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Now Playing: Day 578-The Final Road To Survival
It was a productive day yesterday and one darn CRAZY DAY today! WHEW! Just call it a little bit of everything all rolled up into one. At least with the rain and dreary weather there was less sun seeing it finally gave my head a break! It's been sunny enough the past week. The downside is with all this rain over the next few days it means the wheelchair ramp most likely won't be finished until this weekend. I guess if anything I can be glad for much needed rest and no loud hammers or saws waking me up. Same goes for my friend who had to work mandatory overtime this morning at the county jail and didn't get home from work until 12pm. He was BEAT! since he went to work yesterday at 10pm.
I got the wonderful privilege of dealing with another medical bill error today that started December last year after getting a CT scan at a facility that told me it was in network. A month later I get a bill saying I owe $1,750. NOT! Once I spoke to the head administrator on the error seeing my insurance company was never even contracted with the facility he clearly stated to me, "This is our error and go ahead, disregard the bill." Now almost a year later I get a statement from a collection agency saying I owe that same facility $345.00! WHAT?!!! I tried my best to remember my new resolutions for this new decade in my life and kept my cool but I have never had anything in collections so this was new to me. I tried contacting that same individual at the imaging facility where obviously they have some sort of miscommunication among themselves but of course they don't contact me. I was instead told by a billing representative that they did me a favor and wrote most of it off and was only charging me the remainder of the balance. MMMM....This was wrote off last year so there wasn't any balance to be remaining but I might as well been talking to a wall because the wall wasn't listening. My family agreed with me that this error on their end continuing for a year now just isn't worth the unnecessary stress so we paid the bill but not without me explaining the full situation with the collection agency. Not only did they listen but also told me, "Please write us a letter on everything you just told me as well a copy of the letter to the facility who wrote this bill off a year ago only in turn to charge it back to you again. We will investigate the matter with the imaging facility and get back to you. If it appears this is a situation that clearly as you stated was wrote off last year and there is a line of miscommunication within the facility we will credit you the money back on the bill." FINALLY SOMEONE LISTENED AND UNDERSTOOD! So lesson learned is this: Make sure you check and double check before getting any test done at any facility as well your insurance company that the facility is contracted with them. Never let anyone tell you it is or that they checked already because things like this can happen and no one terminally ill needs this type of unnecessary and additional stress. AMEN! Also if you are dealing with a mean, nasty and hateful spouse/ex who feels they don't need to help you with any bills and refuse to pay for any to put their name down as the responsible party with your medical professionals or any imaging facility, hospital, etc. ANOTHER LESSON LEARNED.
Once the crazy day started to slowly unwind Mr. Nausea started back up again in waves. Sadly the Drano never worked so I am trying to figure out which day might be best to start my second treatment this week. Terrible having to live and rearrange my life around jugs of liquid dynamite but it is what it is sometimes. I fixed dinner for my friend late this afternoon and made some stuffing with gravy. I got BRAVE and watered down a bit placing it aside for me to eat. DUMB MOVE! What I thought went down fairly well came right back up. So I can chalk up mushy stuffing onto my 'NO-NO' list. No wonder my specialists highly advise I stick with liquids especially since every time I now try to brave a few bites of solid food it comes right back up. Just not worth it.
There is a new show that me and my friend were wanting to watch and it finally aired late last night. The show is called, "MonsterInLaws" and boy was it FUNNY!! Kinda scary too seeing I could relate a bit with both new episodes that aired back to back. My friend sadly said they could relate too! It is a reality show if you want to call it but I say its more like "REAL LIFE." Just shows you once again what I always believed which is blood isn't always thicker than water. Maybe back in the day when family truly stuck together through the good times and the bad. Now in days families barely even communicate or know each other. Strangers now become more like family doing heart felt things reaching out to help one another. HMMMMM....Kinda like the concrete ground work that lead to the making of 'The Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign' over five years ago. A way for patients and their family, friends and loved ones to find support and not be alone nor feel alone. I guess you can say I would had rather been born back in the 1930's or 1940's. Maybe we all could take some of the lessons back then on how to treat family and apply them to our every day lives now. Amen.
Well off to visit the PorcelainGod and then hit up my Zofran...Here's to a better tomorrow!