A Total Eclipse of the Heart

Lauren Young

Mercury is in retrograde.

According to my friends who follow astrology, this is a confusing, topsy-turvy month filled with mixed messages. Indeed, in the past week, my son got an infection in his back, which may or may not mean yet-another surgery. At the same time, the dream apartment my husband and I have waited 18 months to buy seems to have tripled in price. We aren’t exactly homeless, but we probably need to move in the next few months.


For those of you following the ongoing insurance saga, I did some sleuthing to find out how other doctors submit claims for tissue expanders—apparently each additional expander is filed with a Modifier 59 code. Leo’s surgeon resubmitted the claim, and I recently received an email from UnitedHealthcare that they will pay for my son’s surgeries. Alas, it is unclear why only half of the procedure will be covered by insurance.

My editor and I realized that the amount of time I've spent working this out, along with the time of all we've ensnared from United, McGraw-Hill as well as the doctor's office, probably amounts to more than two months. Bureaucracy in action ain't pretty.

Apparently, when Mercury leaves retrograde on March 25, life will be a lot less murky. Until then, I’m supposed to be very patient.

Right now, however, I want to cry. Yet, according to "Leading From the Front," a new book written by two female Marine corps captains, it's bad practice to cry at work: "Tears never resolve conflict, don’t correct problems, and don’t contribute to your overall mission accomplishment. What’s worse, tears chip away at a leader’s command presence, or your ability to inspire confidence in others through your demeanor.”

I'm not sure how the authors feel about crying when it's in response to your personal life, as opposed to a work situation. The book, which was published by sister company McGraw-Hill Publishing in March, is otherwise excellent, and filled with good tips for women who want to succeed. You can see an interview I conducted with author Courtney Lynch here.

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