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Well, the squad took the wife to the ER at the heart hospital today, and we have no insurance
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Edited on Thu Jun-05-08 08:54 PM by The Straight Story
She had been having heart issues for a few days and thought it might just be her Parkinson's causing it. I talked to our dispatch supervisor and she told me she would send out a team of paramedics to evaluate her on a non-emergency run and advise her.

The ambulance got here and advised her to seek medical attention - but she was worried about having no insurance. KMC (the county hospital) sees patients without insurance and is always insanely busy. But the paramedics knew a lot more than we did - turns out all the hospitals here do, private or not, and they sign you up for medical right there without all the extra paperwork you normally need.

So we went to the heart hospital and we were treated just as well as people with insurance. They ran as many tests as needed (blood work, xrays, ultra sound) and would have admitted her if need be.

Turns out her heart was/is enlarged due to fluid being around it, high white blood cell count, and her pancreas is having problems. They gave her some powerful anti-biotics, a shot of something for inflammation and nitro.

Poor girl just can't win, we had to laugh about it really. Arachnoid cyst on the brain, Parkinson's, Asthma, Pneumonia off and on, now all this shit and she is only 37.

Point to me today is - it was nice to see medical people doing their job for her and not treating her like a leper for not having insurance. They didn't blink or balk at it, and they are working what channels they have to get paid.

All possible because some people in power put lives ahead of dollars. And soon we will have more of them in power.

It was scary for a while there today, but the one thing that I wasn't sweating right then was about money. I would rather have a hospital bill to pay than a funeral bill.
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  -Well, the squad took the wife to the ER at the heart hospital today, and we have no insurance The Straight Story  Jun-05-08 08:53 PM   #0 
  - Best wishes to you and your wife - pretty tough stuff at 37. Glad she is doing well tonight  dmordue   Jun-05-08 08:56 PM   #1 
  - gad, you do have a hard time, you two. I am happy for you that at  roguevalley   Jun-06-08 04:12 PM   #40 
  - That's a wonderful story ..  Tangerine LaBamba   Jun-05-08 08:56 PM   #2 
  - Yes it is:  The Straight Story   Jun-06-08 10:52 AM   #39 
  - I am glad that you found medical care with a heart. Best to you and  tsuki   Jun-05-08 08:56 PM   #3 
  - Glad it worked out  KT2000   Jun-05-08 08:57 PM   #4 
  - Medical personnel are for the most part in it to take care of people  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-05-08 08:57 PM   #5 
  - I was a controller of a medical clinic, the nurses always wanted to give the best care possible.  Mountainman   Jun-05-08 08:58 PM   #6 
  - Let us know how we can help!  SDuderstadt   Jun-05-08 08:58 PM   #7 
  - Your last line says it all. I am so sorry to hear what you are going  grannylib   Jun-05-08 08:59 PM   #8 
  - We were both just happy it was not worse. Her BP/hear rate was so high  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 09:01 PM   #11 
     - Oh God, no doubt...I still have pages and pages and pages of  grannylib   Jun-05-08 09:11 PM   #22 
        - The ER dr was not familiar with the affects of Parkinson's on the heart  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 09:15 PM   #23 
           - Good for you for having done your homework...I found that helped  grannylib   Jun-05-08 09:20 PM   #25 
  - By law the Hospital must "stabilize" her and not chase you for the cost until later - but  papau   Jun-05-08 08:59 PM   #9 
  - Sending you good thoughts and prayers.. I hope all is well with you..  glowing   Jun-05-08 09:00 PM   #10 
  - Well, at least the ambulance ride was free  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 09:03 PM   #13 
  - All my best thoughts are with you and your wife  panader0   Jun-05-08 09:01 PM   #12 
  - Oh TSS.. I'm so glad she was able to get the care she needed.  annabanana   Jun-05-08 09:03 PM   #14 
  - Don't stress the money, emergency MediCal is there for a reason  LeftyMom   Jun-05-08 09:04 PM   #15 
  - Well, I am certainly going to pass on this that you said to her:  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 09:08 PM   #21 
     - It happens, unfortunately.  LeftyMom   Jun-05-08 09:19 PM   #24 
  - Sorry to hear that. Let's all hope for a speedy recovery.  LibInTexas   Jun-05-08 09:05 PM   #16 
  - I'm glad to hear she was able to get good treatment  tularetom   Jun-05-08 09:05 PM   #17 
  - .  Swamp Rat   Jun-05-08 09:07 PM   #18 
  - Yikes! Hang in there and look into Cal-Med tomorrow  Ichingcarpenter   Jun-05-08 09:07 PM   #19 
  - Good God. My best wishes to your wife and yourself...  Triana   Jun-05-08 09:07 PM   #20 
  - It used to be that doctors could see patients for no money,  janx   Jun-05-08 09:25 PM   #26 
  - Wow. You & her had quite a day, I am SO glad she's okay.  Journalgrrl   Jun-05-08 10:48 PM   #27 
  - The two funniest moments of the day  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 11:24 PM   #30 
  - My dear Straight Story!  CaliforniaPeggy   Jun-05-08 10:51 PM   #28 
  - The people there were awesome  The Straight Story   Jun-05-08 11:30 PM   #32 
     - Isn't it amazing when someone we love teaches us about being strong?  Journalgrrl   Jun-06-08 02:17 AM   #37 
  - Best wishes to you both!  LucyParsons   Jun-05-08 11:09 PM   #29 
  - I'm relieved to hear she's ok  temperancedissent   Jun-05-08 11:25 PM   #31 
  - I'm confused  iwillalwayswonderwhy   Jun-05-08 11:52 PM   #33 
  - No  The Straight Story   Jun-06-08 12:12 AM   #34 
     - I hope you do some research on the internet  tabatha   Jun-06-08 01:00 AM   #35 
  - You and your beautiful wife  beltanefauve   Jun-06-08 01:24 AM   #36 
  - Prayers and hugs for all of you, TSS. Your family has had to live through so much  Hekate   Jun-06-08 04:01 AM   #38 
  - Even more is going on today, my other son who has not wanted to talk to me  The Straight Story   Jun-07-08 11:40 AM   #42 
     - God willing, indeed. It's been a long time coming.  Hekate   Jun-08-08 02:24 AM   #44 
        - Just to update you  The Straight Story   Jun-08-08 04:52 PM   #45 
  - . . .  sfexpat2000   Jun-06-08 04:17 PM   #41 
  - That is how it used be before insurance  KSCFAN   Jun-07-08 11:44 AM   #43 

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