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Thursday, February 25, 2010

More prodding about my giveaway, and Letters of Intent

Please don't forget to stop by and enter to win a beautiful pair of authentic fairy wings!!!!
My First Giveaway!!!!

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Feel Good Friday!!!
Go ahead and link up! It's fun!

1. I think there's a pretty good chance I'm pregnant this month (Which, if I'm wrong may be a source of 'feel bads' instead of 'feel goods' by next Friday, but hey- what the heck. For now I'm optimistic.)

2. At bedtime, I surprised my kids with big fat glow sticks (Magic wands according to them) and it was really fun to see them so excited.

3. Book club is coming up! I am SO excited to discuss one of my favorite books EVER on March 1st! The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw. It's an easy read, you and your children will LOVE it, and there is still time! Please come and join me!

4. I am also SO excited for my very first giveaway! (See above.) I really am. I am so excited to get to make a new pair of wings and send it off to one of my deserving readers. I think I like this so much, I will be doing a giveaway each month!

5. The Military finally paid us. You really don't know how happy this makes me. (But you WILL when you read my letters of intent.)

As always ;) click the button for more wonderful and insightful Letters of Intent!!)

Dear Doctor's Office,

I don't want to beat around the bush since because of you, I have much less time on my hands and much more work to do. So I will get straight to the point.

Do you NOT understand that "going paperless" does NOT mean what it implies? Just because all of your info is now on computers and you now are able to do all your work on computers does not in any way mean that it is okay for you to skip out on making hard copies.

When we returned to Utah, having been all over the country, I brought all three of my children in for their visits and promptly handed you their hard copies of their medical records from their ENTIRE LIVES (and believe me, just because they're little doesn't mean there is any lack in doctors visits. You're a doctor's office. You MUST know how many times a child is required to visit the doctor in the first year of their life, and that's JUST the well child checks!)

Maybe 6 months ago, I received a call from you. It seems that your "Paperless" computer system had crashed and you no longer had any records for my children. Or any of the other children you treat for that matter. Did I have any I could fax you? I GAVE them to you near 2 years ago!!! Okay, okay. I do have records. I'm smart that way. I kept hard copies for myself. (It's a good thing too. We were at 2 military bases, plus the one here in Utah for our immediate appointments upon arrival. Do you have ANY idea how hard it would be for me to call them all? To be able to track down what YOU lost because you think that a computer system is so reliable that you don't need paper copies? Or at the very least a BACKUP????? Oh, wait, i DO know, because I have to DO it. Wait for it... I'm getting there.)

Okay, medical records check. Shot records? Um...what? No go.

I had all 3 of my children while my husband was Active in the United States Air Force. I don't know how it is done everywhere else, but my children's shot records were in the computer, and each time they got their shots, I got an updated printout. The shots were administered in a completely different appointment than the doctors appointments, and for some reason the military did not see fit to include the shot records when they gave us our medical history when we separated.

No, I do not have a yellow card with signatures and shot records on it. Nor have I ever been given one. Can YOU give me one? Oh, that's RIGHT!!! I waited 45 minutes and 3 reminders for a nurse to come back with one for each of my children the day I BROUGHT you the records, but had to leave after that because my daughter puked on my lap because she'd eaten 6 bags of gummies while I was trying to keep her quiet due to the dirty looks from your desk attendant. So when you call and ask if I have any shot records for them, my answer is NO. YOU should have them. YOU are the doctor's office that is supposed to protect and keep our information.

Furthermore, I am appalled that you will not fax, mail, forward, whatever, all of our family's records to our new doctor (not only because you're idiots, but because we now live an hour away from you, and let's face it, that's just not economical in this economy.) who is just down the street from us, and might I add, phenomenal.

When i called and asked for you to send my children's records to the Doctor's office that week before my daughter was seen for her Kindergarten check, I was told that I would have to come in and sign some paperwork. And pay a minimal fee. A FEE?

Really? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm so happy that you are protecting my privacy, but when it comes down to it, what is the possibility that I am changing doctors because I have moved? Well, as stated above, that is one big reason. Also, what is the possibility that I might be in a different state where I could not just saunter in and sign what you want me to? I do not want to drive for an hour just so I can prove to you that I want a different doctor. I can verify anything on the phone- addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, birth marks, hair color, etc. I mean, really. I'm not even asking you to send it to ME, I'm asking you to send it to my children's DOCTOR, who also requested our info via fax and got a negative.

Before I continue, can I just ask: What is WRONG with you?

