My husband had surgery on his ankle ligaments in 1977, just before we married. That ankle has never been right since. Over the past couple of months, he began complaining of more and more pain, and was out of breath after short exertion. Since he has testicles, he chose to ignore my repeated suggestions that he go see a doctor. We have 100% Charity Care through one of the local hospitals; they have an Urgent Care near us. That is where he toddled off to, on Monday morning.
I got a call from him about an hour later.
“You’ll never guess what they’re doing.”
“How’d you know?”
The hospital is the one locally identified for cardiac care. Yes, he was sent to the CCU. Sigh.
Turns out that his mom had gifted him genetically with Atrial Fibrillation (not due to a valve). Yup, that thing you’ve started seeing commercials about. So, where does that leave things?
Car left at Urgent Care, because they were sending him by ambulance. Friend of DD27′s got the keys (of course, there is only one set), got her, she got car. She who just has spine surgery 6/23.
No charger cord for his phone, which died en route. DD27 picked up the phone when she went to visit and it stayed home, charging. Which meant that most of the people who wanted to reach him, could not.
Bags of trash that began to pile up, because neither my daughter nor I can take them to the dumpster. DD24′s husband rendered true service by taking it ALL over in 2 trips.
No groceries were bought, so fast food made itself at home in our home.
Also, no cat litter. DD27 went to Pet Smart, where a person will put it in your cart and then put it in your car. Kudos to our downstairs neighbor; she brought it upstairs for us.
No cat food. Thank God I was trying to add wet food to their diet, so we were covered.
And then came D-day.
I constantly feel as though I should be present whenever a family member is discharged from the hospital. They NEVER ask all the questions they will need to have answered. For example, what do I do if I cannot afford the drugs you prescribed? What exactly are my limitations? Do you have any samples of what I’ve taken in the hospital?
As we all know, doctors will usually prescribe the newest (read most expensive) drugs. One of the drugs was over $300 a month! I called the doctor’s office and was told they had samples for him of one drug, but not the other. However, they could prescribe a generic for that one which would only be $4 a month.
Thank God for http://www.needymeds.com where I found Patient-Assistance-Programs for both drugs, and they will be free, because we qualify economically!!!
My husband turns 65 next month and will be covered by Medicare. No, we are not going to get a Part D plan. Once he retires, our income will be less than half of what he makes now.
It is so VERY important for the uninsured to know that there are ways to find help that is built into the services they use (assuming they are available). These two programs are how our family has met our medical needs for some years now.
He is home now and things are somewhat sorted out. However, the low salt/cholesterol friendly diet has yet to be fully implemented.