Ah, a new set of 'PE Tubes' are being scheduled to be put in our Miss Andi Bean. Yep, her second set. Surgery #8. It's the most common surgery performed, but, it's still a surgery, ..and anesthesia, ...and another hospital bill. Just slap me with a hot glue gun to the eyeball, tongue, and in between toes. We currently have it scheduled for 8/14, but I've since realized that date will not work because Daddy Bean will be in Atlanta for work. He wants to be here. He missed the last surgery due to work travel, and it really bothered him. (He missed out on the horrid post-tonsillectomy breath, that still triggers the gag reflex just remembering it!)
We have $936. left on our yearly deductible, plus a 20% co-pay for an overnight stay. So, I'm waiting call back not only to reschedule, but to find out if they can give me an estimate of how much one night in the posh hipster kiddy hotel (why hey, yes, that is sarcasm) will run us. ugh.
Today I was able to enjoy a few more phone calls about new insurance bills dating back to a service date of 2/16/12. Yep, 1 year, five months ago. Seriously. See, last year, we had dual coverage, as we thought, hey... maybe that will help us save a few hundred bucks on all our co-pays and out-of-pocket's. When you're chronically using your insurance, all that stuff really adds up! So, we took on another insurance provider through Daddy Bean's work. We thought we were being proactive, smart about expenses, and just plain good parents. Yikes, Yikes, Yikes. We were idiots. It complicated everything and helped us, uhm, not at all. In fact, it only made things more difficult. In any case, our main insurer paid the bill, then retracted their payment, now are submitting payment again, but still haven't sent it... it's one big giant cluster o' fun. Absolutely ridiculous! In the meantime, I get to make sure party A is talking to party B, and party C is kept in the loop. Luckily for us Andi is no longer medically fragile. If she was, I think phone calls like this would cause me to seriously snap, and I'd probably end up walking around with a hot glue gun ready to attack others' sensitive areas without notice. I wish the insurance industry would really get their act together and not only make it cheaper for us to be covered, but simplify all this junk and not bother professional patients with any of this b.s. The slogan would be a Nike-esque 'Just Do It... and don't bother me with the details.'
This time next week, we'll be baking in Arizona. I am concerned how Andi will do in the heat. I know we'll run from air conditioned indoors to air conditioned car, but... We've just emerged from being confined indoors due to the nine to ten months of rain we get here, and so now being confined indoors because it simply is way too hot to be outdoors is like being slapped in the face with a hot glue gun. I am looking forward to getting out of town and meeting lots of people we consider friends, although we've never actually met. It's going to be an overwhelming whirlwind of fun. We're excited!!