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    Quote Originally Posted by willOwispy View Post
    Maybe he just like collecting friends? I know people like that.
    I don't think so, because he only has me and one other person on his friends list. (and no other activity on his FB page) The other person is either one of our old coworkers or the girl who was his girlfriend last time I talked to him--they are both named Kathy and I don't know their last names, so I'm not sure which one it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunrider View Post
    I did not eat the vomit flavor bean - it was enough to break it open and smell it - that told me it was accurate enough for me. Ditto on ear wax. And although pepper doesn't have the grossness factor, it smells very strong and I didn't gamble on actually putting it in my mouth.
    Grass has a surprisingly nice flavor, though.

    OOH - does that mean you get an u/s today and might know the sex of the baby? COOL!

    Yup - you gotta do what you gotta do. And besides, think of how nice it would be to shop for your own groceries so you don't have to survive on Cheerios for 3 days.
    Huh.. interesting on the Bertie Botts beans...

    and yes... I MIGHT get an u/s today! I will at least get to schedule the u/s

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    6[/B] pounds down 34 more to go!

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    I confess I'm back, baby! Woot woot! And check out my thread for vacation piccies:

    http://www.americanpregnancy.org/for...d.php?t=180711

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    Quote Originally Posted by MammaMia View Post
    What's going on, Lydia?
    Okay, I think I finally have time and can unclench my jaw enough.

    On the bright side, I have stopped having to run for the bathroom! yay! The intestinal-specific steroid seems to be working. Not fully normal yet, but definitely improving, and I can leave the house without having to worry. On the somewhat worrisome side, I have started having episodes of abdominal pain and extreme light-headedness, and yesterday I had to suddenly lie down on the floor about four times and dh was a little worried when he caught me crawling around because I didn't feel like I could stand up. Still, on the whole, things are looking up.

    On the grrrrr side, I have been dealing with a paperwork nightmare since June 25th. When I had my procedure, I asked my specialist to help fill out my disability paperwork since I'd been off work long enough that I was looking at being on disability within a few days. He said he was going on vacation but he would write a note to have my primary MD fill it out.

    So I went to my primary MD the next day and asked her to fill it out. She said she didn't do it, the medical secretaries did. I went there. They said they couldn't do it without a note from the doctor saying when I was taken off work and when I'd return. I went back to my doctor. She refused to write the note, saying the specialist should write it.

    I have spent so much time on the phone and in various offices, talking to managers, member services, escalating this matter. I have been told that the covering doctor for my specialist should write the note. That doctor refused, saying he'd never seen me.

    I've been told that I should have initiated the disability paperwork the very first day that I was sick, even though I had no idea I was going to be sick for more than a few days and disability doesn't start for me until after 30 days. I've been told that if I wasn't a nurse, I wouldn't have had this much trouble, since knowing my way around the health care system probably brought it on myself. I've been told multiple times that the paperwork would probably all be in order if my doctors believed that I was truly sick and should not have been working. Today I was told that it is very unlikely that I will even get disability payments since I was not examined by a physician in person within the first 7 days of being off work (despite being in daily email communication and getting multiple lab tests) since that is a requirement by the specific disability company that I pay extra for on a monthly basis.

    I am so frustrated. I AM really good at navigating through these kinds of situations. I don't take no for an answer. I ask who might be able to help me, instead, when someone tells me that I'm out of luck. I remain polite. I am incensed that it has taken probably 20+ phone calls to get nowhere, to find out that I will be most likely missing at least a month of pay that is a benefit I pay out of pocket for, that I am being subtly accused of fraud, that I am being told that all of these headaches are my own fault. I am so angry.

    I could go on about the other, lesser things, but I am pretty much spitting at the screen and this is the main one. Let's just say it's been two weeks of me making phone calls about a number of awful things, mostly money-related, and nobody calls me back or has any good answers for me.


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    Lydia


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    Wow, I'm spitting mad just reading it. I cannot imagine doing that while being sick. The fraud one would have been the one to push me over the edge. Because seriously, if you were going to commit fraud I doubt "constant diarrhea" would be your first choice in maladies simply because of the embarrassment factor of talking to people about it. I would have had a hard time not taking the phone into the bathroom with me and giving them an audible demonstration of how NOT fraud-y it is! (Not really, but it would made a good story).

