Thursday things, running, shopping and fighting with insurance companies.

I ran 6 miles this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that, and the day before that.  Our weather has been awesome, cooler, especially in the morning but awesome nonetheless.

running weatherPerfect weather.  MacGyver doesn’t feel that way though.  Yesterday the high never made it past the 60’s and he was in hibernation.  He didn’t leave the sofa until after 3 in the afternoon, Amateur!

I don’t remember if I told you that we finished our river resin table but anyhow, we did.  On Sunday I searched Craigslist and found some chairs that I thought would be perfect for it so we drove out to North Port to get them.  MacGyver isn’t really all that happy with them and constantly mentions it but everyone else has loved them.  We had to touch up the paint on them and I recovered them and I think they’re perfect.

Here is the table that we bought at an estate sale but it didn’t look like this, it was actually in pieces and laying on the ground.

table beforeThe picture came from the lady hosting the estate sale.  She gave it to us so that we could see what it was supposed to look like when put together.

We had no intention of putting it back the same way, instead, we made this:

New tableAnd here’s a better picture of the whole table and a close up of my awesome chairs.

river resin tablechairI’m in love with all of it.

I meant to post the pictures yesterday but instead any extra minutes that I had I was fighting with my health insurance provider.  Why, you ask?  Well, apparently they have decided that they are more skilled at handling my health than my actual doctor so they have decided to use an independent reviewer to determine what tests are medically necessary and so far they have denied all of the recent tests my doctor has ordered and deemed them medically unnecessary.

One of the tests is an echocardiogram and the other is an MRI of my brain.  The doctor is trying to determine if I have new lesions in my brain or if I have any signs of damage to my heart from the sarcoidosis.  The independent doctor reviewer doesn’t feel any of these test are necessary.

So, I called the insurance company to find out how exactly he determined that they aren’t necessary and all they would tell me is that they have a ‘formula’.

whatSo I tried to reason with them and I asked them what I could do since I really need these tests and the nice lady told me to ‘go ahead and have them and pay for them if you’re that worried about it.’  Seriously.  Over 5,000 dollars in tests.  Sure lady, I’ll just pay cash.  So I asked her what exactly my 734 dollar payment to them every single month actually gets me and this bitch tells me, ‘piece of mind that you’ll get the medical care necessary.’

As determined by them apparently.  Anything else, I have to pay for.

So I end the conversation by telling this lady that I will file an appeal and I also tell her that if anything happens to me in the interim, they will be hit with a lawsuit and she tells me that they are protected because I’ve been giving the option of paying for the tests myself.

are you kiddingI don’t think I’ve ever been so mad in my life.  And all the while that I’m fighting with them I was thinking how glad I am that I’m on steroids and have the energy to do this.  Imagine if I was debilitated. It’s ridiculous.  I’m still angry about it but I filed an appeal and we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got less than two weeks to get Christmas shopping done.  Are you finished?  I finally started yesterday.  I’m doing 95% of it online and hope to be finished by the end of the day tomorrow.

overachieverI’m such an overachiever.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you ever been denied a test or treatment from your health insurance provider?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

 

 

Throwback Thursday to yesterday, because I can’t remember any further

I hope you have a happy fourth of July.  We are down in Nokomis and actually went out on our boat to watch the fireworks but I’ll get to that in a minute.

First things first.  Before we left Clearwater on Tuesday MacGyver and I headed over to the lab so I could get some tests done that my doctor had ordered.

blood work

My hat goes off to the phlebotomist because she actually got my vein on the first stick and didn’t leave a bruise and that never happens, ever.  We wont get the results back for at least a week but I have a feeling they’ll all be normal anyhow because typically, they are.  I may be over here crossing my fingers anyway though because that’s what I do.

So after the lab, MacGyver and I finished up our work for the week and then hit the road.

When we bought our first house in Nokomis we took our boat out on July 4th and watched the fireworks over the Venice inlet.  We hadn’t done that since and so this year we decided it was time to to take the boat out and watch them again.

This year Danny and his sweet girlfriend Alma are in town so we took them with us.

Venice inlet

I had forgotten how beautiful it is watching all the fireworks above the water, it’s incredible.

If you follow me on instagram you probably saw the video I posted but believe when I say, the pictures nor the video due it justice I’m not kidding.  It should be on your bucket list.  Besides I know a great place you can stay if you ever come down…hehe  Hope your fourth was fantastic too.

What did you do to celebrate?

What is your emergency?

We finally got some good news at the vet yesterday.  That morning I took Hank for a little walk and he pooped a little soft poop.  Not that you need to know that but really, you do.  When we got to the vets office Hank’s little swelling was almost unrecognizable and the vet determined that there was no obvious hole from a hernia and it must have been swollen because of his stomach issues, so we could just take a wait and see approach.

jumping up and down

But then she went on to explain that Hank has very large balls.  Only she didn’t exactly say it like that.  It was more like, the large blah, blah, blah, and the rise in testosterone from the doohicky in the watchamacallit could be a problem in the future.  It could result in a serious hernia that will need surgery.  So I asked her what could be done to keep that from happening and she said, we need to castrate him.

Run Dog Run That wasn’t really Hank’s reaction because he has no idea what castration actually means but it was close to MacGyver’s reaction.

After we left the vet Hank and I came straight home because I am really behind in work and can’t afford to dick around.  When we walked through the lanai up to the back door I noticed the back door was open and I thought I had closed it.

I didn’t give it too much thought as Hank and I entered the house but then I saw this:

wrecked house

Oh My God!

I slowly backed up as I dialed 911 and then I heard the bird make his loud ‘PEW’ sound and I was hoping he was okay and I was wondering where Boomer was and hoping no one had hurt him.

Just as that thought entered my head and the 911 operator answered the phone I looked down at the floor and saw Hank’s food bowl, the very same bowl I had put way up high on the table so that Boomer wouldn’t eat it while we were gone.

Emergency Services Lady:  911 What is your emergency?

Me:  Bad dog, BAD DOG!

Emergency Services Lady:  Excuse me?  Ma’am?

Me:  Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry.  I thought someone broke into my house but it was just my dog.  My dog is the thief, a food thief.  I’m so sorry.

The operator laughed and asked me if I was sure I was okay and I assured her that I was but that I couldn’t say the same for my dog because he was in big trouble.  We hung up after that but I think she had to follow some sort of protocol, (or else she just wanted to hear about what kind of idiot calls 911 for a dog food burglar), because she sent two cop cars by.

I was mortified.  Boomer was still in a food coma.

Do you have dogs? 

Have they been spayed or neutered?  If so, did you do it when they were younger or older?