I had my first nephrology visit last Friday. I realy didn't learn anything new that I didn't already read about. My doctor wants to do the molecular DNA test on me to make 100% sure that this is what it is. However, she says that won't change her mind about the diagnosis. I'm doing more urine tests to get an exact number on my kidney function and to see if I have the tendency to form more stones, but I'm still not sure why she wants me to do the DNA test. I'm at Mayo, so I can't shake the feeling that the only reason she wants to do it is so I can qualify for their studies. I'm glad to do the studies, but my insurance won't pay for it. I called my insurance company and it is not covered. My dr. said that if I volunteer for their studies (if available) they might pay for the tes. But that's not guaranteed. On top of all that - during this time, my life insurance is up for renewal and I just finished the health questionaire over the phone. NOT a good experience with this diagnosis hanging over my head. I just know the guy thought I was lying to him. But I really haven't been officially diagnosed yet. I felt like I was hanging myself. I hate this. Anyway, the good news is that all of bloodwork results are normal, and it's just a wait and see I guess. I have another appointment this Friday. We'll see. This life insurance thing is really bothering me. I didn't know what to say and what not to say. I feel violated.
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