Poked and Prodded

It's going to be one of those ridiculously long weeks. You know, the ones you dread the moment you look at your calendar and realize how much you have to do? Yeah, that's this week and it's only just started. Bah! But, once it's over, hopefully things will settle down for a while... maybe? Seriously, universe, I'm talking to you. Chill, okay? I can't handle too much go, go, go before I'm gone, gone, gone! I really shouldn't complain, I suppose, because poor Matt really has it worse.

Last week I decided that I needed to get all of my medical stuff out of the way early this year. So, I called and made appointments for a check-up with the dentist for today, an appointment for my well-woman check up for Friday morning, and an eye exam next Monday. This is the week I get poked and prodded, scraped and puffed at, and everything in between. No fun. It's also been a bit of a headache because I've been having some problems with my doctors. Since I have new insurance, and the kinks are still being worked out, I've had to look for a new doctor and a new dentist.

Well, okay, the dentist thing really isn't because I have new insurance. I just needed to find a dentist that was in-network with my current insurance. I did that, made an appointment and went today. The good news is that after dreading it, because I thought I had broken a tooth, it turns out my teeth are in pretty good shape. I have to have one filling because the tooth I thought I broke lost one. Otherwise, I have to have a deep cleaning, which will be no fun, but I'll be numb and on nitrous. So, no big deal. My appointment is on February 3rd. Then I go back for an orthodontics consult on Feb 24 to see if she can work out the issue with my bottom teeth overlapping--not sure I'll do it, it'll depend what it costs.

The doctor thing, though, has been a pretty big pain in the ass. I got new insurance, which means I had to find a new doctor because it turns out that my doctor (whom I love) isn't in network with my new plan. My fault, I didn't look into it before choosing the plan. Since the new plan is saving us about $190 per month, I'm not complaining. When I got the cards, the doctor listed was someone who isn't even in town, and it was an old man. No and no. Thank you. So, I called Blue Cross Blue Shield and got them to change my PCP to a woman who's in town. But, when I call to make an appointment with her, I find out she isn't in town anymore either. She now works out of the same clinic in De Leon that the first guy works from. It's about a half an hour drive, so I went ahead and made an appointment. A better option than trying to change my PCP again.

So, now I have to see a new doctor, whom I've never met, for my physical. Not at all looking forward to that, especially since I'm particularly sensitive about my weight and since it's embarrassing. Hopefully, she'll turn out to be nice and helpful and can get me back on the pill (which I call my "baby blockers"). Here's hopin'. Oh, and maybe she can recommend (or maybe refer) me to a good therapist. I really think I need to see someone soon.

Then, to make matters worse, I go to Wal-Mart to get some prescriptions and the (really rude) clerk in pharmacy, who clearly wanted to chat with the other girls in pharmacy rather than helping me, refused to take my insurance. They take it, my RX plan has confirmed it, but she tells me that she won't bother checking because the insurance is backlogged on their end and so Wal-Mart isn't taking it yet. Our prescriptions, which usually cost us, like, $6.00 total, cost me $30.00! I was not happy. But when I called my RX plan provider to bitch them out about it, they say there's no problem and that Wal-Mart should be taking it. Time to find a new pharmacy. Maybe Walgreens or CVS?

The only one that was old hat was the eye doctor. Though I don't particularly enjoy it, I also don't really mind going. I always looooovvveee to get new glasses, though, so there's an upside. Though I'm going to have to get both normal glasses and sunglasses, which gets pricey. Especially with two of us. Thankfully, our insurance is good and pays for new frames and such each year. Matt, though, actually hates going to the eye doctor. It's his least favorite, since he's really sensitive about his eyes, and he gives those poor people a really hard time. When he was a kid, an eye doctor told him he was the worst patient he had ever had. Our new eye doctor tells him he has one of the worst astigmatisms he has ever seen. Matt's not eye doc friendly.

Top all of that with the fact that I went back to work last week and I'm pretty tired lately. Matt went back to school last week, too. It's the first semester of his second year of grad school and he's already exhausted. He has a ton of homework already, even though he's only taking two classes, and this is his long week--meaning he works five 12 hour shifts this week (60 hour work week for the win). Both of us are going to be dragging ass by the time this week is done. Wish us luck!