    I could go on, but I am getting mad and not doing anyone any good. I'm really very sorry you are having to deal with this - with all of it.

    "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov


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    That is insanely infuriating, Lydia. I'm sorry you have to deal with that - and while sick, to boot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katycat24 View Post
    I would have had a hard time not taking the phone into the bathroom with me and giving them an audible demonstration of how NOT fraud-y it is! (Not really, but it would made a good story).
    Well, since I actually have a procedure with verifiable biopsies in my medical record, indicating a clinical diagnosis, there is no doubt that I have an illness. I can't imagine how they can insinuate this.

    I keep getting annoyed at my sister because she never asks how I'm doing, she keeps asking how much weight I've lost and tells me how jealous she is and when I tell her all I can eat is pasta and cheese she tells me how lucky I am. I say "Not really, not at all." And she says, "You know what I mean, I wish I could lose 10 pounds and eat pasta and cheese." She just doesn't get it. So dh told me I should go poop on her rug.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    So dh told me I should go poop on her rug.
    Lol you should!

    Is that her way of trying to cheer you up? Or is she really that shallow? I wish you could do your medical office rounds with us APA pitbulls at your heels. Maybe more people would listen and print out the requisite forms.


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    Geez Lydia... Big (((hugs))) mama.
    Me (Erin), Dh (Sean), Aidan~6, Liam~3, Meara, The Newbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    Well, since I actually have a procedure with verifiable biopsies in my medical record, indicating a clinical diagnosis, there is no doubt that I have an illness. I can't imagine how they can insinuate this.

    I keep getting annoyed at my sister because she never asks how I'm doing, she keeps asking how much weight I've lost and tells me how jealous she is and when I tell her all I can eat is pasta and cheese she tells me how lucky I am. I say "Not really, not at all." And she says, "You know what I mean, I wish I could lose 10 pounds and eat pasta and cheese." She just doesn't get it. So dh told me I should go poop on her rug.
    Wow. Just . . . Wow.

    I am so sorry you're having to deal with all of this.

    I would think the "see a doc w/in first 7 days" could be substantiated by the communications, the fact that you were having lab work done (which has to be ordered by a doc), and that have a condition documented by biopsies! I am steaming mad on your behalf.

    And at your sister not asking you how you're doing. I mean really! Here's a bunch of people you know electronically only and WE'RE asking how you're doing!

    I cannot you enough . . . .








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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    Well, since I actually have a procedure with verifiable biopsies in my medical record, indicating a clinical diagnosis, there is no doubt that I have an illness. I can't imagine how they can insinuate this.
    Huge hugs, Lydia. It sounds like one enormous nightmare. How ridiculously frustrating.


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    Oh Lydia. What a nightmare. Its not bad enough that you were so sick for so long, now they have to give you all this crap too? I'm so sorry they are such tools.


    And everyone, thanks for the love in here. I love you guys.
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    Oh, Maggie - I never did respond to your tale of woe. I think because there is no doubt in my mind that you will complete your dissertation to everyone's total satisfaction by the fall. You are a smart cookie (read "distinguished scientist") and you obviously know how to work hard to get where you are going. Last leg of this part of the journey...

    "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov


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    SO sorry Lydia!
    6[/B] pounds down 34 more to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    Okay, I think I finally have time and can unclench my jaw enough.

    On the bright side, I have stopped having to run for the bathroom! yay! The intestinal-specific steroid seems to be working. Not fully normal yet, but definitely improving, and I can leave the house without having to worry. On the somewhat worrisome side, I have started having episodes of abdominal pain and extreme light-headedness, and yesterday I had to suddenly lie down on the floor about four times and dh was a little worried when he caught me crawling around because I didn't feel like I could stand up. Still, on the whole, things are looking up.

    On the grrrrr side, I have been dealing with a paperwork nightmare since June 25th. When I had my procedure, I asked my specialist to help fill out my disability paperwork since I'd been off work long enough that I was looking at being on disability within a few days. He said he was going on vacation but he would write a note to have my primary MD fill it out.

