Hoping for a better outcome

By jaf76 Latest Reply 2012-12-23 11:27:42 -0600
Started 2012-12-20 16:23:24 -0600

Hello name is John. Just felt like talking because sometimes its helps. I have been having problems health wise and money wise ever since my last stay at the hospital. I have been in the hospital twice in two years. My most recent stay was in October this year. My first stay was two years ago, and because of it I list my job if seven years. And my latest stay I also lost my job. It seems as if employers don't really care at all about there employees. I am fighting my last termination because they are trying to refuse my unemployment. Since my last place of employment let me go, I have lost my insurance. My wife doesn't get insurance at her job so I can't get to my doctor because I can't afford the office visit. I tried calling him and his nurse was quite rude to me saying that she didn't care and it wasn't her concern. I was calling to try and get a refill on my meds. I am now out of my meds and going down hill health wise again. I am unsure what to do. My wife even called my doctor and told them that I was out if my diabetic meds and if they could call more in. My doctor still hasn't. I liked my doctor when I first met him because he seemed to care, but now I don't think I will ever go back. I guess just send a prayer my way that I can find a decent job to get insurance or for me to get my unemployment. I just don't want to end back in the hospital and I feel as if with out my meds that my health will continue to drop . I am blessed though because I have a wife that is truly wonderful and so very supportive. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and happy new year.

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Putterfly 2012-12-23 10:53:16 -0600 Report

Hi, jaf6. I'm sorry to hear about your difficult circumstances. I don't have any brilliant ideas about how to help you cope (although Gabby had some great advice!!), but I just wanted to say, "Hang in there!"

I consider myself fortunate. Since my diagnosis, I've had good insurance coverage. But as I say that, I have to admit that with today's economy being what it is, I constantly worry about my job security and my insurance coverage; what's there today can be gone tomorrow. And it's worriesome.

I hope that you are able to get the care and support you are needing. I could be without my meds for just a few days before a hospital trip would be in order, so I feel for your situation.

I hope you and your wife have a peaceful Christmas.

jaf76 2012-12-23 11:03:39 -0600 Report

Thank you for your reply. My wife and I are doing the best we can. I do have to thank my wife a lot she has been my biggest support and hero. She has been there for me through all the pains and sickness I go through with diabetes. Next week I am going to a free clinic here in Fort Wayne. I found out that we have four free clinics. I also have a new meter for free on its way. I also get a discount card that will allow me to get my test strips for only 15 dollars. So hopefully I am off to better health soon. Merry Christmas and blessed new year.

jaf76 2012-12-20 19:26:20 -0600 Report

Just want to thank you for being do kind. My doctors nurse really hurt me by her actions and her tone. Nice to know that there are still nice people out there.

jaf76 2012-12-20 19:16:49 -0600 Report

I thank you so very much for the information. I will absolutely look into it. If I can get into a program like the one you are in that would help me so much. God Bless and happy holidays

GabbyPA 2012-12-20 19:20:04 -0600 Report

Be persistent and don't let the answers beat you up. You may not find it right away, but if you keep on asking you will find something.

jaf76 2012-12-20 19:28:57 -0600 Report

I am still getting the hang of this site. I wrote you a response. I thank you for your kindness it really means a lot.

GabbyPA 2012-12-20 19:12:23 -0600 Report

It is so hard to deal with things sometimes. Insurance really gets in the way of letting doctors just be doctors and helping us instead of worrying about the money.

I am uninsured as well and what I did was call my local hospital and ask them about the "free" or "charity" programs they offer. That is where I found the clinic I go to now. I only pay 10% of what the bill would be, it's on a sliding scale. I don't get the easiest deal on getting in, but my doctor does care and that helps. So for about $10 for a lab visit and $15 for an office visit, I don't do so bad.

This same program is also goint to assist me in paying my recent ER bill. So far they have reduced what I owe by 75% and it is a charity program by the hospital, not a government program. I like that much better.

Don't give up hope. You will find a way to make it happen. It took me 9 months to find mine, but hopefully you will find an answer sooner than I did.

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