Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Aaaand we have a WINNER!

If you chose Door #3.....congratulations!  YOU WIN (a wink and a smile and a big high-five!)!!!  And I win....a surgery date!!!  Woohoo!!!

I am told from the docs at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordan, GA "don't worry about Tricare, we'll take care of all that on our end."  Dare I dream this is really, really REAL???  My head tells me "no way, Tricare will figure out a way to screw this up".  My heart tells me "yes, yes oh yes...well, maybe??"  But my Bible tells me that "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!" Phillippians 4:13

Mark your calenders, ladies and gents!  Friday, August 17th is the day I start a new beginning!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Possibilities Are Endless....

Okay.  Not really....

Surgery with Dr. S is OFF.  No trip to Atlanta for us.  And Tricare doesn't seem to want me to see the military orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio either.  Referral was DENIED.  No explanation, nada, zip.  But they DID automatically approve a referral to an orthopedic surgeon near me, as a consolation.  This doc happens to be a knee specialist...a lot of good THAT does us!!  Seriously???

Soooo, now we have...

Door #1-
Still fighting with Tricare to approve the referral to military doctor in San Antonio (a guy I've never even met).  After faxing the request to about 10 different numbers, surely it will reach someone who can give me a straight answer.  Really...am I asking too much?

Door #2-
Our very, very dear church family has banded together and written letters to both our local Congressman and our State Senator explaining my situation and my continued troubles with Tricare.  My faith in God, that He will heal me and this will all someday be a distant memory, is rock solid.  My faith in our government??  Hmmm, jury's out on that one....

Door #3-
Last Monday I received an email from Dr. S (the Atlanta doc) telling me that he is friends with another orthopedic surgeon and hip specialist who works at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA.  Also, Dr. S had an intern that once worked under him, that now works with this other doctor in Augusta.  What?  Are the stars aligning??  By Friday, I received a phone call from this intern and basically did an "appointment" over the phone.  He says they should be better able to get Tricare approval from their end, with direct request from the surgeon....and I could have a surgery date within a month!!!  Is this even possible?!?  Stay tuned for more "Let's Make A Deal with Military Health Insurance"!