Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Year, New Insurance...New Direction?

After years of no health care, or what little I did have, I paid out of pocket for, I now have insurance.  It is phenomenal going back to the doctor, those big, fancy offices with big fancy furniture and lots of staff.  Wow.  Part of the economy is still booming.

At any rate, I met with a new Neurologist today after rescheduling due to waiting on insurance to kick in, bad road conditions, and then the doctor's schedule change.  I am not fond of doctor's offices, like many people, and, I often wish doctors and lawyers were paid on the same type of scale as waiters and waitresses!  All that money we spend on help...we live in a 'free' country yet so few can afford the care they really need.

We discussed migraines since my most recent one gave me a run for my money with pain, not letting up, my head hurting to ice, and the shaking, where it feels like the migraine has reached my nervous system.  Not a fun place to be.  I was prescribed a medication to help keep migraines from happening, but if I get to a bad place, I will have to go to the local doctor or ER to get help.

The Neurologist referred me to get an MRI and a Neuro-Psych test (oh joy, oh bliss!)  Things worked out at the imaging office, they could take me in right away, how cool is that? One less thing to worry about.  They imaged the neck first, then the head, then the head with contrast.  It'll be interesting to see where things are now three years post-accident, I'm especially interested in those painful herniated discs. 

The Neuro-Psych test will happen in a couple of months, we all know how much fun that is - LOL! 

I hope to continue to blog, but honestly, haven't had the steam or passion I had before.  So, we shall see about that.  More shall be revealed...

All in all, I still want to get better.  Maybe that's a false hope, but honestly, it's better than no hope at all, or settling.

On the one hand, I am grateful for being able to get care, but, on the other hand, I am TERRIFIED of medical bills or the insurance company choosing to not pay.  We shall see.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope By Mark Kelly

I used to always say, "When God has a message for you, He's going to make sure you're there to hear it!"  My faith has wavered, and at times, I feel my spirituality or spiritual self was left on the freeway following the last accident.

While I may lack a sense of 'feeling' spiritual, I do most certainly still believe in following signs, noting coincidences, etc.  I share this article as it was one of those things I feel I was more 'led' to than went seeking after.  It is intuitive, insightful and eloquent...and, I hope a deep validation and encouragement too. 

http://www.mariashriver.com/blog/2012/01/gabby-story-courage-and-hope