So, my daughter has to register for school with an incomplete shot record, even though i know she is up to date because you people are beyond inept. I will have to spend a small eternity calling three different military medical clinics to try and collect my children's shot records so that they do not have to get them AGAIN (because, yes, I DO believe whole heartedly in Vaccinations, and am not going to take the easy way out and tell the school we've decided not to vax.) It might not seem to be a big deal to you to make a phone call, but I was a military wife for 4 years and I can guarantee that they will make it even more difficult to get our records than you can even imagine. In fact, they will probably want me to meander my way to their clinics in Alabama and New Jersey and pick them up in person too. Hill AFB has already said they don't have the records, even though it's all said to be an inter web between all military clinics. So, that signifies to me that there is the possibility that we will not be able to get them at all.

Please shape it up. I'm tired of fixing other people's mistakes.


I Hope You're Happy.


(Photo courtesy of Google Images)

Dear Uncle Sam,

Okay, I don't really hate you per-se, we had a good 4 year round, and I didn't wholly hate it. (I hated Alabama, but that's beside the point.)

However, even though we are no longer part of your active duty group, we are facing some serious turbulence caused in large part by you.

First off, we spent four years letting you own my husband. He missed the birth of his first child. He was away on TDYs several times, which, admittedly is a thousand times better than a deployment, but it doesn't make him any less gone from our lives. We have paid our dues.

In return, we are granted the GI bill, which is the reason we enlisted in the first place. So, essentially, that money is OUR money. Not yours. And you don't have the right to screw with it.

So, considering the last comment, can you please answer a question for me? Maybe a few?

WHY do we have to call and harass you each month before we get the money we are entitled to? Are you hoping that somehow we'll forget that we earned it? Why, when the money is SUPPOSED to be automatically deposited in our account by midnight on the first day of each month are we left, literally penniless and unable to pay our bills (like our mortgage, which is covered by the GI bill as a housing allowance. It's part of the deal.)

Yes, Brandon has a job. It's a decent job too. But we don't make enough from it to live on it. That's the whole REASON he's going to college! (And THUS the whole reason he joined the military so that he could get the GI bill and we wouldn't have to deal with crap like this! Apparently we were mistaken.) And let me tell you- we do NOT live extravagantly.

My point is, Uncle Sam, did you ever stop to think that MAYBE the reason people do their time so they can HAVE the GI bill is because they are LIVING on it? That they DEPEND on it? Yeah. Well, I guarantee you that I'm not the only person who is sincerely pissed off because you took a MONTH to get us our money, and caused us to be late on several bills. Why is it that outside of the military, legally, employers HAVE to pay their employees ON TIME or there can be repercussions, but you are above it? What kind of a world is it coming to where the government thinks that they don't have to adhere to the same rules as everyone else?

Now, I'm warning you. Just because you didn't pay us until the 23rd of February does NOT mean that it's okay for you to delay our March payment until the 23rd too. We have a mortgage payment due in one week, and just because you dropped the ball does not mean that you can play catch up with all these lives that are in your hands and wait until time has elapsed. That's OUR money. And I don't like what you're doing with it.

Further more, and on to a new topic, why in the world would you choose to only give us selected medical records when we left you for greener pastures? For example, we have a whole bunch of medical records for Lilly, some from New Jersey where we started out, and some from Alabama, where we finished our prison sentance. Since there are some from New Jersey, I KNOW you must have had them transfered, in whole would be my guess, to our new station in Alabama. HOWEVER, these records from New Jersey start in July of 2006. My daughter was born in April 2005 and received ALL her well child checkups on a military base. So there's a whole year and a half missing! Where are our records?

In addition to my irritation about only receiving SOME of their medical records, I am also really ticked off that you did not see fit to include any of my three children's shot records along with the official medical records. Seriously? I mean, really. Seriously? I'm actually asking.

You will be receiving several calls from us (likely my husband, not me, which is in your favor because he is infinately more patient than I am, and also because in my experience with you and your medical system, I am essentially ignored, blocked, tagged, and hung up on since I am not the beneficiary. I didn't spend time in a uniform, so, it seems, to you, that makes me invisible. Thanks. Thanks SO MUCH for taking my husband away from us for just that much longer. Military: The gift that just keeps on giving- loads of crap.)


I Wish I Could Threaten You, But You're So High And Mighty, I'd Probably Just Go To Jail.

(For the record, I also usually participate in Feed Me Books Friday, but due to my long and involved Letters of Intent, I have to pass on this one. Back next week with more books!!!)


Elizabeth said...

I advertised your giveaway! Good luck!

Oka said...

Dang, I would strongly suggest that DR. office put some money and resources into fixing their mistakes. There has to be some legal ground here. What did they do with the hard copies you gave them?

