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Below are the most recent 4 friends' journal entries.
|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
|Epilogue: The Bill
Now that all the surgery follow-ups are done, I finally went onto the bcbs web site and tallied up the total costs charged for my care.
The bottom line: $179,337.74
This includes the mammograms, the mastectomy surgery, 2 nights at Brigham and Women's, the reconstructive surgery, and pre-op and post-op surgical appointments.
But a lot of this is smoke and mirrors. For example, the largest single charge was from Brigham and Womens Hospital for the day of the surgery:
However, if I click through to the breakdown of the claim, I see 5 line items that together add up to the following:
Charged Amount (total of 5 charges): $71,745.63
Allowed Amount (total of 5 charges): $21,019.80
Paid (total of 5 charges): $16,556.35
The Charged Amount doesn't even equal the claim total shown on the claims list for the year. In addition, the charged and allowed amounts are about 30% different than what's shown on the printed Explanation of Benefits for the same claim, which is also different from the claim total on the web site.
I'm not going to take the energy to try to understand the breakdown. The bottom line is that my care cost a bunch of money, of which I paid practically nothing due to excellent insurance.
|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
|Tuesday, December 17th, 2013|
|Genealogy: Birdie Greene – A successful re-evaluation of the evidence
For the version of this post with the pictures, please see the PDFMy grandfather’s eldest brother was Simon Elliot Greene, born in 1888 in Boston MA. I was having trouble tracking his wife and child – until yesterday, when I finally figured out where I was going wrong.I knew that Simon had married Lillian Gladys Cohen in 1907 – in fact, there are two marriage certificates with conflicting data:
[image]But in the 1910 census he’s living with his parents. I can’t be sure I have the right record for her yet, so I’m not including that here, but I think she’s also living with her parents.
[image]Simon seems to have done a bit of overseas travel in the 1910s and 1920s.In the 1925 census, Simon and Lillian are living in the Bronx. His occupation is given as “Broker”:
[image]Now here’s where I made my mistake. In the 1930 census, here “they” are with “their” son Irving. Lillian appears to be going by a new nickname, Birdie. [Spoiler: She isn’t.]
[image]And here’s Simon’s death certificate in 1934, with his wife listed as “Birdie”:
[image]And here’s Birdie and Irving in the 1940 census:
[image]Based on the death certificate, I found Simon’s grave at Mount Neboh cemetery. He has a six-grave plot:
[image]But it looks like only two of the graves are in use: the middle of the back row and the right side of the front. The stones are sunken into the ground, but with a little persistence, you can see that the one closest to the large “GREENE” stone is Simon’s:
[image]And the other stone is for a Max Epstein:
[image]This was as far as I’d gotten. My questions were:· Why couldn’t I find any record of Irving’s birth? He wasn’t in any of the indexes, and he’s not in any the census record of 1925. (I’m missing the 1915 and 1920 census records for Simon and Lillian, anyway.)· What ever happened to Birdie and Irving after 1940? · Who is Max Epstein and why is he buried in Simon’s plot?After months of getting nowhere, I started to focus on the Max Epstein side of the problem. I have his dates, so I was able to start building a tree in Ancestry.Then I noticed that Ancestry was nagging me about a “hint” for Birdie. I’d been ignoring it for a while, because I had no reason to believe that the Birdie Greene in El Paso, TX had anything to do with us (there have been several Birdie Greenes in various states), but then I noticed that it was giving her name as “Birdie Greene [Birdie Epstein].” So I pulled up the record:
[image]And the penny dropped. Father’s name: Epstein. I looked at Max’s tree, and sure enough, he had a sister listed as “Bertie,” “Birdie”, or “Bertha”. And very soon I had found a collection of records that filled in the rest of the story:
[image]The 1910 census shows the Epstein family, including Max (line 54) and Bertha (line 60) married to Joseph Irle(?) having been married for about a year.
[image]The Steve Morse / IGG site helps narrow that down:
[image]And in the 1915 census, the family is still at 337 E 8 St, although the census taker broke them up into multiple households, and marked Bertha Eill as Max Epstein’s wife instead of as his sister:
[image]In 1920 Irving was living with his father, boarding with another family:
[image]In 1925 Irving and Birdie they were living with the Pulitzers (her sister):
[image]And now we can re-evaluate the 1930 census:
[image]Note that the 1930 census does not ask what number the current marriage is, nor how long it has been, nor does it ask the age at which the couple got married – it asks for the age when each member of the couple was first married, and so this looks like a continuation of Simon’s marriage to Lillian.So I conclude that:· I couldn’t find Irving Greene’s birth because he was born Irving Eill. (Unfortunately, there’s not an online index to the 1911 NYC births, so I can’t yet pull the certificate.) And I couldn’t find him in the census prior to 1930 for the same reason.· Sometime between 1925 and 1930, Simon was either widowed or divorced from Lillian, and Birdie was either widowed or divorced from Jack. Simon and Birdie married each other and Simon adopted (not necessarily formally) Irving. (I have not yet found documentation for any of these suppositions.) Here’s Simon’s paid death notice in the New York Times:
[image]It says “devoted father of Irving Greene,” so I hope this means that they had a meaningful five or so years together. The FindAGrave website has a photo of Birdie’s grave:
[image]Of course, this raises some new questions:· Why is Birdie buried in New Mexico? Will that help me learn what happened to Irving?· Who is “Michael I Greene” listed on her death certificate? Is that Irving or his son?· What happened to Lillian Gladys Cohen? · What happened to Jack Eill?I hope to find answers to those questions as I continue my research. Update: I have confirmed that Michael Irving Greene was Birdie’s son. He died 6 Aug 1990 in El Paso. And that gives me his date of birth: 28 Jun 1912
|Sunday, December 15th, 2013|
My birthday is December 15. If you have been following the show (!), you know that every year I ask a birthday question. Here is this year's question.Have I ever taught you anything? Or, to put it another way, is there anything you have learned from me? It doesn't have to be a specific skill.
A sub-question: Is there anything you are good at that you would like to teach me? Or show me? Or any place you would like to take me, should I visit you? Current Mood: natal