I had an ER visit last month. I had a terrible, horrible migraine with really weird neurological symptoms. Like the right side of my face and right arm going numb, unable to speak, followed by puking and the worst headache I've ever had. I don't know that I've ever had so much pain in my life. In fact, I don't remember ever being in that much pain when I had both of my babies and that was major surgery. I remember thinking at the time, "I don't care what it costs, just take the pain away!"
I'm taking that back now. The first bill came in the mail today. Granted they have to bill our "temp" insurance which has $1000 deductible, but we will still be paying a huge chunk out of our pockets. I told Marshall I should have just died, lol.
I was there about 4 hours, had an IV, a bunch of labs done and what I thought was just a CT brain when I went in. Come to find out, they also did a CT angio head & neck. Any guesses for the going rate of a CTA head or neck? $1200 a pop. Crazy, isn't it? And CT brains are $700. You do the math - it's $3100 JUST in CT's. You wouldn't believe how many ct brains I order every night I work. I won't go into how much the IV push or morphine cost.
Everything came back normal and I am fine but felt a bit strung out the next few days. Anyways, we were going to celebrate paying off our car this month. I was beyond excited. But it looks like this hospital bill will now replace our car payment.
I know I'm complaining. A LOT. But can we ever get ahead? *Sigh*