I went to my primary care physician (my OB/GYN) yesterday to get a referral-- get this, how crazy is insurance?? I don't even have an HMO! My OB/GYN's office has many times told me I should consider them a full-service doctor's office, not just for womens' issues, so if I am ever sick in a non-girly way, just call them. So I called about this pulled muscle/rib injury and asked if that was something they could deal with-- take an Xray etc. They laughed and said no, they're good at flu and splinters but not reading chest films. I asked if they could refer me to a sports medicine office, but I had to physically come in and be examined to verify that I needed a specialist! Which adds another $20 copay to my bill. Oh well...
So anyway, I went in, they took my blood pressure, and handed me a referral authorization form to see an orthopedist I'd selected from the Blue Cross list. Well and good. But I decided if I was spending the $20 anyway I might as well ask--- Mitch had found a lump in my breast that the doctor hadn't noticed during my annual exam in early May. I asked her to tell me what she thought-- she felt around, got a serious look on her face, and referred me for a mammogram and an ultrasound. So, please say a prayer for me... I have a horrible family history for cancer, though no other risk factors to speak of.
Some might wonder why the heck I'm blogging about this-- well, friends read it and sometimes I'm not as good at staying in touch as I'd like, and even a stranger's prayer is a help.
Of course I'll keep you posted.