Thursday, February 22, 2018

The taxes are done

It is pretty much a wash this year. We will get a little over $100 from federal and a few dollars from the state. I was actually surprised - last year we got a huge refund and I didn't think we had done much differently this year. I compared returns and we did earn a little more, though not much. The biggie, though, was the medical deductions. Last year, we had north of $40,000 in medical. This year, it was only about $20,000. (I can't believe I can put an "only" before $20,000!)

I have already noticed a change in the paycheck with the new tax reform. It makes me nervous as I don't want to have an unpleasant surprise this time next year. There are too many unknowns. My tax guy (my Dad!) advises that I continue to keep meticulous records for deductions even though it's possible that the changed standard deduction means we won't have to itemize next go-round. We've been itemizing for all of the 32 years we've been married, so that's a change I'm going to have to get used to. 

The upside of doing the taxes early is that the refund hit our account in 6 days. Too bad it wasn't more!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

We're home

DS was released from the hospital last night. He is far from well, but is stable and we have all the equipment here that they do at the hospital. Well, except for one. A suction machine is to be delivered sometime today - until now we have successfully avoided using that particular piece.

The diagnosis was bacterial pneumonia and atelectasis. Pretty standard stuff for him that can quickly wreak havoc on his compromised system. He was in isolation at the hospital because of all the flu and viruses in that place. I don't know who is happier to be home - him or me.

I've spent this morning trying to catch up in between his treatments. I did run out and buy some groceries. I am craving real food after a few days of hospital fast food. Yuck.

Now if I could only remember what day it is - it feels like Monday. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised when Friday arrives sooner than I expect!


PS My Dad has recovered and is doing great! Thank you for all the concern for both of my guys!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

My disinfectant failed me ...

DS is in the hospital. He acted better yesterday but this morning his oxygen levels fell too low and he said his chest hurt to breathe. By the time we got to the hospital, his fever was well over 104 and his 02 levels scary low. Quick flu test was negative, but they gave him Tamiflu anyway and have sent off the full test. Lots of bloodwork and chest x-rays. I'm so thankful they were proactive today and started antibiotics before any test results were back. Tonight he is looking much better. I'm hoping we can go home tomorrow as I don't like all the germs swirling around this place. Our sweet older son and his girlfriend dropped off dinner for us, which was wonderful.

Not the way we wanted to kick off the year, but we are so very grateful for excellent health care.


Friday, February 2, 2018

And here we go ...

We finally cracked the $50k mark on our debt load!! This feels like a big mental win. I sure hope it holds. And it's what I needed today. DS is sick - doesn't look like the flu, but with his special needs could quickly morph into pneumonia so I'm in hyper Mom mode. Plus, I just got a call from my Mom saying that my Dad became very sick during the night. She's taking him in this morning to get a flu test. At his age and with a pre-existing heart condition, it's a scary prospect. My knees are already worn out from praying for health for our family's two most vulnerable members.

Off to Lysol something. And maybe do a happy debt dance while I'm at it!