I've been away from the forum for quite a while - I guess that's good though, I've been coping well enough not to need support? Just juggling too many things lately it seems; by the time I get home from a 12 hour day of staring at the computer, the last thing I want to do is stare at another one. ;-)
I've been gone so long I should kind of reintroduce myself, I guess. I've got Crohn's, was diagnosed 5 or 6 years ago (I'd have to go pull records). A couple years after that I was also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis associated w/ Crohn's. I've been through various treatments, and what's working for me now is Pentasa, Methotrexate, and Remicade.
I've had several insurance changes over the last few years - job changes, my partner's job changes, and my company changing carriers. Because of that I've had to jump around from one Rheumatologist to another. (thankfully my GI is working with me, even though they're 'out of network' for BCBS right now)
So in January when my employer switched to BCBS, and the Rheumatologist I was seeing (but didn't like) didn't take it, I discovered my previous one that I REALLY like (Dr. Richard Merriman, Arthritis Centers of Texas) DID accept BCBS. So I switched back to him, and went through all the hoops to get my Remicade infusions at his office.
So that's worked out well for me until last week when I arrived for my infusion only to discover Dr. Merriman had unexpectedly retired and closed his practice due to health issues. I really liked him, and he was the only reason I would drive from Frisco to downtown Dallas in the middle of a work day for my infusion.
All that to get to this point. ;-) I'm just wondering if anybody on this forum lives in, and/or receives infusions in the Plano area. I bought my first house up here in November, and I work up here - basically everything I do is in the Plano area. So now that my only reason for going to downtown Dallas for Remicade is gone, I'd like to find a Rheumatologist AND Remicade infusion center closer to home.
I have a follow-up with my GI today (who is also downtown Dallas, but I love him and will only switch when I have to); I'll be asking him as well - I just thought I'd check here too.
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