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Royal Carribean Cruises

11 July 2014 - 11:01 AM

Hey all!

I am back from my 12 day Baltic cruise. Hats off to Royal Carribean for going out of their way to make us safe. For snacks they offered Udi's pizza, fruit and packaged Udi's cookies at the 24 hour coffee shop. Ate all meals in the dining room. Two head waiters took really good care of us. They even talked to us about food selections and cc safety. I highly recommend RC for a great gluten-free experience. They even baked gluten-free muffins and bread for us!

We did get glutened once, but I think it occurred in St. Petersburg while on a tour. I recovered quickly from that CC episode. Hubby and I did well during our two weeks in Great Britain too thanks to everyone's input! We dined many mornings at Costa's Coffee where they had gluten-free chicken wraps and brownies that were really good. Ate a lot of tailgate meals from M & S, TESCO and Sainbury's too. Stayed at gluten-free Bed and Breakfast Inns and carried bread and toaster bags for those that were not dedicated inns. Even had Fish and Chips!

Airline food (pre-ordered) was horrible. A gluten-free tin of food marked with a Sharpie but served with crackers and a roll made from wheat? We passed! Carried food with us.

Had a fabulous time, overall!

Funny Cost For Celiac Blood Panel

28 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

I was formally diagnosed a year ago.  My husband has not been formally diagnosed, but went gluten free 13 years ago at the advice of my allergist and his MD/GP.  Since my daughter was symptom free (I know….my only symptom was anemia), I waited until the "Affordable Care Act" was officially in place to have her tested for celiac disease.  We are self-employed and I was already "uninsurable" which meant that I was able to keep my old insurance but wasn't able to shop around for other insurance.  In my state, I could get new insurance but at an extra premium (we pay about $22K/year for three of us as it stands now).  My daughter has her own policy and I didn't want a "ding" on her record or any rejection.


Her results were negative.  Yeah!  


I received her bill from her insurance company yesterday.  The test was about $600.00.   Her insurance has set charges (negotiated rates), we had to pay the total lab costs of $68.00 since we have not met her deductible.    At first I just thought it was some kind of co-pay, but that was the full amount.  I cringe to think what folks without insurance must pay!  


Fortunately, my husband and I have a HMO policy that covers just about everything (and we pay through the nose for it).  




I would have paid the $600 since health is everything to us, but still?  Why such a disparity in charges?