Sunday, July 29, 2007

Zonked!

*snip*
I got a nasty scare on the way home. Our road is off a main highway. I walk in the neighborhood across the highway so I have to walk down a little stretch and cross over to get there. On the way home (and I had my processor on, y'all) I was walking on the highway and a truck passed me going the same direction I was and pulled over. While I was digesting that information, trying to figure out what he was doing, I noticed some weird lights to my side, so I turned around and just about that time a fire truck roared by, lights blazing and, apparently, sirens blaring. The scary part...I never heard the siren. Right when it got next to me my processor kind of blanked out (I heard nothing at all)...it's a built in mechanism to keep noises from being too loud...so I know the siren was on. I just can't hear sirens. It's not the first time that's happened (I was nearly plowed down by a fire truck outside Franklin once) but it was definitely scarier this time, since I was on foot and the truck was close and very fast!! I have told my audiologist about it in the past and she has made several changes to try to fix it but so far nothing has worked there. I assume that it's coming in time, and I haven't given up on it, but tonight's experience was unsettling. If I hadn't seen the lights flashing off to the side I might not have ever known it was there until it passed me. In the daytime that wouldn't do any good. Gonna have to work on this...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Argh.

This just in from BlueCross:


"Our records indicate a predetermination was reviewed and denied on

05/09/2007. Medical documentation was not submitted showing our

medical appropriateness requirements have been met. As of today,

07/13/2007, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has not received an

appeal of this decision. Please contact your physician's office and

request that they submit the documentation requested for additional

review."


My audiologist told me the last time I was in her office (mid-June) that the appeal had been filed and they were waiting to hear something. Who in the world do I believe? I think this is standard procedure. It happened when I was waiting to hear about my first implant....I heard nothing at all until I got involved personally, and then they both pointed fingers at each other, saying "We didn't get any paperwork!" , "Well, we SENT it...we'll send it again!" and then I had to wait another month before they could review it. Ugh. The most frustrating part is that I sit here trusting the two of them to get the job done, to at least stay on each other until something is accomplished. Should I HAVE to get involved here? Apparently so. I feel sorry for folks who aren't willing to get involved. I'm not normally pushy, but when it comes to the big things, I'll jump in and make noise when I have to. I know some people aren't that way, though...who fights for them?

Since the appeal process, once started, can take between 30 to 60 days (I believe), I might as well just go on with my life and try not to think about it for a while. I am going to stay involved until I am absolutely sure that everyone has the paperwork they're supposed to, and then I'll just cool my heels for a little while. Don't have a choice, after all.... :)

Thanks for listening to my little vent. Ugh!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Shoulda expected that....

...when I don't post real posts, I don't get many comments (I love ya, Suzy! You're awesome! ;) )!! I told ya it was a slow news day :)
I got up this morning early so I could get my walk in before Good Morning America came on. I ran a good bit of it and made really good time...about four minutes less than usual...yay! :) I had to slow down at one point and scrape a wet cigarette butt off the bottom of my shoe, and scared myself to death when I did that because I didn't have my processor on and when I turned to scrape my shoe there was a big old truck right there in my face...I never heard it at all. I kind of gave up wearing it when I walk because a lot of the sounds I heard were confusing...I would hear what I thought was a car and it would be an air conditioner unit, so the next time I heard the sound, I'd think, "Nah, that's just an air conditioner" and turn and there would be a car in my face. Now I just walk and don't listen to any of it and it's really peaceful actually. Kinda awkward sometimes when I pass folks walking and they speak to me. They're usually on the other side of the street, so it's not like I'd hear them that well anyhow. I attempt to lip read to the best of my ability and guess the rest. If they think I'm an idiot for giving them the wrong answer to their questions ("What do you think of this weather we're having?" "I"m fine, thanks, how are you?"), oh well ;) I pretty much see the same people all the time and I think they mostly know I don't hear them very well, so it's not that big of a problem :)
I had my second surgery tentatively scheduled for last Monday (the 9th) but had to cancel it, obviously, as BlueCross is giving out NO information about the status of my appeal. I decided yesterday that I was tired of waiting to hear from them and so now they will hear from me. I sent my first e-mail yesterday and if I don't hear something soon I'll probably start sending at least one a week until I hear something. I was really hoping that they would cooperate nicely and I could work in my second surgery before school starts back, but since school starts in a month, I don't see that happening!! Argh! I know it could drag on forever...author Michael Chorost has been appealing his second CI for months. You'd think that someone with the influence he has would be able to get the attention of his insurance company...you think they're just gluttons for bad publicity??
I ran across some really interesting writing over at the Bionic Ear Blog. If you're interested, read Meryl's posts on "Isolation" and "Initiating Conversations". I can't say that I would have written them word for word, but I found myself nodding to myself, yes, yes, and yes, all the way through. Like I said before, I'm really social, so I try not to let isolation or initiating conversations be too big of a barrier to me, but sometimes I really have to give myself a little pep talk before I go anywhere!
Will went to see Harry Potter tonight...he is under strict orders not to discuss too much of the movie with me when he gets home (although I've read the book, of course!). I can't wait until it's my turn!
I got a haircut today (not much shorter....just enough so that it didn't look like I was trying to grow a mullet)....came home and did a little housework....made some more spicy brown rice and a pan of brownies to take to tonight's Bible study. The little girls and I walked over there (it's about 4/10ths of a mile) and hubby drove the food over in the van :) We got home around 10:30 and now that I've caught up on blogs and e-mail, I'm watching America's Funniest Home videos...love that show :) Tomorrow we're supposed to go to Sue's for a cookout...I am praying that it won't rain. I love those cookouts, and if it gets rained out I don't know what we'll do....we have to do something!! Saturday I'm going to my first meeting of the Nashville branch of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA for short). I am really looking forward to that. I met a girl from that group while I was in Oklahoma City, so I'll know at least one person there, and I'm excited about meeting everyone else too :)
Sometime in the next two or three days, I'll get my 30,000th visitor! Laurie was visitor number 20,000 on January 31st. Wonder who number 30,000 will be? If it's you, leave me a comment, eh? You can tell if you're the lucky one by looking at my Sitemeter hit box over here in the sidebar-------------------->
It is about two or three clicks down the page, just beneath my cartoon flower and my clock. Just a heads up so if you're a regular visitor you'll know to look :)
Going to shut this pooter down and watch AFV. Kermit the Frog is co-hosting tonight's show, so I have to watch...he's one of my favorite leading men, you know! Night all.... :)
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