Monday, June 21, 2004

Navigating the insurance maze

So "they" say if you are young, healthy, single, no kids, etc then HMO/PPO plans make the most financial sense for you. Until something major happens and you have to call your primary care doctor's office 15 times a day to get the right referal and argue with people over why you can have a PET Scan and a CT Scan, but you can have a combo PET/CT Scan.

On that note, after spending half the morning talking to folks, I've managed to make 2 of the important appointments, and 2 not so important ones.
Tuesday 3:30 pm: baseline pulmonary function test
Tuesday 5pm: Bye bye long hair
Thursday 7am: MUGA test (still don't know what that is)
Thursday 9:45am: Dentist (cause you can't go while on chemo, and "they" say its better to get them cleaned before you start)
Friday 10am: Chemo port "installation" No food after midnight. Only clear liquids before 9am. Apparently coffee and tea are "clear" but diet coke isn't.

Now that I have that done, the doc's office is supposed to call me back to schedule the port installation (I'm hoping for Friday). And I'm still so confused as to how/when/where I'm getting this PET/CT thing.

Oh, the REALLY good news - the nurse said they would work with me to still go to Alaska in Sept!!!!!! I just have to make sure I am accessible to medical care. But she seemed to think that within a 2 hour drive of Anchorage would be good enough. A cruise would have been bad though.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh, the REALLY good news - the nurse said they would work with me to still go to Alaska in Sept!!!!!!"

Yay! I figured they would do that if you talked to them. My brother's wedding occurred in the middle of my mom's chemo/radiation treatments last year and she kept the docs informed. They stopped her treatments two weeks before the wedding, thereby giving her enough time to recover enough to be able to make it through his busy day.

That is really good news, Hope.

Take care. Sue

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay Alaska!!!! -claire

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope, that's great news about Alaska. Maybe you'll even be up to a weekend in Seattle. :) Listen, I'm feeling a bit emotional right now, as I was while reading this over the weekend -- I guess the reality sort of hit me in an "oh-my-gosh-this-is-my-friend!" sort of way. But I want you to know that I'm here for you. Isn't it weird how close we are, despite the obvious circumstances of our relationship? ;) You're in my thoughts. - MissyMae

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Hope, I echo everything Melissa said. I hope you know how much you mean to me, even though we haven't met in person yet. I'm thinking of you a lot and sending lots of positive vibes your way. {{hugs}}

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah on Alaska!! You'll probably really need that trip when the time comes. Your strength amazes me - I learn something from you through each of your posts. Hang in there. ----Lori

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have enough hair to donate to locks of love? that's what i did when i chopped mine. :)
i had to have a pulmonary function test for my job.. it's pretty easy. blow into a tube.


2:45 PM  

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