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First ER Visit of 2019 and Counting

January 5th, 2019 at 09:59 pm

DD's in stage 2 of an adrenal crisis. I had to give her a shot of cortisol because she couldn't keep the pills down for 24 hours and then DH took her to the ER because she has to be monitored for a while to make sure that she comes out of the adrenal crisis and that the cortisol doesn't send anything into overdrive (sort of like adrenaline would).

This is the first time I have given a shot to a human. It wasn't hard, but it was weird. I've only ever given them to rabbits when the herd needed Ivermectin and that is an under the skin shot, not a muscle shot. This was a muscle shot. I need to get used to it, though.

Before she left for the hospital I had her renew her shot prescription so we can get a replacement into her emergency med kit as soon as possible.

At least we have the money in the medical account to cover this when it comes due. That is a lot less stress on us than all of last year. I'll keep adding to the account, too. I had thought about maybe cutting my contributions since it is funded, but I think I'll continue on for a while. If it turns out we don't need it I will use it for debt payment, but for the time being it can just go into the medical account, at least until after her surgery (assuming the insurance company approves it). I'll stress less that way.

This visit will be the first thing on her deductible this year. It should just be around $753, since there won't be any need for tests, just monitoring. That will get her 3/4 of the way through her deductible. I hope they don't make her take a pregnancy test. They do for almost every visit, but since this one shouldn't involve radiation or narcotics in any way and we know what is going on, they don't need to.

They probably will, though, even though this should not be a diagnostic visit at all. Just another unnecessary expense for celibate women. They don't believe her when she says there is no chance. They tried to give me a pregnancy test when I went in pregnant with DS for the gash in my knee that I needed stitches for and they tried to do one after my hysterectomy. I pitched fits both times. I understand why they do it, but she's been too sick for the past 8 years to even go on a date, so it feels ridiculous. It costs somewhere in the $80 ballpark, so it just annoys me. Not like I can do anything about it, though.

Anyway, hopefully everything will be just fine. This is the first adrenal crisis she's had since being put on the cortisol. I am just glad that DH was available to take her. I am still a little under the weather, though worlds better, and I get sick every time I go to the hospital, plus the waiting room chairs and the in room chairs screw up my hips and tailbone for days afterwards. DH keeps me updated with texts so I have almost a play by play of anything going on without having to expose myself to the flu or the plague or whatever version of the creeping crud is going around town.

8 Responses to “First ER Visit of 2019 and Counting”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds so scary! I pray she does well and feels better soon.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    So sorry you and your daughter are going through this.

  3. Joanne Says:

    I'm also sorry that your daughter is going through this. I hope that she feels better quickly.She has been through so much..

  4. Smallsteps Says:

    I too think that the pregnancy test thing is often overboard. I realize if you are of a certain age and that people are not always truthful but it is a WASTE of medical dollars in MANY cases.
    I had a time I went in for some stomach issues the ER was literally doing Nothing for me and I just told them "hey I am not just laying here in pain all day"
    the nurse said we have to wait for a pregnancy test to come back I told her that was insane since I was older and had tubes tied 20 years ago.
    she said " oh well then we can take an xray and treat you then" seriously NO ONE even asked is there a chance you could be or anything they just wanted a urine sample and testing was backed up that day the nurse told me they would have waited another couple of hours.

  5. Dido Says:

    Praying DD is feeling much better now!

  6. Sue Says:

    Saying a prayer and sending hugs for all of you!!!!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    She came through it well. Thanks for all the kind words.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I hope she is doing better.

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