Pros and cons

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As with all things in life, there are pros and cons to everything.  With the change in insurance handling Kevin’s cancer there are definitely pros and cons.

A short list of pros and cons we are seeing with the new insurance.

The pros:  Expert Doctors!

The cons:  Authorization Process for each step.

Within Kaiser, the doctors pretty much have authorization to order whatever tests and procedures they deem necessary.  This is no approval process unless you are trying to seek care outside of the system.  So treatment is super easy, you see a doctor they order the test they want and then you can just have the tests done.

We are learning that even though our claims processor has been fantastic, that things just move a tad bit slower with this system.  So last week we saw Dr. Quinn.  By Thursday we had authorization for consultation with the Hematologist (who oversees the stem cell transplant part) we had that appointment today.  We had briefly met with her last week, but insurance requires the consultation prior to moving to the next steps.  So as soon as the doctor gets her notes from our visit today transcribed, and forwarded to insurance, they will authorize the pre-testing that needs to be done.  That should happen later this week or early next week.  Then after the test results come in, they will be reviewed and then the authorization for the next part will be in the works.

Some exciting news is…..I have learned my way to USC and don’t even need to use my GPS anymore!  I still hate the drive.

Kevin and I are both eager to get the next part of treatment started so we can get back to our regularly scheduled program.

In short….no chemo this week.  Maybe next week? Or at the latest one more week.   They are moving the cogs along as quickly as they can.

In the meantime, we have been making the most of each day and enjoying our family time as much as possible!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
—Proverbs 3:5 

4 thoughts on “Pros and cons

  1. rfdadams

    You are truly a blessing in Kevin’s life. He is a very strong good hearted man that will beat this , not because of that but because of the support he has on his side. Your extended fire family are here and we send prayers to your famy as much as we can.

    The Adams Family
    City of Riverside Fire Dept.
    Local 1067

  2. Mike Myers

    I know all too well those “cons” that come with the pros… They don’t always make sense but I have faith that there are reasons for the cons… many times beyond our understanding. Trust God and continue to know we are all in this with you. Love from the Myers Family.

    • We are trusting and having faith….but it can still be frustrating…especially learning a different system. The biggest stressor for me right now is not knowing exactly when he will be doing his next steps. He wants me to be there with him….but I have to make arrangements for the kids…and that is challenging when I don’t know when things are going to happen. I am a schedule girl….and definitely having trouble with not having a definite schedule to follow!

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