Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Doctor's Appointment on Monday

On Saturday, I received a medical billing for one of my doctor's appointments in January.  Since the amount was the same as my co-pay which I had paid on the day of the appointment, I wondered if there had been a mix-up (wouldn't be the first time that has happened!)  Anyway, I called them, today, in the morning, but I was only told that this was an amount that was outstanding and, therefore, now due!  So, I called the doctor's office and I was asked to bring the billing statement in.  Which I did, on my way to the other doctor's appointment that was scheduled for this afternoon.  I took the billing statement, the service authorization letter, and the receipt of payment I had received; the front office person looked at it, but told me that this was a different billing than the co-pay.  Well, in that case, I'll pay it.  But, first, I also want to call the insurance company to verify that I owe this.  Last year, the insurance people sent me a letter, with a check enclosed, stating that they had audited my account and, apparently, I had overpaid on my copays and they are reimbursing me!

After that, I went to my appointment with the oncologist.  It was a routine follow-up visit.  I guess the blood test results were good (I forgot to ask for a copy), because I was simply told to come back in 3 months' time for another check up.

When I came home and checked the mail, I saw that I had received a Jury Duty Summons!  Just the other day, when I was filing and came across the Jury Duty file, I thought I hadn't been called to serve in a couple of years!  They must have read my mind!  LOL.

Later in the evening, I took the trash cans to the curb, watered the backyard, did a load of laundry and hung it up to dry, did the dishes (some by hand, some in the dishwasher), wiped down the kitchen counters, watered the indoor plants, did a bit of knitting, and watched some TV. 

Dinner was leftover rice, cashew curry, and cabbage.  Another vegetarian meal!  Later, I video chatted with my daughter.  Cousin P called, too, to thank me for the birthday gift and to discuss the party.  She said she was really surprised.

Today, I am grateful for:
- My blood test results were good enough that the doctor didn't have anything to say about them
- A safe drive to and from the clinic
- Another sunny, warm (84F) day
- Video chatting with my daughter
- What I was able to accomplish, today

Monday's To Do List:
- Doctor's appointment (follow up with the oncologist) - DONE
- Take the trash cans out to the curb - DONE
- Water the indoor plants - DONE
- Water the backyard? - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Call insurance re. billing
- Pay bill
- Fill out jury duty questionnaire
- Bring the trash cans in
- Put away the laundry from Monday
- Do another load of laundry
- Empty the dishwasher/put away dishes
- Dust and vacuum

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for Tuesday?


  1. Insurance billing can be so frustrating, but I'm glad we have it. Glad you had another good appointment. :)

    1. I, too, am glad I have insurance, Live and Learn. I dread to think what my treatment would have cost without it!

      Thank you; I'm glad the appointment went well. There is, always, that uncertainty at the back of the mind, that the cancer markers might show an increase.

  2. Tracking down insurance payments and copays seems to be a full-time job. You really have to stay on top of those things. I hope this is resolved quickly.

    You really did manage to do a lot today, even with the doctors' appointments. I suspect I wouldn't have been up for it once I got home. Something must have fired you up. Was it receiving another Jury Duty summons? Some people have all the luck. Ha,ha.

    1. Yes, my tendency is to just pay the bill, because I hate calling and trying to explain, etc. But, I feel I should, at least, try!

      I was afraid that I might want to come home and just relax all evening! But, I was determined to get a few things done! The washing machine and the dishwasher did most of the actual work!

      I used to love doing jury duty, as it would get me out of having to go to work, but, now, I am wondering how I'd wake up early enough in the morning! "Your Honor, I can only serve in the afternoon, because I sleep in, in the mornings!" Um, no, I don't think that would be considered a valid excuse, do you?

  3. I'm glad to hear that your blood results are good. I hope the insurance company will be able to explain the bill.

    1. Thank you, Nil. I didn't call them, today, because I just didn't feel up to it. But, I'll call them, tomorrow. How are you feeling? Is your cold/cough better? Was it hard to go back to work after spring break?

  4. Hi Bless, Yesterday was great. Today I did some paperwork, researched my Social Security benefits, called Equity and inquired about my pension, washed the sheets and hung them on the line, and rode the bike with Lula. It's good that you are checking on those medical bills. I'm happy to hear that they reimbursed you for your over payment. Congratulations on the results of your blood work.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. It sounds like you had a very good day - a nice mixture of work and relaxing. Well done on doing all the research into retirement benefits and so forth; it's important to do all that to prepare.

  5. I love how you document when you take the trash cans to the curb. It’s important! If you don’t, then gotta wait another week.

    1. Ah, yes, I write about all the important things I do, every day! LOL!

  6. Good news re your oncology blood test results ... long may this continue. The billing and associated phone calls seem to be a constant feature of your life and you have my sympathy as it would drive me mad!


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