Our state has an integrated shot record system. Even our school nurses can pull up the information. When we moved here, I provided proof of my kids shots, and the doctor had his nursing staff enter everything that they had prior to moving here, so that their records would be up to date. They only thing that might not be on there is this past seasons seasonal flu and H1N1 shots, they were done in mass with no computer system (not sure if they had people enter it in after the fact). I like this method, because you aren't relying strictly on your doctors office.

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

I'm sorry you had such a rough time with the doctor. I had a similar situation once happen when I was trying to switch ob/gyns and everything got all messed up for MONTHS. HEllo! I'm trying to have a baby here!!! Anyway, congrats on your first giveaway too!! Those wings are beautiful.

Mama Zen said...

A fee? They are charging you a fee for your own records? That is so wrong!

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

Oka- yeah, for some reason, I don't think that office uses the state system. At our new doc, she tried to look us up in the state stystem to see if she could pull up the shot records so SHE could get us an official vaccination card. None of my children are in there at all. I AM confident that this new doctor will adhere to all those rules and regulations though. She's spectacular.

Mama Zen- yeah! A FEE!!! I mean, if I were asking thme to copy all of the records for all my children and give them ot ME, I could SEE paying a fee for the cost of paper and ink. But we're asking htem to FAX it to our NEW doc. That doesn't require paper or ink on their part. Plus, when the new doctors office requested them FOR us, they were ignored.

Big Mama Cass said...

lol at the Uncle Sam letter! HAHAHA!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

OMG! I hate the paperless system too and I always wonder what would happen - and now I do - what a nightmare. Technology isn't always good.

Once, they gave the wrong meds to my grandpa - the ones that he was allergic to and it almost killed him. They just kept pointing to the damn computer screen saying - well it isn't on here so we made them pull out his paper file to show them.

The sad thing is, is that it took so long to reverse the effects, he was in thehospital for 2 weeks and he was old and then he couldn't walk (yada, yada, yada,) and then he died.

We didn't sue them though, but we shoul dhave because he was HEALTHY before and living alone!!!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

OH yes, and I thought Iwas pregnant this week and my husband had a vasectomy so we were really worried!!! There always is that 100th of a chance!

Foursons said...

Oh my goodness. You are being put through the wringer with no end in sight! I am so sorry all of this is going on. I can only hope that by writing these letters that you destressed at least a little bit.

Good luck, thanks for linking up, and keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

Wow...what a week of ups and downs. I can't even imagine finding out they lost all of the records. Good luck on getting some of that resolved.

Congrats on your first giveaway. I will have to check it out...and congrats on possibly being preggo. I thought I was this week until I finally got my visitor. I might have died if we were; more than I could handle at the moment.

Loving your blog. Adding you to my blogroll so I can come back for more :)

J.B. said...

Beautiful wings. Please show us the boy ones, oh I bet I can see them at Etsy.
Congratulations if you are pregnant.
I liked working for myself because I hated feeling owned by anyone. thank you all for serving our country and putting up with all that entails and making all those sacrifices.

Pam, mom, honey, said...

i have been charged more than once for records. i did not realize your husband was in the army. i need to read backwards. where were you in AL, we just left redstone and are now are at bragg

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

Pam- DH was in the Air Force, not the Army, but we spent time with a lot of Army members because the bases were mixed. We were on McGuire AFB in Alabama.

Adrienne said...

OH goodness I knew the military was crazy and women risk it all miss so much and they seriously get treated like the worst people on earth our government provides better for illeagals than it does for veterans...IT is a sick screwed up institution the government of these divided states of America but I love my country the one that was founded on freedom and prosperity with justice for all who come here correctly and are willing to work for the right to have rights. Thank you to your husband for serving and you for enduring the life of a military wife =)

Ruby said...

Hope this is the month for a bundle of joy!!!

Sherri said...

I can't wait to hear if you are pregnant or not!!!
I am so excited for you !
I know how hard it is to want a baby and not get one....we tried for over 4 years to get pregnant the first time!

Rachel said...

So sorry about the messed up records... that is SO much work to handle (I know).

Hope someone is able to read your letter (Julie from Foursons has a good record) and can actually do something about it.

Sounds like they just need to be shamed at this point :(

Have a great day!

Muthering Heights said...

Pregnant? Yay!!!! :D

It sounds like you're having kind of a tough time with all kinds of bureaucracy...I hope things are straightened out soon!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Can't wait to hear about you being preggo!
Dr. Office, bleh!!

Anyway, I left you a little happy award over at my blog to cheer you up! LOL!

Emma said...

That sucks....makes my own LOI to Hertz sound downright petty....hope you get sorted soon hun x

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