Maggie’s finally starting to feel a little bit better. She had more smiles and more chit-chat this morning than we’ve had since Friday. Five days down. However, watching her slow down as she got ready for work this morning made it obvious that she still feels pretty rough. But she didn’t grind to a halt like the other mornings. And we only had one cough/gag/spit (compared to many the other days.) She’ll be back early again today for lots of bed and TV time but it’s still an improvement. We’ll take it. Unfortunately, today she starts her Xeloda again. That by itself has quite a nasty kick.
It’s been a long five days. I think we’ve left the house twice, other than Maggie’s brief trips to work. Maggie, her mom and sister went for a massage and facial on Saturday but that’s about it. The rest of the time has been spent in the bathtub, laying in bed or on the couch in front of the TV. I suspect that while we are finally coming out of the CPT-11 body-shock, when we add in the Xeloda haze, the rest of the week will look a lot like this past weekend. We’re looking forward to next Weds when we’ll start our Drug Free week.
Meanwhile, insurance is playing games with us yet again. Humana has changed the way they treat Xeloda from the way it was when we signed up waaaaay back in November 2006. Now, instead of the typical co-pay amounts of say $15 each time we filled the prescription, Humana will now only pay a mere 30% of the cost, leaving the other 70% to us. That’s about $265 every two weeks. Ouch. Fortunately, we have our secret weapon, Becky at VersaClaim, to help us sort this out. Maybe she can make sense of it and, better yet, get it fixed.
I know I’ve mentioned Becky before but it’s worth repeating myself for this. If you or anyone you know has to suffer through a major medical situation, get help managing the bills and insurance. You are outclassed by the insurance company’s know-how and resources and you will eventually lose. Be preemptive and call someone who specializes in patient advocacy and claims assistance. Yes, while we’ve spent some money on hiring Becky, it has been an investment in my sanity (especially at the start of all this!) Better yet, she’s paid for herself in finding and fixing errors (or tricks?) in insurance bills that would have pulled money directly out of our pockets, far more than the money we paid for Becky’s watchful eye. The insurance company is NOT your friend. Get help with this as soon as you can.