fear mongering…

I was recently at our doctors office (the office that we have been w/ for 9 YEARS!! but i’ll get to that latter) with Sis. It was her well child appt. Towards the end of our visit the nurse came in w/ a lab order for a blood draw. Here was our conversation:
me: what is this for?
nurse: just routine, hemoglobin, lead..blah, blah

me: she just had her blood drawn last week when she was sick, I really don’t want to put her thru that again.

nurse: well, let me see if there was a hemoglobin in that draw….there was, but she still needs the lead.

me: we’ve lived in the same house for 8 years, she’s been tested b4, we don’t need to do this.

nurse: yes, but she’s not just in your house, she’s in other peoples as well. (at this point I just stared at her, dumbfounded that she actually thought that would convince me.)

nurse: if it was my kid I’d get it done.again, I just stare.(~altho the doula in me was furious! don’t try your scare tactics on me, I see enough of that in the labor and deliver room.)

nurse: (leaves and comes back in again) well, this is protocol, they say you really need to get this done.

me: who is THEY?

nurse: the state. (my kids have michigan medicaide for health insurance)

me: I don’t CARE what the state says!

nurse: well, ok I can just write on here that mother refused, I’m not gonna argue w/ you. (oh, really?? that’s not arguing? b/c that really seemed like arguing to me!?)

me: then write it.

At this point the nurse practitioner comes in, asks us if we live in an older home, I say it is, (I don’t know what is considered older, it is about 50 years old. But that all of my kids have been tested b4 and they were fine. She shrugs her shoulders, says ok, signs next to the refusal and leaves.  I am steaming. Sis has no idea what is going on. She only knows she doesn’t want her blood drawn again.

At 1st I think it is b/c of the medicaide. I’ll admit that. But I recently have had some tests done myself. Dh and I have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan through his work. (if we carried the kids, he’d bring home little to nothing of his paycheck)

 At a recent appt they were scheduling me for a test that I had to do at the hospital. No one told me they were sending me right then and there. The 1 we had done 2 weeks ago we scheduled for the following week, and they ASKED me. This one they just did it and said, “ok honey head on over there.” I then had to argue my way o/o the fact that I had kids to pick up and no there was no one else to watch them on the spot and no one told me they were doing it RIGHT NOW! The nurse looked at me like I was stupid.

But it was latter, when I was telling dh that I realized the problem. I have been w/ these people since we moved back here in 2000. I have changed ALOT since then. The thing is, I’ve never crossed them before. Up until now, we’ve agreed on most things.  So, we’ll see how things go from here on out. They might well come to dread seeing me. It’s a good thing that we don’t go very often. I hope not, I hope we can come to a mutual respect for each other. We’ll see.

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~ by doulangel on May 11, 2009.

4 Responses to “fear mongering…”

  1. I get so sick of the insurance companies making health care decisions and demands. It pisses me off. My new doctor is all fired up to send me to a pulmonologist for my asthma. What part of “I HAVE A $1000 DEDUCTIBLE THAT I CAN’T AFFORD” doesn’t she understand? So the pulmonologists office kept harassing me to make an appt. Finally I said, “what part of I CAN’T AFFORD IT don’t you understand?” The nurse very snottingly says, “So then you are REFUSING the referral?” Yes, yes I am. So I’m sure I’m going to be in hot water w/ my insurance company AND doctor when I go back for my prescriptions refills.

  2. I think your right, you don’t notice when youare a good little patient. It is when you start asking questions and refusing stupid stuff that you find out who your providers actually are.

  3. I don’t know why you have to have kids’ blood routinely tested for lead. I never heard of it. It certainly isn’t done over here. I realise that ingestion of lead causes brain damage, but our housing stock, though often old, has more or less totally had its lead water piped replaced with copper.

  4. val-their concern, i’m told is that the older homes used lead based paint. we are always asked if our homes have cracked or pealing paint also. whatever, you know, i understand their concern, but sometimes i just feel like they are a little too big brother.

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