I told you all a few weeks ago that I had a suspicious spot on my latest mammogram and needed to have a biopsy. I wish I could tell you that I'd had the procedure done and everything is hunky dory, but I can't.
This is thanks in large part to my insurance company, a company that has seemed to go out of its way to hire unhelpful people for their customer service line. I was told that the facility that performed the mammogram wasn't covered under my insurance to perform the biopsy (which makes absolutely no sense to me). My attempt to find a facility that can perform the biopsy and is covered under my insurance has had me looking for that brick wall to slam my head against. Many times.
[Cutting out a lot here.] The last phone call I made to the insurance company had me asking the person on the other end if she was positive that the facility she'd given me the address and phone number to was a facility that performed biopsies. I asked her that three times. By this time I had someone at my oncologist's office giving me a hand, so I left a message for her with the facility's name, address, and phone number. She called me back, telling me that the place did blood draws, not biopsies.
Where's that wall?
Bless Jamie's pea-pickin' heart, she's taken over trying to find some place that can get the job done. When I talked with her today, I could tell she felt my pain. Like me, she'd even spoken to a manager, and the manager could not help her. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, I'm happy to say-- thanks to Jamie.
Before I start searching for an insurance company who hires people who know what they're doing, I'm going to head on out to the corral; those links are mighty restless. Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Secrets of the book designer: my job isn't to make things pretty.
- As best-seller lists are cut, it could mean a looming disaster for publishers.
- The daredevils without landlines-- and why health experts are tracking them.
- Books have decreased in page length over the last seven years.
- Found: pages from one of the first books ever printed in England.
- Book lovers make the best sleuths.
- A bookseller is suing the State of California over its "Autograph Law."
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An archaeological dig at Carter Hill could unearth a missing piece of history.
- A 4,000-year-old funerary garden has been discovered in Luxor, Egypt, and it's shedding light on ancient burial practices.
- Paintings of ancient Egypt in a Pompeii garden show just how cosmopolitan the Romans were.
- Spectacular Roman mosaics are on display in Leicester, England.
- The Leominster coins hoard has returned home to Raymond Treasure.
- A hoard of cars found hidden in a manor in Switzerland is worth millions.
- This man can't believe how much this family gift is worth on Antiques Roadshow.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Salt River Project employees rescued a baby otter from the Arizona Canal. Bet you thought we didn't have otters in Arizona....
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Did you know that Brooklyn has the world's largest sketchbook library?
- A USA Today poll voted Ajo and Bisbee here in Arizona the best small towns in the Southwest.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Nine ways reading is good for your mental health.
- Who doesn't need a list of pirate books?
- Fourteen strange habits every Arizonan will defend to the death. (They're only strange if you're not from around these parts, pardner....)
- Seven of the least self-aware characters in literature.
- Ten easy ways to raise a reader.
- Thirty of literary fiction's most risqué book covers.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!