A touching moment today…several actually…..
Sitting with The Other Half in Dr. Zie’s exam room, waiting, booting up the Blue Shield site, expecting to see not activated under her policy, which is what I did see for a brief second, the screen suddenly blank, the drive kicking in……..
then to reappear……activated, expiration date 1/31/2012.
I cannot express my feelings, lacking the words….
Timing is everything, looking at my precious wife, then telling her…..
Dr. Zie arrived, then he of all people mentioning this debacle, also explaining it is all over the various wings, many angry doctors, social workers and nurses, after two years, evidently we are known, how we feel about each other even more so…….what I did and what has happened, also the devastating financial ramifications.
“This happens all the time, Kent, I believe the system is designed that way, most give up, or are shoehorned into a more expensive policy. I feel good about what you did. This is a rare thing, congratulations on beating them at their own game.”
“I didn’t beat them, Doctor, No way. I’m a yard lizard going up against a crocodile. But I did make sure the cheapest way out for them was to reinstate my wife, given all legal alternatives. My concerns in such matters are results, not rationalization, egos or explanations. The mission is paramount.”
“Good work, just the same…….people here are rooting for you.”
“Doctor, people feel, corporations do not. Are you familar with the Id, that part of the human mind knowing only desire and control, with no emotion?”
“That is how I thought, like a lizard, reptilian, not what I felt to be damn sure, my gut was a knot, put my ass on the line, totally, everything. A month from hell. But it was how I thought. I’m not the brightest guy on the planet, I’m a layman, but I’m damn good with numbers, fairly good with words and my instincts are well honed by time. The way I see it Mary got her old policy reinstated and Blue Shield got the cheapest way out. We both win. I’m fine with it.”
“And I took hits, too, Doctor. Wiped out all reserves and savings, I may or may not get some back, I’m told probably not. I still owe Stanford money I can’t pay now.”
“I doubt they will test you again, Kent.”
“Easier prey out there, Doctor, by design.”
“Doctor…it was simply the right thing to do….fight.”
“Well, you struck like a pit bull…again and again.”
“I’m a Rottie, Doctor….not a pit….I’m a Rottie, as is my wife. And I will be silently watching…..”
I then looked at the site again to make sure of what I was seeing……it’s over.
And now to move on……………for I am weary…..
Thank you all for your help, it is very much needed, we couldn’t have made it without you……….we now have a fighting chance…….