Friday, October 9, 2015
Terry takes a lot of pictures of these two. Since I don't have a picture for today's Stuff, here's a pic of the mutts.
If you are a person that knows how to manage your health care, then you are very lucky. But I have some things that happened recently to share with you, because managing healthcare is a learning experience because things are constantly changing.
When I needed testing done prior to my Doc appointment I went to the Anthem website to search for labs, radiology etc that were in my network. Did you ever do that and notice the disclaimer that the info might not be current. Believe it! Even if you talk to someone at your insurance company that tells you companies that are in your network....DON'T BELIEVE THEM!! Oh, you say they should know, right? WRONG. Actually call the place you choose to go and ASK THEM if they are in the network. I was told by the Insurance Company that the place I wanted to go was in my Network, but when I called them I was told they are not, but their campus in a town 1/2 hour away was. If you don't want surprises on your billing, be sure to check.
When my lab work results came in, it determined that I have a hypothyroid condition. The symptoms that I thought were caused by aging turned out to be caused by my thyroid. Now that I am on meds, I am no longer overly tired and no longer need a daily nap. Hopefully it will take care of other concerns too, like hair loss and overly dry skin. In a sentence...Don't diagnose yourself. If you feel a change in your health, check it out and don't assume you know the cause.
Here's another one for you. My labs showed elevated Cholesterol. I have ALWAYS had that condition. My love of cheese and the fact that I invent ways to eat it? Nope. Good Cholesterol level was normal, Carbohydrate level was good so high BAD Cholesterol indicated the condition is genetic and meds were indicated. No...fish oil supplement for this situation would not be effective. Doc prescribed generic Lipitor. Since I don't have prescription coverage, he mentioned that it was pretty inexpensive. When Walmart texted me the $90 price I thought "what is inexpensive to Doc is cost prohibitive to me!!" (Terry takes 10 prescriptions for his declining health so our budget is pretty tapped out on meds). Well, I stewed on the cost of the script for a little while, then called to see if they had applied my GoodRX discount. The Tech said no, the card didn't work on this med. Well, I didn't believe that, but I didn't argue. Remember $90. So I went to the GoodRX website which is so very easy to use. You put in the med name, choose the dose and pill count and vawlla....Their cost is $16.84. You can print a coupon for the prescription, take it to the pharmacy and the price the website says you should pay is what you will be charged. Write the amount down for your own reference because it won't be on the coupon. Anyway, just to be sure I called GoodRX...they are ALWAYS so helpful and considerate. The rep on the phone confirmed that the price of $16.84 is correct and if Walmart needs to, they can call to confirm it. So $90 minus $16,84 is a savings of $73.16.
If you have insurance that covers prescriptions, you won't need this info...but still it's good information to know.
I spend A LOT of time on the phone and on the computer managing Terry's health. I can't leave it up to the Docs because truthfully one hand does not always know what the other hand is doing. It's good to have as much knowledge as you can absorb before talking to doctors. Mostly we are dealing with the VA on Terry's health. I have a great deal of respect for the Docs he has seen there. He has received excellent care, but you still have to stay on top of it.
Changing the subject to pictures. I want to make a thumbnail picture of an embroidered block I stitched. I don't know how to size the pic so that it doesn't just turn into a blur. Google let me down and I couldn't find the info on how to do it. Maybe I should check U Tube. If anyone can help me out on this I sure would appreciate it.
Have a wonderful day.