The Road To Recovery

More than two weeks ago, my dog Abby tripped me on the stairs. Emergency room doc ordered Xrays on my ankle and knee. Even though I have had three knee surgeries, and Xrays are a waste of time to diagnose ligament damage, I couldn’t get them to do an MRI. See your doctor if you continue to have problems. The doctor said that since nothing was broken, let pain be your advisor and that I probably couldn’t cause more harm.

meanwhile, I had an appointment to see a pain specialist about my back. Made it perhaps a month or two ago. I was looking forward to seeing Doctor Phillips again as he has treated my back before, but it has been awhile. Things change. My insurance had changed.

After losing my school insurance through Eugene 4j, I picked up Oregon Health plan. What a nightmare that has been. I had been using Oregon Medical Group, but they don’t take OHP patients. When I finally found a doctor who did take OHP, Doctor Hacker said I couldn’t get Fentanyl patches on OHP. What am I supposed to do? Get better insurance. So I got married. Romantic, right?

A few months ago, I ended up at an urgent care place. They did not take OHP, but gladly took my primary insurance. Ended up in the Emergency room at McKenzie Willamette. Kidney stones. Could easily have been a life or death situation since I have only one kidney.

As I said, I was looking forward to seeing Dr. Phillips today as he was going to take over my pain meds, and I had hoped he could shed some light on why my lower leg, knee, and ankle were giving me so much trouble. I was turned away from Neuro Spine Institute. I am sorry the receptionist said, even putting her hand on my shoulder, but we can’t take Trillium. Even though we take your primary insurance, because of the OHP insurance, we cannot offer you services. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to cry, scream, or both. Damn. Can they really discriminate against someone in pain, especially when there aren’t that many pain specialists in Eugene?

So, why are we paying a grand a month for my insurance?

I have been waiting seventeen days to get a diagnosis. I see my Orthopedic surgeon, Chris Walton, at Slocum Orthopedics, Thursday. Now I am paranoid about the OHP insurance. Am I supposed to just not show it to them?



  1. I am so sorry you are going thru all this shite. The unraveling of our way of life has begun, and I fear it is only going to get worse and worse for 99% of us. (((hugs)))

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