Five? Damn. Okay…

My apologies to anyone that’s had to deal with me, tried to deal with me, or wanted to deal with me over the past few days but couldn’t… I was kinda going through a thing. 😟 Pretty sure I’m still going through a thing – but tonight I’m feeling slightly better, or at least good enough to bang out a quick blog entry.

My first appointment this morning… when I made the appointment, I was sure feeling a whole lot better than the past few days – but I had already cancelled it once a few months ago, so I had to just suck it up and get it done. 🀨 Getting me out of the house to blow some stink off and interact with the humans was just a beneficial side effect. But yeah, this morning was reserved for my dentist. 😳 This would be “step three” of a four step plan that we came up with many months ago.

So what type of fun stuff was included in step three? Four injections of novacaine to numb the entire top half of my mouf, two hours in the chair, and five of my teefs drilled and filled. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ˜¬ Yeah, not the ideal appointment when you’re already anxious about shit. The first four were what people would consider “normal cavities” and were filled with the typical nasty tasting filling material. 🀒 The fifth one though, it was actually on the front of the toof at the gum line. 🦷 But just like the one last year, they were able to match the color and smooth it out in a way where you’d never even know that it was there. 😁

I’ve explained it like this before, but I look at these dentist appointments the same way as I’d look at taking an old car into the shop for maintenance. πŸ€” It’s less about trying to get things looking “beautiful” or “perfect” again, and more about “Hey, let’s just try to keep this thing running as long as possible, okay?” πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ But the extra care that they show doesn’t go unnoticed. There really is an “art” to much of what they do, and you can tell that they’re justifiably proud of that.

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Mid-Day Rant

I decided to come over here to the blog so I can take a break from the infuriating insurance-related calls I’ve been making this morning. 😠 I still haven’t made it past the first thing on my “to do” list, because what should have been simple turned into a shit show. πŸ˜’ When I originally signed up for my dental plan, the guy on the phone said that both of the dentists in my current dental practice were covered by the plan – but that, for some reason, he wouldn’t be able to have those dentists’ names indicated on my insurance card, so I’d just need to call in once I got my card and they’d update my information in their system. 🀨

So that’s what “item one” was supposed to be today. As is typical with customer service these days, I called in and was immediately connected to a live human… but a live human that I couldn’t effing understand due to her thick accent. πŸ™‡πŸ» I think even she was aware of this though, because she spoke slowly enough that I could barely get enough information to figure out what she was trying to tell me. I told her why I was calling, gave her my information, gave her my dentists’ information, and was put on hold.

When she got back on the phone she told me that she “regretfully” wasn’t able to add those dentists to my coverage, because they were not participants in my plan. I explained to her that I was told, repeatedly, that my dentists were covered by this plan when it was being offered to me – and that I knew those enrollment calls were recorded. 😠 She put me on hold again, then returned saying that she had just spoken to her supervisor and that she was authorized to cancel my plan without any penalty.

Normally, as I was told when I signed up, there’s a minimum contract length of a year once you agree… but this call… it just seemed suspicious. πŸ€” She didn’t seem surprised that my dentist wasn’t entered into their system when I signed up. She didn’t seem surprised that I was told I’d be getting coverage that they would not be able to provide. She didn’t seem bothered when I mentioned the initial recorded call, and that I wanted to speak to someone above her. And the way she (allegedly) spoke to a “supervisor” herself and only a minute later came back to tell me that she would be able to cancel my plan without any penalty… it just really seemed like something she’s been through plenty of times before. And it definitely makes me wonder if that’s Humana Dental’s routine to sucker people in. πŸ˜’Β Signing up people who won’t complain and will just continue to pay for a year of something that’s essentially useless to them.

So, yeah, it’s good that I was able to get out of that plan… but I still ended up getting fucked, because we’re now outside of the Medicare enrollment window – and I can’t make any changes to my plan, including adding a different dental plan, until October of 2019. πŸ™„πŸ˜  In trying to find the positives of this situation… most of my major dental work has already been done, so new coverage wouldn’t make a huge difference at the moment, plus I do still have default preventative dental coverage… so x-rays, cleanings, diagnostic stuff… a lot of that stuff is at least partially (if not fully) covered.

