Sunday, August 7, 2011


We took a couple of days this weekend and headed out of town to just relax.  We traveled for free, so what the heck!  A few other couples went as well, so it was nice to just hang by the pool for a couple of days and not have to get up every morning at the crack of dawn to let the dogs out! 

Jeff had his endoscope a week ago.  There were a few things that showed during the scope, but nothing that would cause the pain he has been experiencing.  This means, we are back to the drawing board.

This past Thursday we met with his regular physician who has been in contact with his GI doctor.  Since his pain is moving a little more towards the left side now, and his blood work shows that his liver enzymes and kidney enzymes are elevated, he has to under go more tests.

He will go back to the doctor on the 18th for a Hydrascan and a CT scan of the gallbladder, liver and kidneys.  I was still kind of living in the "oh, it isn't anything too important.  We will find the answer soon" until the doctor mentioned that his enzymes aren't elevated enough to warrant dialysis.  That comment stopped me cold. 

What is she talking about, dialysis?  No one has seemed overly concerned about any of this until that comment slipped out.  We are trying to solve a puzzle and the pieces just aren't fitting into one simple diagnosis. 

And then today, the hospital bill arrived.  The same hospital that treated him for acid reflux and when that didn't work, treated him for dehydration, and when that didn't work, sent him home to see a doctor the following day.  Two pain medications, some liquid to drink and fluids intravenously and blood work.  That is what they did.  After the insurance adjustments, our portion is still $750.  Unbelievable. 

I want to work where I can do nothing to actually solve a problem, and still get paid in full for it!  If anyone comes up with an idea, let me know!

On a lighter note, I just finished reading The Help.  I loved every minute of this book.  Please read it before you see the movie.  The movies are never the same.

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