My husband has a new job and starts next week!!
The insurance is with a company we used several years ago that seems to be a lot better; that will start in a few months. I will probably have to go back to my former rheumatologist, though; very unfortunate since this one is so good. The company, which is very small (about 100) self-pays to save costs--in other words, it's not true insurance but a plan managed by an insurance company. The company pays directly for all medical costs. This makes me nervous since the company will see expenses go up some--though of course other people have babies and surgeries and other costly events. Enbrel is high cost and I have had to have a lot of surgeries and procedures in addition to more regular appointments, diagnostics, and regular labwork to monitor the changes. I always hope the more expensive (and distressing) events are behind me. And I feel paranoid about staying on a high cost drug ($15,000 a year). I don't know if the company/HR knows which employees they are paying out on. I imagine looking costly to people at family events, who will know why they're paying more for insurance; certainly it would be wise to keep my medical information very private or to minimize ("just arthritis!"). One reason that I stay anonymous--for his employability as well as mine if circumstances change.
All of this, of course, feels minor after nearly a year of unemployment and being very close to being out of our home.
In other good news, if I had a kidney stone (or stones), it passed. I was feeling much better during the evening yesterday, though I woke up with a yelp at one point last night, was gasping while lying on the x-ray table, and still have some pain. The IVP, sonogram, and cystoscopy all came back just fine--no other issues. What a reminder to drink lots of fluids! I did have kidney pain and bleeding. It is still possible that Enbrel caused it. We'll just have to be watchful and careful. I am *very* thankful not to have to deal with more procedures to rid myself of stones right before my husband starts a new job and that there is nothing extreme to worry about. I am feeling very relieved after a difficult morning full of procedures. I am back on the Florinef again. Somehow the instruction manual to me was misplaced.