Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Don't F**k with Me

That's what the insurance company learned this week.  :)

After several hours spent in the ER receiving IV fluids, a diagnosis of a UTI probably caused by severe dehydration, and a serious threat from my boss* that our company would find a new insurance company to work with, I'm currently at home wired to an IV with fluids and a subcutaneous pump providing Zofran 24/7.  YAY!

My home health care nurse showed up yesterday evening and spent about 2 1/2 hours with me, going through the routine, checking vitals and setting up everything, plus teaching me how to do everything myself.  I had been pretty worried about the realities of the pump, as I'm not a huge fan of needles (who is).  Turns out, the pump set is realitively nothing to worry about, especially compared to the fact that I passed out and vomited when my nurse got my IV in.  It's always an adventure here, folks.

Hopefully, I'll start feeling better soon.  I replaced the IV bag this morning, but am not sure that I did it correctly, so I'll be calling the nurses' line to have someone talk me through it.

*Did I mention that I work for my family's company and that my boss is my dad?  That's right, insurance company, keep f**king with me, watch what happens.

21 comments:

SassyCupcakes said...

I'm so glad. Go Jendeis's Dad!

Amanda said...

I am so grateful they finally helped you. I hope the Zofran and IV fluids are able to give you some relief!!!

Rock on Dad!

'Murgdan' said...

I am so so glad you got what you needed....but I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time with all of this. :-( I hope you get to feeling better soon, my dear.

m said...

(dammit! blogger ate my comment!)

what was sayyyyinngg.....

Was that I am virtually standing on my chair and pumping my fists yelling "nyah! take that!" in your honor. And that I'm so glad you have what you need. So damn sorry it was a struggle to get there.

Lucy said...

Sorry it had to happen this way, and that you're so sick to need it, but so glad you've got the pump!

Bean said...

Gotta love Dads! So glad you finally got what you need -- hope it helps you feel better!

Searching for Serenity said...

Damn straight! You showed them. Thank goodness for awesome bosses. Ahem, I mean Dad's.

Glad to hear you're on the road to feeling more like yourself so you can nuture that little being growing inside you.

~Jess said...

I'm so glad you finally got the pump! Go DAD! for fighting with the insurance.

HereWeGoAJen said...

Good! I am glad you are getting taken care of.

sonja said...

Way to go, Jendeis! You have definitely proven that you're not one to be messed with!! Sooo glad you were able to get that pump and I hope it makes you feel better ASAP!

Melissa G said...

Oh Jen, I'm sorry to hear things have been so rough!

Lets hope the IV's continue to go smoothly.

MFA Mama said...

Awesome, that's great news! I've been lurking worriedly and am glad to hear you've finally got the hydration and meds you need to feel as good as is possible for you right now and keep you and the passenger healthy.

mybumpyjourney said...

you GO girl!!!! That is awesome!!! I hope you get to feeling better soon. spiking a new IV bag is pretty easy- unless you poke a hole or get a huge air bubble you are okay. :) Just rest and get better sweet cheeks.

I am proud of you, and am sending up prayers.

Jem said...

Here's to your victory over bureaucracy and stupidity! And to you feeling better.

Photogrl said...

I'm SO glad to hear that the insurance company has given in...although, I'm sorry it took another trip to the ER and a threat to do it!

Really hoping this helps you...and you start feeling better soon!

PJ said...

Well damn, I'm sorry you had to go to the hospital to make them pay up! See, what did I say? It's costing them more in the long run.

Feel better!!!

Clare said...

Good luck hun I hope this works for you and you start feeling more normal soon xx

Anonymous said...

Thank g/d. I am so happy!
bff

Anonymous said...

Jendeis, got here windy road from Kari (thoughts-preserved) but I have two young friends who both went through what you are; they were both admitted to the hospital for dehydration (so that might be the answer - though I'm not sure they were worse than you - maybe because you don't already have an OB; they both did); were diagnosed with hyperemesis, a quite serious condition; one at least was sent home (actually she went to her mother's to stay until she was through with all that) with home health and IV (I don't remember anything being said about a pump and her mom is out-of-state right now but I could ask her if you'd like); don't know if any of that had anything to do with insurance; their husbands both had pretty good, I think, but I do wonder about the OB thing with the insurance, though. I understand your concern, though I'm not sure I quite understand the local hospital's stand unless they're fairly small in which case could they not just send you somewhere larger or are they concerned it's too far. That's what they did with my daughter-in-law who is overweight and did not have to have a C-section (though, she, too, is losing weight while pregnant, which I understood is not actually a bad thing if you're overweight - it's just the dehydration that's so serious) Hop this helps

Hillary said...

So thankful you finally got the medical attention you needed and had some family in your corner!

kimbosue said...

You go girly! Stand up for the patient's rights!