Switching Dr’s… problems with billing… problems with u/s results…
I’m switching Dr.’s:
1) I shouldn’t have to wait this long for test results.
2) I shouldn’t have to have a go around with billing at the hospital because the doctor’s office receptionists can’t take a copay. The last time I go to the doctor the receptionist tells me I have this outstanding balance. I know. I had just gotten a call from the hospital saying my credit card was declined, the one I was trying to pay my bill with. I tell them it shouldn’t have been and resend the bill. I then find out why. My credit card was compromised and was shut off by the bank. Well, we wait… and wait… and no new statement. Finally, three days ago, my husband gets the bill we were waiting for. And he promptly pays it. Then I get a phone call today (the 29th – as I had begun writing this post on the 29th) telling me there’s a new charge (from my doctor’s visit a few weeks ago). OK. So I called my hubby and he confirmed that he’d paid the old bill. But I told the lady on the phone that I wasn’t going to pay via credit card over the phone, and she got pissy with me! I told her that I’ve had a credit card compromised and she said “we can send out a paper statement, but this will be going to collections!” EXCUSE ME??? No it will not. I will be going straight to the hospital’s billing department Monday morning and complaining about this. The billing is a) not even overdue b) already PAID and c) I have the right to request a paper statement. I am not required to pay via credit card.
3) That pain in my lower, left abdomen/pelvic region is back – and bad. I’ve had it now since Thursday late night, and it’s persisting. It’s a vague, dull ache the entire time. And then, on top of that, I will be stricken with an intense colicky pain. I’ve been putting heat on it (oh, Endofemm, how I love thee…), but for now, I am abstaining from any pain meds (even Tylenol). Even though I haven’t had a migraine in ages, with the lack of sleep due to late-night schoolwork sessions one may come on, and I need to have a clear system for my midrin.
4) Dr. felt that pain wasn’t endo related, wasn’t ovary related either, but had to be ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis. So, yeah, we are back to that again. But here’s the kicker. She was supposed to refer me to a gastro – not the same guy who biopsied my inflammation the last time and then told me it was “seasonal” – but the nurse never called me with the appointment. I’m perplexed. And what I think is funny, is that even if it were something like diverticulitis, all I eat is whole grains and fruit! What would the doctor be able to do for me?? I’ll tell you exactly what will happen: I’ll get a colonoscopy – it will be fine – they’ll say “nope, it’s endo – my doctor will say, “BUT you looked good!” – and I’ll be back at square one, in pain and frustrated!
Solution: Get a new doctor. One who will refer me to the doctor they say they will when they say they are going to do it (it’s been a month now!!). One who can see all of my other doctors’ notes, which is vital when you have Sheehan’s. I have a lot of doctor’s trying to balance hormones and keep my migraines at bay. Having a gyno on board that can be really “on board” would be helpful. The two hospitals I deal with just can’t talk to each other effectively. They fax each other and it gets lost because they sent it to the wrong doctor!!! And it takes them 3 weeks to figure this out!!!!!!! I’m just fed up.