Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Notes From Confinement - Episode 3

I am not happy with the WC insurer right now.

As I said in the last installment of the saga, WC denied the request for a rehab bed. And the skilled facility I want can't take care of vac dressings, plus it seems that the places we considered in Concord require that my PCP be locared in Concord. The other places in Manchester are not options - they are not places I would subject any other human being to because they are so bad.

So Martha and I are giving the people responsible for making things happen two options: either send me home, put a hospital bed in my house, pay Martha to take care of me with respite by a Visiting Nurse and whatever additional services I need, or get me into a rehab bed. And to that end I called HR at Cataldo to try to put some pressure on the insurance company to make this right.

I don't know what's going to happen. At this point I think all bets are off. But something's got to give.

I got a visit from an Occupational Therapist who had a set of exercises for me using a Thera-Band, a sturdy rubber band that I can do upper body resistance work. It's pretty cool and easy to use.

I also got a visit from one of the docs from Infectious Disease. There are no gram negative or positive rods, and they're awaiting culture results. If there is "bad news" bacteria present then I may need a PICC line for the drugs. Otherwise it could be oral Meds or nothing at all. We'll see what happens.

I will write more once this drama plays out.


Evil Transport Lady said...

Sorry I haven't posted in a long time, I'm trying to catch up!

My goodness you've been through hell! I hope they find a decent place for you soon! Or better yet send you home!

Good luck and get better fast!

Deege said...

Since vac dressings are the standard of care in this type of wound how can they just deny it? The Rehab bed is needed to have the appropriate care. What is WC's justification?

Wonder if a letter from an attorney might be in order?

The two options are a good thing, and hopefully they'll realize the errors of their ways.

It appears you're on top of things, and that must mean you're having a fairly easy recovery. Nice. :)

Continuing to keep you in my prayers.