Friday, October 8, 2010

This and That

It was 30F at my house this morning. All of us are freezing, except Samson.

Samson has adjusted well. He is not moping for my husband, who is definitely missing him in LA. Soldier is jealous. He will come running as soon as he sees me petting Samson, but so far, no fits or fights over me. And, in general, they get along great.

Samson has huge feet. Samson likes to dig. He has inspired Soldier to dig. It rained a lot the other day and afterwards they were outside. Digging! 

This morning, same thing! He digs such interesting holes, small and deep and usually rectangular. Boy, I have to be careful not to step in this one before I cover it up.

Mommy says: "Now, Samson, you are a very dirty dog! How in the world am I going to get you clean? What? You said you will clean yourself up. OK, I believe it when I see it." 

Other than that, I am being denied medical care because I was in a car accident. Apparently doctors don't want to bill car insurance companies. It takes too long for them to get paid and it is too much paperwork trouble. So who cares about the patient – no one – surprise!! This is the first time I have ever been denied medical care and let me tell you, it's very frustrating. I know some of you have had this experience, but I have always had great medical insurance and access to the UCLA Hospital for all my medical needs. Moving to a small town, I had not expected as good medical care but this is ridiculous. And it seems to apply to orthopedic doctors in Bakersfield, the nearest big city, as well. My only option right now is to go back to our small emergency hospital and see one of their on-call doctors. I will do this.

Then I will do some more research, call some more doctors, and write an article about this experience. I will send it everywhere, but I imagine I will have to sit on it until I am well and my medical claim has been settled, but at least I will have the satisfaction of DOING something now!

Not one to stay mad for long, I am fine now.

Have a nice day, everyone.


  1. Denied medical care!!! Insurance companies and doctors really make me angry. And what does it all boil down to? Yup, the almighty dollar. Okay, done ranting......for now.
    Samson, what a funny guy you are. lol :)

  2. Samson's a hoot! What a cute (and naughty) boy!

    Sorry you're having trouble w/ getting medical care. That's terrible. I'd expect more from our medical (and insurance!) community.

  3. Am I pleased that our health care system (the NHS) is so simple & FREE!!!!
    That doggy is a beaut! xxx

  4. Hole diggers! Jill is the grand champion! There are more ankle busting holes in our yard, I encourage visitors (the few that show up) to use the sidewalk!
    Insurance, car insurance, UGH! We went round and around with our car insurance, over DH's hospital visit. We have since upped our medical on the car insurance - our medical doesn't cover if you are in a wreck! It has finally been settled, but it took MONTHS of calls from the hospital every single week, wanting their money. Very irritating!
    I feel for Ya!

  5. AJ-Oaks: I feel sorrry for these receptionists in the doctors' offices that have to inform me of this! Of course, you don't get to talk to the doctors. Samson is fun to have around.

    texwisgirl: I never heard of this, so I am looking forward to doing some "invesitgative reporting" on it. I'm not a journalist, but I will pretend.

    Tracey: I know, I grew up in Sweden with our National Health system. Granted, sometimes you had to wait for procedures, if it wasn't an emergency, but at least you knew it was there for you. And our Medicare, which I am on, part of Social Security for old folks here, is no better. I will vent about what their policies are later.

    Sharon: It dooesn't matter if you have medical on your car insurance or not, these doctors will still not see you. Too much trouble to bill car insurance and wait to get paid. Unbelievable!! Sorry you had to go through that.

  6. Just wondering... has the passage of the Health Care Bill affected your experience? I might bring this up the next time you speak with one of your doctors...

    I have a couple of kittens who dig holes -- the dogs have been cautioned about it, so they don't. But, dogs like to dig holes -- who are we to deny them this pleasure? :)

  7. Nancy: The bill won't go into effect until 2014. I think it should help this kind of situation, which is simply doctors refusing to bill car insurance companies and Medicare refusing to pay them unless they do so first. I have wondered if this was even addressed in the Health Care bill and when I do my research, I will try to find out.

  8. Yeh, I am hoping that the Health Care Bill will have an effect, once it gradually starts going "on line." I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I don't understand doctors these days. It seems to be all about the all mighty dollar, and to heck with the patient.

  9. I am sorry about your medical situation,sending you lots of good vibes and healing light! Tell your husband I feel for him about missing out on his dog while working!

  10. Inger, I didn't know that about car accidents. That's terrible; as if being in an accident in the first place wasn't bad enough!

    Samson is beautiful.

  11. I am always amazed when I hear stories like this. Here you are in the most industrialized and supposedly 'advanced' country in the world and you can't get medical insurance?! Blows me away that the general population of Americans won't do anything about this or haven't done so already.
    I suppose they tried with voting in Obama, and maybe it will get better and things take time but you are correct A-J. It's all about greed and bullying by the insurance companies.

  12. Glad you are enjoying Samsom's visit... I'm sure he is a handful, especially with your recent injuries. Wally and Henry always demand equal petting time too.

  13. The digging of holes happens a lot on our farm, but not those nice rectangular ones. So sorry to hear about your medical issues. Things like that can cause a lot of aggravation and stress. Best of luck to you.

  14. Inger, I simply do not understand the denial of the medical care.... Sincerely hope that changes and FAST. I know 12 years ago when my son had his accident, I had NO trouble with any and all of his treatment...many doctors, etc. What happened in 12 years??? Scary!

  15. sampson is quite a character. funny (or maybe not) about the holes he is digging. i do bet that coat keeps him warm in the winter! he's in heaven, i'm sure.

    i'm really sorry that you're having trouble finding medical help. frustrating, i know. not at all to diminish your experience or "stick up" for the doctors denying you, but i just want to share my experience. it's really a system wide problem, i think, and the doctors are caught in it as much as anyone. i am a mental health therapist and know how hard it is sometimes dealing with certain insurance companies. if these are doctors in private practice or a small practice, it could take them months and even years to get reimbursed and they might not get reimbursed at all depending upon whether there is litigation involved with the accident. most people in private or semi private practices simply don't have the manpower, time, or ability to wait that long for their money. i know for certain insurances i won't see people because the headaches involved and time needed to be spent to re-coop reimbursement simply isn't worth it. an hour for therapy and 3 hours trying to get paid. ugh. so, not to excuse the docs or minimize your frustration, just a little insight from my experience. i think your best bet is to go the the emergency room or a larger clinic where they have to treat you or get grants, etc. i hope you get the care you need soon.

  16. adorable dog digging adorable holes. babies holes are about 4 feet wide. and never heard of not getting medical care from insurance. i was in an accident and the insurance paid al the bills right away, but it was hospital and er. never tried to go to the doctor from it. had to have been really frustrating. this was 2 years ago, so hope all is well now


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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