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    crazy week so far

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    by jaqui ·

    only 4 days so far and it’s 4 doctor’s appointments.
    off to the 5th right now.
    They are playing the ‘pass the paycheque” game with me trying to track down the cause of the health issues.

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    • #2810302

      Good luck with that

      by robo_dev ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      Without getting into a big health care debate, there are obviously big differences between the US and Canada.

      Here you either get more care than you need, and pay a lot, or get virtually no care, and pay a lot. Canada seems to have more of a safety-net for all it’s citizens. The states may offer better access to care for those with private insurance, but much much worse access to care for those without.

      I have relatives in Canada who tell me that the care is generally quite good, and while costs are reasonable, there are ‘gatekeepers’ who can keep you from getting the care you need, and you must jump through many hoops when there is a more complex medical issue.

      Hope things go well for you.

      • #2810282

        thanks

        by jaqui ·

        In reply to Good luck with that

        and yeah, it’s getting past the gatekeepers that is the struggle.
        soon as you get past the first one though, the system kicks into gear.

        gotta wait up to 3 months for appointment for 1 lab test right now, only lab in BC that does this particular test so it’s very busy.
        after that test is done and results back, if it doesn’t help give diagnosis it’s time to get appointment with a different specialist. [ I suspect it will be needed to wait for the neurologist, and wait to get those tests done ]

        yesterday got prescriptions or two different puffers for breathing difficulties, one got filled. the other isn’t covered and I can’t afford the $89/mo x3 to get it filled. 🙁
        so the doctor has to apply for a special authority from the insurer to get it covered, usually takes a few days to hear back.

        just so much fun. :\

      • #2810278

        I think it might be more alike than you think

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Good luck with that

        Here cost is not a factor. But in my experience, which is somewhat extensive given my family’s history, it depends a great deal on your primary care doctor. My wife’s doctor is great, he opens the doors, follows the progress, and takes care of my wife. He even attended my wife’s last birth even though it was a scheduled C section in a hospital where he was just an observer.

        Similarly my mom got great treatment with the right GP who would make the referrals to the right specialist. When he retired, my mom struggled.

        • #2810263

          oddly

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to I think it might be more alike than you think

          it was finding a primary care GP after mine retired that has made it hard.
          took about 14 months to find one.
          and at that, it’s a “no appointment required” walk in clinic to get anything done.

        • #2810250

          Ugh.

          by seanferd ·

          In reply to oddly

          My woman’s primaries disappear like mosquitoes in winter. Heck, twice they have sent out letters referring her to another doctor who was leaving the area as well. (She also must have an internist and not a GP as a primary, which makes it a bigger PITA.)

          I wish you lots of luck and a speedier process. Also hoping that your illness isn’t too bad. 🙁

    • #2810276

      Good luck

      by jamesrl ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      I’ve sure been there, not me, but with my wife.

      • #2810262

        well

        by jaqui ·

        In reply to Good luck

        only took a week to get 1 script filled, for a product not covered.
        and even that was only 3 weeks of the 52 prescribed.
        still have to figure out how I’m gonna get the other 49 weeks covered.
        [ it’s now down to only about $5,600 in cost though, since the $350 of the three weeks covered. ]

    • #2810271

      Ah that sucks

      by slayer_ ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      I gave up on that game ages ago, I figure I will just eventually die of stomach cancer,

      • #2810261

        lol

        by jaqui ·

        In reply to Ah that sucks

        we all gonna die anyway.

        I just figure, why not make it as low an expense to live as I can.

    • #2810259

      Good fun

      by nexs ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      Would be clever if it were stress related – having sent you on a wild goose chase.

      Alternatively, you could allow yourself to be the first attempt at cyborg technology. That’d be cool, and you could go to a mechanic instead.

    • #2810246

      Jaqui

      by tigger_two ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      I have sung these blues both in my own care and my husband’s. I sometimes think that they intentionally make the whole process as difficult as possible in hopes that you will get fed up and go away.

      I hope that whatever you are chasing down is solvable.

    • #2810224

      At least my week from hell is because of work

      by nicknielsen ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      My teammate’s in training this week, so I have two territories to cover. 35 calls closed through today (weekly average is 21), and over 1100 miles logged. One more day to go… :_|

      Good luck, Jaqui. Hope it’s something they can fix.

      • #2810162

        That’s one heck of an expense check…

        by cmiller5400 ·

        In reply to At least my week from hell is because of work

        That’s one heck of an expense check for 1100 miles at IRS rates…

        • #2810099

          Unfortunately

          by nicknielsen ·

          In reply to That’s one heck of an expense check…

          Leased vehicle, company card… 🙁

          Even the reduced rates they paid (usually 5-7 cents below IRS) back in the days I was driving my own car would be nice, though. Discounting wear and tear, it cost about a quarter a mile to operate the Escort. I was cleaning up on the expenses, then claiming the difference on my taxes at the end of the year. B-) One year, I did so many miles, the unreimbursed expense deduction was more than the mortgage interest. :0

    • #2810217

      Wishing you well, Jaqui.

      by boxfiddler ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      Good to see you. 🙂 Sorry to hear of your troubles. 🙁

      Involved in a health care nightmare of sorts, here, too. Be glad when it’s over. *sighs*

    • #2810174

      So these two Canadian hunters

      by robo_dev ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      A couple of Canadian hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: ???My friend is dead, eh? What can I do????

      The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: ???Just take it easy,eh. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.??? There is a silence, then a shot is heard.

      The guy’s voice comes back on the line. He says: ???OK, now what????

      • #2810160

        That’s just horrible

        by cmiller5400 ·

        In reply to So these two Canadian hunters

        And funny :p

      • #2810144

        Kudos my friend

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to So these two Canadian hunters

        For showing how much you care by practising recyling in your everyday activities.

        I’m sure there are a raft of ethnicities and cultural groups that had previously been used as the identity in this joke. I’m pretty sure Canadians don’t have to think about which provinces citizens have been targeted…

        Did you hear it first as a redneck joke?

    • #2810159

      Ugh, know the feeling

      by cmiller5400 ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      My Mom has basically been living in doctor’s offices between her eye problems and lung problems.

      Hope things turn out for the better!

    • #2810132

      The hunter joke has typically been used for those of Polish descent

      by robo_dev ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      But I figure that Jaqui would enjoy it better with a Canadian twist, eh?

      • #2811629

        If you want to make it Canadian

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to The hunter joke has typically been used for those of Polish descent

        Substitute “Newfie” for Polish. Though truth be told we heard lots of both growing up.

        I imagine in Newfoundland they substitute “Capers”, those from Cape Breton, where Purple Sky is from.

        • #2811597

          you forgot

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to If you want to make it Canadian

          to also add to include eh.

          it just ain’t canadian if there ain’t no eh in it.
          ike the hunter tells the 911 operator, “buddy is dead eh”
          [ there it be Canadian and newphie 😉 ]

    • #2811736

      I’m sorry to hear that

      by av . ·

      In reply to crazy week so far

      It can become like a full time job going from doctor to doctor. The worst thing is not knowing whats causing your health issues, though.

      In the US, I think we get too much care and we pay ALOT for it. God help you if you get really sick or have to be on certain meds for life. Open your wallet. I always thought Canada had a better system, but it really doesn’t seem to matter where you live. Healthcare costs too much money everywhere.

      I hope you’re feeling better soon.

      AV

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