Friday, June 6, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday - this week went by really fast for me!  I have a fairly unplanned weekend which I am happy about as last weekend was pretty exhausting with all the moving-related tasks.  I'm closing out the week with a 5 things Friday post!

1.  I am trying to find a new rhuematologist.  My cousin is a doctor and recommended 2, 1 of which is approved by my insurance.  But do you know how hard it is to get an appointment?  When I called to make an appointment, they said they'd need a referral (even though my insurance company doesn't require referrals) and said the referral could come from my Charlotte rheum.  So I called my Charlotte rheum and her office said they do not do referrals and that the referral will need to come from my primary care physician.  So I called the office of the PCP I saw in Charlotte to see if they'd do a referral and they said that since my insurance has changed, they can't give me a referral either.  UGH.  I am going to try to call the Minneapolis Rheum's office again to see if they'll make an exception on booking an appointment as clearly getting a referral is becoming a major headache.  I'm hoping that if I send them my medical records that show I have RA they will be willing to set up an appointment.  I could see my PCP in Minneapolis but I don't want to waste money on an unnecessary office visit.  Le sigh.  Dealing with medical stuff is so hard sometimes.  End rant.

2.  I have my first work trip next week which I am excited about.  I am going to New York to spend some time with one of our trading desks out there.  It will be a super quick trip as I am not even there for 48 hours, but I am looking forward to it as I heart NYC so much.

3.  While I am looking forward to my NYC trip, I am also enjoying the fact that I am in a place where I can just 'be'.  In Charlotte I would feel a sense of panic if my calendar wasn't full of out-of-town trips since I struggled to fill my weekend hours.  But now I am back in a place where I appreciate the fact that I have a quiet weekend ahead.  

4.  My first week of shred workouts went well but boy did they kick my butt!  It's been fun to try some new things and change up my schedule a bit.  I still will fit in 4 runs so feel like I am striking a good balance between cardio and strength training.

5.  Speaking of running, one of my favorite 'date night' activities is going running with Phil.  We both live in great neighborhoods for running so at least once a week we go for a run together and then make dinner afterwards.  It's nice to combine quality time together with being active.  I've never dated a runner so this is a nice change of pace for me! 

What's on your mind today? 

14 comments:

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love that you and Phil run together :) Eric and I used to also, and we will soon resume that when Max is old enough for the jogging stroller... which hopefully Eric can push ha.

I hate health crap like that. I grew up without the need for referrals and now I need them, it drives me insane. Taking off work to go to the doctor only to say, hi, I need to see a dermatologist is SO annoying!

Marlys said...

If your insurance plan doesn't require referrals it is crazy that they require one, but that is the medical field, I guess! Hope you can get this figured out soon!
I'm happy you and Phil are running together as it is always nice to have a running partner! The weather was perfect this week for doing that, too! Enjoy your trip to NY!
And have a relaxing weekend!

ryan&abbyadventures said...

Omg our medical system is so broken. I'm so sorry, Lisa. I agree with your plan of seeing if they would make an exception, and getting your records sent over. Ridiculous!!

Running dates are the best! I did not know that Phil is a runner! Awesome :-)

Wow! Your first work trip came fast!!! Good luck!

Jeanie said...

It shouldn't be that hard to get a doctor! Good luck with the RA doc -- hope you can work it out and soon. Meanwhile, glad you are able to run!

missris said...

"Dealing with medical stuff is so hard sometimes" Ugh, yes. WHY does it have to be so hard?! I hope you get it all sorted out soon, and I'm happy to hear you're doing well otherwise :)

Stephany said...

Oh, man, finding a new RA sounds like such a mess right now! I hope it all sorts itself out because what a headache!

I will be interested to hear your overall review of the shred when you finish! I have missed doing bootcamp-like workouts with a structured schedule. I know Amber loves them, but I just haven't tried them out yet.

Have a good weekend!

Nora said...

I don't think I realized that Phil was a runner until your email from this morning =)

I HATE dealing with the medical world. I won't rant too much, but suffice to say it's a ridiculous, self-serving system and does nothing to work for the patients. At all. That and they can't get their billing correct (as in, my dad is STILL dealing with bills from my mom's illness and many of them have been mishandled/not billed to insurance!). I'm sorry they are putting you through it. It's ridiculous. Sorry for the rant.....

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Good luck on that doc situation. Otherwise have a great weekend!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

New York!!!!! That's fun!! That is really nice that you and Phil run together. It's so great having similar interests with your partner.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Why the hell are doctor's offices so mother effing tied into insurance companies. Writing a referral should have no bearing whatsoever on what insurance you had, have or don't have! Can your cousin write the referral for you?

And, I totally agree that dating someone who enjoys the same passions you have can be pretty awesome in terms of diversifying what you do together!

Amanda said...

While I'm of course annoyed on your behalf about the doc/insurance stuff, I just kept thinking about how happy I am that you're home, and how your post is just so much more noticeable happy :) yay for this new chapter!

Becky said...

OMG the whole referral thing makes my head spin! Hopefully they'll make an appointment without one - I remind myself that I'm grateful to have insurance but that doesn't mean it can't be frustrating and unnecessarily complicated!

We are back from vacation and we're in the whole "readjusting" phase. Happy to be home and with our stuff (i.e. not living out of a suitcase), but also miss the freedom of no real responsibilities. I'm meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow, but other than doing some laundry I'm going to take it easy before easing into Monday! Happy weekend!

Amber said...

Yikes, that sounds like a real headache. I hope you get all the medical stuff sorted out soon!

I am REALLY excited about having a quiet summer. As of right now this weekend, the first weekend of August and the August 16/17 one weekend are the only ones where I have plans. And I'm going to a wedding mid-July but it's local and I won't stay super late probably as it's an old coworker so I won't know many people. Anyways, after a CRAZY summer last year I'm happy for a quieter one and will spend lots of time by my mom's pool and Eric and I are also hoping to get lots of camping in!

CharisFaith said...

The RA doc thing is so frustrating! I hope they are willing to make an exception for you!!! I can understand how nice it is to date a runner, or even just someone who is active, that is definitely a wonderful thing!