“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Thursday, August 1, 2013

There and Back Again....

It is a very long drive to the town that has the specialists.  Much longer than just the mileage would indicate. Until you are almost there, 45 is the best speed you can make, and that only in places.  Early morning is when the farm tractors are rolling down the road to the field. They don't pull over to let you by , primarily I think because they don't know you are behind them. I never saw any of the drivers look around to see how many people were stacked up behind them.

Then when you make it to the place you're going,  you spend most of the day sitting.  In you go for this test, and then you sit. Then another test, after which you go to another doctor and get another test. How much all of this is going to cost, you do not know.  Medical work is the only field I know of where people are expected to just sign a blank check and let them charge whatever they feel like.  Then of course, other people have to stick their heads in and look at this or that, and they send your insurance company a bill for their "consulation." Not a little bill, either.



I've struggled with medical insurance since 1986, and have never found a way to deal with any of this. It just works that way.

Then, after a long drive back, you get home and all the animals are fussing, wanting their supper.  It takes a long time to get all that sorted out.  The house is hot and humid because I dare not leave the air going while I'm gone, least I have some kind of fire.  All in all,  this is not an experience I would care to repeat, though I have to go through it every three months.  At least I don't have to go back tomorrow, because they got everything done today. Thank God for people who make appointments and don't show up without cancelling them.

10 comments:

  1. Glad you made it back. At least they didn't put their consulting heads together and admit you so there is a plus :)

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    1. It takes a lot to get me into a hospital, because I know they really drain your wallet. The last time I was in the hospital, I went through the bill line by line. One item was for a "bed side kit" and it was something like $125.00. I didn't remember getting any bed side kit so I asked them what it was. Turns out it was a little green plastic basin and a green plastic cup that you could get at Walmart for about $5.00. I squawked about it but the insurance company didn't seem to care. In the end the hospital took it off the bill but what did that matter really, I am sure there were other such item that I just didn't pick up on.

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  2. Nice to go to town no matter what, BUT its always better to be back home. Hope all is well.

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    1. Rob, there's a bookstore in that town and I was looking forward to going after all the check up stuff. But by the time I finished I was so worn out I just headed home. Any other time, I would have enjoyed a visit over there. It wasn't bad though, at least I got everything done in one day.

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  3. I know how you feel. I too must hit the doc's office every three months. Seems like I'm forever writing checks to medical offices. I hate it.

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    1. We pay a small fortune every month out of my wife's check to get health insurance. It is supposed to be very good insurance. But it has a $55.00 copayment, then a $5000 per person deductible, then a 20% coinsurance for the first $10,000. The only good thing about going to the hospital and seeing all the doctors is that it sticks it to the insurance company really good after you have paid your deductible and coinsurance. I detest health insurance companies. I've never found one that didn't do it's best to pay the claims late, or deny the claims, or just in general treat you like a beggar when you are forking over a fortune to them each month in premiums. But not to have health insurance is to risk ruin, because then you either wind up paying the doctors a big percentage of your income each month for the rest of your life, or they will put a lien on your house. Nor do I want to see my face on a pickle jar at the feed store with a note that says " Help the Flashman family, Harry got run over by a tractor and has no insurance." I see that all the time all over town, where someone got hurt and has no insurance. It's nice the community tries to help but you know how that would make you feel.

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  4. I hate doctors' offices with a passion. Necessary evil though....

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    1. Sometimes it really is. It's all well and good to be manly and try to tough it through but sometimes you have to go to the doctors. The worst thing about that is that you aren't in control, in fact, you have no control whatsoever. That's a bad feeling.

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  5. Glad to hear you have arrived home safely :)

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  6. Thanks, Tania. The best thing is I didn't have to go back today. It's usually a two day affair and that's a lot harder than just one day.

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