A quick knitting note: I worked out a pattern and started a shawl a few days ago in a 65/35 cashmere/superfine merino blend…and then had the same hesitation I’ve always had in the half dozen years I’ve owned that yarn.
It is lovely, lovely, soft stuff. But…Â I finally handed Michelle two strands of it and asked her to pull them apart.Â Zero effort–foof, done.
I asked her advice, and her reaction was she would never wear something where she would be afraid a wedding ring would catch on it the first time she wore it and then that would be the end of all that work.
I took the needles out, sealed it back in its bag, and put it back in its corner. Maybe someday I’ll ply it with something stronger.Â To be sure, then, I tug-tested my Fino baby alpaca/silk I’d bought at Purlescence.Â No breaking. Guess which one I’m knitting?
A bit of medical stuff:
After all the grief in January, I must give them credit.
Caremark sent me a letter recently, as I’ve mentioned, and then a second to reiterate the point, denying me not only my anti-nausea med because I didn’t have one of two specific types of cancer, but denying my doctor the right to prescribe an IV dose of it above a certain level.
This is stupid. This is a med that can help keep me out of the hospital, given my low blood pressure’s inability to tolerate barfing.
They told me I could appeal.
It took me awhile to do. A friend showed me a sample letter for a formal, matter-of-fact medical appeal to follow.
I couldn’t write it. I tried. I just couldn’t.
I finally sat down about a week ago and wrote the letter *I* needed to write, spelling out exactly what they had done in January and why their stance was again medically unreasonable.Â That I might have been able to keep my colon had they responded in a timely manner earlier.Â Telling them in no uncertain terms what I expected them to do and to do it right.Â NOW. I snailmailed it to them and a copy to Blue Cross. A lawyer was mentioned as a possibility.
I got a call today from a nurse working for Blue Cross. She made no direct mention of that letter.Â But she was appalled when she heard the details from back then and told me exactly what she was going to do to follow up on that. Meantime, she gave me her name, her phone number, her fax number, her colleague’s name as a backup, and told me if I had any problem authorizing anything, contact her immediately, and if I had a problem at an after-hours time, call this other number.Â She told me Caremark had no business whatsoever with in-hospital dosages, not even at Urgent Care, they only had any possible say in home health care after the hospitalization.Â Any problem, call her. And fax this form from their site so that Richard could call on my behalf if need be.
I was gobsmacked. They actually did the right thing. Someone at my insurance is actually on my side now.Â Wow. Cool.
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