Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Turning a Negative into a Positive

Pin It Now! Even if it does have to do with insurance.

This past week I made a routine phone call to the allergist to renew an epipen prescription for my son.  It's something I've had to do since he was about 2 years old.  No big deal.  It's just part of life for us.

But . . . I felt my chest tighten and get all hot when the receptionist informed me 1.) that the allergist wanted him to come in since it has been 2 years and 2.) that my insurance company (Yes, it's government insurance, but we won't talk about that right now.) was requiring me to get a referral to be able to come back to the allergist we already go to and have been going to for the past 5 years.  Um, excuse me?  And did I mention that we already got a referral when we moved here 5 years ago?

I felt like giving it one of these--WHAT THE?  Yeah, the unfinished phrase I don't let my kids use.  Well, I didn't say it, but I sure was thinking it.

Okay so, my son's epipens have expired, and now I have to go to a primary care physician just to get a referral to go back to an already established Dr.

A few problems I have with this:
  1. My son doesn't have a primary care physician.  I never took him back to the quack we first went to when we moved here.
  2. Hmmm, let's see.  Government insurance people want me to spend MORE money by possibly going to 2 doctors just to get a necessary prescription filled. Can we say "RIDICULOUS!"
I wasn't happy when I got off the phone.  I was nice, but my kids could see ugly written all over my face.  I released tension by texting my hubby: I want to wipe my backside with the stinkin' insurance card.  I know, totally crude, but I was mad.

I knew stewing and sinning in my anger just wouldn't do for an honorable Christian girl, plus staying angry solves nothing and surely makes my liver and adrenals quite unhappy, so I truly did give up the fight. 

NOW that I've got my "love glasses" on, I am truly seeing this inconvenience in a different light. I am taking Friday, son's primary care appointment day, as an opportunity to spend alone time and do something fun with just him. Yea!  Plus, I will take advantage of being at the doctor's office to ask about  a belly button hernia that hasn't ever gone away.  :(

Thank you, God, for being truly merciful with me and for helping me to quickly turn that negative into a positive!  I still think the insurance stuff is totally screwed up, though.

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