taking care of me

May 22, 2012 |  Category:   life me

Well, this has been a month of answers in regards to the health front so that has been a relief, though there is still one issue that will remain mysterious because my health insurance deemed it medically unnecessary to approve 1 of my 2 MRIs. It’s great how insurance companies are the ones to decide, yeah? Or, I can cough up the 2k or whatever MRIs cost to have peace of mind. I was sort of faced with that decision last Monday right before a procedure. I had realized that for each of my other procedures I had received a phone call from my insurance company letting me know that the pre-certification was approved, but hadn’t received it for this one. The paperwork was delayed. I was scheduled to leave for the medical center in 2 hours. I had fasted for 2 days in preparation. Do I cancel? Do I risk coughing up the entire bill just to get it over with and at least get some answers? The good news is that it distracted me from worrying about the results since I was worrying about the bill. But you know what? Sometimes you get people who are really good at their jobs and when you’re lucky enough to get those people helping you out, you feel like the world is on your side.

 

I’m actually glad in a way that I got to test my health insurance out after changing insurance companies and downgrading our plan. Sometimes when we’d go to doctors I hold up my card and think to myself, is this real insurance? Ha! But aside from this one MRI that was denied, everything else has been approved and it’s been good to know that the system actually works, despite the high copays and co-insurance (although I should probably wait for my bills to come in the mail before making any sort of declarations). I now have some information about things going on in my body. I’ve learned that after a certain age, you really can’t ignore ailments anymore, you have to get them checked out. I’ve also started physical therapy which I hope will help me keep a more consistent exercise schedule. Plus, it’s a really good excuse to get some new sneakers like these pretty ones I’ve been stalking. You know, maybe a little reward for making it through this month of tests?

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  • Katie May 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    This is totally not the point of your post – but I had recently ankle surgery and will soon be wearing only sneakers. Which means I get new sneakers too! I haven’t bought new sneakers in about 5 years so I feel okay with this. But, I don’t know what’s cool anymore in sneaker wear.
    I’m glad your health insurance turned out to be real. I was so thankful for mine when all the surgery bills arrived.

  • Annie May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Oh! I pleased everything seems to be OK, and you have a ‘mend yourself’ plan. Coming from a country where there is public healthcare, the US system while efficient seems somehow not right – I know it works well if you have insurance, but what if you don’t….. I’m pleased you do – because when one is not well, the adding worry of bills is something one doesn’t need.
    Take care, Annie x

  • Helle (Helen) May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    First of all, good to hear you’ve got peace of mind – but I can’t imagine what it would be to live in a society where I’d have to worry about these things – having grown up in (socialist) Denmark and now living in Switzerland, these are things you simply don’t worry about. Sure, it’s not perfect here or there, but it always makes me wonder about all these people who are so adamantly opposed to Obama’s so-called socialist ideas about universal health care.

  • Anastasia May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Be well, Jenna. I admire your frankness. I remember having a total meltdown about insurance costs a few years ago in part because it felt scary and unfair and overwhelming but not as scary / unfair / overwhelming as the procedure I was trying to pay for. In some ways obsessing on the payment plans and the insurance fine print made giving up control over my body a tiny bit easier. Whew. Keep on.

  • Samantha May 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I’m so freaked out by the idea of living in the States SOLELY because of really iffy health care.

  • jd May 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    As a small business owner and new yorker, I sympathize and relate. I had an MRI this time last year – not fun (hello 40s). I think my physician only sent me for it to give me peace of mind after I burst into tears in his office (stressed to the max) convinced I was going to have a stroke any minute. Luckily, it showed nothing and was covered, but my recent $2,000 dental bill, not so much. Glad to read that you are ok.

  • Stephanie @ Blawsom May 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hello. I am 30 years old… soon to be 31. As soon as I turned 30… a light switch went on & suddenly I didn’t view my body as this indestructible force… but rather this fragile thing I must cherish & care for. So annoying!

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) May 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting the answers you need.

    I’ve started this post several times about health insurance and how the whole thing needs an overhaul, but I can’t say all that I want in just a few sentences – so I’ll leave it at this for now. xo

  • rifferaff May 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I’ve been dealing with some health issues too (and I’m not even 30 yet!) but feeling very thankful for my amazing insurance. I had a fairly major procedure cancelled at the last minute last month because of another unforeseen health issue and I just got the bill today. I owe $10. Seeing doctors and specialists is exhausting but I’m very grateful that despite the annoyance, my insurance makes it all possible. Dunno if you’ve had this experience too but dealing with this stuff has also made me realize how I’m a lot stronger than I thought. I was scared out of my mind to get an MRI (claustrophobia, getting an injection and IV to make my insides easier to see, what if I had to pee while I was in there) but I went through it, found out it wasn’t too bad, and felt that much more confident the next time I had to face something that scared me.

  • Pink Ronnie May 23, 2012 at 1:16 am

    If you start exercising, I shall start with you!
    Ronnie xo

  • carol May 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

    this is an aside but a necessary one—-the usa needs medicare for all. (this is also called single payer). it would be less expensive, more inclusive and make our products more competitive on the world market since employers no longer would have to add the cost of employee health care. it really is an idea whose time has come.

  • jacqueline @ thehourglassfiles May 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The healthcare system here scares the bejeebers out of me. I’m always worried that they are going to send me a bill and deny coverage. Where I currently live they already refuse to cover any birth control. It’s outrageous.

    I’m glad to hear that you have some answers now. Hopefully knowing can make all the difference.

  • Misha May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, geez, I hope everything goes well with you and your health discoveries. Sometimes, ignoring those little signs makes you feel less scared…but getting a solid answer is really what you needed, I’m sure.

  • Kris June 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hi, just a little sidenote, those shoes are cuuute, I have the otherwise recommended Lunarglide 3 from last year, and they are THE most comfortable shoes ever, really. And super light weight. So check them out too if you can. As a fellow back problem-ish person I truly love these shoes….yep that sounds weird, but it is true.
    Take care.

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