Friday, February 11, 2011

Like Dominos

When one goes down, the other usually follows. I've been sick since Tuesday night with flu-like symptoms and am finally on the mend this Friday evening. But Yeoldfurt got up this morning feeling a little off and ended up coming home from work a little early because now he's sick. Good thing I'm on the mend because he needs to spend the next few days in bed. Tomorrow is his off day and he doesn't leave for work on Sundays until almost noon, so maybe he can head this off before it gets too good a hold on him.

I had to make an appointment at the local clinic today because rules where I work say if you miss a third day, you can't come back without a doctor's note. I was out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so I had to have a note. My insurance options through the state are both PPO's which are very picky about in-network and out-of-network stuff. But now they make you choose a PCP, a Primary Care Physician and that doctor's name is printed on your card. If you want to see someone other than you PCP, you pay the first $500 out of your own pocket even if the one you want to go see is in-network ...unless you call ahead and temporarily change your PCP. My PCP is about 10 miles from my office but about 40 miles from my house. I could either make an 80 mile round trip to see my regular guy or I could spend however long it would take to wade through the automated phone system at the insurance company to make the temporary change. It took the better part of an hour but it was worth to avoid the long round trip commute and the $500 out of pocket. I'm not sure what either of my doctor's offices would charge if they weren't billing the insurance company, but I'm pretty sure it's a lot more than the $25 in-network co-pay I ended up with today.

Long story short, my problems are probably viral but since they've drug on for this long, they gave me a z-pack of antibiotics and some prescription cough medicine. They also gave me my doctor's excuse so I can go back to work on Monday which is the only reason I bothered making the appointment. These things usually wear out on their own but rules are rules.

Maybe it's viral or maybe it's this crazy weather lately. Tomorrow will be in the 60's and several days next week in the 70's. Several days last week never got over 40. This is crazy weather, even for Texas. All I know is I need to get Yeoldfurt well as soon as possible. I'm going out of town for training the first three days March and everything will be on his shoulders while I'm gone. So I have about two weeks to whip him back in shape. His birthday is coming up in just a week and we have plans. So I really only have one week. Good thing I'm on the mend...

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Blogger gld said...

Insurance makes me crazy!

Glad you are on the mend now let's hope you can get Y up and going too.

February 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Buckskins Rule said...

Glad to hear you on the mend. Bummer that Yeoldfurt has to spend his time off laid up, but I guess that beats taking time off work.

February 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

gld, insurance is one of those necessary evils ...the concept is great, the reality is usually a little less than great.

BR, he missed a couple of hours yesterday and the jury is still out whether he'll be well enough to go in at noon tomorrow. New job and no paid sick leave for another six months ...but you can only do what you can do. I'll shove as much Vit C and chicken soup down him as I can the next 24 hours and we'll see. I'm glad we took turns with this. At least I'm well enough now to take care of him.

February 12, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Kelle said...

It's no fun being sick and then to have to jump through such hoops, well it seems such a waste of time.

Praying, ye old furt is feeling better soon! Sure wouldn't be much fun to be sick on your birthday.

I agree about the up and down weather cycles, being hard on all of us, including the animals. Hey, one week it's up into the mid 50's and the poor animals are beginning to shed, then it drops well into the sub zero range and add in windchills.

Take care and stay well,

February 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Hi, Kelle...

I'm about 90 percent and going back to work tomorrow. YOF finally had some soup today and will hopefully get in to the doctor tomorrow. This was the worst flu bug I've had in many a year but I still don't believe in getting the flu shot. Temps in the 70's all next week. Maybe spring is around the corner.

February 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope you feel better soon. It seems like the viruses this winter just linger on. We've had a bout of them ourselves.

February 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Thanks, Lisa. I think we're on the mend. I'm about three days ahead of my husband being on the mend, and probably a week away from being completely back to my old ornery self. But the weather is beautiful now and I feel so much better than I did a few days ago. So I'm happy.

: )

February 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger The Survival Mama said...

Ugh...we've been passing it around in our house for over a month now. I think we're on Round #3.

I tried that whole note stuff, but my "boss" told me to quit teasing him and make him some cereal....four year olds...sheesh!

Hope you're all feeling better soon....

PS...I'm "officially" following you now :) (thanks for having me on your blogroll)
The Survival Mama

February 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Glad to have you, Survival Mama. I discovered your blog recently (don't remember how exactly) and am glad I did.

I hope this will be our only bout of the flu bug this year. My husband went to the doc today and he's got pneumonia. He's on meds and off work for another two days. Hopefully he'll bounce back enough by Saturday to enjoy his birthday.

: )

February 15, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Eclectic Boutique said...

Oh golly, just over a bout of nasty stuff I have had since Christmas. Sure hope your mending well. And hope it is warming up down there.

I am a new follower sent over by the Survival Mama

The Eclectic Boutique

February 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Welcome. Eclectic, always glad to have new followers.
: )

Seems a lot of people have been dealing with respiratory ailments this winter season. Glad you're over it. We're doing okay and the weather is beautiful for the next week or ten days. Makes me want to get outside and garden!

February 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

The insurance thing gets crazier all the time! I hate it, especially for our kids who are trying to get a start in life. I sure hope you guys get better this thing going around is awful! ;D

February 15, 2011 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Hi, Julie. Yes, insurance is one of life's headaches. I've had to be without for a stretch several times though and, believe me, I'd rather HAVE coverage and deal with the hoop jumping!

Love, love, love your lavender post!

: )

February 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM  

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