I’m pissed, but totally not surprised. With all of the medical/insurance/legal shit that I’ve had to deal with over the years, my default condition is expecting shit to go south and me, gritting my teeth, trying not to shout at the poor shmuck on the other end of the line. 😐 Okay, I guess it’s time to move on to item number two…

C’est la vie

Well, I suppose it was bound to happen one of these days, considering the amount of appointments and other obligations that I’ve got… but this morning I completely blew past my scheduled appointment with the psychiatrist. 😬 It was scheduled at 9am, so I knew it was gonna be a struggle, but I really thought I’d be fine. I mean, I haven’t missed any of my other stupid-early appointments… but I didn’t manage to fall asleep until after 4am, so meh… whatever, I guess. πŸ˜’

I shouldn’t look at it this way, but when I’m keeping up with all of the other stuff I need to be keeping up with, waiting a little bit longer to bring in the doctor that provides the happy pills… yeah, I guess I’m just not that worried about that. 😡 And I know, mental health is probably as important as physical health, but hey… I’ve got the counselor now, and I’ve already got that next appointment scheduled, so that’ll have to be good enough for the time being.

The two offices are related though, so I’m not sure if ghosting the pharmaceutical shrink will have any affect when I go to the talky shrink. 😐 I’ll give ’em a call on Monday and make nice and see what they say. I did make it to the dentist though a few hours later, so I can report that maintenance on the lower part of my mouf is now finished and those teefs are about as good as they’re gonna get. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘πŸ» The permanent crowd actually feels really natural, although I’ve been afraid to look too closely in the mirror in case it looks wonky.

“Customer Service”

Might as well continue my bitching into Tuesday.Β πŸ˜’ Had to get up really early for my appointment with Dr Walter… and everything was routine until he asked me if I would be willing to be seen by a new physicians’ assistant that they have added to the office. 😳😟 I think they actually added two other doctors as well… but like he and I were discussing, ever since the big changes that were made about six months ago they’ve been struggling to try and keep up with appointments, paperwork, insurance stuff, medicare stuff, workers comp stuff, etc.

So while I’m glad (for them) to see that they’ve added some auxiliary people that will help evenly distribute the workload, it’ll definitely take a while to get used to the new guy.Β πŸ™ Dr Walter isn’t going anywhere, so if my condition changes he’ll be able to handle it, but that was his point… my condition has been relatively stable for a long time now, so my appointments are really just about prescription refills rather than treatment.Β πŸ€• That’s why he felt like I was a good candidate to go to the new guy – freeing up Dr Walter (someone with a lot of seniority) to choose appointments with patients he still has a chance of repairing. 😏 And to be honest, it could be interesting to bounce ideas off of new guy – since on most days I still struggle to just reach “okay” … so fresh ears and eyes couldΒ help me in the long run.

After that, I didn’t really feel like going to the Social Security office to handle my insurance enrollment issues… so as soon as I got home I was on the phone again. 😐 I’m not sure why it took as long as it did, but just enrolling in the dental part of my Medicare Advantage plan took over a half hour. And for me, someone who gets super twitchy if I have to be on the phone for more than a few minutes, it may as well have been three or four hours. 😣

I ended up calling it a day around 3pm, even though there was still stuff that I couldΒ (should?) have made calls about. Couldn’t get through to the hospital again, despite definitely calling during business hours, and so far they haven’t returned my calls. 😠 That’s fine though… I’m fine just sitting here and waiting until another notice for those bills arrive, and another, and another. I mean, I’ll call again, but if they don’t seem interested in dealing with it, then I’m not gonna be terribly interested either.Β πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Strangely, despite twitching out over the obscene amount of time that I spent on the phone today, I’m still feeling enough of a burst of energy that I’m gonna try to work on a few things around the house. I’ve got a couple of friends who have been hinting heavily that they’d like to come over, so I feel kind of obliged to make it look less like the house of a single guy and his white cat that’s in the process of being groomed. 😳🐱 But mostly I’m doing this stuff for myself, because the more organized and calm this place is, the more organized and calm it makes me. 😌

But after these crap days starting the week, I think tomorrow I’ll take at least half of the day off… maybe get my cameras organized and charged up, get the C64 Mini all updated, set-up, and hooked up. I dunno… Monday and Tuesday have me pretty grrr, so I really need to make tomorrow different.