Phone Calls Not Received

Phone Calls Not Received

I called the doctor’s office again today. Had to leave a message because the woman I need to talk to was on the phone. That was around 3p. She never called back. So, who wants the phone number? Hey, or even the address. Ilona, the office is near Mountain View Hospital, so a visit to the office isn’t even out of the question. Actually, I think I’m going to call my surgeon’s office and tell them to cancel my surgery because I can’t even get in to get the lumbar injection, so I don’t know yet if I’ll need the surgery. Perhaps they can get the ball rolling. Seriously, Dr. $250’s office didn’t even call me to schedule the appointment like they were supposed to—it took the surgeon’s office calling…
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The Daily Factoid – Telephone Calls

The Daily Factoid – Telephone Calls

Remember the doctor’s office lady? Remember how she was supposed to call the next day (that was December 1st, for those of you keeping track), after talking to my insurance company? I thought I’d be polite and give her a little extra time. I called the office yesterday and spoke with her. She advised me that she hadn’t called my insurance company yet. No sirree. My leg getting weaker, losing bladder function, huge herniated disc...that apparently means nothing. So, she said she would call the insurance company today and call me back. She made sure to ask me if I’d be home, as if that mattered. Did she call today? NOPE. I may have to contact my surgeon’s office and see if they can do something about this. I’m supposed…
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The Unfortunate Case of the Spreading Numbness

The Unfortunate Case of the Spreading Numbness

I still haven’t heard from the doctor’s office regarding my lumbar injection. Color me surprised! So, I called them today at 4:44p - I got a recording, saying their office is closed and that their hours are 9am - 5p. Hmm, forgive me for being picky, but isn’t 4:44p in between those times, therefore someone should’ve answered the phone? I get it, I know no one wants to get stuck on a call that’s going to take them until after closing to finish, but when I worked for law firms and we had to put calls on the service, we actually waited until exactly closing time when we did it. Sure, we always wanted to do it earlier, but that’s kind of unprofessional, right? The reason I was convinced to…
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The Brief Meeting With Dr. $250

The Brief Meeting With Dr. $250

Okay, let’s say that it didn’t start out well. Leigh-Ann and I got to the office, and the tiny waiting room was crowded and stuffy. There wasn’t any room for us in there. Seeing that it was a sign of a doctor being very far behind, I asked the receptionist if I should leave and come back. She said I should go to lunch. Okay, so we left and went to Star Nursery and bought some burlap to wrap our Queen Palms because we’re expecting some very cold temperatures next week. Our trees were pricey and we don’t want them to die. After we finished wandering around the nursery (the man in front of us at the checkstand...buying an actual baby! ::I smacked myself in the head and said, “Duh,…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m giving thanks that yesterday’s bank drama is over. It reminds me of when I was living in San Francisco and had come to Vegas on vacation, where I won $1000 playing video poker. I brought the money home in hundred dollar bills. I deposited $900 in cash in the ATM...and the deposit went missing. Luckily, they found it and all was right with my world again. Remember yesterday when I was talking about how my debit card charges had gone through, which was really strange? Well, they went through, then the bank charged me SEVEN overdraft fees of $22 each. I’ve had that account for 13+ years and it’s never spoken the o-v-e-r-d-r-a-f-t word before. Anyway, my new banker buddy (it’s odd making new friends when someone fixes something…
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What Now? Hey, Let’s Make It Tonsillitis

What Now? Hey, Let’s Make It Tonsillitis

Surely there’s enough on my plate physically and emotionally right now. Why on earth would whomever is in charge, give me tonsillitis...or what looks like tonsillitis in the mirror, when I shoved a flashlight in my mouth. Yes, I’ve diagnosed myself via the internet. Got a problem with that? Anywho, I’m tired of being sick and sore. My throat is killing me and I can’t even enjoy my Chai Eggnog Latte (a reward for suffering through that doctor’s appointment) because it feels too creamy in my mouth. Dammit, I LIKE this drink! I guess it’s off to make some Earl Grey tea, which I also like, but it certainly isn’t a special good girl treat. My internet diagnosis didn’t come to a complete consensus. Can this possibly go away without…
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My Family Makes Me Sick

My Family Makes Me Sick

Literally. If the incubation period of the common cold is 36-72 hours, and my first symptoms appeared Sunday night, we’re looking at the culprit either being the Stanley Cup covered with cooties on Friday or being with the family for Thanksgiving on Thursday. Regardless, I feel like phlegmy headachey crud. I spent most of yesterday in bed, unable to get rid of my headache. And get this, I don’t want chocolate again. Twice in a couple of months, it’s unimaginable. I’m feeling a tad better today than yesterday, but it’s really important that I feel okay tomorrow because I have an appointment with Dr. $250 (the pain management guy), and I’ve been waiting weeks for that appointment. So, I’m going back to bed. I imagine the blogosphere will continue on…
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Hmmm, This Really Can’t Be Good

Hmmm, This Really Can’t Be Good

Most of the time I feel reasonably okay pain/numbness-wise; well, at least since I started getting relief from my chiropractic treatments and my meds. Still, I’m not the same as I was, say, three months ago. Granted, my back feels better because the pain has moved down my leg. It is nice to have relief from the back pain. But, every so often, my body comes up with a new symptom to remind me of the herniation—today, I developed some tingling on the outside edge of my left foot, near my heel. At first I thought it was neat that I could make it come & go, depending on which way I moved my leg. Then, after it reappeared when I was walking, it wasn’t that fun anymore. At least…
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Over The Weekend, I Morphed Into a Full-Fledged Canadian

Over The Weekend, I Morphed Into a Full-Fledged Canadian

On Friday, we watched part of the Leafs game, then off we went to see The Las Vegas Wranglers play, as I told you yesterday. There, we touched (as Helly puts it) “The Holy Grail” of hockey, Lord Stanley’s Cup. And not only that, we met and spoke with “The Cup Keeper”—Mike Bolt. He also informed us that the Leafs lost in overtime; nonetheless, we thought he was a very nice guy. Very patient with the huge crowd. Oh, and if we thought we were goofy taking pictures of Carrot Top posing with the Cup, it’s okay because Mike Bolt was taking pictures of Carrot Top too, with his cameraphone. Saturday was my super-indoctrination day. The day started like any other, waking up to birds yelling, dogs barking, or a…
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Dr. Outlaw…FADE TO BLACK

Dr. Outlaw…FADE TO BLACK

Yeah, so I’m not going to see him on Tuesday. More about that later. Okay, it’s now later. I think I left you with the message I left at Dr. FancyPants’ office, asking if getting the injection from Dr. Outlaw was okay with them. The answer was, “No, it’s not okay.” Apparently, Dr. No Está Bien does something differently. He also does his different thing in a surgery center, where he uses a fluoroscope. I guess I believe he does do something differently because he’s an anesthesiologist and Dr. Outlaw isn’t. So, I’m stuck with the $250/five minute consult, with no idea how much the actual procedure will cost. To add more fun to this whole process, I went to my chiro yesterday. That was all fine and dandy until…
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