    So I went to my primary MD the next day and asked her to fill it out. She said she didn't do it, the medical secretaries did. I went there. They said they couldn't do it without a note from the doctor saying when I was taken off work and when I'd return. I went back to my doctor. She refused to write the note, saying the specialist should write it.

    I have spent so much time on the phone and in various offices, talking to managers, member services, escalating this matter. I have been told that the covering doctor for my specialist should write the note. That doctor refused, saying he'd never seen me.

    I've been told that I should have initiated the disability paperwork the very first day that I was sick, even though I had no idea I was going to be sick for more than a few days and disability doesn't start for me until after 30 days. I've been told that if I wasn't a nurse, I wouldn't have had this much trouble, since knowing my way around the health care system probably brought it on myself. I've been told multiple times that the paperwork would probably all be in order if my doctors believed that I was truly sick and should not have been working. Today I was told that it is very unlikely that I will even get disability payments since I was not examined by a physician in person within the first 7 days of being off work (despite being in daily email communication and getting multiple lab tests) since that is a requirement by the specific disability company that I pay extra for on a monthly basis.

    I am so frustrated. I AM really good at navigating through these kinds of situations. I don't take no for an answer. I ask who might be able to help me, instead, when someone tells me that I'm out of luck. I remain polite. I am incensed that it has taken probably 20+ phone calls to get nowhere, to find out that I will be most likely missing at least a month of pay that is a benefit I pay out of pocket for, that I am being subtly accused of fraud, that I am being told that all of these headaches are my own fault. I am so angry.

    I could go on about the other, lesser things, but I am pretty much spitting at the screen and this is the main one. Let's just say it's been two weeks of me making phone calls about a number of awful things, mostly money-related, and nobody calls me back or has any good answers for me.
    I'm mad on your behalf too. I wish I could offer more.



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    I confess that I'm trying to start blogging again. I've been reading through some seriously cringe-worthy old entries, and I'm setting them all to private. I need a fresh start.


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    Lydia, how are things going?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MammaMia View Post
    I confess that I'm trying to start blogging again. I've been reading through some seriously cringe-worthy old entries, and I'm setting them all to private. I need a fresh start.
    Oooh, cool! What do you blog about?

    I'm pretty hesitant to go back to my old blog and reread some of the things I wrong... there might be a serious cringe-fest if I do.


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    I just started blogging this year. I wish I had blogged throughout my pregnancy, but oh well.
    Mine is mostly about my little man, although there are random furbaby and adult type things in there as well.
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    I confess I am tired! Audri got up at 6:30, and we had a meeting at 8:30 so I couldn't really go back to bed... then we got home, and we took a nap, but I am still sleepy.

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    I've realized that I only blog when I feel like I've complained too much on APA and no one wants to hear it anymore but I have to get it out. Sadly, my blogs are all a few months apart and about the same crap. It's interesting when I submit a new post and then go back read old posts and realize I'm still dealing with the same crap I was a few months ago.

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    Cass. If you ever feel like you've complained too much on APA (how can that be possible? hehe) feel free to PM me, I think I can handle way more, and if there's that small chance that it will make you feel better, I'm all for it


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    Yup Cass.. I agree with Willowispy..

    Or feel free to text me.

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    Thanks guys. I think my issue is, I know how to fix the things that are wrong, I just don't want to deal with it. I'm lazy or I don't want to start a fight or I'm just too freaking tired to deal with it... I know people are going to start wondering why I keep complaining when I'm not willing to fix it. I would be mad at me, too.

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    I confess I just filled out some of the invitations for Audrianna's first birthday... OY. My hand hurts now! lol

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    WOW! I can't believe she's going to be one soon!!

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    Aw Cass, I've been b!tching about the same stuff for years, you'd think I'd have fixed most of it by now. You know I'm here... oh, and let me spell it out for you... V.E.G.A.S.
    Me (Erin), Dh (Sean), Aidan~6, Liam~3, Meara, The Newbie

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    Hey Atenielle!

    Ultrasound? Scheduled?
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