It is Tuesday already, time for another edition of what I learned this week. Today is a busy, and really cold day. I am warning everyone ahead of time that this post will be a rant post. Now that you are warned, I can get to the meat of my post. I will tell you that it isn’t a nice story. It may seem minor to some, but it has the potential to turn into a very serious situation. So, now that I got that off my chest, let’s see what I learned this week.
Advocating Healthcare For Your Spouse
As someone who used to work in healthcare, I am *usually* of the mindset to support healthcare workers. They deal with a lot of stress, grumpy people, and insurance nightmares. But, when it involves my family, I get all “Rocky” on whoever is trying to hurt my family. So, what happens when you are advocating healthcare for your spouse?
- When you husband willingly goes to the doctor, you know he is sick. You are advocating for him when instead of taking him to your family doctor, you take him to the local walk-in clinic because your doctor doesn’t really listen to you.
- You are advocating healthcare for your spouse when at the walk-in clinic, the doctor tells your husband it is just allergies and you start tapping your foot so violently the doctor does a double take.
- You get even more annoyed that the doctor doesn’t listen. My husband was sick for 6 weeks last year because they tried to blame it on “allergies”, then determine he has “asthma” and sends him to a lung doctor for expensive tests, only to have them come back normal. Said lung doctor(who happens to be one of the doctors I worked closely with in the hospital)gives husband much-needed antibiotics and he gets better.
- Back to point #2. Said clinic doctor decides to do blood work for infection to “appease” me. Well guess what? Ready for it? Blood test comes back with elevated blood cell count, which means infection is present. Wife gets pleasure from having doc come back in being red-faced and having to write prescription for antibiotics. I may be a woman, I may not have a medical degree, but I know the difference between infection and allergies.
- Then Monday comes along. You know you are advocating healthcare for your spouse when primary care physician’s office calls and says that husband’s prescriptions have been called into local pharmacy. Say what?!?!?!? We have been mail-order pharmacy for 10 years, and if they would have looked at his chart, they would have known that. So once again, I have to go all mean-girl on the office because if they didn’t cancel the order, our insurance would deny it because it would have been flagged as double dispensed. I refuse to pay for a 30-day supply, when I can get a 90-day supply for the same price. And then to call a pharmacy we have only used 1 time in 7 years because it was an emergency dispense? How gosh-*#&! irresponsible is that?
I don’t want to be a mean girl. I want to play nice, and be respectful. But when my family is not being taken care of properly by trained medical professionals, I will lay the smack down and I won’t be nice about it. There is no excuse for not double checking with the patient before calling in a prescription to verify it was the correct pharmacy!!!! So make sure that you triple check any prescriptions from your doctor. And, if possible, don’t leave the office without them. They offered to mail them in, but I told them that I will drive over and pick them up so I can make sure they are written correctly.
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I hope that my post has been informative to my readers. Leave a comment and tell me what you do to make sure you are advocating healthcare for your spouse. I am sure everyone will be able to benefit from the discussion.