Maybe it’s Maybelline…

I always wake up around 5:30-5:45 AM, well, not always but most of the time.  Today was no exception.  I got up at 5:40 and piddled around for a bit before deciding to head out for a run.

I checked the weather first.

Did you happen to notice the feels like temperature?  Ahem, 89 degrees!  Ouch.  No worries, I can handle it.  The previous days before heading out it had rained just before I left the house and I was fortunate enough to actually see a rainbow.

rainbow

Isn’t it beautiful?

This morning there was no rain and the chance of it was only 30% so I felt relatively sure it would be a rain free morning and I headed out the door.

I was wrong.  After only about a mile it started to thunder.  I don’t mind the thunder but typically when you hear thunder, lightning is close and you don’t want to be outside running in the lightning, not here in the lightning capital of the world.

So, I finished running 3 miles and then I walked another half mile back to my house.  By the time I got home the rain was pouring, sideways.

sideways rain

Can you see it?

I don’t really mind the rain, it is definitely making the lawn look fantastic, but the one thing I wish it would do that it hasn’t is wash the damn love bugs off my car.

love bugs escape

The irony is not lost on me….The Love Bugs Escape

They swarm at this time of year and you have to get them off of your car as soon as possible because otherwise they destroy the paint job.  And because they are everywhere right now, I have to wash my car every time I drive it.  It makes staying at home a lot more enticing.

Well, there’s that and the fact that I can stay in my pajamas all day.

Unfortunately yesterday was not a pajama day.  I had an emergency appointment with my dermatologist.  I was positive that a new rash on my nose was skin cancer.

It turns out that sarcoidosis can also affect your skin and my dermatologist believes that is exactly what my rash is, only he called it Lupus Pernio which really had me confused because I do not have Lupus.  He then explained that Lupus Pernio is the term used for the type of sarcoid on my face even though it has nothing to do with the disease Lupus.

I'm thoroughly confused

Well, that’s not confusing!

He said that it may or may not get better without treatment so we’re taking a conservative approach and watching it over the next few weeks.  It’s not really all that noticeable and I can easily hide it with makeup so it doesn’t really bother me and I’m just really glad it wasn’t something that would require a biopsy, because the last little chunk they took out of my leg just recently healed.

Anyway, the point of telling you all of this is so that if you see me out somewhere and I look like this:

makeup party

Don’t judge.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you had a lot of rain?

Do you use makeup to hide imperfections of do you go makeup free and proudly wear your scars?

Tuesday Tangent, it’s about profit, not your health.

I’ve been fighting with my insurance company, Florida Blue, a division of Blue Cross Blue Shield for over a year because they refuse to pay for any medical testing other than an x-ray or blood work.  They’ve sent me numerous letters stating that they know that I have brain lesions and spinal issues but they don’t deem MRI’s or cat scans a necessary medical treatment despite the fact that ALL of my doctors have said I need to have those tests yearly.

Recently MacGyver has had some neck stiffness and nerve pain which alarmed his doctor and prompted hime to order some additional tests, immediately.  MacGyver is a man who does not go to the doctor and even refused an ambulance when his hand was filleted open after  a muzzle loader accident.  He has paid into the same insurance plan for over 5 years and gone to the doctor twice.  By my best estimates the insurance company has made a tidy little profit of about 40,000 dollars just from my husband and yet they denied any and all testing ordered.

It’s become such a trend around the medical center that I go to that as soon as I mention my insurance company inevitably someone will tell me that they don’t authorize any testing outside of doctors visits.  I also find it odd that they have a representative who actually has an office inside of the medical practice that I go to.  That’s just off putting to me.

I don’t know what other peoples experiences have been but I’ve often wondered and then I read about a doctor in Mississippi diagnosed with brain cancer who needs treatment but his insurance company will not pay.


doctor with brain cancer

Go ahead and take a guess at who his insurance company is….if you guessed Blue Cross Blue Shield, you nailed it.

Enough is enough people.  I am sick of this shit.  If you pay for a service you should receive that service.  Why is it okay that they continue to profit year after year while we have to fight for basic rights?  It’s not okay.  It’s not.

If you live in Florida and have ever had a problem with your health insurance, you can go here to file a complaint.  If you have problems with your health insurance and you live in any other state, I implore you to get in touch with the proper agency and file a report.

Florida Blue has an annual revenue of 8.9 billion dollars.  The CEO, Patrick Geraghty earned almost 7 million dollars in 2013 and who knows how much he earns now.  Not bad for a not for profit organization huh?

I wish I could give people advice when they’re struggling to get their insurance to pay but the only advice I have is do your best to stay healthy and try not to ever get sick.

Have you ever had trouble getting your health insurance to pay for testing or treatment?  What did you do about it?

 

Throw Back Thursday, not much has changed.

How’s about a little Throw Back Thursday for ya?

me

That’s me, back in the day.

I used to like to pull my dress up over my head and I wore my drool like a prized diamond necklace.  I was so cool.  How could I not be with that Mohawk/cowlick thingy. And those ears, spoiler alert, I never grew into them.  Surprisingly, not much has changed.

I still like to pull my dress up, only now I wear running shorts under it.  I still rock a Mohawk/cowlick thingy but I’ve learned how to use a lot of product to make it lay down.  I still drool better than pretty much every dog breed on the planet and I still wear some stylish kicks, only these days instead of Mary Jane’s, most days I’m in running shoes.

How much have you changed over the years?