Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My colonoscopy nightmare

 The colonoscopy in itself was bad enough but the nightmare had just begun.  I want to share this story in the hopes that it might save someone else from going through what I went through.

Back in 2015 I had a colonoscopy scheduled.  I'm not sure how many of you have had this procedure but it entails a period of preparation to 'cleanse' your colon.  This includes a strictly liquid diet for a number of days prior to the procedure (2-3) and the day prior, drinking a solution that is supposed to do the final 'cleansing'.  I followed all instructions meticulously and went in on the day scheduled.  I was prepped for the procedure, anesthesia was administered and out I went.  Upon waking I was regretfully informed that my colon was not clean enough for the procedure to be done.  The doctor was not able to get a good look at what ever he needs to look at.  I was instructed to continue on the liquid diet for 2 more days, do the prescribed 'cleansing' solution again and come in again 2 days later.  At that time the procedure was successful and thankfully everything looked good.

This is where the nightmare begins.  I received the bills from the doctor and hospital for the 1st time I went in and insurance was applied.  However, I then received bills for the 2nd, complete procedure, and found that insurance had rejected the claim.  It is stated, I as was aware, that only one colonoscopy a year would be covered.  However, I was not aware that an "incomplete" procedure is processed the same as a "complete" one.  When the 2nd procedure was rejected I contacted my HR dept at work and they said they would look into it.  This is where I dropped the ball.  I continued to receive bills, then it went into collections.  I won't go into details, but the end result is that they denied the claim even after an appeal.  What is really bad is that the "incomplete" procedure that insurance covered did not cost as must as the "complete" colonoscopy, so I was stuck with the larger of the two bills.  I contacted an attorney who told me my only option would be to sue them, but I am not financially in a position to go up against an insurance company who, I'm sure, has a whole staff of attorneys.

My doctor told me it is unusual for someone to not be completely cleaned out after the original prep period, but not unheard of.  He has had other instances of it happening.  I was one of the unlucky ones.  If you ever find yourself in this position, I would carefully go over every option with your insurance before you continue.

I'm furious and I'm out a large amount of money, but a valuable lesson was learned - Stay away from doctors!

Monday, July 27, 2015

She's back!

I don't even know the date of my last post, I only know that it's been too long, way too long!  I've been having an affair with Facebook, and quite honestly I'm about over it.  It seemed innocent enough in the beginning.  Posting titbits of what's going on and keeping up with friends and being able to view pics of grandchildren, nieces & nephews, friends and an occasional meme or two.  But things have gotten out of hand.  The language, the politics, the drama.  It's more than I want.  I may not have much of an audience here but it's what I enjoy.  So, here we go (again).

Still playing on the women's golf league on Wed mornings.  Golfed today to make up for last week since I was down in Atlanta.  My game is off.  I think a few too many tips from my dad.  Don't get me wrong, my dad taught me to golf and I still have a lot to learn, but I can only process so much at one time.  I need to take his tips and work on one or two at a time and not all of them at once.

My trip to Atlanta was wonderful!  Stayed with my parents and got to see most of my brothers and their families and spend a little time with them.  Got to golf with my dad which is always a treat and one of the things I most look forward to.  I only wish I had played better.  Also got to visit with my two good friends down in Fayetteville.  The three of us used to get together weekly then Kathy and I moved but Kathy has since returned.  It was great to get together with them again.  I also got to see a friend that I used to work with up here but she is now working in Atlanta.  Sadly though, our time was cut short.  We were supposed to get together for 2 days but she unexpectedly had to fly to Oregon to be with her father.

There is much more but rather than write a mini biography I will touch on things that have been going on as time goes by.  I know this has been boring but it will take a bit for me to get my feet wet and get into the swing of posting again.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The End of the Beginning

Happy, Blessed Easter

Monday, April 02, 2012

Fabulous Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is tomato soup, right? Wrong!  I was invited over to a friends house for lunch and the husband made some tomato soup that was awesome!  I will never eat canned tomato soup again!  He was kind enough to share his recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Tomato Basil Soup

1 large onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1 1/2 Tbs dried basil
1 49 oz. chicken broth
2 lg cans diced or whole tomatoes cut up
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. half & half
3 Tbs butter
salt & pepper to taste

Melt butter in a soup pot.  Saute onions until soft, about 5 min.  Saute garlic until fragrant, about 1 min.  Add basil and stir in.  Pour in tomatoes and chicken broth.  Cook on a soft simmer for 20-30 min.  Puree soup in a blender* or with a stir stick.  (If using a blender be EXTREMELY careful of the hot liquid!)  Place soup back in pot and add heavy cream and half & half.  Stir to blend.  Heat soup and serve.

Add toppings if desired - parmesan cheese, sour cream, chives, croutons

*Please be extremely careful with hot liquid, I found out the hard way.  No matter how tightly you think you can hold the lid on the blender, hot liquids will spray!  Let mixture cool off before blending!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Is this what He meant?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philipians 4:13 Does this apply to the new shower curtain I put up? This project is one that I have been putting off and finally did today. My bathroom has a tub/shower enclosure that had a sliding glass door. When I shower my elbow kept hitting the door, and I couldn't sit on the side of the tub to shave my legs, and it was difficult to bath my grandson. So I finally took the doors down and put up one of those rods that arches out. It makes the bathroom look a little smaller but it makes the shower area much more roomy!
Philipians may not have been referring to something as trivial as this, but I believe anything I do in my life is owed to Him. For my health in being able to do it, the intelligence to follow directions, and the creativity to change things. These and so much more, I am thankful to God! Next time you have a project your not sure you can tackle, keep Him in mind!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Cinderella story

My daughter was recently asked to prom. She is 20 yr's old and graduated a couple years ago, but she and her girl friend have 2 BFF's that they are good friends with that are graduating this year. I suppose that was an oxymoron - BFF and good friends - I can't really say because I am not completly sure of the meaning of BFF. These young gentlemen (I say that because they are very nice boys) asked my daughter and her friend to prom, which was special for my daughter because she never got to go to her prom. She wore a beautiful light blue satin dress that she borrowed from her friends sister and her friend wore one of my daughters past formal gowns that was brown and pink. Their dates wore matching blue and pink ties. They looked very nice. Their 3rd friend went with her boyfriend and she wore a camo gown and he, a matching tie. They all made very nice couples.
Before the dance they went to Lonestar for dinner. As they were walking into the resturant a little girl saw my daughter and got all excited and started yelling "Ella!, Ella!" and pointing at her. Her mom said, "Yes honey, she does look like Cinderella" My daughter was a princess for a night.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Long time no see!

My, my, my, it's been a while. Hope anyone that is still around is doing well. I really can't blame those that have abandoned me. Cold coffee is not enjoyable. Well, let's see if we can heat it up! I have a recipe that I want to share. I made this for a girls luncheon I was invited to, and everybody loved it! It's quick, easy and oh so yummy! Hope you get a chance to try it, you won't be disappointed.

Hot Apple Pie Dip

1 pkg 8 oz. PHILIDELPHIA cream cheese*
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 apple, chopped small, divided
¼ c. KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese*
1 Tbsp. finely chopped Pecan pieces
Wheat Thin Original crackers

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix cream cheese, sugar and spice in medium bowl until well blended.
Stir in half of the apples.
Spread into pie plate or small casserole dish.
Top with remaining apples, Cheddar cheese and nuts.
Bake 10-12 min or until heated through.
Serve with crackers.

*Recipe calls for 1/3 less fat cream cheese and 2% milk cheddar cheese but I used regular.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thought for today

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."

Martha Washington