Saturday, January 3, 2009

Help Me Mr. Obama

I am so glad that we have a new president who has promised to take care of me. Why I even saw a woman interviewed on CNN who said that she wasn’t worried about making her house payment or her car payment anymore because Mr. Obama was going to do those things for her. She stated that in his acceptance speech at the democratic convention he told her that he would make sure her payments were made. I am glad that he is because I have often wondered who will do it for me when they ship me off to the funny farm. You see I for one am all for a revamping of our government and many of the systems we have in place. I am also all for a revamping of our healthcare reporting system. Did you know now days your healthcare reporting is much like your credit score? Doctors and healthcare providers can now cause you to have a lower health credit rating by erroneously entering the wrong diagnosis code.

But back to me because that is what is really about. So it seems I went to sleep one night and woke up the next morning a dwarf tubercular boy with a re-grown uterus with a prune belly. Are you sitting there saying WHAT? I know but you need to take care and use plenty of Germ X because you might come down with this too.

The real story here is my health insurance was up for renewal which means you have to give them permission to pull your medical records or they will cancel you. When they pulled mine they denied me anyway. Here are the reasons they gave me. We regret that we can no longer cover you due to your medical history. It seems that I have a bunch of things wrong with me of which I was not aware. The strange things they listed were Pituitary dwarfism, tuberculosis, and endometriosis and prune belly to name a few.

Let’s take these things one at a time and see just what they are.

Pituitary dwarfism:
“Dwarfism is a condition in which the growth of the individual is very slow or delayed. There are many forms of dwarfism. The word pituitary is in reference to the pituitary gland in the body. This gland regulates certain chemicals (hormones) in the body. Therefore, pituitary dwarfism is decreased bodily growth due to hormonal problems. The end result is a proportionate little person, because the height as well as the growth of all other structures of the individual are decreased.”

I know I’m not tall, but I’m not a dwarf. This is also something you don’t just come down with overnight. It’s not like you say “Honey, I’m not feeling too good. I think I’m coming down with dwarfism”. This is something that would have been diagnosed oh, let’s say, about the time I was born.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection caused by a germ called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

I have had the flu and coughed for a couple of days but honestly, I don’t think it’s TB. I mean I’ve had the test and the chest xrays. You would think if they diagnosed this they would have at least given me some antibiotics for it. Nope never been treated for it.

The word "endometriosis" (say: "end-oh-me-tree-oh-sis") means a problem with the lining of the uterus. The lining is called the endometrium. Normally, every month when you have your period, the lining (which is also called endometrial tissue) comes out in your menstrual flow.

This one “could” be possible if I grew my uterus back that they took out 20 years ago.

And finally

Prune Belly (It REALLY is a diagnosis)
Prune belly syndrome is a rare birth defect affecting about 1 in 30,000 births. About 96% of those affected are male. Prune belly syndrome is a congential disorder of the urniary system, characterized by a triad of symptoms.

I know I need to do some sit-ups and some crunches but my belly isn't exactly pruned.
Now the last time I checked I was a female and again, was not diagnosed with this at birth or anytime following.

I guess that somewhere along the way I sat on that proverbial unprotected toilet seat that our mother’s warned us not to and became a dwarf tubercular boy with a re-grown uterus with a prune belly.

It has been over a year now and I still have no health insurance. Why? Because the doctor’s who have erroneously reported these diseases refuse for liability reasons to correct their diagnosis. So please Mr. Obama, you do not have to pay my mortgage or my car payment. You don’t even have to put a chicken in my pot or a car in my garage. All I am asking is would you please just revamp the way the insurance companies rate your viability?

Could someone please call the National Enquirer because I feel a headline coming on.


Girly Stuff said...

Our healthcare system is so screwed up. And I work in it. And it was the one reason I would have voted for Hillary Clinton. The only reason!

I want to hear about the bungalows one day.

Queenie said...

I had prune belly six times: after the birth of each child. I've never been a dwarf, though, although I've known some and as for growing my uterus back....well, good riddance is all I can say. I cannot believe how stupid the insurance company is being....As for 2009, I guess you should avoid wearing anything that makes you look taller, all feminine products, belly shirts, and always cover your mouth when you cough your TB germs....You are the funniest lady I know!!

Princess Pointful said...

Dear God.
I know it is a rude thing to say... but I'm really happy I'm Canadian right now.
Best of luck beating the health care providers and the prune belly!!

Mandy said...

so that's what my belly is called!!! I knew it had a name!!! Healthcare system is out of control!!!

Anonymous said...

We have one of the best care systems in the world, just ask the people of England. It takes months to get an appointment. That's what socalized medicine will do for us.

I hope you appeal your insurance denial. We applied for life insurance back in the summer and I was rated below superior, because of "my family history". I appealed and reminded they failed to consider that my Mom is 90, still lives by herself, and cooks and cleans and teaches Sunday School. I won my appeal and got the good rate. They pulled the same crap with my husband, he went to his own dr. for further tests that were perfect, but he lost and got the standard rate. They just kept pulling rabbits out of that medical history hat.

Jean Martha said...

Holy crap. Please tell me there's a lawyer somewhere in your family tree that will send formal letters to the doctor's demanding that the rectify the system, and cc'ing the health insurance company.

BlondeBlogger said...

Wow. If Americans were denied health insurance because of prune bellies, there'd be a lot more of us without insurance. :)

And I actually do have "en-doh-mee-tree-oh-sis" and have had several surgeries for it. They can actually turn you down for that? Scary!

Anonymous said...

Oh Geez, there's nothing funny about Health Care. Sorry you are having to deal with this. I'm wondering if Obama is on the list with Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and The Easter Bunny?

Jen said...

Health Insurance is so messed up. This post is great. Maybe just maybe He can help.

Anonymous said...

My son actually DOES have Prune Belly Syndrome! The insurance company obviously doesn't know what it is....only from birth. It comes with various urinary tract abnormalities and sometimes kidney issues. My 3-year old just had a kidney tranplant on 12/1/08 but he will never have adequate tummy muscles due to Prune Belly Syndrome.