It still amazes me that in the medical community the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. In fact, I don’t think that the left hand even knows what the ____ is going on.
My regular doctor, who has done a thorough exam, concludes that I need a new power wheelchair (my current one sits higher on one side than the other, rattles and squeaks, and bounces me from side to side when I ride in it). My doctor, however, has a policy that she doesn’t write prescriptions for wheelchairs.
She sent me to a physical therapist who also agreed that I needed the chair. She wrote some notes to send to my regular doctor but added something to the notes that contradicted some part of the Medicare guidelines. So my regular doctor decided to send me to a neurologist (who only has two employees and never answers the phone or returns calls).
She, too, agreed that I need the new wheelchair and assured me she could have the necessary paperwork to my wheelchair distributor very soon. I waited and waited for confirmation from them, but it never came.
I finally called the distributor to check my status. They told me that the doctor failed to provide half of the information needed and also recommended a chair type that I don’t even need… the most expensive model used in nursing homes for people who are basically bedridden. I can use my current wheelchair to sit up to eat, get myself from point A to point B… the bathroom, the refrigerator, turn the ac up and down, etc. I have a lift chair for everything else.
I have finally thrown a wheelchair “hail Mary”. I asked for a list of everything the doctor did not send and had it delivered directly to her. She will either do her job or not. If she fails to send notes that reflect what she told me during my two office visit or I will have to find a used chair.
My goal is to be ready for plan B. Therefore, I am working on creative projects in my http://www.zazzle.com/pioneerkaren account. I would appreciate it if you would visit my site and see if there is anything that speaks to you. 🙂