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The fast begins

November 13th, 2011 at 06:03 am

Ugh. I have a colonscopy tomorrow...(too much information???)

I had one just 2 years ago, but I did such a bad prep, the doc said, I have to repeat. The problem was, I was drinking that awful stuff the day before. Managed to get it down. Then, the morning of the procedure, I had another quart to drink of it and I Just. Could. Not. Get. It. Down. I was actually gagging on it.

So I gave up trying, and I guess the results showed.

This time around, instead of the chalky thick liquid, I got some horse pills to take with lots of water. Yesterday I started with a bottle of over the counter laxative. I guess becus my procedure is not until 2 pm tomorrow afternoon, I was allowed to have a breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast. I had eggs over easy and butter on my toast. Hope that's not a problem.

Yesterday, I know I goofed. I had some delicious Trader Joe's Rustico Bread which had seeds in it, and strawberry jam with seeds on top of that. I just wasn't thinking. Oh well.

I freaked out a little becus in yesterday's mail I got a letter from the place where I'm having the colonscopy and they said "as a courtesy to you," we called your insurer to verify your coverage and we were able to confirm you're subject to a $2,000 deductible. What??????? When I called my insurer, they said colonscopies were 100% covered and NOT subject to deductible or even a copay. (That's the only reason why I'm doing this now and not waiting until I have a job.)

Of course, I learned that was not entirely true becus i had to pay $43 for the prep. And now this letter. Then, later in the letter, in bold print, is a statement saying that they don't have access to information about certain riders that would waive your deductible. My insurance manual categorizes an annual colonscopy after age 50 as "health and wellness" that's 100% covered.

So why the heck send the letter out to patients? It just causes lots of confusion. If you only get part of the info, what good is it?? I think the purpose of the letter is not so much "a courtesy" to patients as much as it is to make sure you understand they will be coming to you for payment, insurance or no insurance. I will certainly let them know what I think of their letter. I'm so tired of everything being about money these days. And healthcare providers make great efforts in their PR and advertising to appear warm and caring, but really, a letter like this is pretty transparent. They just want their money. It's a business, like any other.

So, the last few days I've spent at least an hour daily working on cutting up and dragging tree limbs down to the curb. I have multiple large piles taller than me growing there. Pick-up is Thursday and I'll be out of commission tomorrow, so I'm trying to make the most of my time beforehand, becus after that, I'll be on my own as to disposal of the mess around here.

I've made good progress in the front yard and mainly have the large apple tree limb that came down. I don't know if I'll get to the back yard, which has 2 full-sized trees down and 2 other limbs that are just as large. We do what we can do.

In addition to doing more tree work today, I'd also like to do more editing for The Author (we met at a local coffee shop on Friday and she gave me another payment, plus a small pot of daisies to thank me for being patient with her her late payment), prep for my interview Tuesday at the publisher and make a few phone calls.

Tomorrow a.m., if hunger doesn't turn my brain to mush, before my procedure I want to try to interview someone on the phone for an assignment I got on Friday. I imagine I'll just want to relax Monday afternoon without any mental focus required.

My oldest client is late again in paying me $437 for some work I billed out on Sept. 30. I hate that they make a sole proprietor wait so long for their money. If might be different if I were a larger enterprise with multiple income streams, but I'm a solo practitioner with a select number of clients. So pay me already!

7 Responses to “The fast begins”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I know there would be people all over trying to get rid of downed wood, but your apple limb is special. Maybe, just maybe you could get a barbecue/smoking enthusiast to pick it up. My friend who smokes wanted even my thumb's diameter apple limbs. Craigslist? Bulletin board at local supermarket or coffee shop?

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    Good luck to you tomorrow. I've never had a colonscopy, but I had to drink a vile, thick, white liquid once for a ct scan, and I could barely choke it down. The bottles they sent home with me beforehand were OK because I mixed them with orange juice, held my nose, and drank fast. But when I arrived for the test and was given another bottle I was expected to drink undiluted, I just couldn't drink it all. I gagged the whole time. They were annoyed with me. I would think most people have a hard time drinking that stuff straight.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Hope your procedure goes well and it's all good news. The "prep" was the roughest when I had it done.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Good luck tomorrow. I know you will do fine. I have 3 of these procedures and it gets easier every time. Last time I had to drink something called movie prep and it was only 1/4 of what I had to drink the first two times.

  5. scrappytappy Says:

    I've had to drink it all! I'm only 27 but have crohn's disease so I've had a number of these procedures.

    The chalky white stuff for a CT scan and the awful laxitive stuff for a colonoscopy. I was only allowed to drink the lemon flavor (grape or cherry would not work since they had red dye which can affect the results). Well I had SEVERE heartburn from the straight up LEMON OIL that was in it. I have GERD and anyone with GERD should not have citrus. Well that's the only non-red laxative available. They don't even have unflavored. It was horrible but I drank it all since I knew that a good prep means everything in terms of correct diagnoses.

    GOOD LUCK! Smile

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Good luck with tomorrow. And Joan made me think of my crab apple wood I just hauled to the curb. I wonder if it's worth saving?

  7. patientsaver Says:

    Thanks, guys.

    ScrappyTappy, I wasn't familiar with your name, so I checked out your website and what do I see but a post called "Rear-Ended Again!" Gave me a good chuckle!!

    In a few minutes I down the next round of pills. I'm concerned becus I made note of the time I was running to the bathroom from when i took the pills last night, and i don't want to have a problem with feeling that way when it's time to go the hospital, which is what happened to me last time.

    Sorry, don't want to be too graphic, but do other people have this problem or does my body/metabolism just work ultra slow?

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