What a miserable way to begin the new year!
I couldn’t believe I would be stuck in the hospital. I was so scared and angry. I still had no idea what was causing all of my problems, especially my blood pressure. I kept asking myself WHY ME?!?! What did I do to deserve this?!?! I was getting no answers from the universe, or the doctors.
I had no idea what the morning would bring, but sleep did not come. And, as most know, sleep in the hospital is kind of a joke. At around 4am a knock on the door brought the resident vampire. Time for more blood work. In and out, thank goodness. I just wanted to be left alone.
Soon, the rest of the floor started to awaken. A new day begins.
I was to find out, blood tests were the first of many tests to be done that day. Xrays, scans, imaging, you name it, it was done. Finally met with the weekend oncall doctor. Right away, we clashed. He didn’t feel as if I had the right to ask questions about MY health! Lou liked him. He felt he was right to the point. Of course, everyone was still blaming me for my health issues. It didn’t help my mood at all. But still no real answers to what was going on. And my blood pressure continued to remain high.
Trial and error with blood pressure medication finally started working. Unfortunately I was on 5 different medications just for blood pressure. There was one more test the doctor wanted to do, but required a special medication that had to be flown in. That night we got a snowstorm, and the plane was delayed. So, another night in the hospital.
I also remember during this time, I found out that the hospital I was in was out of network with my insurance. I knew it was an emergency admission, but I was panicking, so placed a call to my insurance company. Wrong move! The gal that answered the phone was less than helpful. And quite honestly, made things worse. According to her, I should have gone to an in network hospital. I explained what happened and the reason I couldn’t go to another hospital…and I told her what my heart rate had been. Quite seriously, she then asked me…”Is that high?” I was incredulous! Seriously!! A person working at a medical insurance company, and she didn’t even know BASIC information?!?!?! I began yelling into the phone. Lou heard me and came back into the room. I explained to him what was going on, and that we would be responsible for the out of network charges….which by this point, was nearing over the 6 digit mark. I started packing up my stuff. Lou asked to take my phone and speak with the person on the other end. He then walked out to the nurses station to “chat” with her. Not really privy to the whole conversation, but the outcome was that the insurance company would be paying the bills as if it were in network. Pshewwww!
Sunday morning. The doctor comes in and explains the delay for the drug needed to do one last test. As we were talking, I asked if he had done certain tests to see if it could help answer my high blood pressure issue. Nope, he hadn’t. At least he listened to me on this part. The tests were ordered, along with a KUB (kidney, ureter, bladder xray). More blood work, and back down to xray. Just like all the other tests, they came back negative. One last test…just waiting for the drug. And, I needed to be NPO (just sips of water to take my numerous drugs!)
Finally, around 5:30 that night, they came to get me to do the test. It took forever, and got back to the room around 8pm. Still not allowed to eat or drink anything pending test results. I was just ready to GO! About an hour later, the doctor walked in. Test was negative and I was free to go. Of course, being a hospital, checking out is quite the ordeal. I think it was finally about 10-1030 that night that we got to leave.
I was so very glad to leave, but without answers. I was to follow up in 2 weeks with the doctor I really had no respect for. We shall see how that works!