My dad’s open heart surgery went well. He is in a lot of pain but he is alive and talking. They did end up doing 6 bypasses. The surgeon said he is a 53 year old man with the heart of an 83 year old. He is a matter of fact man, which I appreciate but he is a little out of touch. He asked us why my dad hadn’t been taking his insulin considering Lantus in relatively inexpensive. Ha! His nurse stepped in to inform him that Lantus is very expensive. He looked shocked.
I am worried about how we will be able to afford this. The surgeon wants him off of work for 6 months because he is a construction worker and he wants him to heal. On the other hand, the bypass surgery only requires 12 weeks off so he told us he would not qualify for disability which requires him to be unable to work for 20 weeks. He doesn’t have insurance or short term disability through his work. I have no idea what to do. He has coronary artery disease, diabetes and needs a double knee replacement.
It makes no sense to me that someone who has worked so hard his whole life…and destroyed his body in the process…can get no assistance at all.
This system is broken.