After spending the weekend at our friend's house with their 14 month old we realized that there are a lot of similarities between a new puppy and a baby (and since we just got a puppy two weeks ago we are already practicing).
Puppies and babies get up in the middle of the night, and early in the morning.
When at a park, puppies and babies notice another of their kind and rush to greet one another.
"No" is frequently heard as either tried to get into something he/she shouldn't.
After lots of stimulation their little batteries wear out and is time for a nap.
When teething, everything seems to go in their mouth.
It has been one of those mornings spent on the phone trying to resolve a health insurance claim denial.
Among the 15 pages of documentation I had of all the claims that were submitted (about 13 pages of which were lab test from the 7 vials of blood they took), one thing really stood out...the ultrasound charge listed as denied. The code indicated that my insurance contract did not cover it for my condition.
Um, ultrasounds not covered for pregnancy? Sound a little odd to anyone else?
So, first I brought my paperwork to my doctor's office on my next appt. Since they had planned on calling in to confirm my maternity coverage anyway, they said they would check on this too.
They called me to tell me that according to the acct rep they spoke to, routine ultrasounds were indeed not part of the contract and would only be covered for high risk pregnancies and medical necessity. Not the "hey lets just see what's going on and make sure everything is okay" but the "hey, I've been bleeding for two days so lets make sure there is still a baby kicking around in there".
She suggested I check with my benefits office because it still did not sound right. So, I called the benefit office and explained the situation. The rep put me on hold and contacted his health insurance rep to review what we had been told. After he came back he said that there was nothing that they could find in the contract that would have kept the insurance from paying out my claim. In addition, his rep actually shrieked when she was told that this is what I had been told! They were able to see my claim and were going to follow up to find out why it was rejected...maybe it was just mis-coded.
So I called the doctor's office back to give them an update. I found out the name of the rep she had spoken to the day before just in case we need it. The good news is that is sounds like we should get it covered. The bad news is it won't be resolved until at least the end of the day.
Thursday I had my first check in with my OB after my initial "yes you are indeed pregnant". The hundreds of test that were performed all came back okay except my german measles. Apparently it was either negative nor postive so I'll be retaking it when I go in for my triple screen.
Although I was under 11 weeks we made a go at the heartbeat. I saw the little thing going several weeks ago in my ultrasound. My doctor explained that depending on the baby's position (and my, um, maternal fat stores) we may or may not be able to hear it this early. He stressed that if it would upset me to not hear it he didn't want to do it at all since we only had about a 50/50 chance of catching it this time.
It was a no go. There was one point where I think we almost caught it. As my doctor put it, "it must be sunny side up". You know, fanny in the air. My next appt in September should definitely be able to hear it though so papacat will becoming with me on that one.
A little bit into my 10th week and suddenly I really look pregnant. Yesterday one of my co-workers asked me if I was sure that I wasn't having twins. I would have taken offense if I wasn't still at about -8 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.
I feel like I am really eating plenty and now with my new puppy I'm getting lots of walks in, including up and down the two flights of stairs in my apartment.
The strange thing is that I really did start showing big time yesterday. Wearing my leggings and tank top last night after coming in from walking the puppy, I looked in the mirror and sure enough, I look pregnant. Yippee!
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