Insurance makes me want to scream some times

So I have been working with my primary care provider to try and get a referral to an eye specialist since I refuse to see my original neuro opth Dr. E. he is a great guy however there will be more surgeries in my near future and I do not feel comfortable going back to the doctor that created this mess that I am in right now.

My surgeon wants me to be seen by a specialist at “the Shiley eye center” my health care provider medical group wants me to see a regular opth at a totally different facility. Normally a regular opthmologist would be fine but now that I have a rental vein occlusion. Since the medical group dose not have a specialist on staff I need a referral, I have gone directly to my health care insurer and they are now working on getting me over to correct specialist at the Shiley eye center

The recovery from the craniotomy is going along smoothly. The headache pain while laying my head down to sleep is completely gone now. I guess the nerves that were cut during the surgery are starting to fire up again, causing some stabbing pains that do pop up, and there is a lot of scalp itching. I noticed that I have large flakes of dry skin dropping off from my forehead and crown. I guess this is to be expected since it is nearly Impossible to use a brush right now or even scrub your head while showering. I started using a dandruff shampoo the other day carefully not to get it on the incision.

I found a stitch that was accidentally left in by the surgeon and finally have an appointment with a nurse on Friday to have it removed. Amazing how one little stitch can cause so much pain and irritation. It will feel great to have it removed.

The strangest part about this whole surgery is I can feel on my forehead the exact area that they cut out of the skull to get in to the cranium. It actually indents across my forehead lines. You can’t see it but you can feel it. The only real thing that gives me pain now is the plates and screws holding in the bone flap. I can feel each one. I guess my scalp needs to get use to having something metal under it. I hope that this calms down soon.

Well off to take a pain pill the nerves are a firing. Have a great day.


About Just Jules

USCG Vet, wife, daughter, recently blimded in one eye from brain surgery, using my passion for 3Gun as my rehab.
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3 Responses to Insurance makes me want to scream some times

  1. cherie says:

    So happy to have just come across your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I am preparing for a craniotomy to repair a spontaneous CSF leak (rhinorhhea here too).

    • Just leaky says:

      Cherie – glad that you found my post. So sorry to hear that you have the CSF Rhinorreha.

      Like is said in the blog I had a complication that is a total mystery for my right eye. Most people that go through this type of surgery have no complications, minor pain short hospital stay etc..

      If you feel good with your surgeons that is the first step. I had the absolute best team. I was having eye pain the week before surgery and went back to my neuro opth that started this whole mess and he could not see anything so may be my eye was going to happen whether I had the surgery or not.

      Please feel free to ask any questions you might have and if I know the answers I will be more than happy to answer them for you.

      Good luck on You surgery.

    • Just leaky says:

      Just checking in. Have they finally figures out what is happening? Praying that you are in recovery mode right now. I have questions regarding the shunt when you have time.

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