Panic mode but I have to remain calm because it’s actually my body. I grater my thumb and it was deep. Automatically I wrapped the bad boy to at least stop the bleeding but the way the blood was deep red I knew I had to go to the Emergency Room!

I get there, Princeton hospital aka Penn Med, signed in and got prescreen. Tic toc, waited a decent 10 minutes before being called into the room. Only to be told “please have a seat we will be with you shortly”. Hell, I could have remained seated outside still if that’s the case. Time went by came back around and went by again. The doctor came in and evaluated the wound and determined that I would need 2-3 stitches. My nerves shot up! She explained that she would have to numb the surrounding area and inside the deep wound. 🤦🏾‍♀️palm to face like really Karina! I was so annoyed with myself. I counted to three like a big ass kid and instructed her when she can start the process. I called that lady out of her name and then had to apologize for it. Now, this behavior is coming from a mother who had four C-Sections and appendectomy done in the past. Nevertheless, the doctor did a good job in my eyes stitching me up. Ended up being 4 stitches, she 🤥 LIED… lol

The billing lady came in gather information and then said ” the copay is $200, how would you like to pay?”. I said “the devil is a lie, I don’t have that today but mail me my bill”. She said, “have a nice day Ms. Campbell”. This is America! Work hard for chump change and the moment I injure myself you want me to offer my arm and legs also. Thank you lord that I don’t have anything worse than a small wound and the fact that I’m fat(I’m working on that. It’s been 2 years struggle but I’m working on it.. lol).

After experiencing this minor injury I am thinking about buying some glue because maybe I can do it at home. Or even locate my nearest urgent care location because that would be $50 as to oppose to paying $200. It’s approaching two weeks now and I’m able to move my thumb with minimum pain. When in doubt, suck it up and go to the ER. Can’t have regrets in your coffin.

P.S. I have discarded the grater. As small as this wound was, I was traumatized because it kept replaying in my head.

Signing off Grater finger

Love & Unity (Lee)

Target: to shop or not to

Who doesn’t like shopping at Target? At first I was hesitant becasue its expensive for one and was above my budget. I always went to walmart for my needs before giving Target a thought. Walmart is a one stop shopping center that os very affordable. One downfall is that eveyr single walmart store I’ve been in seem to lack cashiers. It cna be the most busiest day of the week and they will only have 2-4 lanes open. It’s as if that was set up in their manul handbook. There are ways to get around the high price at target.

Target has an app called ‘Cartwheel’ which offers discounts on certain items. Just the other day I went and bought 4 Vaseline lotions (10oz) for $7.66 and also received $5.00 Target card. I also bought two Nutrisse hair coloring product for a total of $8.58 and also received a $5.00 Target card. Nutrisee can be as expensive as $8.00 each.

Target has 70% of their register open and ready for their customers. The associates are more friendly and maybe it has something to do with the pay rate and benefits. This doesn’t meman that I will never go to walmart again. Matter of fact, I went to walmart tonight and bought a few cheap, affordable items. Guess what? it wasn’t busy at all.

I went to the one on rt 130 in East Windsor and it might be my home Walmart. I’ll keep you posted after I visit it during the day. I will be shopping at both stores because just like everything youre face with, will have a pro and con to it.

 

Signing off, yours truly

Single MoM of four

 

 

Airbnb: to be or not to be

It’s hard to trust anything in this day and age and I blame it on the shows I watch. From “snapped”, “Criminal Minds” and the list goes on! I’ve been drained to them and now it has affected me in the ability to trust certain things like Airbnb. It was nerve recking to think about reserving a room from a host. I was referred to Airbnb by a colleague at work and I said, “I’m going to give it a try”. It was cheap!

I signed up for the app and created a profile with my picture. I began to narrow my search for the Orlando area. I found a few places and then read reviews and stared deeply at the host profile picture. We stayed from Sunday to Saturday and I believe it was $275 in which I split the payment into two. What a deal! In a regular hotel I would have been paying between $700-$800 for that length of stay.

It was located in a gated community and the host greeted us at the door. He gave us a set of keys which unlocked the front door and the master bedroom. The room had two queen beds and it was spacious for both my daughter and I. The host had kids but we never saw them. The only time we heard anything was when they were having breakfast and even then, it wasn’t loud. I wish my kids were quiet like them.

We weren’t always there because we had theme park tickets. We would leave around 8:00 and return around 11:00pm. We had access to the host Netflix account and the temperature was perfect!

I would recommend Airbnb to anyone who wants to save money! I think it’s a great idea for penny pinchers like myself. I mean who doesn’t want to save money!

Don’t be skeptical about it. Like everything else, READ the reviews!

ADHD: to be or not to be

I have a 12 year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD. With my background (Jamaican) we don’t believe in things like this where they suggest medicine to help with the situation. We tend to ignore the issue and don’t claim it. I want to tell you that it is real!

I noticed at a young age that he was quite unique. It was the simple act of reading a book to him when he was a toddler and not having his full attention. His attention would continue to jump back and forth between his toys and me reading. This was a good thing because it allowed him to attend regular daytime school at the age of 3. It was difficult to handle my son at the young age, but I pressed forward knowing that things would change and he would grow out of it.

