thursday--stupid insurance, fun friend visit

Thursday, April 09, 2015

hi everyone. well--day 4 of following the sparkpeople food is going well. I feel a lot better in general. the food is fairly simple to fix and I am just added something extra (like a piece of chicken or bowl of cottage cheese) to rob's to fill out his meal and he is okay with everything I have fed him so far.
today I went back to the dr. for mammogram and blood work. now rob's insurance has this new requirement. apparently they think people are all liars, and its not good enough for me to say I don't smoke, never smoked, never intend to smoke, and don't work around people who smoke (kind of hard since I work alone at home). now I have to have a blood test to PROVE to them I don't smoke. wasn't aware of this at my physical exam, but I had the piece of paper to direct them to do this test. if it isn't done we have to pay some kind of penalty. fine. so I told the admissions lady about it--she called back to the dr. to get the order. came out of the mammo--the lab lady was waiting for me. drew the blood and I left for home (about 45 minute drive). stopped at a very nice florist to pick up some flowers, came home to a message--the lab tech didn't receive the order for THAT blood test until after I left (I had told her I needed it--she wasn't familiar with the test and thought that the blood she drew would be fine--but she must not have drawn enough or already ran the other tests or something. upshot--would I please come back to get stuck again???? REALLY????
so next week I will go a different direction for the grocery store and stop there. ugh.
so I called mary ann to see if she was home and went to visit her. mary ann recently had open heart surgery and I wanted to stop and see how she was doing. took the flowers because she loves flowers as much as I do and I knew they would cheer her up. so we had a nice visit--she is doing well, still tired but on the mend.
came home and fixed dinner, worked on staining a couple shelves and things. a pretty nice day despite the glitch!
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    Leave it to the insurance to have a messed up thing like that. Hope it goes well. Hugs.
    1678 days ago
  • JANET552
    That insurance requirement is puzzling. I've never heard of such a thing either though I suppose, given that lots and lots of people lie, the company has decided this is the way to go. As long as they pay for the test...

    The lab!!! I know they keep the blood they take for a few days and it always seems like they take more than they need but, what do I know? When John had cellulitis and they were taking blood daily, we asked the lab for two days to please take the blood they were going to need for his annual exam which was on Day 3. We were assured that could be done. Still, late in the day of the second day, we were informed he needed to come in for his labs on Day 3. At $30 for each blood draw, we were not happy campers. Not to mention the fact that after 40 years as a Type 1 diabetic, blood draws are an ordeal. I hope you don't have to go too far out of your way for the make up blood draw.

    Best wishes to Mary Ann. I'm glad you could cheer her day.
    1678 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Wow, I've never heard of them doing this before, how bizarre. At least you don't hashed to worrry about them penalizing you. Hope your friend recovers soon.
    1680 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    Oh brother … insurance companies! Yes, I agree, they do assume we are all liars.
    Congratulations on handling that little glitch and ending your day on a positive note.
    1680 days ago
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