Scooter Update

When it comes to medical / health care stuff, I find myself annoyed, frustrated and distrusting.  Over the years, I’ve had doctors do stupid things which have adversely affected me.  However, I try to go into these situations with a positive attitude.

Two weeks ago, the insurance turned me down for a scooter.  I could fight it but it would take time.  My doctor said he would write me a letter so I could get a scooter if the insurance turned me down.  When I found out about the insurance, I immediately called his office.  He was on vacation.

Last Monday, I called talked to his triage nurse and gave her the information on which scooter I wanted to buy.  In order for DVR to pay for the scooter, this information has to be in there.

Starting last Wednesday, I called and left messages to see how long it would take to get a letter.  I’ve called every day since then.  I mean, really how long does it take to write a damn letter?  If he couldn’t get it done in a timely manner, I would have been happy to write it and send it to him for his damn signature.

I called this morning.  I was firm but polite.  Yesterday they said someone would call me as they put my message as a high priority.  Right.  That didn’t happen.  I spent twenty minutes on the phone, ten of which was before I even spoke to someone.  Once I got someone, they put me on hold.  Finally they came back to say my letter was ready.  I made sure my husband could pick it up.  He will hopefully get what I need and I’ll be able to move forward.

I’m relieved about finally getting the letter but to be honest, I’m nervous as hell about what the letter says and if it will satisfy what DVR needs it to say.  Ken won’t be home until this afternoon.  I’ll be working on editing until he comes home.  Once he’s home, I’ll scan the letter (if it says what it needs to) and send it off to the counselor at DVR.  I will at that point look for the three quotes she will need to approve the purchase.  I’m hoping it only takes her a couple days to approve.

The fact that it took ten days to get a simple letter is appalling to me.  It was a matter of one sentence – it is medically necessary for this patient to have this scooter.

The only blessing in all of this, I’m off work this week so my pain level is down to a reasonable level but starting on Monday I’m back at work and having to struggle with a manual wheelchair which will raise my pain level significantly again.

Final Stretch

I’m on my last two days of time off.  It has been a good one.  I actually feel like I accomplished what I needed to and had down time.  Now I have to start acclimating myself to sleep hours  more conducive to working – i.e. going to bed before 2 am.

We are getting rid of the evil Charter on Monday so this weekend we need to clear off the DVR.  That won’t take long.  I’ve been working on crocheting while we do that and Stephanie’s afghan is coming along nicely.  It is getting to the point where it takes me quite some time to go around the edge of her afghan.  I’ve also got a book Vicki got me from the library to read as well as several books that have been downloaded. 

This week I’ve gotten a several things submitted and some writing done.  I still have more to do (don’t I always?) but I’m good with the progress I’ve made.  This vacation has definitely been a good one.   

Snow Day.. and the fall out…

Yesterday was a snow day and I did NOTHING.  I have a long list of writing and household things I want to work on.  I did none of them.  I sat in my recliner and watched DVR stuff.  I cuddled with Ken.  I was a bum. 

Now I feel like a person again, though today was difficult because work was just not flowing.  I wanted to get stuff done and have my student workers get stuff done.  It didn’t go so well. 

Hopefully next week with the new workers will go well.  I have two new students who both seem eager to work and dig in.  I’m hoping they are hard workers and have the skills needed to get work done.  I’ll see what happens. 

I’m hoping that the bum day yesterday will give me enough down time that this weekend I can get a number of things done.  I’d like to get my office cleaned and rearranged, perhaps move a few things into the craft / work out room. 

I’m also going to be working on taxes this weekend.  I have at least three people who want me to work on their taxes so that will keep me busy. 

I’m also hoping to have some writing time.  I’m hoping that I can finish the chapter I’m working on and move forward.  I’ve been a bit stuck – not in knowing what I want to write but in being motivated to write.  I’ve done a lot of journaling and that helps me move forward.  Now though is the time to go back to the manuscript and finish the chapter and keep going forward with the story.  The thing is I still see the picture in my head of how the scene will play out and the longer I wait the more details fill in.  It will come as I need it to I know…

Last day of work tomorrow.  I’ll be taking mom to the doctor.  I’ll be hanging out with her for a while until Alicia comes to pick her up.  Then I’ll have to see what mischief I get up to…