Damn you, COBRA!

So I wake up to my alarm after an insomniac night so that I can make my doctor’s appointment. I drive into town to my rheumatologist’s office, only to discover that my COBRA coverage, despite my having sent in the HUGE initial premium payment, is not registered in the computer systems yet. So I had to reschedule.


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23 Responses to Damn you, COBRA!

  1. I feel a little guilty. I immediately expected you to post about GI Joe failing to be an all American hero, a smile springing to my lips…


    Sorry to hear about the slow coverage. :-/

  2. britzkrieg says:

    That sucks, Eugie. This is not what you need right now. How irritating!

    Would it cheer you up to come listen to Celtic Rock with us tonight?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks, Brit. And also thanks for the Celtic Rock invite, but I’m feeling exceptionally reclusive right now. I don’t think I’m fit company to inflict upon anyone tonight.

      But we should definitely get together soon. Maybe you and would like to come over for dinner and a movie next week? Seitan stew or perhaps veggie pot pie?

  3. gannet says:

    I loathe and despise COBRA while simultaneously being glad that it’s existed for those times when I’ve really needed it.


  4. puskunk says:

    Just send in GI Joe!! (too obscure?)

  5. Maybe you should come to Durham and play with wee little kittens this weekend. You could engage in sanctioned destruction by ripping wallpaper off my den. And I’ll make you cocoa.

    *hugs* Bad stuff tends to happen all at once so we can enjoy the good stuff better. Hang on.

  6. COBRA is crazy stuff. :/ I never understood how it’s much of a benefit when it costs five pounds of flesh to keep up. Hope it straightens out soon…

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks. Yeah, I’m not exactly rapturous about how it’s working out thus far. I’d drop it like an anvil, but I can’t risk a lapse in health insurance. Foo.

  7. tstauffer says:

    As expensive as COBRA is, you’d think they could at least get the info in the computer. Insurance companies SUCK. As far as the insomnia, I suffer from that too. I sleep maybe 3 or 4 hours before I’m up for 4 or 5 hours. My pain specialist just prescribed me Ambien which I’ll start taking Sunday night. I’ll let you know if it works.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      My neurologist prescribed clonazepam for my wing stub flare-ups per its muscle-relaxant indications. I haven’t had wing pains for a while–one positive outcome of no longer being a cubicle monkey–so I haven’t been taking it. But it’s a potent sedative. I slept like the mostly-dead when I took it. Tempting to pop a pill if my insomnia persists . . .

      • tstauffer says:

        So, did you fall from grace or did you just leave Heaven voluntarily? 😉

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Hee! I think I’m still working on the ascent . . . or descent. My husband and I still debate whether I’m sprouting wings or Cthulu tentacles. My doctor, the stick-in-the-mud, assures me they’re just an extra set of ribs in my neck pressing on my Thoracic nerve (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), but what does he know?

  8. cricketshay says:

    My ears pricked up at the word Rheumatologist. I was going to ask why you’re seeing one. Man that sucks about COBRA. I think that’s one reason I keep my crappy job. I need the insurance coverage. *hugs* I hope you feel better soon. I can relate to the reclusiveness. At times I just want to sit in my cave away from everyone.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yeah, just about the only thing I miss about my job is the health bennies. Sigh.

      I’ve got to see a Rheumatologist because I’ve got Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (MCTD) which was initially diagnosed as lupus. These days I usually just tell people it’s lupus, ’cause they’ve at least heard of that, and while it’s true, I’ve got other malfunctioning connective tissue issues in addition. Lucky me.

      So yeah, I can’t risk letting my health insurance lapse. I’m on long-term meds to control my flare-ups, and I need to get my blood tested every six weeks to make sure my meds aren’t destroying my liver, and I need to see my Rheumatologist regularly so he can make sure I’m holding steady on the med dosages.

      There are some dings in my skin suit.

      • cricketshay says:

        My sister and my niece both have lupus. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in my hands and knees. I’ve been seeing a rhuematologist since October. *hugs* Being chronically ill can suck at times.

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