new blog post to go or not go to the hospital the new American Gamble
It started last night I had horrible chest pain that was something like being squeezed in the heart with jaw locking dry heaving and horrible arm and shoulder pain. So you might be thinking hey of course get yourself to a hospital you are probably having a heart attack. This could be absolutely true but I have some complicating factors such as chronic illness. I have ehlers-danlos which means that my jaw pain and my arm pain could very easily be the dislocated shoulder and the supplicated jaw. I also have pots which can mimic a heart attack with incredible accuracy. The pots could also explain why my heart rate was jumping between 30 BPM and 136 BPM and back down and around just like a roller coaster. so why wouldn't I go to the hospital just to make sure as my cardiologist has many times told me I should absolutely do because without a test given by a doctor there is no way to know if I am having a heart attack or any one of the other mitigating factors.
I live in the United States. I never thought of myself as a gambler until I became sick in a country we're going bankrupt can be an absolute reality just from visiting the emergency room. I am in a very privileged position we're at that does not mean that I'm living paycheck-to-paycheck. however my last emergency room bill for just sitting in the emergency room and not taking any medication and only seeing a doctor for 5 minutes cost over $1,000 I did not have any tests performed and this was after my insurance had paid what they were going to pay. Insurance can also decide that if what you went into the emergency room for is not what is wrong with you they can decide not to pay. that means that if I was wrong and I was not having a heart attack but was having a pots attack my insurance could choose to not pay any of my hospital bills.
Thisthis is how we found ourselves in a situation of me being in the bathroom dry heaving while my husband was desperately on the phone trying to get ahold of her insurance provider to make sure that this time our full bill would be paid to which she was given language that would really need a lawyer to pull apart.
II have no answers in this post and to quote the immortal Monty Python I'm not dead yet.