Monthly Archives: October 2015

After getting the notice that UAB was closing their OB/GYN office in Huntsville, I sent a request for a first available appointment for an annual exam. You know, the exam that I was I could schedule in October…when they cancelled my birth control consultation without informing me and told me that I could either pay them $90 that I didn’t have if I wanted to get my birth control that day or schedule an appointment for an annual in October and get it then. Obviously, I should have fucked up my finances even more and paid for the $90 appointment because I got this response to my request: Unfortunately we are no longer scheduling annuals due to the closure of our office next month. Your last one was 10/14/15 so you can have one at any time. I show you have Human insurance and MC. You should contact Human for a list of preferred providers. Once you find a new Dr you will need to sign a release form for your records. Feel free to call if you have any questions Needless to say, I was not amused. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I was pretty pissed off, so I fired off this response: I understand your office is closing, but this appointment is important and time-sensitive. I went off the Depo, then was rudely told my birth control consultation appointment was cancelled when I arrived for said appointment, and was told that day that I would need to wait until my annual exam at your office to get the birth control prescription. Now you’re refusing to schedule the exam? This birth control prescription is to keep my anemia in check and prevent me from having to undergo infusions. I’ve already had some bleeding because it has been so long since I had my last Depo. And I’ve already started having early signs of the anemia popping up. If I am even able to find a local doctor that takes the Humana & the Medicaid, it will probably be 2 months for me to get in, so I would appreciate you making an exception in this case…especially since part of this predicament is on you guys in the first place. Yes, it’s manipulative. Yes, it’s abrasive. Yes, all of that was necessary. The reality of their office closing on short notice is that it’s putting lives in danger. I know that they still have pregnant patients that they need to see, but they also have cases like mine where birth control is a life-saving medication and they have people who may have diagnoses of cancer delayed by months because they had to transfer their care to another doctor. I am so sick of doctors and their employees acting like routine appointments are unimportant. They may not seem to be important to some patients, but they are actually very important for others.1 And it will take a while to find a doctor who takes my insurances. It always does. Right now, I can’t even get the physician finder on Humana’s website to work. Once it starts to work, I can’t even guarantee that who they list will even taken the insurance.2 What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to let my health get worse? Am I supposed to just pretend like all of this bullshit, douchenuggetry, and dumbfuckery is acceptable? Fuck that. This is my life that they are messing with and they don’t have a right to jeopardize it. I shouldn’t have to sit here and wonder if I’m actually going to get medicine that I need in time to avoid infusions. I shouldn’t have to worry that lately I’ve been cold on hot days and that I’ve been paler than usual. But this is what I have to worry about when medical offices and insurance companies decide to make arbitrary decisions that endanger my life. I know that neither the office nor the insurance company are intending to harm patients by making these decisions, but that is what is happening/can happen when they cut off proper healthcare. Actually, they’re very important for all of them. ↩Humana has a tendency to list people who don’t accept their plans and not list ones who do. ↩

I Need That Appointment

When I went to study for the driver permit exam over a week ago, I realized I was missing something very important: a pair of glasses. Thanks to myopia in both eyes with an astigmatism in one of them, I had a vision restriction the last time I tested for my my permit. I figured that I probably needed to get glasses if I wanted to get a new permit/license or ever use it to drive. I did the typical poor girl with bad eyes thing & ordered discount glasses from Zenni. Their glasses are typically pretty awesome.  This time? Not so much.  I’m not sure what happened. Maybe my prescription has changed? Maybe I typed in the wrong value for something? Maybe they screwed up when manufacturing them? Whatever happened led to a pair of glasses that have a totally screwy left lens. That lens causes my vision to double. Oddly, the right one was perfect.  When I talked to my family about the issue, I told them that it was almost time for an optometrist appointment & I would get a new scrip. A couple of hours later, I got an emai from the optometrist telling me that they’d scheduled an appointment for me on the 27th at 1pm. I had to reschedule it (to this coming Monday) since I already have physical therapy scheduled for that exact date & time. If I were a Canadian singer-songwriter with a poor understanding of irony, I could probably work it all into a song; and four versions of me (sort of Orphan Black-ish)1 could awkwardly act out the music video in a car. Alas, I’m just a weird American.23 Woe is me.  Oddly enough, Tatiana Maslany, of Orphan Black fame, is Canadian. Maybe acting like four different people at a time is a Canadian thing, like socialized medicine, being overly kind & apologetic, loving curling, or gravy on fries—what’s that about? ↩Yay, let’s have more pollution from fossil fuels because America. ↩That was a joke. Obviously an asthmatic with a fear of humanity being destroyed by tragedies of a scientific nature who finds the very idea of fossil fuels to be gross and has a penchant for run-on sentences is not pro-pollution or fossil fuels. Ew. ↩

