Update on Rob’s hands

Here’s the latest on Rob’s hands. Last week the insurance finally approved his claim and said that he could have the surgery. Yay! I waited to post until we had a surgery date, which… we still don’t have.

Why? Because the doctor’s office said that they needed written authorization. It took a couple of days for Rob to reach the insurance company, which he did today, only to be told that they need the doctor’s office to make the request for the written authorization. Needless to say, when Rob called the doctor’s office to tell them that, the person who handles scheduling was gone. Maybe tomorrow he’ll get on the schedule. More likely, he’ll just have to jump through another hoop.

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9 Responses

  1. Michael

    Yeesh. Thank ghod here in ‘Merica we don’t have one of them socialized health care thingees, with all of that bureaucracy.

    I hope Rob’s able to get things all squared away sooner rather than later, with a minimum of new hoops to jump through.

  2. Todd Thorne

    Isn’t it amazing how the insurance industry shakes you down both coming and going? It’s like they go through extra training to make things as difficult as possible.

    Hopefully Rob is able to look past the bureaucratic noise and focus on having the surgery and recuperating quickly.

  3. Karen

    I didn’t know about Rob’s hands, how awful. I’m also sorry about the hoops you’re jumping through, adding stress to an already stressful situation. Crazy insurance companies, crazy us for…well, all that.

    Also, congratulations on the Asimov sale, that’s awesome! as you can see, I’m catching up on your blog 🙂

  4. David Loftus

    It’s weird, the things this modern life does to our body . . . and vice versa. I’ve been suffering from “golfer’s elbow” — the opposite of tennis elbow — on the left side. It’s aching and pain in the elbow, occasionally accompanied by nerve tinglings down my arm to the fingertips. This is all due, I guess, to years of pounding at computer keyboards — probably some that were ergonomically misplaced, and I know our home iMac keyboard takes a lot more force to press its keys down than my G4 laptop. (I always pressed hard with pencils in school, too; which left a callus on the back of my right middle finger.)