Health care–now and in the future

On Friday Terry and I headed out to get our flu shots through our medical provider. The medical provider makes it so easy. They have an assortment of locations and times so you can just show up. They have all of your history and insurance information. All we had to do was give them our birth dates, verify our names, have our temperature checked, and sign that we understood what we were doing. We were in the building under 10 minutes for both jabs.

When giving my birth date, I remember a phone call a few weeks back from my doctor’s office. She was calling about a request for an in-home health aide for me. What? No, I hadn’t requested any such thing.

“Are you well,” the caller asked.

“Yes, I’m out in my backyard doing yard work. I’m fine.”

“Have you had any health problems in the last few months?”

“Well, I broke my foot at the end of May, but that was an easy fix and didn’t keep me from doing anything out of the ordinary.”

“So, you have no health issues that would keep you from caring for yourself?”

“NO.”

“Mmmmm, we’ll check into this and get back to you.”

Well, that was certainly weird. Terry had brought my phone out to me in the yard when he saw the call was from our doctor so I went in to explain what it was all about. We laughed about the questions, and wondered if they thought I might be losing my memory and wanted to know more about the request.

The next day the explanation came. The doctor’s office called to let me know they had indeed investigated and found that the person who needed home health care had the same birth date as me and her name, when said quickly, could be misconstrued for mine, and the person taking the call had clicked on my name and forwarded the information on to the correct doctor of record. My doctor. She apologized for bothering me.

I laughed at the mistake, and then I became startled, “wait, someone with my birth date needs in home health care?”

“Yes.”

It can happen, probably just as quick as that. It set me back on my heels and made me give thanks for my good health and reconsider what I do to stay healthy and upright and managing on my own. I know I have a good medical team in place and excellent insurance, for now, but it could all change. I have a checkup in November that I won’t miss, and I will make a point of thanking my doctor for the good care she extends to me.

9 responses to “Health care–now and in the future

  1. Well, that was a wake up call for me, too. I’m older than you and see plenty of seniors my age in nursing homes already. I am also grateful for the health care I have available to me. Hopefully it will be a long time before either of us need it! 🙂

  2. Oh wow… talk about a wake-up call! Goodness… and truthfully, if you think about it, any of us could be one step away from needing in home health care. It’s just a fact of life that our lives can change on the flip of a dime… As you say, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Blessings to you and yours!

  3. A fall can precipitate this need very quickly. My retired teacher friend who fell and broke her leg over a month ago has been found to need round-the-clock care and monitoring which her sister has attempted to get for her. It’s hard to find places.

  4. I know what you mean. I’ve had several younger cousins pass away and it’s very disconcerting, not to mention classmates.

  5. I try to do what I can to keep myself in shape, but I know that in the blink of an eye it all could change.

  6. George takes very unhealthy brownies to all his medical caregivers. Firemen and paramedics too.

  7. I am aware of many of my age and younger being in care homes which is somewhere I never wanted to be and with my illness I had stated clearly I had an exit strategy in place. I can’t honestly imagine being infantalized and patronized in such a place where your time is no longer your own.
    XO
    WWW

  8. Back in February when I was in hospital overnight – someone got the wrong end of the stick – because of my disabilities. I was discharged before any chat took place but a week later I had a phone call (similar to yours in a way) about having someone come “get me up and dressed, showered as well” … after a shortish chat the caller said “well it seems someone has got a lot wrong, that you don’t need this kind of service” … and that was the end of that call!

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