Another Virtual Coffee Date

It is almost the end of January 2016, and time for another Virtual Coffee Date.  Go ahead and grab a hot beverage, and I will tell you what has been happening.  Make sure you have a large mug because I have a lot to tell you.

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What is my idea of a Vacation?

Many people I know plan trips when they go on vacations.  They make meticulous plans, spend hours packing, then fly or drive somewhere.  All of that sounds kind of stressful in my opinion.  I had a few days off between my summer and fall semester.  What did I do?

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Why didn’t I Update my Insurance Earlier?

Because I have been extremely busy, I neglected something that I shouldn’t have.  I have dealt with insurance companies and doctors for a while now, so this should not have happened, but it did.

I had an appointment to see my epileptologist.  I got new insurance in the beginning of the year, so I changed my insurance information where she works.  They said that they do not accept that insurance, and I would need permission from my insurance to see her.  Once I got that permission then I would also need a referral from my Primary care physician.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get all the details until it was too late.   I had to cancel my appointment with my specialist.

Why didn’t I update my insurance earlier?  I could have slowly solved these problems.  My epileptologist is very popular, so I can’t just get another appointment next week.  I completely forgot to check to see if they accept my new insurance.  She works at a large institution, so I blindly assumed everything would work out.  I also completely forget to ask if they needed a  referral.  Most insurance companies want referrals before you see a specialist of any kind.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

I guess there is one important lesson that was learned in all of this.  Do not let yourself get so busy that you forget the important things in life.  One of my important things is finding time to manage my chronic illness.

Why are there blood blisters in my mouth?

I have an appointment with my neurologist coming up next week.  I do not expect much excitement since things have gone reasonably well for me.  As of today, I am able to carry out a fair amount of stressful work without having a seizure.  I guess you could say that I believe I am doing well for someone with epilepsy.

One topic that I want to bring up is blood blisters.  For some reason, I have been periodically finding them in my mouth.  I have no memory of how it got there.  I have generalized epilepsy.  According to wikipedia, generalized seizures “are a type of seizure that impairs consciousness and distorts the electrical activity of the whole or a larger portion of the brain.”  I am not always aware of when I have had a seizure.  Is it a side effect of my medicine (Depakote ER) or something else?