Wellthy, Healthy, & Wise
Believe it or not, that is not a typo and you’ll see what I mean in just a minute. As a caregiver and a patient the hardest part is keeping up with everything and still trying to have some kind of a life. I deal with three different health insurances policies, doctor visits, making appointments canceling appointments, what is covered who are “in network”, ordering prescription refills, keeping track of those charges and bills and that’s just for doctors. Then add in the rest of life as a 24/7 caregiver, wife, mom, grandma….and you’re getting the picture.
It was never more clear to me than this past week. Coming off a wonderful four days of absolute bliss in the Smoky Mountains where we celebrated the hubby’s 48th birthday (St. Patrick’s Day) with good friends and my husband’s brother and sister-in-law. We left on Tuesday and took mom to Gatlinburg, TN where we shopped, ate, and relaxed until Wednesday when she went to her niece’s and sister’s for a couple of days. The husband and I had a cabin in the woods and went on a picnic in the mountains and a beautiful hike and then we ate out…I brought a guest home called food poisoning. I have never felt so violently ill as I have the last few days and I’ve been ill A LOT!
So, as I lay in bed after a 2 am run to the ER imagine my surprise when I answered the phone and had forgotten to reschedule my infusion appointment that I was too sick to get to, ironic huh? Those appointments are sacred to me because I already feel like I’m wasting their time, They are dealing with people who may only need that one more appointment that could make all of the difference in the world. You may remember I wrote about The Joe Gibbs Cancer Center last year called “Infusion Confusion“. While I know no one could help me with that problem it helped me to finally realize that when it comes to the health insurance and keeping up with that I am just not knowledgeable enough to get the job done.
Things like that infusion appointment, instance. If I hadn’t taken the time to sit on hold for hours, get transferred three times, and here 5 songs by Elton John, although I do love some Elton, I would have gotten a bill for $18,000. I don’t know about you, but the trees just aren’t that green around here. Turns out it was not being run through the proper channels, didn’t have a T or an I crossed or something, but it took me days to figure it out. As they say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
It just so happened that I had a lovely chat with Lindsay Jurist-Rosner C.E.O. of Wellthy.com the week before and she was telling me about her new company. I had been going to sign up then vacation and the ensuing days of hell and I just hadn’t gotten to it yet. Until the call. It sounds like an amazing service, it’s like a concierge for caregiver’s. A project manager for my life! How cool is that! I just need somebody that can look through it all and figure it out. I know from my talk with Lindsay that they can do a whole bunch of things besides following the health insurance yellow brick roads, but that is my biggest issue today, tomorrow it may be something different. Hey, maybe she can find be a wholesale pop tart vendor for mom’s blueberry PopTart addiction!
Seriously, this sounds like something that can help the caregiver and I’m all for that. There are a whole bunch of us out here and we could use all the help we can get. I know from my understanding right now that a long distance caregiver would really benefit from this kind of service. So Lindsay has offered me a test drive of her service hoping for feedback and of course, she knows I have a really big mouth! So, you’ll learn about it as I learn about it! What goes on good or bad I’ll be sharing with all of you. Right now, I’m just getting started in the process. I’ve signed up and am waiting to be hooked up with a care partner. I’ll let you know how it’s going in a week or two so far the sign-up process has been easy. More on that next time.
Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest.
I love you, momma!
* *This is a compensated post, but all ideas and comments are completely my own!