ADR Recovery

This blog chronicles my recovery from a new type of major back surgery, Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR). I injured my back at L5/S1 when I was 9 and have always struggled with back pain, but was unable to walk after a minor car accident in ‘05. Research became my second job and with the support of my family and friends, I decided go under the knife. My intention is to keep my friends updated while I recover and help others who are suffering with back pain understand the recovery process.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Rude Awaking!!!

The hospital called at 8:30 this morning - a full 3 hours before my normal wake-up.

I've been arguing with the hospital and my old doctor about my billing for my emergency surgery in April. They say it was urgent, not emergency which makes a big difference in how much my insurance will pay.

I went to the doctor that morning thinking I would be home in 40 minutes, then would head to work; I didn't even have my makeup with me. I was diagnosed at 10 am and was waiting for a OR at 1 pm. There was no time; I went straight to the hospital, Jeff raced home from work and I came home the next day with stitches. I had to sign a release form for the doctor to remove my ovary because there was a chance I wouldn't have it when I woke up.

If that isn't considered emergency surgery, what is????

I've also learned that despite spending a full 24 hours in the hospital, I was never admitted. They all agree that I needed the surgery "urgently" that it would not have been wise to wait a day, but it's not an emergency!

I think my head is going to explode!

Seriously, I think my head is going to explode all over these bills and insurance crap. I can't talk about this anymore...


At 9:24 PM EDT, Blogger TSH said...

I feel you pain (though on a much smaller scale). I have had "catastrophic" insurance to tide me over between turning 25 and when my work insurance picks up. I have a huge prescription deductible. Long story short, had to pay out of pocket for some antibiotic ear drops the other day. Ridiculous. Hope you are feeling better and good luck with the insurance company.

At 12:18 AM EDT, Blogger Tricia said...

Thanks babe. It really is crazy.... my $67K surgery bill was negoiated down to $24K which leads to the question... why did you bill 67K when it only cost 24K? I swear.... Sometimes I just have to take a walk.

Can't Jerry cover you on his insurance? Usually the waiting period is 6 months of living together... you could count all the time you lived in Dallas.... just a thought....

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