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Monday, October 17, 2011

Still waiting to hear something from the doctor. It has been 11 days since they first found out about the lung cancer, and still no biopsy, or even an appointment for a biopsy. I am feeling really discouraged. I felt I had a good chance of fighting this thing, but if I can't get medical treatment right away, I think my odds are going down every day.
I will have to tell my boss I can only work 3 days a week so I can apply for SSDI, then I can get emergency medi-cal. I talked to them on Friday and then said I have to make less than 1,000 a month, and that extra day a week puts me just over 1,000.
I don't know what else to do, there is no way I could buy private insurance with this pre-existing condition,even if I could afford it, which I can't, and I am still only an "on call" employee so I don't get any benefits at work.
Once again, I am just rambling with all the thoughts that are in my head right now.
Thaks for listening:)
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    Prayers coming your way... emoticon
    2813 days ago
    2814 days ago
    Just hang in there, you will get through it.
    2830 days ago
    This really does have to be extremely frustrating for you - but I totally agree that your HEALTH comes before your job! If you have to cut back to get insurance, then that's what you have to do. I know oncologists and they normally schedule those biopsies for the next day - if not sooner! They WANT to get you started. I AM still praying that biopsy comes back showing this has all been a big mistake... but you know how your body has been feeling and how often you've been sick... so accepting that you really do - most probably - have cancer, it IS important to get started treatment as soon as you can. Do it NOW Sue... Whatever you have to do! You can WIN - but you have to start the fight!!! emoticon
    2831 days ago
    I agree with all the other comments. One thing to remember - God is good all the time, all the time God is good! Keep your eyes on Him and He will guide you. He promises to take care of you and never goes back on His promises! Praying for peace and comfort.
    2832 days ago
    Let's build a fire under those doctors. You really need to be AT LEAST on a schedule for that biopsy. No excuse for them to drag this out. Stay in touch. We are here for you and know that you need to do everything you can to get the process started. It is a tough treatment anyway, even more important that you get an accurate diagnosis in order to proceed. See you soon.
    And - don't be afraid to ask for help with whatever you need. emoticon
    2832 days ago
  • BECKYI39
    I would encourage you to call the doctor and give them a nudge about a biopsy. Hope that you can get it done soon.
    2832 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    God is not the author of confusion. Lean on Him today, Suz, and he will bring the answers and a much needed sense of peace about all of this. Lung Ca is not the "death sentence" it was many years ago. Do what you can do today and that is do your best to go this 24 hours without smoking. You can do this and we will be here to cheer you on. A healthy body will promote recovery. Hang in there and know that we are praying for you. You are not alone.

    Hugs, Sunny
    2832 days ago
    Hi, Suz! As much as you needed that 4th day to make ends meet, you could no doubt use the extra rest now as well as the financial aid. Whatever you have to do to get assistance do it NOW. The quicker you get the aid the better your chances of getting help. Have you called to find out what the hold up is with the doctor? As a nurse I know how busy things get and how easy it is for things/ people to slip through the cracks. They may have totally forgotten about you. You have to be very much your own advocate. I know it is not your nature, but maybe a family member or friend there can call for you and put a fire under them. Give me the number if you'd like me to call. The "squeeky wheel gets the grease" really applies here. You are in my daily prayers. Thanks for keeping us posted. Hope you have a blessed day!
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    2832 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/18/2011 6:08:44 AM
    Sue, Hope you are having some luck getting hold of some doctors. If you are still waiting for that letter, I would ask them to email it to you ASAP or go pick it up! It's important that you get the information you need to proceed. Good luck and keep in touch on what is happening! A few of us here are about ready to talk to those doctors ourselves and get a fire going! No excuse for this delay and they should have some type of procedures to expedite cases like yours.
    Great job on the 5k for Breast Cancer by the way! emoticon emoticon
    2832 days ago
    If there is anything I can do--PLEASE let me know---transportation, an ice cream cone, someone to yell at---help with forms---scrubbing your toilet--grocery shopping--someone to walk with--walking and drinking water works the med through body and OUT of it.
    Try to stay at peace with the world---worry only will make your immune system low and we do not want that!! Prayer--Gods words--as you know sweet lady. emoticon
    2832 days ago
    MTULLY is DO have a good chance of fighting this. If you feel things are not moving along the way you would like, most hospitals (whether you were tested at the hospital or a related clinic) and some clinics have advocates that would 1) help you light a fire under doc's kiester and 2) assist you with getting qualified for SSDI and anything else you would qualify for in the realms of insurance. Hospitals like to get their money and know that if you are insured, their chances of that are better. Hope this helps.
    Long story short, don't give up and push back a little. Doctors are not God (though some think they are); if you need to tell them it is time to move forward with your treatment, don't be afraid to speak up and if they don't listen, I highly recommend finding another. The good thing about doctors is that there are plenty of them out there.
    Best wishes and prayers,
    2832 days ago
    You DO have a good chance of fighting this, so please don't get discouraged. Since you haven't heard from your doctor, could you call and see if you can't get things moving along? At the very least, he/she should at least explain how things are going to proceed. I am glad you have figured out a way to qualify for emergency medi-cal. It seems crazy to me that you have to give up a day a week to make it happen, but whatever it takes at this point. emoticon
    2832 days ago
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