Anger · Health · healthcare · Medical

Southwest Air Discriminates

I am putting a couple pictures here of southwest policy for people with disabilities. If I wasn’t so angry right now, it would be a bit comical.

If approved! What this says to me is, you can apply but don’t expect to actually be allowed to fly. 🤔

I guess if I am one of the first people for this flight that purchases a ticket, I still may get booted off. Basically, we’re ready to go we have all the proper information with us… But wait the flight is now 50% full. We’re sorry but we are going to kick you off this plane until we have a plane that is less than 50% full. Excuse me, what?! My ticket was purchased, it’s not my problem that you decided to fill up your flight. We did everything you asked. Jumped through every hoop you wanted. That just isn’t good enough for Southwest Air. my friends complied with every one of their ridiculous rules. Bryan had both vaccinations, a negative Covid test, and two doctors notes. What more did they want, Cheri’s first born, or a sacrifice to the Gods?! 

My favorite thing is the fact that when passengers need to eat, their masks are allowed to come off. I guess while you eat Covid doesn’t leave you because it knows you’re eating food. Really Southwest air! If that is the case, you should have no food service on your airlines because you’re saying that federal law states you cannot be unmasked on their planes. Oh by the way, it isn’t a law. It has not gone through the courts to become a law. All this airline is doing is discriminating against a whole group of people with developmental disabilities. The best part, is you can only have one person on the flight that is exempt from wearing the mask. I guess if you have twins or more than one child with the disability, you have to take separate flights. I’m sorry, but whoever wrote this up and made these rules, is one incompetent buffoon! What Southwest did to my friends is against the law!

Now if he was physically two years old he could’ve flown. I guess two-year-olds and under do not carry Covid so it’s OK that they don’t wear a mask. I’m sorry but I’d be more concerned of a two-year-old whose parents are probably doing things when they’re at home to be carrying Covid, than my friend’s son who has done all of the precautions and does not have Covid, being on that flight. His life is basically quarantine even before all of this Covid. Trust me I’m one of the biggest proponents for wearing your mask and doing what you should do. But in this instance, what Southwest is doing, is wrong! Bryan would literally have been the safest person on that airline. Both vaccinations, negative Covid test, doctors notes. Someone needs to make this right! 



Anger · Multiple Sclerosis

Dear Anyone Who Wants to Bring Awareness to Discrimination against People with Disabilities

I tried to fly on Southwest Airlines today and had the MOST miserable experience. I have Multiple Sclerosis, as does my friend that I was traveling with (who drove 6 hours from Ohio last night to fly out today) and we were trying to go see our bedbound friend with MS in California. However, my friend who I was traveling with has a severely developmentally disabled son who is 22 years old but has the cognitive abilities of an 18-month-old; therefor he is physically unable to wear a mask. We even brought two doctor’s notes from Bryan’s physicians stating that he requires a medical exemption to the mask, a negative COVID test from with the past week, AND he has already had both COVID vaccinations.

We made it through checking our bags, multiple people at the security checkpoints, and 3 different customer service representatives during our 2+ hours at Midway airport and not until we were literally boarded on the plane (the entire plane actually ready to go) and THEN they conveniently asked if we had paperwork?!?!?!? After presenting them with ALL of our paperwork…they made us wait approximately 15 more minutes before the supervisor returned to advise us that we had to deplane. They forced 3 disabled people off a flight….someone needs to help us share our story so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I would appreciate any help you could offer in helping others like us. Thank you!

Ramblings

Day in… Day out… Minute by minute

I’ve been called many things. Some of which are true and some which have come out of people just trying to be being hurtful. But one thing I have been called, which I completely agree with, is stoner! 😱 You see I am in pain 24/7. So today I am playing it “straight“. It’s now 12:20 PM and the pain is horrific. My anxiety is all over the place and my depression is coming to the surface. When I smoke my life isn’t as unbearable. When I don’t, the reality of being completely and utterly trapped on a bed rips my mind apart.

So I get high. It helps me to forget the agony and the truth of my illness. It helps with my pain, anxiety, and depression. It also helps, if only for a minute, not to think about how Jason and the company he works for can keep life-saving care from a person whose life depends on it! In 2018 if Independence Blue Cross had kept me in the acute care rehab for two weeks to a month more, I would not be here right now. I would not have a $168,000 explanation of benefits because I would’ve become strong and certain things would never have happened. They are now going to be paying double, even triple of what it would’ve cost to keep me in that rehab until I was able to transfer on my own. They took that and my life away from me. I wish I could say it was only them, but my doctors have a lot to answer for as well. I know some people say I’m overly dramatic when I make the comment that they have taken my life away from me. But it’s not being dramatic, it’s the truth. My family does not have the ability nor the equipment that it will take to help me get my legs working again. After my broken hip surgery they allowed me 11 days in the nursing home for physical therapy, which was a joke. Then they gave me a whopping two visits in-home physical therapy. If I were someone without a disability I would’ve had weeks or even months of rehabilitation after breaking a hip. 

I realized in a call from Jason Sweeney last year when I was fighting to get back in the rehab that they basically feel it’s too much for me. That with my illness I wouldn’t be able to handle the rigid four hours a day six days a week PT. I reminded him that in 2018 for one full month I did four hours a day +6 days a week never once turning down PT or OT. A couple of the therapists even said that they had healthy people in there that would turn down rehab because they were too tired or sore, yet I kept going no matter what. What right do they have to tell me what I can or cannot handle?! I was there to get better so I was going to fight through the pain to reach my goal. Then Independence Blue Cross took that all away from me. They have no idea of the will and the strength of my character to get better. They have no idea who they’re dealing with. The saddest part is they don’t care. If they did, they would’ve found a way for their rent-a-doctors to actually physically come and see me.

