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Medical mysteries & garage doors

April 30th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Sorry, the two subject items are not related (certainly would be interesting if they were).

I may as well start with the mystery. Its not medical, in that I am not sick, but the more common one now a days. That is: What the F*** is this bill I got from a hospital I never went to? Seriously, what is someone to think when they get a bill from a hospital they didn't go to, for a service that comes under the name of "Pathol/Hystol"? Actually, I have an idea what this is about, though it really is a surprise. On the "day of service", I had a cyst removed at a doctor's office about 30 miles away from the hospital. Could this be some test of what was removed? Perhaps, but the doctor didn't tell me that was going to be done, they never informed me of any results from this mystery test, and the hospital never informed me of any results of this mystery test. I won't get into my opinion of having these mystery providers bill you seperately instead of through who you went to see in the first place. I have a number to call if I have questions (and I *WILL* be calling).

Assuming what I am guessing above is correct, would I be out of line to insist getting a copy of the results otherwise not paying? This is why I want to stay in the best shape possible - crazy F bills appearing out of nowhere for who the F*** knows what. GRRRRrrrr.

I can afford it, but thats not the point. Are people supposed to pay every crazy bill that appears when there is no explanation for the bill? Sorry, but my brain doesn't work like that.

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As for the garage door, I can't open it right now. I don't know about you, but I see that as a bit of a problem. (Thankfully my car was outside the garage when this happened) My door has these extra large springs to give an assist when opening - well one broke this week. It was probably the 1960 issue door spring that came with the door. The door is solid wood and super heavy. Oh boy. I know they sell replacements (I should go tonight and get it), but raising and keeping the door up by myself is going to be a challenge (I know - I had to repair the pulley system 2 years ago)

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Another house payment is in the books. Now the total in my savings (not CDs, just savings and checking) is a match to my mortgage balance. I would pay it off, but I have car insurance payment this month, then a property tax payment in July, so its better if I keep some money liquid for a few more months. Still, its crazy to my mind when I compare my savings to my mortgage. Its like there is a mistake, it can't be right.

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Participated at a local church / community yard sale today. It was very disappointing - I probably brought in $60 for the day. I've done better doing it in my own driveway, and the prep work was much less. At least it was a wonderful day weather wise.

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And last (and in no way least) my relationship is still going great (ergo the change in my personal info). There have been a few rough spots, but each time we seem to work it out and make things even better. This is the part that is truly encouraging. The communication has been great, both of us have been trying to not let anything slide, but instead we let each other know what we're thinking about absolutely anything. That was something I never could get out of my ex, and it is really refreshing. We don't always agree, but we make sure to resolve it by communicating.

Hmmmm, I should go get that garage spring (and use my coupons that expire today at the grocery store). OK, gotta go!

3 Responses to “Medical mysteries & garage doors”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease and histology is the study of microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues, so yeah, your doc likely sent the removed cyst to be checked for cancer or other diseases. It's pretty standard to do a biopsy of removed tissue especially if the doc thinks it looks suspicious (though I am surprised he didn't tell you about it, he probably assumed you'd know he'd do this). I would ask for a report, though, either from your doctor (and ask why you weren't told about it) or a report from the hospital just for your own peace of mind.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I would definitely get that medical bill checked out and get the results. I don't know why on earth your doctor would not give them to you. That makes no sense. Depending on the seriousness of the thing, most people would probably want to know.

    I commend you for having enough in savings to pay off your house. That's amazing and a good idea, too, if you should become unemployed, you could still make house payments easily. I have been wanting to start a mortgage payment fund separate from my emergency savings and my house fund (basically savings up for windows and such). Got to get busy.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I would get a copy of the report, and even if the bill leads to legitimate charges, then also send the bill to your insurance company first before you pay! Sometimes they get lazy and won't bill the insurance first, because they don't care where the money comes from. Good luck!
    Jerry

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