$150,000 won't buy a decent box of tissues!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Hospital tissueHaving spent way too much time recently in the hospital, I have decided that hospital tissue is some sort of arcane torture. I know that things are expensive! After all, I just received the bill for my recent stay--approximately $145,000, not counting the doctors' and surgeon's bills which will add another 5k or so, and I'm not even sure all the bills have arrived. Somewhere in the $150,000 it cost to save my life, it seems that a decent box of tissues could have been calculated into the equation.

Don't get me wrong. I know that I received excellent care and I am happy and lucky to be alive. It just seems to me that the little box of tissues got left behind, about 50 years ago, in the modern medical advances. Then again, so did hospital gowns... ;-)

I am still seeing those boxes--in cardiac rehab and even now at my hospital-affiliated health club. It's like a bad dream (cue Psycho music).

I do, however, have an inspiration to share. Whenever you visit anyone in the hospital, take along a box of really good, lotion-infused tissues. Your thoughtfulness will not be forgotten!

Kleenex.com is offering a care package at https://www.kleenex.com/softness/about.aspx. 


Additional posts in this series:

Cholesterol, triglycerides, out of normal range, kill

Not just another New Year's resolution

I graduated from Cardiac Rehab, sort of

Getting Healthy in the Rain

Life or death decision

Turns out, I was not too young or too anything-

$150,000 won't buy a decent box of tissues-

Maybe four weeks was not enough time

It's a winning election for me--not for the reasons you might think

To answer the door or not to answer the door

My own October surprise--now I'm a CABBAGE!

Alive and grateful for it! 

I THINK I have learned...

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  1. Lenn Harley 11/25/2012 09:54 PM
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Liz, I'm glad to hear you are alive and kicking. Though I know the hospital is a dreaded experience perhaps like sitting in front of the lawyer discussing a case and the costs there of.  One thing is for sure, we are lucky to be here than some 3rd world medical care tissues or not.  

Nov 25, 2012 09:49 PM #1
Nathan Rufty - 623-850-1210
Canopy Mortgage, LLC - Surprise, AZ
Mortgage Loan Originator at 623-850-1210
That seems reasonable compare to the overall scheme of things, not. Glad to hear you are ok and hoped you grab a box of tissue for the road
Nov 25, 2012 09:49 PM #2
Alisa McKeel Willson
Appraisal Pros in Texas - Huntsville, TX
Certified Res. Appraiser

Liz, we are fortunate in this country for sure...I can say, though, I had surgery in Dec of 2011 and am still getting bills :(  It just doesn't seem to end.  Good tip about bringing a box of tissues...which makes me wonder about the TP..LOL...


I am grateful for having health insurance, for sure, but I do think some things could be better.  Glad you have survived to blog another day!


Nov 25, 2012 09:53 PM #3
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

There is no price to be put on regaining your health...and kudos for that.  But yes...I'd take the tissue next time!

Nov 25, 2012 10:00 PM #4
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

but if you bring your own will you still get charged by the hospital I wonder?

Nov 25, 2012 10:29 PM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Liz somehow I missed that you were in the hospital. So glad you're good and out kicking up some dust again.  Thankfully!!  And I will never look at those tissues boxes the same - ever.

Nov 26, 2012 12:30 AM #6
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Liz -- double check that bill for the cost of those tissues.  I knew someone who when she was in hospital, used the bottoms of those boxes to record who came in to visit her.  Your idea of taking real tissues is great!

Nov 26, 2012 03:06 AM #7
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Just saw your post from Lenn Harley's reblog of you :)....very funny.  As I commented, you would think that for all that they charge you, they would spring for the good tissue, (for the face and other places lol).  Glad to hear you are out of the hospital and that your life was saved!  God bless.

Nov 26, 2012 03:44 AM #8
Jim Patton
209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

First off Liz, I am glad you are out of the hospital and things are going well.   You suggestion is a very good one, thanks for sharing.

Nov 26, 2012 08:15 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Liz- wanted to add my well wishes for you and very glad you're out of the hospital.  They do charge you for every little thing, though, don't they!  Mark brought up a good point... if you bring your own tissues, will they still charge you?  And another great point... take good Kleenex to anyone you know in the hospital. 

Nov 26, 2012 12:56 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dec 01, 2012 10:24 AM #11
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Liz, best wishes to you for continued health and recovery and the tissue idea is brilliant-I hate those little nothings that they give you in the hospital-we need a good box of KLEENEX when we're in need!

Dec 01, 2012 10:37 PM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Liz,

I came over from Kathy's Sunday morning post with her "Ah-ha" moments. This is an excellent post! I am pleased to hear you are doing well and your idea to bring someone a box of tissues while they are in a hospital stay is brilliant!

Dec 01, 2012 11:08 PM #13
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Good to know that you are well and kicking and still have your sense of humor.  Next time I have a friend in the hospital, I will follow your advice.

Dec 02, 2012 07:56 AM #14
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Liz, glad to hear you're doing better. Is it ok if I take Puffs? I think they're softer! LOL

Dec 03, 2012 04:15 AM #16
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Love reading this post! I will remember this one when a friend or loved one is in the hospital!

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