My Wednesday Feels Like a Crappy Monday…

everyone looks like a pinata

Because I appreciate my blog followers, I will give you fair warning that this is going to be a venting blog. I try to stay positive and upbeat as much as I can. We all have those days though where you just need to get the negativity out of your system. Yes this is one of those days for me.

Let me start by explaining that my sleep schedule has been messed up since early January. I was sick for 3 weeks and because of scheduling issues with my antibiotics my general Doc prescribed, and the regular meds I take daily, I ended up having to take stuff at 2 AM to be able to safely fit it all in for the day. Needless to say, after 3 weeks of that my days and nights ended up being reversed.

Yesterday for whatever reason I was super tired. I laid down at 2 in the afternoon. I woke up for literally less than a minute at around 5 PM and then immediately fell back to sleep. I didn’t get up til 10 PM, and was disoriented for a few minutes. I was awake til 1 AM then slept til 3 AM. I fell back to sleep at 5 AM and didn’t wake up until a close friend walked into my apartment asking if I was ready to go have my bloodwork drawn, and that they were double parked. I had completely forgotten I was supposed to go for bloodwork this morning. I never set my alarm. That was the first thing I was aggravated about.

I’m rushing around getting ready which of course wasn’t good at all. I was so out of breath I actually got dizzy and that was with my oxygen on. I got to the outpatient lab and as she’s pulling the empty vials she’ll need for my tests, she tells me that my scripts are expired and that she shouldn’t even draw any of them. She did anyway because she knows me and I assured her that I had just gotten new scripts in either December or January, and that they should be good until the end of April. Bloodwork scripts are good for 6 months for those of you who don’t know that. I’m not sure if that’s just in the state of Pennsylvania, or if that’s everywhere in the United States. I went to the front registration desk when I was finished and asked her if she had copies of my updated scripts on file. She did and she checked the dates and I was good to go for all 4 tests, although 1 of them will be expiring in about 9 days. I didn’t bother to go tell the phlebotomist that the scripts were good, I figured they’d all go through the lab without a problem. That was aggravation number 2.

I get back to my apartment and turn on my laptop. I log in to the email address I use for all of my health related correspondence. My intention was to email the nurse that handles sending me updated scripts when I need them. Before I could do that, I see that there’s an email from my oxygen company saying my current billing statement was available and payment was due by April 23rd. I shouldn’t be receiving any bill from them at all. I was instantly and most thoroughly ticked off. I picked up the phone and called both of my insurance companies. After speaking with them both, it was made clear to me that I have no patient responsibility for either date of service the oxygen company was billing me for. I called the billing department at the oxygen company. Naturally I was on hold for over 30 minutes. When someone finally did answer the call, I explained to her what was going on. I also explained that I had spoken with both of my insurance providers and that according to them I didn’t owe anything at all for either date of service. She immediately told me that what was billed to the insurances and what the insurances paid were two different amounts and she had no idea why. I didn’t have the time or energy to explain to her how insurance works. Basically that’s her job to know that and I stopped doing other peoples’ work for them years ago. She told me that she was refiling the charges into the Insurance Responsibility category (I think that’s what she called it) and out of the patient responsibility category until a review is done. My account with the oxygen company is now back to a $0 balance pending the review outcome. My theory is she realized the oxygen company was wrong and this was her way of covering it up. My other theory is that they are going to try to think of another reason why I owe them money and send yet another false bill for these charges once their so-called review is completed. Either way, they’ve awakened my angry side and if I continue to get charged for things I don’t owe, I will be consulting an attorney because I refuse to just sit back and take this from any company. That was aggravation number 3 and by far the biggest one of the day.

So today, I’ve completely had it. I will not solve any other problems no matter what they are or who is involved. I know I’m the given unlicensed therapist to a lot of people out there, but listen, I’m done today. D-O-N-E! Get it? If you’re under 21 and have a problem, call a parent or grandparent or guardian. If you’re over 21 and have a problem, you’re an adult suck it up and fix it yourself, don’t come to me with it. I won’t care today. I just simply won’t care.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish anyone any harm. I don’t wish anyone any ill will whatsoever. I will never physically or verbally hurt anyone no matter what. I’m just a frustrated woman who had to deal with problems today that should’ve never been problems in the first place. It’s as simple as that. Venting over! I feel much better now. Thank you for hanging in ’til the end!

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