So a final update around the gap in my writing. My friend’s scan for the pancreas concern (it’s been called shadows by one person and a mass by the DR) was long awaited for tomorrow. When we heard about the shadows thing we were really relieved as it didn’t seem anywhere near as bad as a mass. But then her DR. kept saying mass. Not sure if it’s an English thing as many doctors here are not native English speakers. Whatever it is soon enough we’ll get a straight answer. Sadly it won’t be tomorrow.
We went down to the office where the person who handles insurance stuff worked. Now keep in mind this has been scheduled for three weeks or so. She got a call from the hospital today saying that they need a prior authorization from insurance to do it. And we’re hearing about this now? So long story short she can’t get it done til the insurance has that form filled out. The office staff, and director of nursing were just as disgusted as we were. They said that sadly these issues of lack of communication crazy paperwork, and that coming between a person and their care are the norm and will likely get worse. Thank you trump!
They said as soon as the form is in they’ll schedule the appointment. I know the first time it was booked out for a few weeks which is why we waited so long. We’re anxious about having to wait some more. Friend asked hypothetically, could they hospitalize her in order to get this scan done. She was told just because she would be in the hospital doesn’t mean it would get done again without that form. Obveously she doesn’t need the hospital right now it was just a what if push comes to shove kinda thing. But that’s totally messed up! That someone could be in the hospital needing a test that they’d have acces to it right there but could not have it performed due to paperwork.
We’re both disappointed. We thought tomorrow would just be The Day when we’d be one step closer to getting a clear answer on all this and moving on.
I am very nervous about what trump’s cuts and healthcare scfrew ups will have on our care here at Albany as well as anyones. I somehow thought the big changes only affected those with private insurance. I figured those uninsured were really screwed, but was pretty sure those on Medicaid and medicare would be fine as they’re state programs with federal imput. But I guess not!
She’s good. I’m proud of her for taking this in her stride and not spiraling. And she’ll see her therapist tomorrow as usual which is good.
Those are all my updates for now. Will try and update more regularly.