Um, what?

Ok so, we were going to this dentist, and I really liked him.  Wonderful dentist.  Horrible businessman.  My sister-in-law, who’s a hygienist  is the only reason we went there because he was a bit further than I would prefer to drive.  They also gave us a nice family discount which was very helpful as we ended up getting a lot done after having not had dental insurance and then failing to use it for 8 years at that point.  The last time Elijah and I were there was in January for our cleanings.  No cavities.  Yay.  We made appointments for July.  When Steve got laid off in March, he started going and getting his stuff taken care of.  He was there after us, of course, the last time would have been in April or May.  In late May, the dentist fired my sil because, though he didn’t admit it, he didn’t want to give her a raise.  He did this to his assistant as well and has since done it to their replacements.  Really, he’s missing out, my sil is a wonderful hygienist.  Yes, I might be biased, but she did work on my teeth, so it’s not like I’m talking blindly here.  As far as I know, we were paid up on everything.  Usually stuff goes through our dental very fast.  I know I had no charges from me or Elijah.  Our appointments in July, I hadn’t decided if I was going to keep them or not, but it didn’t matter because no one called to remind me and I ended up totally forgetting to go.  No one even called to say we’d missed them.

Anyway!  Yesterday, we got a bill in the mail.  It said, “balance forward: $0.00” and, “amount due: $78.04.”

Um, what??

Someone wrote on it, “To Pay By cc or” and it looks suspiciously male in handwriting (the office people are women) and they highlighted “Insurance has paid, the remainder is your responsibility” and the final amount.  But do you know what’s suspiciously missing?   Yeah, what the bill is supposedly for.  The big area where charges would be stated and outlined out is completely empty.

So Steve called first thing this morning – I’d actually gotten it then because I forgot to get the mail yesterday – and I was already mad so I had him call.  I’m hearing his side of the conversation and afterward he confirmed what I thought I heard…  Supposedly they never keep track of what money is owed for what service because “people usually know what they’ve had done.”

Seriously!?!?!?! Well, considering none of us have been there in at least 5 and a half months…

The billing woman was supposed to call him back and a whole business day has gone and no calls.  He thinks they’re going to try and make something up.  lol.  I don’t know what’s going on here but I do know that I am not paying for this under any circumstances unless they can show us what it’s for.  I should have all the insurance papers, too, that say what was done and when and how much we’d owe.  We’d been going there for about a year or so when we stopped.  Of course, I’m considering not even digging those out until they show me what this charge is supposedly for.

Gosh, as if it wasn’t bad enough dealing with children’s hospitals and pathology departments that don’t bill our health insurance right, now I have to deal with phantom dental charges.

the Replacements

Seems a lot of things are getting replaced for me lately, ha. Of course this is not necessarily a bad thing. I’m calling warranty on two things: my bluetooth mouse and my 2 dSLR camera backpack. The mouse I’ve actually had to call warranty on probably 4 or 5 times now. The first one I bought lasted me 2 years but I guess they don’t make ’em like they used to. I got the same model after that one died. This latest mouse though, they tell me I’m getting the new model, as the one I’ve been using has been discontinued, so yay! No cost to me.

The backpack, I love it. It’s mah baybay. But somehow one of the straps is ripped at the seam. One of the zipper pulls comes off, too, because the zipper can’t hold on to it, but that’s been a non-issue. So I asked Amazon about warranty and they said send it back for a refund. This one is going to cost me a few dollars, though, because the price has gone up a bit for the same one and I’m paying for 1 day shipping (prime). But it’s worth it to me and I get to ship the old one back free and I’ll put it in the box the new one ships in.

Another replacement from within the last few months has been my laptop. My old one was acting really funny and getting so hot it almost burned me. Of course, after I ordered a new one, it started behaving! I’ve redone it for a friend now and it’s waiting to go live with her. This replacement is, of course, costing me, however, I saved about $350 by buying Dell certified refurbished, as compared to a brand new one with the same specs. Oh well, I really did need more power, the way I run this ship around here.

Had to get the Jeep’s tires replaced… Twice. This cost more than the laptop and it was only 3 tires! I had to go in a second time because the first time they screwed up and put the wrong ones on!!

