Thursday, April 2, 2009
I'm PreApproved for the Stimulator Trial!! (I think)
The Headache has been acting up and I was too sick the last couple of days to pick up my voicemail. Today I found out that yesterday I had a message from the Cleveland Clinic saying they were pre-authorized to schedule a procedure with Dr. Mekhail (the pain management doctor in charge of my trial)!!! The only procedure that could possibly be is the trial implant!!! Yeah!!
I think the qualifying factor for the trial was that I had to have at least 15 days of pretty bad headache pain a month. It's been about 15 days since I started the diary, and most of them have been my average bad with a few superbads mixed in. I don't think it was my insurance since I just checked pre-authorizations today and they said they would not pay for the procedure anyway since it is considered experimental.
WooHoo!!! I wasn't expecting this until after I returned the headache diary to Cleveland April 15th! I will call first thing tomorrow. I'd like to get this business over with. I am prepared to be disappointed and have the stimulator not work like everything else has not really worked. If it could just get rid of 30% of my bad headache days it would be fantastic.
I got five hours of work in today and am not in too bad of shape this evening. Hoping tomorrow will be good also. Hoping I won't be disappointed tomorrow. Sigh.