Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another day, another doctor

I am slowly working my way through my New Year's goal of getting checkups from my doctors (when you pass 50, the number of doctors multiplies!).  I've seen my dermatologist (history of small skin cancers), my dentist and my endocrinologist - who released me and said I can now be followed by my regular doc so one specialist down - yay!

Yesterday, I went to see the ophthalmologist. I have always just gone to an optician, but wanted a more thorough checkup since glaucoma runs in the family. As I was checking in, the receptionist informed me that my insurance only covers an optician. What?? I asked how much the visit would run and she said a minimum of $200. But I was there, I was tired and I wanted an exam, so I said OK.

Midway through my visit, the doctor tells me I have a bleed in the back of my right eye, which is a sign of early glaucoma. He'll need to see me in 45 days, he says. I tell him that my insurance won't cover it and he tells me I am no longer here for a vision exam - I am now a medical case and my medical will cover it. ... So, good news, bad news!

I'm thankful I decided to stick around and get checked out. And I'm thankful he was able to spot the bleed. He said that had I come in 3 weeks, it would likely have cleared up and he wouldn't have seen anything. I'm told glaucoma usually doesn't show any symptoms, until you start losing your sight.

Next up is my annual with my regular doc. Here's to hoping he doesn't find anything but an aging woman!

On another note, found out this morning that insurance has denied DS a wheelchair - again. Not sure what the next step will be. I am frustrated and angry that his needs aren't being addressed. This should not be this hard.



  1. I went through all those "lovely" exams last year. Ah, the joys of reaching half a century. Wishes for continued good health grades.

    So sorry about the denial of your son's w/c. I worked as an in-home vent care nurse for several years and denials like these were far too common. Insurance companies fail to realize that getting a new w/c isn't generally a want, but a genuine need for the patient.

    1. Exactly!! Who would WANT one of those just for kicks??!!

  2. You keep on hounding them, I know it is hard, but that is what we have to do. I am sorry you have to go through this, you need to get Mother bear ugly with someone.

  3. No, it shouldn't be so hard! Why, oh why, are special needs always at the bottom of the list? Sooooo glad you've found out about the bleed in your eye! I've been diagnosed with Posterior Vitreous Detachment which can cause my retina to detach - I'm grateful for all the good decent doctors out there who really care.

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  5. I am a special ed teacher ( 28 years and looking towards retirement!) and sister of a special needs woman who died in 1994 at the age of 30. Here, we have something called IN*SOURCE, an agency that helps fight for the needs of individuals with disabilities. Do you have anything like this that you can contact and get help with your son's needs that keep being denied? You're right! It shouldn't be this hard! My parents were told to put Becky away in a facility and forget about her, just go on and have more children. Of course this was the 60's, but of all the things!!! I'm thankful they didn't listen and we got to have a relationship with our sister.