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Old 06-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #3561
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Beagle would LOVE to have a cat attached to her. Unfortunately, the cats she's interested in don't feel the same about Beagle. I've often thought about taking her to the Humane Society, and allowing her to select her own cat. Then I realize that I don't need another pet.
Aw Beagle needs a Kitten...
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #3562
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Beagle would LOVE to have a cat attached to her. Unfortunately, the cats she's interested in don't feel the same about Beagle. I've often thought about taking her to the Humane Society, and allowing her to select her own cat. Then I realize that I don't need another pet.
What a funny and sweet dog. Maybe someday she'll find a feline friend.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #3563
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Smokey thinks all cats belong up in trees! Hope you're feeling better PAG

I'm working with a hangover. I should know better. Come on 5 am
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:45 PM   #3564
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I sometimes think the only thing Himself processes when I tell him something is if it involves food that's ready to eat.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:43 PM   #3565
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I just got back from a useless medical test appointment. I got there, paid my co-pay, and waited about 1/2 hour. Then the technician came out and called my name and escorted me back to the procedure room, then proceeded to tell me that the lab the doctor uses to test the biopsy material (not for cancer - it's related to my peripheral neuropathy) is not in my insurance company's network, so if I went ahead with it, I'd have to pay the $1,800 cost of the testing.

Why didn't someone call me before I wasted my time going over there, I asked? The technician said she was on vacation last week (the appt was made at least 2 weeks ago) and the person who made the appt for me didn't know my insurance didn't cover that lab. So aggravating.

So I called the referring doctor's office and his nurse called me back and said she'd work me in to the schedule at that doctor's office, and they would use a different lab. Still waiting to hear back from her about the date.

I guess I didn't realize how much I want an answer to all this. Although to be honest, I believe I know what the problem is, and I'm a unique case. For a couple of reasons, I don't absorb nutrients properly from food and I take 15 Rx medications (including a few Rx vitamin supplements) and a few over the counter supplements. I doubt there's anyone in the world with the same set of conditions and drugs I take, so my doctors can't possibly predict what kind of side effects all that might create.

I think malnutrition is at the root of my problems with fatigue, weakness and foot/leg pain. And that can't be helped because I can't stop taking the medication that causes the malabsorption. When I don't take it, the pain is incapacitating and even narcotics don't touch it. I really don't have a choice not to take it.

Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #3566
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(((Hugs GG)))

Not telling you about the cost before you got there is just unacceptable, not to mention inconsiderate and rude. Did they at least return your co-pay?
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #3567
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Not telling you about the cost before you got there is just unacceptable, not to mention inconsiderate and rude. Did they at least return your co-pay?
Thanks, TL. I was so angry I left without talking to anyone at the front desk, but I will call tomorrow about it. I'm sure they'll return it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #3568
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Thanks, TL. I was so angry I left without talking to anyone at the front desk, but I will call tomorrow about it. I'm sure they'll return it.
That's rotten, GG. I don't blame you for being angry. Medicine is a business, insurance is a business. Somewhere in there, the patient is the lowest priority.

Lots of states now are allowing medical marijuana (not ours yet, but Illinois just passed a bill). Wonder if that would help with your condition?
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #3569
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Wow GG, what a rotten day! You need a . Hope the doctor AND the insurance company can work together on friendly terms and get some sort of answer to you. And when you call for your copay back you should tell them you deserve a bonus for the entire inconvenience.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #3570
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That's rotten, GG. I don't blame you for being angry. Medicine is a business, insurance is a business. Somewhere in there, the patient is the lowest priority.

Lots of states now are allowing medical marijuana (not ours yet, but Illinois just passed a bill). Wonder if that would help with your condition?
I don't know, but I don't expect anything like that to pass soon here in Virginia. The General Assembly is dominated by rural conservatives who passed a bill requiring a vaginal ultrasound for women who want to have an abortion. Sorry, don't mean to get political
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