Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!! (warning: boring ramblings that you probably could really care less about)

I've had a few days to calm down, and now I'm seeing my being laid off as a blessing in disguise. I was miserable at work, and I was desperate to be home putting my house of boxes together and spending time with my kids, and that's exactly what I got. I'm sure I won't have any trouble finding a new job when I am ready, and I'll be able to take the time to find a job that I am happy with instead of a job that I do because I have to.

I think I mentioned before that today is the last day for my medical insurance, so I've been cramming all the appointments I'd been putting off for months into these last few days. I came home thursday night after getting the news and started in frantically making phone calls to try to get all the appointments I needed in on such short notice and so quickly. Many of the offices I normally go to literally laughed at me over the phone. I didn't expect it to be easy to get in so quickly, but I didn't expect to be treated rudely either, so I was a little surprised. I ended up starting at the top of the provider directory for my area for my insurance company and working down, making appointments in each area I needed with the first offices to answer their phones and have openings. Needless to say, this was a little nerve wracking, as I was going in blind with no previous knowledge of the doctors I was going to see.

I pulled up to the only dentist in the entire directory that could get me in on Friday afternoon, and literally winced. The office looked old and run down from the outside. They were in the same building as a 7-11 store, for God's sake! I can say now with complete conviction that I will never again go anywhere else in this area for dental work. The little guys are the BEST! I have never in my life gone in to a dental office before and been treated so much like a PERSON! The receptionist told me about her day. The xray tech showed me pictures of his daughters. Every one I dealt with was a normal every day human being, interacting genuinely. They received me warmly and made me feel good about being there instead of making me feel like I was just another patient that they had to deal with. They got me in for 3 appointments in 3 days, and billed ahead for a 4th that will happen next weekend so that it would still be covered by my insurance. I LOVE these people!!!!

Yesterday I had my girly doctor appointment, again with the only office in the entire directory for this area that could get me in before my insurance was up. Their office was in a tiny little building in the parking lot of a rural fire department about 30 minutes from here. (Yes, I was pretty desperate with this one - NO ONE else would see me, and I was 6 years overdue for an annual exam so I had to find a way) Despite my success with the obscure dentist, I was again apprehensive going in to this place, but this office is AMAZING, the doctors in the practice all go by their first names instead of "Dr. So and So," and the treatment I received was EXCELLENT. I've always dreaded those exams, but this lady really made it no big deal at all. What's more is that she told me if anything comes up in any of the tests, or if I need to see her again for any reason before I find a new job and get new insurance, she will gladly see me again for FREE! I feel so....well taken care of. :) I had blood drawn this morning (I may have PCOS - oh. yay.) and I see the eye doctor this afternoon, and then I'm done being poked and prodded for a while. Yay!

1 comment:

sjer said...

Yeah! I'm not the only one who's been putting off the yearly for years :) Glad it worked out for you...I'll be rereading this for reassurance until I decide I can't procrastinate any longer :)