It took about a year to resolve all the outstanding bills from Paul's birth. I had foolishly hoped that, since this particular hospital stay was quasi-routine (I mean, so many people have babies, right?!) the billing/payment for it would be straightforward. It was anything but. It started out normally enough: we got a bill that … Continue reading That one resident
uh, hello? nice to see you again? I say that because if you're reading this right now, I'm guessing that you are a long-time reader of this blog. You may have even "subscribed" long ago, and just got a confusing notification in your inbox that some blog—"Type what now"? What was that one?—had an update. … Continue reading Oh… hi?
When I first got pregnant, I'll be honest: I was pretty sure it wasn't going to stick. I'm guessing that's most womens' experiences -- medicine does a VERY good job of focusing on the fragility of early pregnancy. Being a woman is so strange. You spend decades living in fear of a "positive" on a … Continue reading Incredible normalcy
I want to tell you about the worst thing I've ever been through. It wasn't diabetes, in case you're wondering. But it began in a similar place. Like diabetes, the worst thing I've ever been through started in a doctor's office. It was seven and a half years ago, when I was in graduate school … Continue reading The worst thing
There's so much to say that I legitimately don't know where to start. (Which, in and of itself, is kind of a cliche way to start, so apologies to my readers who are just here for my wholly original and fresh writing style.) The last time I was consistently updating, I was just moments out … Continue reading A long-overdue life update
but i've been on hold with insurance the whole time, so...
My new health insurance plan considers Dexcom sensors "durable medical equipment," which means they are covered at a 50% coinsurance. That means, the weekly sensor I wear costs me $40 out of pocket. That's $160 dollars for a month's supply. If you're keeping track, that's over $1900 a year, which is more than 1 month's … Continue reading A brief reminder about how much insurance sucks
This afternoon, I cooked myself lunch. I scrambled an egg with melted leek, split a whole wheat-millet muffin and popped it in the toaster, plated it all, garnished the egg with a bit of matcha sea salt and a basil leaf, filled a glass with water, then walked to my living room. I balanced the … Continue reading Diabetes: Day 1,567
Is this "reflections" post a poorly-disguised excuse to share as many pictures as I can of Mickey? (PS follow him on instagram @mickeytheservicedog. HASHTAG SHAMELESS.) Yeah, I think it pretty much is, but whatever. Who doesn't need more dog pictures in their life? It's been just about 7 weeks since we got Mickey, and the … Continue reading Reflections on 7 weeks with a service dog
As I recounted on Tuesday, Mickey and I faced our first incident of discrimination. Since I suspect that, unfortunately, this will be a recurring experience, I'm offering you, my readers, this useful template if you ever want to send an email to a company that you feel has discriminated against you unfairly. Note: this particular … Continue reading A Template For Anyone Writing A Letter Complaining About Discrimination Because of Their Service Dog