The ice is thawing after a long winter thus far, and I don’t mean literal ice. It is the great financial drought is starting to see some relief. We made payroll without any help from anyone on Monday and I would have said that was impossible a few weeks ago. I had $2,000 come in yesterday so now I can pay rent. Our productivity increased by 81% in February over January . . . which is almost double. But, it takes weeks to see, financially, the fruits of your labor. Our patient base is spreading to cover an area of 100 miles by 100 miles. Word is getting out. The demand for our services is growing. I can start to fantasize about hiring more help. Yesterday we got our first mail delivery to our door after 10 months of being in business. It sounds very “third-world” but we had to fight with the post office during this whole time to see this succeed. Now our payments will be less hindered. Now, if I can start paying off some debts I would feel much better. The stress of the week has been getting a total of 4 termination letters from insurance companies since Saturday. This is very frustrating, especially considering that we’ve paid almost $20,000 to a professional credentialing company to prevent this. I did fire the company, but then they had the insurance companies call me and tell me that the terminations were due to computer errors inside the insurance company. They just simply have no accountability. Each time I get one of those letters, I think of the 100 or so patients who would be devastated if they couldn’t see us. Speaking of letters, I got a glowing letter of support from the # 1 headache clinic in the state, the one at the University of Washington. They made it clear that we are the only high-level providers of headache medicine in our region. We can use this letter to fight with other insurance companies. But for now, all seems well on the horizon. I awaken early this morning with the news that my son and daughter in law were in the hospital to deliver their second child. That’s why I’ve been up since 4:30. That’s why I have time to write.