14 comments

  1. That's a lot of life stuff pulling at your busy-strings--good luck getting through the week and I hope you can work in some down time!

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  2. I REALLY need to go to the doctor. And the dentist. I don't ever go! I'm glad you are making this a priority and taking care of yourself. Good for you! Maybe I'll get some sense and do the same thing. :-)

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  3. Too much this week, really! I absolutely hate the "must do" type things. I just want to do what I want and float through life without being poked and prodded. LOL ;)

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  4. You should do what I'm doing and just get it out of the way. The dentist is a much bigger priority for me than the doctor, but only because I've had enough tooth pain for more lifetimes than I get. I've decided I'm done with it. So, off I go. But, the doctor is a big thing, too, so I'm trying to make time for it... they won't give me the pill without the prodding. :)

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  5. I definitely recently was in the same boat as you. Our new insurance started Jan 1st so I had to make appointments and get new doctors. It's funny because it's been a process with us too. My husband's company has 3 different insurances for medical, dental and vision :) The first appointment and doctor I set up was for prenatal because we're expecting again. The dental one I have to go back because they wouldn't be able to do much because I'm expecting and they needed permission from my OB so I had to reschedule. It's such a process! I'm glad your teeth were in great shape! That's always a great thing. I'm in your SITS niche tribe and I'm so happy to "meet" you. :) Looking forward to connecting.

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  6. Hi, Brittnei! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. It sounds like we are in the same boat. I hope you got it all worked out (and I'm think I have, now, too). Also, congrats on your pregnancy! Even though it complicates things with the doctors, I'm sure it's a welcome complication. :)

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  7. Hello. Stopping by from our SITS Tribe Niche

    After having three kids, being poked and prodded became the story of my life! Insurance is never fun to figure out. The kids and I have a separate insurance plan from the one my husband has at work because of cost. The only reason we haven't switched him over is because of pre-existing conditions.

    It is always amazes me how I can keep the kids up to date on doctor, dentist and eye visits but me, not so much. I finally went to the dentist at the end of last year and I felt silly for waiting so long. My teeth weren't as bad as I thought and the cost to fix what I needed (fillings and a crown) was affordable. I only went to the doctor for my annual physical because I had a running injury and a new bout of depression I needed to address. Getting my eyes checked is next on my list. I agree with your just get it over with attitude. Good luck this week.

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  8. gah! It's no fun when everything drops at the same time. Here's hoping that getting it all done this week means more free time in the future!

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  9. I've had a few weeks like that in my life... they are exhausting.

    I remember my last time at the optometrist.... I still remember that icky, sticky feeling from the drops they give you to check your eyes that make me tear yellow for hours. Blech!

    I love the new design too, especially the overlapping title typeface. :)

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  10. Hi, Jenniemarie. Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

    I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for folks with kids. I just have myself and my husband to keep up with and it seems like a lot. As a matter of fact, he makes his own appointments for doctor and dentist when he feels like he needs to go, I make his appointments for the eye doc because he won't go otherwise. It's a rare day to hear him say he needs to go to the eye doctor. With kids, I'd be completely lost!

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  11. Thanks, Connie, I hope so too! Thanks for stopping by to say hello, it's nice to meet you!

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  12. Thanks, MC! I'm really happy with the new design, too! Designer Blogs did an amazing job. I especially love the title, too!!

    And you said it! Weeks like this are exhausting!! I'll be glad when it's over... even though I had to call of work today because I was sick (bah!), which I think actually makes things worse. I'll certainly be glad when it's over. Fortunately, I've never had my eyes dilated, so I don't know about the sticky drops, but my husband Matt has had it done. Takes his eyes hours to go back to normal.

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  13. That's quite a lot you have going on there. I hope there is some fun stuck in there somewhere. Your SITS tribe member checking in finally. Did not get my email before so did not know who was in my tribe. Looking forward to reading your blog!!!

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  14. That's okay, it's really nice to meet you! I didn't get the email either, turns out it was in my Spam folder. I finally found it and figured out where I should be, but was reminded when Tara stopped by to say hello!

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