referral peace of mind.....

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Beth75
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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an HMO, I had a PPO up until a couple of years ago (cost savings was so much better for the HMO).  I decided to give a try, when I called the referral line, I was worried b/c I live in NH, I go to a place where all the Doc's are in the same building in NH and I want to go to the Chrons and Colitis Center in Boston.  The referral line said that I just have to go through my specialist or primary and that they do referrals there.  Such peace of mind.  I was so worried I would have to change all my Doc's etc.  I work in MA (went to the Doc's in MA when I had  PPO & @ same co.), so I have coverage in MA too as well as NH, have BCBS.
 
Also, I talked to my Aunt who is going to research too and we are getting together for dinner next week, darn pred makes me cry!  She's so sweet!  I can't wait to be there for her someday, though I hope it's a long time.
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


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   Posted 6/3/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a relief Beth. There is nothing more upsetting then having to get all new doctors. I have an HMO too and for a while there I almost contemplated getting rid of all of them to a new and better system here in MI. But I decided that I just couldn't part with my GI of 11 years.

How much longer do you have to be on the pred?


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Lonie
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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually love my HMO docs too (and HMO!) I am covered for so much and am thankful for it. Glad to hear that everything worked out for you Beth and gave you peace of mind. Also, it's nice to hear that your auntie is supporting you. I have two nieces your age and I can tell you that they are like my daughters....I'm always here for them if they need me. Still love it when they call me "auntie!" :-)
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expecting226
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you, Beth. That is really a load off the mind. Finding new docs is very, very stressful... something you do not need right now!
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Beth75
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
aww that's so nice Loneylane! My Aunt has always been there for my Mom and us and is great.

Sherry - I think I am to be on the pred until Oct. At that point my kidney Dr. thinks they will have to do another biopsy to see if I have FSGS (eventual kidney transplant).
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 

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