Bills, Stress, and Food
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
IN the end of Sept - the 1st of October, I was in the hospital for a chronic infection. Unfortunately on Oct 3, we were alerted that my husband's health insurance changed hands beginning Oct 1st. This added immense confusion which completely messed up the billing for this stay. Also I had two days of Infusion therapy at home...another screw up for the billers. Yesterday I got a stack of EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) which said that at least $14,000 is our responsibility. This is not accurate because every single bill went to the wrong insurance company. However some bills (such as for the IV therapy) were from providers which were not in our new network. However we did not get an ID # or phone number for the new insurance until the 3rd week in October. So we had no way of knowing who was in network and who was not.
Today I have the unpleasant task of calling these providers and trying to explain to them that NONE of this was our fault and they need to bill the correct insurance. I hate making phone calls like this. I would rather go to the dentist...that's how much I hate doing this. I was so upset about it last night that i couldn't eat dinner. My stomach was in knots.
i spent about an hour last evening in prayer. And it was only due to this that I was able to get about 6 hours of sleep. But now I"m awake..it's still the middle of the night and the day with its awful responsibilities lies ahead of me.
Some people eat when they are under stress....for me? I can't eat. I guess that is preferable to overeating. But it's a high price to pay for a day or two without much food. I would rather struggle with my diet over struggling with creditors.
it's 2:30 AM--too early to deal with anything on the phone. I will pray some more and wrangle my fear and dread into trust and calm....The Lord will have to fight this battle for me. It is bigger than I am.
If you know and love the Lord, could you please spend a moment or two in prayer for me right now? This battle must be fought on my knees, and I can use all the prayer support I can get.
have a blessed day.