With this new year comes a new health insurance plan and new doctors. After trying Kaiser for a year, I'm going back to my group that has served me well for all of my adult life. Kaiser's rates were half what I was paying, so I thought I'd try it. For me, it was a most unwieldy system which didn't make it easy to access care and or prescriptions. It took them almost a year to get my ID card corrected. I felt stymied every time I needed to access care.
The adage "you get what you pay for" is true in this case. Perhaps for a casual and infrequent user, this system may work. But for someone who needs care for a chronic condition, it was a pain in the arse. (That's another chronic condition, but I digress.)
I am also interfacing with the US Passport apparatus, and let me tell you, that is another PIA. What with a name change, and required legal documentation of name change, and impending deadlines for upcoming travel, I am about to pull my hair out. (Though if I did that I would no longer look like my passport photo, and that could be a whole other wrinkle.)
I am coming to the conclusion I need a secretary, an assistant, a helper. Someone to keep my affairs in order. Someone to remind me that I have deadlines to be met, bills to pay, taxes to file. As a retired person, I have lost all those administrative skills I once possessed. Now the daily requirements are simply vexing. Various bureaucracies I must interact with make my head explode. The idea of retreating to a yurt in the woods (or my backyard) is becoming more and more attractive.
This is what heaven looks like to me.