Your Donations at Work…
Ana’s first day back home was great, but not without obstacles. It’s been wonderful having her home, and having ALL of us home, but it’s also been kind of heartbreaking. She is bored. Our routine is upside down. She’s very frustrated that none of her clothes fit. In fact, none of her clothes from last year even fit. She burst into tears after trying on a pair of skinny jeans that were baggy on her (deep sigh).
But, she’s eating like crazy and taking her medicine without complaint. Her mood seems good, for the most part. She is absolutely LOVING our kittens to death.
She tolerated the Lovenox shot this morning with very few tears. That damn shot. It’s another bit of heartbreak that followed us home from the hospital. Speaking of which – tomorrow we’re getting a visit from a home nursing service. They are going to teach us how to flush out Ana’s port and change the dressing (although something tells me the dressing change won’t happen since she just had it done on Monday night). We got a shipment of medical supplies today in preparation for that visit. I set it all up on the buffet cabinet in the dining room. All that medical stuff is sitting there replacing the fish tank and my tastefully arranged candles, reminding me every second that this isn’t over yet.
But I digress. I really wanted to post a list of medical bills that we’ll be paying shortly with the help of your generous donations. I’m doing this for two reasons – the first is to demystify the ambiguous phrase “medical expenses” – I just don’t think it’s fair to keep saying that in connection with fundraising without at least some clarification. The second is for educational purposes for those out there who may be going through something similar (or are wondering where the bills come from and why). As horrifying as all these bills are, it is kind of fascinating see our complex healthcare system in action.
So, first bill – $501 from Kingston Hospital. The actual amount billed to CDPHP was closer to $4000 but CDPHP only approved $501 so that’s what we were billed. I guess that means if I didn’t have insurance, I’d be billed a lot more…
The second bill was for the ambulance “service” from Kingston to Westchester. It was about a 90 minute ambulance ride (Ana slept the entire time). Total price tag – $1875.
We also got a bill for lab work from Westchester Medical for about $470. I’m not sure why that’s the ONLY bill we’ve gotten from Westchester so far, but I know there are lots of claims floating around in the system and I’m sure the other bills will be arriving shortly (up until they reach $9000 – which is our deductible).
We also paid about $700 for Ana’s Lovenox shots (30 syringes in all) and another $150 for one of her prescriptions. These are both drugs covered by CDPHP. Once we reach our deductible, the price would be cut in half.
So there it is…your donations in action! It is truly a load lifted to be able to pay these bills and not worry about other bills…like the mortgage. Thank you all.