After getting several e-mails the last couple of days asking, I thought it was time for a family update. In no particular order of things.....
I have heard nothing from the wonderful ALLEN ADKINS & ASSOCIATES folks or CITIBANK folks since they filed and asked for the trial to be pushed back from May 16 to September. The court reset the date for September 13 and all of you are invited to come if we get to that point. The last I heard from them was early May when they filed their paperwork and sent me a copy of their filing. Considering Citibank's recent deals in the news including one where one of their Vice Presidents managed to steal nineteen million dollars from them over the course of multiple months and then head to Asia where he was arrested, maybe they have bigger things on their mind. I know I do.
Sandi is still home on unpaid medical leave awaiting her knee surgery. The latest estimate from the surgery center who called to update her yesterday morning was $1900 up front. That was four hundred more than we had been told three weeks ago. They said it was the final revised figure based on what the insurance folks had ruled. Sandi called the doctor's office and they told her the same thing and basically said they were done working the insurance part of the case until she was ready for surgery.
Sandi has been ready for surgery since the doctor put her out on May 5. Everybody else wasn't and the numbers keep changing. So, Sandi called and called and finally got ahold of somebody at the insurance company who was competent and able to work their system to research her account. Sandi had to sit on the phone for nearly four hours going back through every claim starting from the first of the year, but it was worth it. Insurance and Sandi agree that two claims involving CT Scans and other expensive testing were not properly processed at any point. Another four claims are wrong in Sandi's opinion and insurance agrees--though for different reasons and will reevaluate. All that reprocessing of six claims and the ripple effects from that as other claims may have to be recalculated will take a week to ten days to do at the very least. Hopefully by the time that is over, her deductible will have been met and we can schedule her surgery.
As to food stamps and all that, we had to update our situation which led to a reapplication. The caseworker called this morning and verified some stuff. It can take up to thirty days to process before we know if we have been approved for Medicaid. Hopefully we will be as that would clearly help her. It also might be a way for me to be seen for everything going on with me.
Having fallen hard earlier this week while on the outside porch much to the amusement of partying neighbors across the way, I consider myself very lucky I have not broken anything. I know I can't keep falling and stay lucky. I am trying to do what I can when I can but things are definitely getting harder and harder. Whatever is wrong is clearly continuing to spread and that means, I would think, it has to be some sort of nerve disorder. Whether a doctor can find it now and treat it, I don't know. But, I am hoping we will get the chance to find out.
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