Monday, December 31, 2012


Saturday started my nine days off.  Normally I have all sorts of writing plans for my time off but this time I’m still working on getting my foot healed so my plan is to rest and relax.  So the plan is to watch DVDs and crochet. 

First thing on my agenda on my first day off was to have a massage – a gift I got for Christmas.  I’m still not able to hobble far so my masseuse came to me.  I felt lucky she was willing to do this since it has to be cost effective for her.  My sister and daughter got massages as well and this made it worthwhile for the masseuse. 

My pain level runs around 5 or 6 on a normal day.  On a bad day I’m up around 9 and I’ve been having a lot of those lately.  Saturday I woke up to a 9 day and thought about cancelling but knew that it would help me. 

Kris (my masseuse) was fabulous as always.  She took care of the aches and pains I normally have and more.  She took care of my legs with great care and tenderness.  At the same time her massaging helped circulation and muscles to relax.  My back, which had been aching from too much time in the recliner, went from painful to not painful.

It was sort of amusing that three of us had massages and we all came out with funky hair and a look of peaceful bliss.  For myself, I was able to walk and get around better than I have in the last six weeks.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


While I’m stuck at home, I’m trying to stay on top of things.  I spent my morning calling about a medical bill.  Vicki went to the doctor and paid cash for her visit. Then I get a bill for her visit.  I’m floored as we paid for it in full when she went to the doctor.  I call and am told that what she paid was just an estimate.

This customer service person was rude and unhelpful.  I was told that what she paid at the time of service was just an estimate.  I responded with if I go to a mechanic to have work done, he can’t change his charges once I’ve left his facility. 

I also pointed out that this bill was higher than the one for her last appointment and nothing was done different.  She saw the doctor and nothing else – no tests were done but the bill was higher.  I asked about that and got told they had a rate increase in July.  I said when they gave the estimate it should have reflected the new prices.

The question becomes do I want to cause a problem with a credit rating over a $12 bill with an unethical medical billing procedure.  In all likelihood I will try to call one more time but won’t have a lot of success with the call.         

I know it isn’t a big bill but why should I pay a higher amount when nothing was done differently.  Additionally, I don’t know any business other than a medical facility that can change their prices randomly. 

In addition to Vicki’s bill, I have a bill for two office visits for me.  One I went to was strictly because the doctor’s office told me that if I wanted my allergy meds I had to come in to see the doctor because the insurance company required it.  Essentially I was required to go to the doctor and spend $150 in order get my prescriptions.  This is ridiculous especially since I’ve been taking allergy meds my entire adult life.  This means I have a bill simply because the doctor’s office seemed to want the money because nothing was done other than for the doctor to go on the computer and renew my prescriptions.  It took less than ten minutes for him to sit on the computer and quite frankly his time and mine could have been spent better.    

It is ridiculous how the medical business pulls in patients.  I was held over a barrel because I need my allergy meds.  It was a waste of money for the insurance company to pay and now for me to pay this additional amount.  It is a racket meant to soak the individuals for money.

Back at the Grindstone

With nine days off, you would think I got a lot accomplished.  I did when it comes to spending time with my girls but off my to-do list?  No...