I received a lovely invitation in my mail the other day. It was from my insurance company, inviting me to join some sort of wellness program. I was recommended for this program because my insurance claims apparently tripped off some sort of alert. Well, that's very nice! So it had a quiz, to assess my risk for heart disease - if I scored above a certain level I should enroll in this wellness program. That's nice too! So I took the quiz, honestly, even fudging on the side of caution (my father's heart disease wasn't diagnosed until he was 60, and I've been advised by the cardiologist that this doesn't count as a "family history," but his mother died of a heart attack in her 50s, so to be cautious I said I had a family history of heart disease - even though she smoked like a chimney and never exercised.) Despite this meticulous honesty, I still scored as at low risk for heart disease. That's nice! Then I read the personalized letter included in the packet. It seems they want to help me, because it appears that I'm at risk for heart disease, due to my overweight and diabetes. Basically, the wellness program is a sort of telephone support for diet and exercise, with nurse support.
Except I'm not really overweight and I don't have diabetes. I was not advised to lose weight by any doctor. I voluteered that I wanted to lose weight, and was advised to exercise, and also meditate and eat a healthy diet and take my vitamins and get some sleep, all of which I'm doing, but this was a weight and diabetes management program for someone with a heart condition. So now I was curious enough to call the number to tell them that I think their screening mechanism has a few bugs. I got a very nice nurse, and told her that I'd received this letter, and that I suspected that it was due to my recent medical claims. When you have a cerebral aneurysm it can mess up your heart, so I was put through a full battery of heart monitoring and testing while in the ICU.
She confirmed that my hospitalization triggered alarms, and they got my referral with the diagnosis that I was suffering from heart failure. Heart failure?? I told her about the cerebral aneurysm, and that I suspected that this is why I hit their list. She agreed, said it was wonderful that I had recovered so well, and they'd make a note that I was not obese, diabetic, and suffering from heart failure. Because I really don't want some computerized marketing program to start writing notes about me in my insurer's files, God knows how that could come back to haunt me. We live in a weird, weird world.
It's been a busy week, but I'm at 91.85 Runagogo miles, and I should hit a hundred this weekend. Girlchild already hit 100, and is now thinking she'll hit 200 by July 4. I think that's probably a bit overly ambitious for moi, but I will move the goal line to 150, and see how far past 150 I can get by July 4.