You said that before.


Mind if a vent a bit?

Just for a second?

Because I went home to enjoy an hour away from work and ringing phones and headaches and such and I opened a letter in the mail that just completely obliterated it all.

My Doctor's office has been graciously playing a waiting game with my medical insurance company for several months and the letter said that there's now a 15 day limit on their patience.

I don't blame them.

This claim is from July.

From Ty's well-care checkup.

Which is 100% covered according to my insurance company.

Except they filed him as a newborn and only paid 80% for some reason.

Nevermind that he's not been a newborn for four years now....but I brought it to their attention when I got my first bill in November and they realized the error, said it was fixed, would be resubmitted and taken care of in just a matter of a few weeks. So I called the Doctor's office and let them know what was going on and all was right and good in the world.

Fast forward to December 22nd when I get another bill showing it was still due. So I call to see what the hold up is. For some reason it didn't get paid in the payment cycle that I was originally told it would get paid in and would be paid in the next one. So 3 weeks and it would be paid.

Fine.

I called the doctor's office and told them and asked them to make a note of it in their computer.

I assumed all was right and good in the world once more.

I assumed that what I was told would happen would in fact happen.

Ahhhh, but that word assumed.....we all know it's real meaning.

Because I got The Letter today. And I called the doctor's office to make sure they hadn't received a check in the 7 days since the letter was dated.

Nope.

Nada.

So I call to see what's going on with the insurance side of things.

And once more I get promises. The check has been mailed, which has to be processed by another office and then that second office is going to send a check of their own to the doctor's office.

So this claim may or may not be paid within the next 15 days.

And I know it's not really as big a deal as it feels like it is in my heart, I know that the doctor's office is probably used to stuff like this and that, surely, they'll get their payment this time around.

But these bills are in my name. And I don't let bills set and I certainly don't ignore them or delay them like the insurance company has.

And then there's the fact that this is not a one time thing. Or a once-in-a-while thing. This is almost every claim. And while it's never gone quite to the point of The Letter. It goes too far, too long, too often.

And what can I do about it?

Nothing.

The good news of it is that when I'm aggravated or upset, I clean.

And ever since Mystery Man came along I've been neither aggravated or upset.

But today made up for it.

In the one hour I planned to enjoy an hour away from work and ringing phones and headaches and such I got some housework knocked out!

Bathroom? Hair and makeup stuff put away, counters cleaned, toilet cleaned, mirror cleaned.

Bedroom? Shoes put away, clothes taken to the laundry room, bed made, nightstands dusted.

Kitchen? Dishwasher emptied and reloaded. Hand-washed some dishes. Birthday rose finally thrown away. Counters wiped down. Stove cleaned off. Bills sorted and put in their stack (with The Letter). Table wiped down and then dusted.

Hall/Entry area dusted.

Living room? Entertainment center dusted. Pillows and throw straightened. Desk dusted and chair straightened.

Laundry? Dryer emptied, wet clothes moved over into it, new load started, and fresh clothes put away.

So what didn't I do?

Well, I guess all that's left to do is carry my suitcases out to my storage shed (I've been waiting for the yard to dry out so the mud doesn't suck my shoe off.....again.) and I need to sweep, mop, vacuum, and finish the clothes in the washer and dryer and put them away.

Pretty sure everything else is done until I get enough clothes in the laundry room for a full load.

Looks like I might have an easy weekend after all!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.