Oh golly! Some folks get instant nerves just thinking about talking about medical or insurance issues on the phone and opening “scary” mail. Today, I’ll share some insights on what it’s like to be chronically ill and dealing with the “paperwork” side of things. Then, I’ll share some tips that help me handle the stress of it.
I generally enjoy getting phone calls and don’t fear them. But, when it comes to medical calls, they are certainly not at the top of my “favorites list” and having to deal with them can cause my anxiety to ratchet up. It can be extremely frustrating to be unable to talk directly to my doctor about something scary my body is doing or trying to orchestrate a procedure that the scheduler is having a difficult time understanding. On top of my list of ‘faves’ (sarcasm intended) is insurance calls! They each have their different levels of stress and they are all on the opposite of fun spectrum.
“Scary” mail is something that gets me all jumpy! What do I mean by “scary” mail? You know the letters I’m talking about – the ones with the logo and return address that instantly make you anxious and wonder what terms the insurance company is changing or how much you owe a doctor’s office. That’s the “scary” mail I’m talking about and it usually creates a list of phone calls that have to be made!