Saturday, April 18, 2009

Stopping to Say Hi!

It's sad that I can only seem to get here once a week lately! In fact, I haven't been getting on the computer much lately except to do homework. I have an online computer class that I thought was going to be easy - NOT! It's actually not hard but just has a lot of work. Seems like I'm doing something for that class every day.

I've been under the weather since Thursday with what I thought was a bladder infection. I woke up on Thursday morning with shooting pain in my left pelvic area. That went away but there was some pain in my pelvic area left. It was not better today so I went to the doctor. I do not have health insurance so I wanted to call first to see what kind of payment I would need to make. The receptionist said that it would be $124 and if the charges were more than that they could bill me for the rest. I had to go so just resigned myself to having to spend the money.

When I got there I met with a PA named Scott who was so kind. He said that he thought I might have an infection and was going to put me on antibiotics. He then asked when was my last pap and mammogram. I said 2007 when I had insurance. That is too long I know, especially since I've had abnormal paps in the past. He gave me a flyer for a program through the local hospital where I can get both done for free. A doctor comes to their clinic on Thursday and does the exam for free. That was such a blessing. Scott said that if the pain I'm feeling doesn't go away then we will need to check further to see what's going on.

My oldest daughter is a nurse and she said it sounds like I may have had a cyst on my ovary burst. She has had this several times so knows what the symptoms are. I'm starting to agree with her as the pain is back on my left side again, although not as bad as before. I spent the afternoon on the couch and as long as I lay quietly things are ok.

Back to the doctor's visit - when I got ready to leave Scott said that rather than write a prescription he could fill my meds through the office for $12. I was so grateful because I'm sure the pharmacy would have been at least twice that amount. Then when I went to pay for the visit the receptionist told me that Scott had dropped the charge for the office visit in half!! What a blessing! I left there only have to pay $99 and that included my meds and the lab test. That's still a bunch of money to me but so much better than what I thought. Praise God! Not to mention the fact that I was treated so nicely the whole time I was there. I've been to doctor's offices before where when you tell them you don't have insurance they treat you like a second class citizen! I am so grateful that Kim recommended this doctor's office to me. They have been so good to my daughter and now to me! I'm writing them a letter to thank them for their kindness.

It was a beautiful day here today. Sounds like we're going to hit 80 degrees next week. Not sure if I'm ready for that yet. Anything over 75 and I am complaining about the heat! But it beats rain.

Time to go lay down. Have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow!!


Princess Of Pink said...

Hi Kay! Good to see you posting again.
Sorry you feel under the weather, but glad you found such a good doctor!!

Many hugs for you from Marian

Sue said...

I read your post with great interest because my daughter has been having the same symptoms. Hopefully you will be feeling better SOON! And yes, Scott truly blessed you. I do medical coding for a living and "dropping down the charge" doesn't happen often!

God Bless!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Kay. I sure hope the meds get you better. I know what you mean about no ins. I went through that with my cancer.Very stressful indeed .

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Praying for a quick recovery and praising the Lord for such a generous PA and doctor's office.