Ha! Who was I kidding?! No really? It was a change alright. From one phase to the next. For every phase I had to learn new strategies on how to work with him. I thought I was the only person dealing with this and felt I was lacking experience. It really played with my emotions and I would ask why me. How selfish? One of the biggest issue was his lack of ability to take ownership of his actions. He lacked the ability to see his wrongs and accept the consequences. In his head consequences meant that everyone was against him. I use to punish him by taking away his phone and keeping him inside for a day. After sitting down with a counselor, my way of punishment was a bit extreme. I was told that I should explain the punishment along with the reason, but there can only be one consequences. I took the counselor advice and it helped lightened the situation.

My son is loving and caring and displays great leadership to his peers. Everyone loves his smooth laid back character, BUT! Yeah that famous word that comes after the positive feedbacks during parent/teacher night. It was almost like I knew what they would say each time we had a meeting. The recommendation is always for me to consider giving him meds to CONTROL him. Sigh. Couldn’t there be another way out?

He expressed to me that he doesn’t want to take meds and he will work on it. Everyday is treated differently. I know in order for me to help my son, I need to work on myself. I am taking it one day at a time with him and I believe he will get better as he mature. I also have a great support system from the school district who also wants to see him succeed.

ADHD does not define who he is. He is a sweet, smart, kind being who is always eager to help. He will succeed in whatever he decides to become in the future. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Find someone to express your journey and help release any frustration that has occurred.

Achieve goals

Determined to see them through

Humble to accept the progress

Defeat all odds

Do you have a child that was labeled ADHD?

Check out Support for ADHD!

Is being comfortable holding you back?

I have been working for Integra LifeSciences for 6 years now. I enjoy doing what I do at this company. I’ve moved up to a coordinator position and it’s been good ever since. I love the fact that they work with me in regards to my personal life which sometimes requires emergency leave. Whether it’s the kids doctor appointment or my own, I am able to get the time off needed. I work hard to gain that benefit by being dependable and produce high volume productivity.

I graduated National American University August of 2018 with my Bachelor of Science in Management. I am currently preparing my mental state to take the exam for the medical biller. It cost a lot of money and I need to be focus at this time to complete it. I am proud of my accomplishment considering my minor setbacks in life.

So what’s holding me at this job?

1. It is five minutes away from home, which makes it close by to my kids school

2. Consistent income

3. Easy data entry work which I have mastered.

4. The ability of to respond to an emergency quickly from the kids school.

5. Colleagues are easy to work with and makes it fun to work.

6. Insurance….. good insurance

7. Reliable

There are a lot of positions opening in other companies but they are starting employees off as temps with no benefits. How can a single mother survive without insurance and has one child with braces?

I am too comfortable at this job because it provides a steady income. Some say FEAR holds us back from achieving our goals. Fear could well be why I’m COMFORTABLE where I’m at. Just a different way of saying it.

Things to do: submit my resume to the other company and be content with whatever the results are.

We all deserve greatness and I am eager to obtain it one way or another. Be blessed not stressed

Celebrated my work sissy birthday before she went on vacation!

Theme: Tiffany & Co.

Hair: To cut or not to cut

I decided to take my mother to the barber shop to get her hair cut. She normally wears a high top and leaves her hair naturally gray. I’ve been rocking weave non stop and purchased three wigs within a month and a half. I would roughly spend $60 each and that time I would have spent a total of $180.00.

I sat there waiting with my mom and made the decision right then and there to cut my hair. I always said hair does not define my beauty. Thanks to India Irie. It was nerve recking in the beginning of the process while sitting in the barbers chair. As he lined me up I had a different mindset. I felt renewed and ready for something new.

It’s odd to see a woman with shaved head but I didn’t care what people thought about my new cut. I did worry about one persons opinion and that was my five year old son Jayden. He is always vocal and says whatever comes to his mind. Jayden walked in the room with an awkward smile and said ” what?!! You cut your hair?! You look UGLY”. I laughed so loud and I wasn’t bothered by it. I expected it. That didn’t stop him from checking on me and kissing me to let me know he missed me. Despite what people may think is mean, Jayden loves me unconditionally.

I love myself unconditionally and therefore I love my hair cut unconditionally too. When you do things in life , do it for yourself. The only persons input that should mean something the most will be yourself and your closest love ones. Be bold and Walk in your boldness head on. In my case, hair off.

Be blessed not stressed signing off

Rina or whatever

Princeton Farmers Market

Today I explored the Farmers Market with my sister, nieces and nephew and it was a cool experience. They have several local vendors set up from free t shirt bags, peach pies, fresh vegetables and Tico juice. I ordered a depression juice and no, I am not depressed. It consists of orange, carrot, beets, watermelon , cayenne and mint. The cayenne flavor was very intense and created a burning sensation in my stomach. I hope it burned some fat. I wouldn’t mind one bit.

Although, I only purchased a drink from Ticos juice truck, I will definitely be back to continue this experience. Our local high school North steel pan band and choir performed while people were shopping. Check out Ticos at ticosprinceton.com and view all the flavors they have to offer.

There’s free parking but please bring cash. They now offer you the ability to buy bucks at the entrance which can then be used to pay for goods. Also, they do accept SNAP benefits, just ask a member at the entrance. The market is open rain or shine from 10-3pm.

Check out cool pics of today

Hinds Plaza

55 Witherspoon St.

Princeton, NJ 08542