Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
San Felipe Creek - Del Rio, Texas.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I am going to have to do some thinking...

Mother was getting anxious and scolded me for not leaving to my doctors appointment on time.  Have I mentioned she is super punctual?  Actually both of my parents were, though dad took it to extremes.  Back in the 60's he would make us arrive at the airport four hours early...he was ahead of his time!  Ok, I will stop rambling and get back to the story.  I arrived 2 minutes before my appointment.

I have so much experience under my belt at doctor's waiting rooms that I knew I would be in for at least an hour's wait.  Waited an hour and a half before I was called and then 30 more minutes in a very cold room until she made her appearance.

Just like I thought she put me on blood pressure medication as the readings were high. I know I have to get it under control or I could have a stroke like dad did.  She prescribed the same medication I used to take but 5 mg's higher but warned she would probably have to up it but wanted my body to be able to accept it at this lower dosage.

Since I do not have insurance, I am considered "self pay" and I had to fork out $95.00 for this visit.  Mind you she is not a doctor, she is a nurse practitioner as my doctor can not see "new patients" until June. I have not seen him in three years, so I am considered a new patient.  However, I do not remember paying these high consultation prices three years ago :-(

She wants to see me in three weeks, when I imagine I will have to pay another $95.00 bucks.  The only saving grace was that the medication only cost $4.00 dollars.  Do I want to dish out all this money every month when I can not even see the doctor?  Will have to do some serious thinking.

For those new to my blog, I tend to go into detail as this is also my Cyber Journal and I tend to reference it a lot.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

It was wonderful to be able to pull a win at home and even up the score against Dallas.  The game had its moments but I guess us fans are used to it or we would not be able to savor it.

I was having reception problems with the radio signal so ended up hearing it in my car. However, Pedrito and Ralph did not appreciate me ignoring them or my screaming :)

8 comments:

  1. You do what you gotta do, and yeah, probably another 95.00, U*((&%* it!!

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    1. Unfortunately, that is what it looks like :(

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  2. There is absolutely no reason you are not on insurance. It ain't exactly free, but with the subsidies, it wouldn't be much. There's also Medicaid if you qualify.

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    1. I am not working Billy Bob, in order to qualify for Obama Care subsidies you have to make X number of dollars.

      I do not qualify for Medicaid and even if I did...I do not think I would apply...it is a matter of pride.

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  3. Is there a reason you don't find a doctor in Mexico? I don't think I'd want to pay $95 a visit.

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    1. The only reason I went back to my American doctor is because you need one in order for the hospital to release your mammogram results and I had not had one in three years.

      The near fatal collision we had on the way to Uvalde scared me enough to realize that I also needed a US doctor. I recall when my father had a stroke how hard it was to find a physician for him after he was released from the hospital. To make matters worst finding one once you are in a nursing home is almost impossible as they do not want to bother having to go visit you at an institution.

      It was and it probably still is a requirement to have a PCP {primary care physician} before you are admitted and the nursing home helped me find one.

      My doctor is very highly regarded and respected in the community and he is a native Del Rioan...so he has a lot of patients. I do not know if that is the reason why in order to remain his patient his practice has the new rule of being seen at least once a year or you have to start over as if you were a new patient with the accompanying new patient fee.

      If I were working the $95.00 would not be an issue but with my current already tight budget it is. That is why I have to think on what I want to do. Pay $95.00 or $25.00 in Mexico.

      While it seems simple enough a lot of factors have to go into this decision other than financial ones. Still thinking....

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  4. Yes I admit I have a thinking problem. She is always on my mind.....

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