Friday, November 02, 2007

November 2nd, 2006

I can't believe it was a year go today that I was admitted to the hospital with out of control blood pressure, vision problems and concerns for Owen. I hardly remember the day-I had forgotten that I was at the hospital for over 24 hours before they decided Owen needed to be delivered.

The reason was my 24 hour urine which is a test that they did to see how much protein I was producing. My number was over 6K which is waaaayyyyyy tooo much. We often induce for just 4K so I was hurting. Well actually my kidneys and liver were.

Anyway, it was a very sad and challenging time-which now seems like forever ago especially since on a lighter note, Owen is in a phase I like to lovingly refer to as "birth control" (he, he).

I'm headed out to get his one year pictures here shortly and while I have visions of smiles, peek-a-boo, him standing for a pix, etc. I'll probably get tears and screaming. He's already injured himself 3 times today. He has 2 scratches and 1 bruise on his face-but in light of the last year, I wouldn't change a thing! I'm so blessed to have a baby crawling around, into everything, and driving me bonkers. I long to love on him, cuddle, etc. He wants no part of it. He thinks he's a big boy. And really, he is. He's a really little BIG BOY! He's even starting to cruise along the furniture some!

Well, about these bad couple of days. I'm going to go ahead and write about the abridged version as it's therapeutic for me to type it out-way cheaper than therapy;-)

So on Wednesday Owen had his appt in Indy and while I was trying to get us out the door for it, I stupidly answered the phone d/t a call from his MD's office. A nurse was calling to find out why I scheduled Owen for his $1,000 (yes, I meant to type one thousand dollars!!!!) RSV (deathly respiratory viral infection) immunization since he was denied approval.

Hmmmm...that's funny. I just rec'vd a letter stating he was approved-thank you very much arnett hmo. Now for the real challenge: can I locate the stinkin' approval letter? Ureeka! Found it. Ok, so now what.

So, I called the ARNETT HMO office on my way to the appt in Indy and the lady was like, sorry-he's been denied. I'm like, I don't get it-I have a letter saying he's approved. So, she said, can you get me the letter. Hmmmm...does it matter lady?

So, I requested an emergency appeal. He was denied based on insufficient need. Hmmmm....insufficient need-what a load of....think Christian thoughts-think what is right, what is true what is lovely-I'd love to show her.....I digress...

Ok, so the plot thickens -fast forward past one of the World's worst appts (more on that later) to me getting home and getting the mail. I open a letter from HMO and a doctor decided that while Owen may NEED the immunization so he oesn't get the dreaded thousands of kids die a year due to RSV infection, HMO doesn't have to cover it as it won't sustain life-hmm...I hope Owen doesn't prove them wrong. Thanks for nothin' Dr Beardmore (the MD who signed it and I really believe doesn't even know Owen's history. UGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, well this venting session took longer than I planned so more later-better get to the picture appt!


amy f. said...

That's amazing that Owen is 1 year old! I hope the photo shoot when alright. Oh, how I dread getting the professional photos and I only have one busy boy!

I'm sorry you've had a rough couple of days. $1,000 immunization...that's crazy, but sounds very necessary for Owen. I hope you get it figured out. I will be praying for you.

Tonya said...


Keep fighting for his shot!! Knoah received 4 for them last year and is scheduled to start them again at the end of the month!! While it is crazy that it cost $1,000.00 + it will be worth it if it prevents him from getting RSV!!

Anonymous said...

Happy First Birthday Owen! Can't wait to see birthday pictures of your very special day!