Finally… I have replaced cavities in my teeth with fillings. This has been the least fun! But costs less than the laptop, haha. I think I’m actually coming out pretty good after insurance and my additional 20% family discount, as my sister-in-law is a hygenist there. I’m a baby, though, which is part of the reason I had… Drum roll, please… 10 of these done. Yes, that’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN. I sound bad, but I have been to the dentist, until now, only once in the last 11 years. That is what happens when you are afraid and don’t have insurance for a long time. I knew in 2008 that I had 4, but had that miscarriage 2 days before getting them done, so I canceled it and never went back because of how things went after that. I do have to say though, that from a cleaning standpoint, my sis said my teeth were not nearly as bad as she’d expected. Nine of the cavities were between teeth, in the back. Because I’m a big scaredy cat, they gave me Xanax and did them all at once. He said I should have no pain at all… Ha!!!

I was sore right away, but 2 days later, me and both kids were diagnosed with ear infections and were started on antibiotics. I was having horrible pain. I thought it was my ears, then I thought teeth, ears, teeth, ears, teeth… I’ve been taking way too much ibuprofen. Finally, evidence that the antibiotics weren’t duds… Today I went back to the dentist, 9 days after having them done and he saw the problem right away. He said I had a high spot on one, I don’t pretend to really understand it, but apparently that causes lots of problems. He drilled or shaved or whatevered it off there… Not. Fun. But it was quick so I survived. Felt like I had a big hole there for a while though. He says he’ll be very surprised if this doesn’t solve it and gave me Vicodin for the meantime. But he didn’t want to give me the steroids for the nerve while I’m on antibiotics. So, if in 2 weeks from Friday, it still hurts, I’m to call for those. I felt so much better this afternoon. Not sure if that’s just the Vicodin talking or what, but I hope this is the end. It’s been a miserable 9 days so far!!

9 & a half weeks & other stuff

showing off the ultrasounds So here is E modeling some of the ultrasound photos from last night.

The lady said everything looked really good, which is really nice to hear since last weekend I had what I consider to be a complication. Should be nothing, I hope, though. She said that according to the ultrasound machine, gestational age is a bit younger than we originally thought but not enough to change my due date, so…? Who knows. So yeah, it’s not much to see now, but it’s there! And not twins!

A friend of mine messaged me last Friday out of the blue. She’s typically one who’s hard to keep in touch with and the rest of us give her a hard time because she rarely responds to phone calls, emails, or texts. She said, “Are you guys ok? I had a weird dream and felt I needed to check on you.” So I replied that, yes, we’re fine, and that I was pregnant, yada, yada, yada. She says back that she dreamed I was pregnant! And in a second message: “with twins!” So, the visionary in the group was halfway right, pregnant yes, twins no!

pain, pain, pain

After watching House all the time, I would have thought that Vicodin might give me a good trip but I am not so lucky. I’m still in pain. Bah. My lower jaw is just killing me. Yup, I got my wisdom teeth out this morning. Finally. Yes, I know. I’ve been putting this off for years. And like I told the doctor when I went in, I don’t know why I was so nervous. I’ve been through childbirth for crying out loud. I knew what was going to happen, I knew I had no reason to worry but I couldn’t help it for some reason.

Well, now it’s over. Except for the healing process, of course. I just hope it’s a speedy process. I have many projects I have to get done, some by this Sunday. I don’t feel like just sleeping, I can’t fall asleep right now, but I don’t feel like doing anything of any value, either. I’m just sitting here playing Packrat and thinking about switching over to The Sims 2.

of nests, & dresses, & shoes, & the dentist, &…

So today I had to get fitted for my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding that’s in June. I tried the dress on last week to get a feel and I was really discouraged. But now that the top has been pinned where they’re going to take it in, I feel better, it was way too big for me. However, while I am no longer calling the dress “The Purple Nightmare,” I don’t feel so great about the money I’m dropping, haha. So far I’ve figured up that between mine and Elijah’s clothing (he’s the ring bearer), I’m running at $414. I’m probably forgetting something, too. Oh, well. This just means she’d better love me. :P