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Posted by @tinaesims, Thu, Sep 13 1:20pm

My insurance won't pay for Mayo. Has anybody had experience with the University of Iowa?

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@tinaesims Is the problem that your insurance won't pay, or that Mayo won't work with your insurance to handle the money. I have plan F, AARP, so Mayo sent them the bill, they sent us the check, and we paid the bill with the check. I saw no problem except that we did have to handle the check. It was OK. The mayo system is sort of creeky and rusty, but it can work. Just be sure to document everything, and keep your receipts. Put the money in your own bank account when you get it from insurance, then pay it with your own check to avoid any issues, or have the bank pay it directly. old karl

Hi all does anyone have have clear sputum with small dots of yellow occasionally in their sputum? If so do you know what it means?

heathert I'm not an expert on meaning but have been told that coloration is not the real answer. I've had everything from almost clear to horribly green and everything in between. Clear with yellow or clean with green…… personally, I don't think it means anything. I usually take a sample in whenever it is thicker yellow or green solidly. Perhaps others will have different stories.

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@auntgranny my color was tanish very thick it was used to culture and make a diagnoses .

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@heathert

Hi all does anyone have have clear sputum with small dots of yellow occasionally in their sputum? If so do you know what it means?

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@heathert My sputum goes from clear to cloudy white to light yellow to darker tan. I usually get darker colored sputum right after I get out of bed in the morning. As the day goes along, it becomes lighter. Darker colored sputum could mean that there is some kind of infection in your lungs. But it is not necessarily tied to MAC. For example, if you have bronchitis or pneumonia, your sputum could be of a darker color, like yellow or green.

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@ling thanks for that, it is very interesting, mine was clear but had a few small yellow specks in the clear, I am wondering if I am inhaling bits of orange that I eat for breakfast.

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heathert I'm not an expert on meaning but have been told that coloration is not the real answer. I've had everything from almost clear to horribly green and everything in between. Clear with yellow or clean with green…… personally, I don't think it means anything. I usually take a sample in whenever it is thicker yellow or green solidly. Perhaps others will have different stories.

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@auntnanny thank you for your information, maby I should just ignore it for now, nice to know someone else has the clear with yellow.

heathert —- I'm certainly not medically qualified to make any suggestions, ……. I'm just saying what I see here. Are you ill?

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@oldkarl

@tinaesims Is the problem that your insurance won't pay, or that Mayo won't work with your insurance to handle the money. I have plan F, AARP, so Mayo sent them the bill, they sent us the check, and we paid the bill with the check. I saw no problem except that we did have to handle the check. It was OK. The mayo system is sort of creeky and rusty, but it can work. Just be sure to document everything, and keep your receipts. Put the money in your own bank account when you get it from insurance, then pay it with your own check to avoid any issues, or have the bank pay it directly. old karl

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I'm on an HMO and Mayo is not in network. University of Iowa is.

@heathert

@ling thanks for that, it is very interesting, mine was clear but had a few small yellow specks in the clear, I am wondering if I am inhaling bits of orange that I eat for breakfast.

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@heathert It is very possible. One time I saw dark red specks in my sputum and was really scared. I thought MAC came back. Then I remembered that I had eaten some cherries earlier. Your colored specks could also from the post nasal drip from your nose.

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@auntnanny

heathert —- I'm certainly not medically qualified to make any suggestions, ……. I'm just saying what I see here. Are you ill?

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@auntnanny I feel fine.

@ling123

@heathert It is very possible. One time I saw dark red specks in my sputum and was really scared. I thought MAC came back. Then I remembered that I had eaten some cherries earlier. Your colored specks could also from the post nasal drip from your nose.

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lling123 Thanks for telling me about the cherries, could be my orange then,very intersting. Could be post nasal drip for me also. : )

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@heathert

heathert…… I've dealt with this only three years — others have more experience, but I'm inclined to think if you feel okay there is probably not much infection. I would think you would not feel like yourself if there was much going on.

@auntnanny

heathert…… I've dealt with this only three years — others have more experience, but I'm inclined to think if you feel okay there is probably not much infection. I would think you would not feel like yourself if there was much going on.

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@heathert I agree with @auntnanny, if you feel OK, don't worry about the color of your sputum too much. I have had excessive and thick sputum for 10+ years showing varying colors. But I feel absolutely fine. I've had it so long, it's become part of my life. I'm annoyed and wish I didn't have to deal with it. But because of my bronchiectasis, I know I most likely will have to live with it for the rest of my life. So I just ignore it and continue on with my life.

@heathert

@ling thanks for that, it is very interesting, mine was clear but had a few small yellow specks in the clear, I am wondering if I am inhaling bits of orange that I eat for breakfast.

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I often have exactly what you described and I don’t eat oranges.
I’m thinking the yellow is an infection of some kind.

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