Noreality, I feel your pain. It's ridiculous the insurance rates we have in this country and I have heard nothing but good stories from people that hail from countries with socialized medicine. And no, it's not doctor's practicing medicine, it's the insurance companies practicing medicine. And the doctors spend most of their time having to deal with insurance companies in such a way as to get them to pay claims instead of focusing on patients. It's terrible and it needs to be fixed.
My daughter needs a certain kind of birth control to control some female problems, but our insurance won't pay for it until she's tried 6 other cheaper ones. The doctor had given her 3 months worth of samples and they helped tremendously, now she's stuck having to try out the other pills which are NOT helping the problem and at the rate it's going, it will be 2 years before she's tried all 6 to see that they are not working before they will approve the one that we already know does work.
Illusions, we dealt with something similar a couple months ago when my husband's tools were stolen. They caught the theives within 24 hours (thanks to my husband doing his own detective work), but were never able to find the $5000 worth of tools that they traded for crack. And now one of the theives is out of jail and still hanging around the same neighborhood. My husband has tried to bribe the guy to get his tools back, but that didn't work either. I'm sorry this happened to you. It certainly makes you feel less secure and violated. I'm guessing your homeowners won't cover the damage?
Well I do have a fungal infection in my ears. From wearing the earbuds from my ipod. I now have drops and hopefully all will be well soon.