My posts have been sparse this past month because of enigmatic modern problems. This essay will address two of them. I opened up our bathroom medicine cabinet recently and decided it could use some updating.
uraninites and, in election years, blatherskites. Problem is, I've been called back into the doctor's office three times because they hadn't given me the full test this device requires for insurance coverage --sheer repetition has made me jumpy. Each time, there is some new part of the test that I haven't studied for, or they haven't. But I digress.
Point is, as we all sometimes must, I bowed to absurdity and, as I shut the mirrored medicine cabinet door, found my reflection had disappeared.
"Not again!" I moaned.
Identity theft is a horrible thing.Same thing happened to me exactly four years ago and I recognized the symptoms. I returned home from my doctor's 3rd exam on Friday to receive a letter from Verizon thanking me for opening a cell phone account in Modesto --a city 75 miles south of here-- which I had not done. I called Verizon first, established myself, and they cancelled the account even though they lost a cell phone --yes they do have a fraud dept. because it's that common. That left my problem.
Oh lordy, I thought, I got Modern Problems!
Somebody made the purchase with my SSN and name AND address. I contacted my credit card co., all three credit monitoring agencies, visited the Sheriff's Office to start a case file, then added passwords to any accounts that didn't already have them from my previous frolic with this outrage.
My reflection in the mirror is returning, which is promising. I have so far narrowly escaped the ailment of lost identity known, in medical parlance, as Draculitis -- a brainal dysfunction and absence of mirrored reflection that causes sufferers to roam the night asking, "Is my hair all right?" I'd hate to have to go back to my doctor this week with that.
From what I learned at the Sheriff's Office, Medicare might have to cover it by and by.
This has been a public service announcement.