My Journey: Friday, November 1, 2019-Trip To Doctor In Indy, Good News For Work, Medicaid Problems

Today was taken up with a trip to IU Health Hospital in Indianapolis. I had to get a CT scan to check out my kidneys, and then meet with Dr. Cary, the Urology surgeon who operated on me.

The trip went well. We bought breakfast at Family Express in Francesville. Anita had a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit while I had two sausage, egg, and cheese croissants. They were really quite good heated up in their microwave.

We went to the hospital where I had my CT scan, which took longer to verify paperwork than it did for the CT scan. It was quick, easy, and painless. I had a non-contrast CT scan because my kidneys had been affected by the backup caused by the bladder tumor I had. My wife, Anita, tells me they said it was the size of a cantaloupe. Oh dear.

Then I went to Dr. Cary’s office. It did take a while to be seen. He does surgeries four days a week (I think), and does office visits on Fridays. There were a lot of people there. He looked at my CT scan and was pleased with what he saw. He said my kidneys are both emptying. Yay! My right kidney took quite a while to get restarted after my surgery, and then a while to start building up volume. It was still a concern when I left the hospital.

Dr. Cary also looked at my surgery wound and was happy with how it is healing. He used a couple of very long sticks that looked like giant matchsticks with black and silver heads to help seal up three areas that were still weeping fluid.

He also recommended I keep my appointment later this month at Indiana Methodist Hospital to do an ultrasound of my legs for blood clots, and to likely take out the blood clot filter they had to put in me before my surgery. I was passing so much blood and blood clots through urination that they could not give me blood thinners to fight the clots until some time after my surgeries. Now that I am on a blood thinner they can do a new ultrasound of my legs and possibly take out the filter. Yay again! The sooner they take it out the easier it will be to remove; giving my body less time to grow around it. He also thinks I may only be on this blood thinner for about 6 months. Yet another Yay! Eliquis costs $550-600 per month if my insurance won’t cover it. However, I have joined AMAC and their discounted price at participating pharmacies is currently $430.

This brings me to another point. I signed up and paid for my Indiana Medicaid in early October and it was supposed to be active on October 24th, and cover everything starting October 1st. I have paid for October, November, and December. For some reason my insurance has not yet been activated. A couple days ago I was told it was at the state level where they just needed to update my account information; it’s been there for over a week now, to my understanding. I may have to go into the FSSA office in Valparaiso next week to attempt to deal with this in person. I have humongous bills to get paid that will soon be on there way, and new ones coming, along with my prescription meds.

On a brighter note, Dr. Cary said I could go back to work; 2 hours per day for 2 weeks, then 4 hours per day for 2 weeks, then full time with no restrictions, and I am allowed to drive for work. He signed a Back To Work Release, which I am to take in to Family Express HR, but they also faxed Dr. Cary their Back To Work Form to make sure all the details are understood. Once Family Express HR gets approval in writing on both of these forms they said they will get me working again. YAY!

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Be most blessed!

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