9.21.2009

No News...

*Disclaimer* if you want something to read that's bright & positive - Stop Reading NOW!!

I'm sure no one's been anticipating this day as much as me but just in case you're curious I DID NOT get my ultrasound today. Even though I scheduled it a month ago, my appointment in Radiology was bumped. The radiology tech had an appointment {for himself} for physical therapy that he couldn't rearrange. Apparently, they thought it would be easier for me to rearrange babysitting, Cameron's work schedule, and my own schedule so that a single guy, who doesn't have to worry about anyone's schedule but his own, can have an appointment for himself. Whatever I get it. That's the way life is, but it's just one more thing that isn't quite working out for me lately.

Not in the mood to be all happy and cheery. Sorry - I know lots of you in blog-world like to show your best self but today I can't. I'm mad, angry, and all the other words. So I might as well put it out there: I'm not usually one to get on my political soap box but it must be said. IF it comes down to a vote, if we have any say at all besides electing a different President next time, please don't vote socialized medicine. I'm telling you military medicine is as socialized as it gets, and I see the purpose for it - health care for all - but I can not tell you how hard it has been to see a doctor, for me and my kids, since we've been in the military. Those of you who can call your insurance, choose a Doc., make an appointment, and be seen please know how lucky you are, blessed even. My kids have had to wait DAYS to be seen for accute symptoms (ear infections, etc.) and months to be seen for other appointments. Plus the trouble I had getting to a doctor when I thought I was misscarying, that's a page-long story by itself. Basically, if there isn't threat to life or limb you have to wait until they can squeeze you in (sometime within the next month). And trying to get into a specialist - that's a different story all together. One problem is doctors will only stay in the military long enough to pay off their commitment because of...well of course the money first of all... but more than that the beuracracy is incredible. From the kinds of drugs they are allowed to prescribe, to the extra programs they're required to participate in that take time away from patients, plus the budget restraints they're under for supplies. I've heard all sorts of stories. Doctor's can't do their jobs effectively or see as many patients because of all the restraints. Restraints that will be put on ALL doctors should our country go to socialized medicine.
okay, done - end of soap box.

So there you have it. Despite my happy "home sweet home" post (believe me I AM trying to like it here and be happy about being here...) Mountain Home is a hard place for me to be. Example: Even if we did pay for our own insurance or just paid out of pocket for health care the hospital here doesn't even deliver babies - there isn't even an OB in town besides the ones on base. I'd have to go to Boise for appointments and delivery. Finding a babysitter for an hour is hard enough, let alone three. And, just for fun, I'll tell ya the icing on the cake. On the way to my last appointment I got a speeding ticket. I was heading out of town towards base. The speedlimit changes from 25 to 35 to 45 to 55 in, maybe, few block increments. I was going 45 but I hadn't passed the sign yet. The cop informed me that yes, in fact, you MUST pass the sign before you can increase your speed. "Just trying to prevent an accident, ma'am."

Lightning McQueen said it best, "I'm in Hillbillie Hell!"

12 comments:

Colleen said...

I am SO SO SO sorry Kendra! How incredibly frustrating! All of it. I almost called today to see what you guys had heard, but maybe you just needed the phone call to hear a friendly voice! You are doing a great job seeing as much bright side in a situation you do not love as you can. Don't worry about being sunny and cheerful all the time! I would be feeling EXACTLY like you if I were in your shoes. So you get on your soap box girl! I felt so irritated for you just reading it! What's a blog for if not to share the good and vent on the bad from time to time?! Love to you!

Hillary said...

SO SO sorry! I feel you pain! We have had experiences like this at some bases and other bases are great! Louisiana is a joke too. Just remember it is not permenant! Good luck with coping with the incompitancy of the med. clinic...and gripe all you want...it can be soothing, right?

Steph said...

Oh Kendra, I really am so sorry to hear about all the crap you go through all the time. It sounds like Jared and I need to make an emergency trip to Idaho STAT! The next few days we both have off together we are seriously coming up to visit you guys. Plan on a night with you and Cameron alone while we watch the kids, too!

Kasey said...

Oh Kendra, I feel for ya. I really do. How frustrating!! So did they reschedule for any time soon? I have to say that your Lightning McQueen post had me laughing though. SO sorry! Keep us updated.

Andrea said...

Are you kidding me!? That is ridiculous and terrible and I would be so upset and not cheery too. So many hugs coming your way.

Maynards said...

Oh man! If I could, I would be at your doorstep right now with something yummy and a listening ear. Dang.
I would flip if an ultrasound was changed. That is the most anticipated appt. there is! You have every right to be frusterated.
I sure hope happier days are ahead. Maybe you need a roadtrip to Colorado! ;)

Nancy K said...

Hillbillie Hell-funny how it can describe so many places.
AHHHHHH!!!!

Jenn S said...

SO sorry! That really stinks. You should give that radiographer guy an earful! He deserves it!

Amen on socialized medicine...when will people wake up??? We are in trouble if they don't.

Adri said...

So sorry, Kendra! :( We are missing you all. Lots.

my4suns2 said...

I'm sorry Kendra! I'm glad you can vent via blog because I know I chewed your ear off when I was dealing with the blockheads at the Academy. It just makes no sense to me AT ALL what they do in the military.
I hope things improve for you...I read a quote about being transplanted (like we do so often in the military) and it compared us to flowers who wilt once we're transplated but then we get a huge growth spurt and our roots take hold. Personally, the growth spurt is not happening for me here too quickly either, even with family around. I hope your roots take hold soon! Miss you lots!

Brandy and Boyz said...

I am not sorry like the rest of these posts. You're from Northern Utah, you know the more north you get the more remote and hill billie it is... and you moved farther away from me... aaaaah. You deserve it. Just kidding. So, small town, I know, Junction is small, and I went through all of the same things when we moved here... but, the other remote aspects make it worth it, you'll see, it takes a while, but, everytime I go to the city (slc, or Denver) I can't stand waiting in line, or having the shelves be empty, or TRAFFIC...
and speeding tickets... aaah, I had the same thing happen to me, and I was so ticked... people still hear me rant and rave about the LA cop who moved here and busted a silver mini van driving mom of 3.5 kids barely hitting the speed limit a second early, to teach a lesson, well, teach it to a gang banger dude, I'm not in LA.
anyway... I loved this post... and I wish I had time to post my bad week post... seriously, sometimes if I got punched in the face it'd be the best part of my day!
Love you Kendra, wywd.
and I LOVE your hair cut... and that face is definately something you should be grateful for, you're beautiful!

shauntelle said...

huh. i wonder if that was the same cop that gave john a ticket for the same situation 14 years ago. he is still upset about it.