Myopia Dystopia 

Four percent of websites are considered pornographic; a much smaller percentage than most expect. Many people like the websites while many others hate them; and some who claim to oppose them enjoy them privately.1 I know that they’re a touchy subject2 for a lot of people, but I want to know what you guys think of them. Do you approve of porn? Have you ever viewed it? Do you think that it objectifies the actors? Are people who view porn complicit in any abuses that may go on in the porn industry? Has the industry done enough to prevent things like sexual assault, unwanted pregnancies, and STDs on set? Does viewing porn contribute to issues like pornography and/or sex addiction? Does viewing porn make it hard3 for people to relate emotionally to others? Does it encourage dangerous behavior in its viewers? Or is controversy related to porn exaggerated? Can porn be empowering? Josh Duggar ↩Pun intended. ↩Another pun. ↩

Daily Debate: Oct. 7, 2015

Today, after dealing with the mess that was left in my mentions thanks to you know who,1 I had to go to my first physical therapy session. Well, not exactly my first. It’s the first one since this round started.2 And I had a new physical therapist…again. Including the PT and PTA that regularly work in the pool, I’ve had six physical therapists since the summer of 2014. For the most part, we just did things that I’ve already done. And, yeah, that stuff hurt like it usually does. It was also difficult like it usually is. But the new physical therapist introduced a couple of new things. Those things–one in particular–were a little too much for me. The first thing she added to my routine was a squat with my back against the wall. She wanted me to have my knees right over my toes and to squeeze a ball between my knees while I was doing this. Just getting into that position was too much for me. My knee started to go. I had to grab the corner of the wall & push myself up quickly to remain standing. We tried that move in a few different ways before finding one that didn’t completely do me in, but the instability and the pain just seemed to get worse after that. After the squat, she had me do weightlifting/resistance training, which is pretty much contraindicated for hypermobility patients. And she had me doing steps, which always causes problems. I think that on Friday I’ll be sure to tell her if certain activities are too much for my joints. I realized once I got home that some of the issues I was having by the end of the session were from my not speaking up. The therapist realized the squat issue because I spoke up, but I didn’t tell her about the hypermobility problem.3 But, if my knee starts to go out again during the physical therapy, I may need to give in and go back to the orthopedist. The physical therapist that did my evaluation did tell me that if it started to lock up or collapse on me that I needed to schedule an ortho appointment ASAP and basically demand surgery for it. She would probably say to go ahead and do it after today’s appointment, but I’m afraid that that might be rushing it.4 Anyway, I’m about to go eat some dinner and ice my knee. I can’t take any more pain medicine unless I want to be up when the sun starts to rise tomorrow morning. He’s also at least partly responsible for doubling my typical visitor count. ↩The appointment that I went to the other day was also physical therapy, but it wasn’t exactly a regular PT session. It was measurements and evaluations. ↩I assumed it was in my chart, but she kept commenting on my flexibility, so it’s possible that it wasn’t. I told the evaluating physical therapist that I was hypermobile. The other physical therapists who have worked with me also knew that I was hypermobile, so believing she knew should have been a safe assumption. ↩Oh, look. I’m trivializing a legit health issue. ↩

Another Day, Another PT