Earlier this week, Pacific Business News reported that Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, “the state’s largest health maintenance organization generated $233.6 million in revenue but spent $235.2 million on operations in the first quarter,” equating to “a a $700,000 loss for the first quarter of 2010”–up $400,000 from last year.
I’m afraid to say, this might be mostly my fault (thank god Kaiser has no shareholders who will come and key my car). After all, Kaiser has been kindly and expeditiously saving my life, daily since November 1, 2009. Doing so, though, means mucho mula. But, for what it’s worth, I’m alive (again) and am confident that my pork roll, egg and cheese on kaiser buns will forevermore be enjoyed outside the hospital (That’s not to say I didn’t adore my time with all the hospital peeps who’ve done superheroes’ work!)
If anyone is so bored you’re in need of entertainment, first go to hit up Da Kine Calendar (duh). Done that and still in need? MT’s own Jenn Brown just informed me “(you should) go to Krispy Kreme.” Still bored? Here’s a few photos from my last (both “previous” and “final”) visit to the hospital—post chemo, curing a Killer Papercut (check out this week’s lede in MT—hitting stands May 20—for more…)–and a peek at where all that money lost might have went. On the mend and back to work (sort of), I can only hope I’ll prove it (beyond my eternal thanks) money well spent!
“Eew,” say the doctors (not really), “you have an infected finger. We won’t cut it off–yet–but we will have to cut it open… Here’s a little lidocaine.”
Mini surgery all pau, I have newfound appreciation for my index. Neigh, my indices!
But just to do that–’cause the Blood Bank couldn’t keep up–I needed to take a private plane (back to my ol’ cancer ward) just to tend my dying digit. There, I continued to have multiple ultrasounds of my heart, CT scans, MRI, EKG, ETC…
The rest is indecent, so I’ll let it R.I.P. …But thanks to Kaiser taking one for the team, none of that for me.