I have so many things on my plate right now dealing with this, but one thing is that I will never stop. I am going through records to find out which incompetent buffoon wrote down that I was quadriplegic. Clearly I am not, but someone put that somewhere in my files. I will find out who did that and then I will deal with that part of this fun filled issue. I truly believe they look at people that are disabled as uneducated and uninformed. I am neither of those things. And part of me, because of this, will continue on even after I get the help I need so that I can help others. We are in the United States of America and insurance companies should not control our healthcare over our doctors. Am I angry, hell yes I am angry!

I know I’ve shared that cute little sheep before, but after writing this I needed something to give me smile. 😁

Sending out New Year’s wishes to all and I pray that 2021 gives us many reasons to be joyous! 🖤



healthcare · mental health

Happy Freaking Holidays!

Independence Blue Cross has decided that it wasn’t an emergency when I needed the ambulance for my attempt on my life as well as the ambulance ride from the hospital after my surgeries to the nursing home. I guess I should’ve hooked up my bed to my husbands car and he could’ve rolled me over. Then I got an explanation of benefits saying they’re not paying for anything from my two surgeries and my hospital stay. I may be billed for $168,000 +. It gets better, I got my first bill for my hip surgery. But wait… there’s more, the ambulance company is sending me to collections because I haven’t paid for those two ambulance rides. 😳 I know that all of these issues are because of pre-authorizations and pre-certifications that were not done properly. I’m trying not to stress over this too much as I know it will all be taken care of at some point. Thankfully my deductible’s have all been met so I have no worries there. It’s just not right that we have to jump through these hoops to get the care we need. As we know sometimes jumping through the hoops doesn’t work.  I mean, I jumped through 1 million hoops and they still denied me the life-saving care of acute rehab. That type of facility is the only way I will ever be able to get out of this bed. I am not giving up. In fact, I’m just getting started.

I’m sorry I have been absent for a bit. It’s just become so overwhelming dealing with Independence Blue Cross. 

I’m a little late, but… I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I pray that 2021 is kinder to us all.🖤



Anger · Health · healthcare · Medical · mental health · Multiple Sclerosis · Primary Progressive MS · Strength

And here we go again… Part 2

You’re gonna love this one… I just received an explanation of benefits from Independence Blue Cross stating that they are not fully covering the ambulance ride from the hospital to the rehab center after my hip surgery. I guess I should’ve just hooked my bed up to a car and rolled over that way. Ummmm idiots, I have no choice as to who the case manager at the hospital decides to use for transport.

The best part, my husband told the caseworker not to use American medical response, and she did anyways. 😳

I also received a second explanation of benefits in regards to my hip surgery. Again, I should’ve pre-certified breaking my hip first before I got the surgery. Logically, I understand the concept of precertification, but not in this case. So, we should’ve waited a couple of days before doing the surgery as I was lying there with a broken hip? What exactly am I supposed to do about this? They need to take it up with the fucking hospital and not me.

Thank you to those sending me your horror stories dealing with Independence Blue Cross/Anthem Blue Cross, etc. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this as well. Trust me, we will be heard!

Yup, sharing this one again!
Anger · Fear · Health · healthcare · HELL · Medical · mental health · Multiple Sclerosis · Primary Progressive MS · Quotes · Strength

And here we go again…

Oh Independence Blue Cross… You’re just disgusting! Seriously how do the people that work there sleep at night knowing what they’re doing to people on the other end. They are now telling me that I may be billed $5670.09 for my hip surgery because it was not pre-certified. So I guess I should’ve called them a couple days before my hip was broken to let them know that my hip was going to break. 😳 I know it’s not as simple as that, but come the fuck on! I seriously feel like they have my name on a list and it says, fuck with her so she goes crazy and dies. 😈

And contrary to what HR at my husbands work said, they only offer Independence Blue Cross and Kaiser, NOT United healthcare. And Kaiser doesn’t have an MS specialist so I am stuck with Independence Blue Cross. I will be looking into Medicare part B. We can’t really afford it, but I’ve got to do some thing.

I’m still trying to figure out why Comcast benefits called me directly. I think I’m going to call them back again and find out why. 🤔

I also had to send in an appeal for the ambulance ride in May after my suicide attempt. 😪 It’s really disgusting all the hoops you have to jump through when you have a chronic illness. Money is more important than human life. It doesn’t pay to be sick.

Health · healthcare · Medical · mental health · Multiple Sclerosis · Primary Progressive MS · Quotes · Ramblings

The Physical Therapy blues…

I won’t get into any political things here… but the votes are L.E.G.A.L. and President Elect Biden and Vice President Elect Harris ARE our next presidential team! #DealWithIt

Now onto Physical Therapy… Finally after a bunch of fuck ups; getting the nurse here and getting the physical therapy people here, I got a total of three visits. One visit was the nurse signing me in. The next two visits were physical therapy and being signed out. So a whopping two physical therapy visits for a broken hip! I am truly at a loss with Independence Blue Cross. They are the most despicable and disgusting insurance company out there. The worst part is we’re stuck with them through my husband’s work. We can’t do Kaiser because they don’t have multiple sclerosis specialists where I am. You would think such a big company that my husband works for would offer better choices for health insurance. In the end, I think they all work together.

Disgustingly True

Like I always say, they know not who they’re dealing with.

My tide is turning!