Monday, March 25, 2013

Taking Charge of Your Health

I am here today to share my story so that others can learn from my mistakes. It's one of the things I love about blogging: learning and sharing with others.

Take charge of your health! By that I mean, your medical records, doctor's information, past history, absolutely everything. I think we get so caught up in the stress of whatever is going on that we just assume the office assistant behind the counter has our best interests at heart... which I'm sure she does, but to her you are a one in a million patient.

Ouch, was that too harsh?
I'm sorry, let me be a little more kind.
You are just a number on a chart!!
Was that better?

From birth till age 19 I went accident free, no broken bones, no hospital visits, nothing, nada. Then a roof collapsed on me, literally at the gym I worked in for less than 2 months. (I know y'all keep wanting me to tell that story and I will soon, promise!). I was hospitalized for two days and had two knee surgeries (same knee, two months a part) to repair my ruptured patellar tendon.

Medical history number 2 happened when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that I have been managing and taking medication for ever since.

Medical history number 3 came when R and I started our infertility journey. This is where we are currently and where both of our medical histories have to combine to give us hope for future babies!

Through these past 2.6 years, I have had to contact several doctors offices and chase my records around the state of Georgia. I've had office assistants send out incorrect fax forms, nurses share somebody else's labwork as my own (I was told I had diabetes while super fit and another time that I was pregnant while single attending BYU). Ha! Top that!

So, to sum up:
trust no one to do these things for you,
double check when you know something is being sent or received at an office,
follow up, follow up, follow up,
or harass them,
Take charge! This is your health we are talking about!!!

1 comment:

Giggles said...

We're also at the point where we won't pay any fees unless we see the actual paperwork for the bill and have checked it against our own records. Keeping track of doctor bills and insurance coverage is a major headache, but it's made sure we're only actually paying what we're supposed to.