Let’s talk healthcare

25 May

Just off the phone with AARP United Healthcare and Walgreens. I had a check up with my surgeon who did my pelvic floor surgery last fall. Everything has healed up great. I also asked her about estrogen and how I read that women should stay on estrogen if possible because our brains and bones need it.  I told her about this drowsiness issue and brain fog. She said definitely estrogen could help both issues and I would just need a minimum dosage. But….she said we’ll have to fight Medicare about it and she is saying that I need it for Osteopenia. So of course the prescription has been denied for more information and we’ll see what happens. I am lucky to have no issues with estrogen like some women do so I’m willing to try it. Now why am I going this direction since I was told a few months ago that I need CPAP/Oxygen machine for sleep issues and that would make me feel so much better and help my drowsiness?  Because I still don’t have a f…… CPAP machine. I’ve passed the deadline from my sleep test to have medi-care  pay for the machine now. But………I  talked to a CPAP business in Trinidad and they told me that I can have a CPAP machine without oxygen without having to take another sleep study. Yay I thought!! I was once again told by someone who uses CPAP how much better they feel and how much alert they are. But……that was 2 weeks ago and still no phone calls, no CPAP and I’m still struggling staying awake and filling myself full of caffeine daily. How many brain cells do I have to lose to get some kind of relief from this issue. It makes me mad, sad, frustrated, cynical. Is this because I am on Medicare and I’m getting that kind of treatment? Am I considered elderly so I’m being treated differently? Is the paperwork being continually misplaced? Does anybody follow through. I hear excuses, excuses, excuses. I was at my doctor here in La Veta. I had McAllen TX pulmonary doctor fax my medical info to her office.  When I arrived  I asked Medical Assistant if my fax had come in. She said no.  Mmmmmm  Then when my doctor was with me I was telling about CPAP issues and that my doctor had faxed information to her. Does she have it I ask. No.  Mmmmmmmmm So I said I will call the office in Texas and have them fax info.  In the meantime she finally checks faxes and low and behold it had been there  for several days.  Mmmmmm.. Frustrating. So here I sit with my drowsy body and foggy brain and several cups of coffee and Pepsi and water and whatever helps keep me awake. Cross fingers to see if something comes through either by hormones or CPAP.


One Response to “Let’s talk healthcare”

  1. Deb 05/26/2019 at 4:50 pm #

    Be careful with the estrogen. Remember my 65th birthday present when I went on it? A nice 7 day period! And one every month for 3 months after going off of it. It also didn’t make my brain fog or other symptoms of low estrogen go away while I was on it. Good luck with the system. I never got Medicare to pay for any of it. As far as I Cpap machine, I didn’t know Medicare will pay for it. I have bought the last 2 out of my own pocket. Let me know if they end up paying (if you ever get one!).

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