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I've got to gird my loins and get to The Latest Insurance Snafu. You might remember that Sophie had some routine bloodwork done a few months ago, not for the hell of it but per doctor's orders, and the insurance company only paid an infinitesimal amount despite it being an in-network provider. When I inquired, The Poor Person Who Has to Work the Phone at an Insurance Company did her clicking around and told me that the labwork was covered but venipuncture is not covered. I already wrote about this, I believe, so I won't belabor the point. I put it aside because, if you remember another post I wrote, my coping mechanism is to Do Only One Thing At A Time. Mulling or mewling or moping (not musing) about why poking Sophie's vein with a needle is not covered, although the actual blood analysis is covered was just too much that day for my tiny little mother mind,™ not to mention actually addressing the problem full-on which means calling the provider, telling her to correct the wrong diagnosis code or ask for a more specific diagnosis, use the numbers V72.6 instead of 82036, etc. etc. etc. It's time to gird my loins and do it.
I've got some figurative or mental loin-girding going on as well these days as the end of the year at Sophie's public school wraps up. This is the third year that Sophie is considered a senior, I think, or someone has neglected to remove her from the school's graduating class rolls, so I'm subject to a daily and sometimes thrice-daily robo call letting me in on all the fun goings-on for graduates. To be fair, because of the public education laws, Sophie is allowed to stay in school until she's 22 years old, and my gratitude is nothing short of all holds barred. What comes next will call for more than just the girding of the loins, but that's a story for -- well -- another day. In these parts, we take living in the present to the extreme.
Last night, the phone rang, and Oliver picked it up and put it directly on speaker so we could laugh ruefully about the message. This one gave a stern warning that all seniors were to clean out their lockers by no later than 10:00 this morning and that fun festivities were in order later in the day to honor the outgoing class. So far, Sophie should have picked up her cap and gown, cleaned out her locker, gathered with her classmates for a celebration and even checked out the ROTC recruiters in the parking lot with all their cheerful guidance toward a life of bravery, courage and sacrifice. Tonight, I told Oliver to please hang up the phone I don't want to hear it anymore. Oliver asked me whether it made me sad, and I said, yes sometimes it makes me really sad. We both agreed that it's weird to think of Sophie being almost the same age I was when I graduated from college this exact time of year.
Who knew that space cadet grad with thoughts of medieval French literature, modern poetry and a summer ahead of perhaps teaching English to Chinese students in Taiwan or staying with the love of her life in Chapel Hill was going to have to gird her proverbial loins to just make and listen to telephone calls in about thirty years?