Good thoughts for Phoenix Rev appreciated

I am glad I reread the appeal that I won for the first spinal MRI (lumbar). I have until Oct. 28th to get that MRI completed and went into a bit of a panic because if I didn't have it done by that date, the pre-authorization would have expired and I would have to go through the process again!

Thankfully, there was a spot open tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM, so that will be where I head in the AM and then head back to work after that to finish up the work week. As always, I will try to get a photo of me in the mix. Unfortunately, this is not an open MRI, so I will have to brave the confines of the "tube" and hope for the best.

Still no work on appeals #2 and #3, but I am hoping that tomorrow will produce a phone call with good news.

And, I am very happy that in less than a week, I will be back with Rubb Ed in SoCal getting ready for our cruise to Mexico. Plenty of videos to share, I am sure.

Only a few we'll be able to share with friends, though. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Rubb Ed wrote:

Only a few we'll be able to share with friends, though. *wink wink nudge nudge*

I'll bring the soy sauce... and the handcuffs. /wriggles eyebrows

No wasabi this time, huh? *sigh*

Amateur.

I suggested spicy BBQ sauce, but you said it would make things "extra sticky."

Fine. I will bring wasabi.

And handcuffs.

If you only share it with friends how will you kick-start the phoenixrubb dot com adult entertainment site?

jokes aside I hope you two have a blast and get some well earned R&R during the time together, may you have a fantastic cruise.

Thanks, krev. We plan on it. We have a mini-suite with a huge balcony, lots of books and magazines, and plenty of on board credit to enjoy ourselves. Also, a friend of mine at work has an aunt who lives in Ensenada who gave us some great places to have tacos and we are going to Hussongs where they invented the margarita (or so legend has it).

When we come back, we have a couple of days at Disneyland and then a killer anniversary dinner at the Chef's Table at Napa Rose, the fine dining restaurant at Disney's California Grand Hotel.

Mostly, though, we will be able to take care of each other.

Get a cabin, you two.

And judging by the way you're chatting, it sounds like you'll need a spacious one for all the... equipment.

Hmm. I don't think that came out right at all.

Phoenix Rev wrote:

When we come back, we have a couple of days at Disneyland and then a killer anniversary dinner at the Chef's Table at Napa Rose, the fine dining restaurant at Disney's California Grand Hotel.

Disneyland, yesss.

Ride the new stuff at California Adventure for me

Demyx wrote:
Phoenix Rev wrote:

When we come back, we have a couple of days at Disneyland and then a killer anniversary dinner at the Chef's Table at Napa Rose, the fine dining restaurant at Disney's California Grand Hotel.

Disneyland, yesss.

Ride the new stuff at California Adventure for me ;)

Did you not read the Soy Sauce and handcuff comments?!?!

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So, Phoenix Rev had his third MRI this morning, as mentioned. He told me it was pretty claustrophobic because of it being a closed MRI rather than an open one, but at least it's over with. Hopefully the appeals process will be dealt with and he can get the other two he's supposed to get per his neurologists. Cross your fingers and send up whatever thoughts you desire to get that to happen. (And fie upon the insurance company doctor who's already made this harder than it needs to be)

That is one giant General Electric logo above the opening?

Keep fighting the good fight guys, strength to you both, and each other.

It looks as though I have won my appeals and will be getting the additional MRIs after my vacation.

My next move will be to file a grievance against the doctor who denied the original preauthorizations. She did so without even looking at my medical or claims history and limited the MRIs to determining one thing: whether or not I had a bone disease. /boggle

My next appointment with the neurologist is Nov. 8.

Awesome! Now go enjoy a vacation already!

Great news. Have a wonderful cruise.

Someone's starting his anniversary off right:

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That look of pure joy is priceless and awesome and hilarious. LOVE IT!

I agree, that kind of joy can't be faked.

Just catching, and I'm so sorry to hear about all the extra hoops you've had to jump through and the letter from the church. Many, many hugs and I hope you two enjoy your vacation. You've more than earned it.

"Over excited reverend on aisle 4!"

That picture is awesome.

Greetings again.

Rubb Ed and I are back from our cruise. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our stateroom, balcony and sailing with friends.

Upon my return from being disconnected from the Internet, phone and most of humanity, I received notice that the third and final appeal has been approved in my favor.

However, there is some distressing news. While we were in Santa Barbara, I got a voicemail from my neurologist asking for me to call back to talk about some of the results and he needed to speak with me as soon as possible. I called him back and we spoke for about 30 minutes.

The lumbar MRI has revealed a degenerative spinal disease that increases as you go up the spine from the end near the tailbone. My doctor was really pushing me to get the MRIs done as soon as possible because he believes the spinal disease is more than likely worst the further up you go on my spine.

He did say that my blood work was nearly perfect with the exception of low Vitamin D and a low testosterone count on the second blood draw. I protested a bit noting the libido issue and he said that he was referring me to an endocrinologist because there are other factors that stimulate the libido.

For good measure, he also wants another brain MRI. So, it is back to the head cage for me.

Right now, I am trying to stay positive, but a degenerative spinal disease is something I didn't suspect.

Thankfully, Rubb is taking good care of me and we are mere days away from our anniversary.

Glad you were able to enjoy the time but obviously sad to hear you returned to that kind of news. Hopefully as you learn more, you'll also get the tools to know what you can do next.
Take care.

Sorry to hear that news Phoenix Rev.

Sorry to hear that, but at least it gives you something to work with, you know? Best to both of you.

Robear wrote:

Sorry to hear that, but at least it gives you something to work with, you know? Best to both of you.

Exactly. If I recall, what you disliked the most was the not knowing. Now it's shrouded in less of a mystery, so answers will become more definitive.

I'll be praying.

Good thoughts sent your way.

More good thoughts coming your way PR. Good news that they are being allowed to give you the tests you need at least, and hopefully having more knowledge of what's going on will help ease some of the stress. **hugs**

Good thoughts to you.

Vitamin D, huh?

I think I will just take the pills, PRG.

/shudder

Piling on with the good thoughts and positive energy, Phoenix. At least they're a couple of steps closer to figuring this out, right? *hugs*