Next Stop: Infectious Disease

Next Stop: Infectious Disease

Talked to a nurse at the cancer center yesterday, and she told me to expect a call to schedule an appointment with an infectious disease specialist, because my oncologist was referring me to one. This is the next stop on the diagnostic itinerary following the colossally unhelpful excisional biopsy.

It’s strange to say this, but I feel relieved. I genuinely thought after the surgeon’s follow-up that I’d be on my own trying to figure out what to do next.

I wasn’t thinking I couldn’t get medical help, but that I’d have to figure out who and how to ask and that I wouldn’t be up to the challenge. I am not used to medical competence, even though it’s been years since the tumor diagnosis trauma.

So, no appointment yet. But soon-ish.

I did feel well enough yesterday to move my next primary care appointment to April. It was scheduled for Tuesday, but I just can’t juggle all the things. I still have to work out Dan’s health insurance situation, and also Monday is my birthday. I didn’t want to spend it worrying about the next day’s doctor appointment. Because I absolutely would.

Besides, spreading the appointments out gives me longer between bills. Right now I owe about $500. But I am anticipating bills from the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, and the hospital for the biopsy. So far only the lab has billed me, and it was only $125.06. (I say “only” because it’s exponentially more expensive to have a lab look at brain tumor cells—ask me how I know.)

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Correction: It’s $125.06 for the pre-biopsy consult, $57.87 for the labs, and $350.00 left on the outstanding cancer center/oncology stuff. Sometimes it feels like Medicare doesn’t cover enough. (Because it doesn’t.)

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