I am sorry for not posting for a while! Thigs just really started getting out of control and I had to stay down and try to get it all worked out.
This is what has been going on!
Ever since a few weeks ago when I went to the ER for the spasm in my neck...of course the end result was high pain levels that have been persistant.
My PM is on Vaction so I am out of luck with all that. He has been out for a while came in a few days for office visists at his far away office which I could not afford to drive to. It is alos and hour and 15 min drive there through the mountains one way and even if I had the money I just could not do it or find anyone to drive me in my own car.
On Wed. The Surgery Center called and said they would NOT do surgery unless I paid 1/2 the estamated cost of the facility charges. The estamated amount for 1/2 was $18,000 bucks!!!
Well this came as a shock because I was under the understanding the attorney was working out a lien agreement with them. They assured me there was no such thing in the works as they do not do those. I know my attorney had been having trouble getting contact with the correct person there. So just in case he could not get the Lien in place I with many tears and a lot of assertiveness got them talked down to a $10,000 dollar payment on the date of surgery. Now I made this agreement knowing I only have a $4200 dollar limit on my credit card so the rest has to come from family. I immediatley notified my Mom of the potential issues and that there may not be a surgery if this is not worked out.
Mean-while my emotions are now in knots and I am STRESSED to the BREAKING point ...... but wait It gets BETTER!
I get with the attorney and he says he is still working on it and he will get back to me.
A few weeks ago I signed a Lien agreement with the Ortho Spine Surgeons office for surgery. I get A phone call from them on Wed afternoon saying they have not signed it and want the surgeons portion paid in full on the date of surgery! His estamated portion $23,000 dollars. OK MY MOUTH DROPED OPEN!!
No I am freaked out and seething at the same time..
I said I did not know how that would work. I got back with the attorney and he told me he is still working on everything and he will call me Thursday morning before he goes to court.
So I had big huge pain levels and my emotions are just off the chart. I cried myself to sleep after taking a anti-nausea med because I was sick to my stomach from the pain and stress.
Thursday morning the Anesthesia services call me and say they want $2,500 dollars up front or they will not be there for surgery. I tell the lady that all the resources I have went to the surgery center and I have no money to give them. She said OK well I will inform everyone and take you off the plan, and HUNG UP ON ME!!!!
This is when I really really LOST IT!!!! I signned a lien agreement with them and I know for a fact they have already signed it because the attorney has told me so.
So I call the attorney and I am crying. I tell him that changing the date of this surgery IS NOT AN OPTION! He says to calm down and tells me he is working on trying to contact the car insurance I had at the time to try and get them to pay out some money ahead of time. So he says in the meantime to go rest and he will work it out with the anesthesia services.
He did get the anesthesia services thing worked out. It was a miscomunication and they did in fact hae a signed Lien agreement with them.
To my disbelief the woman who hung up on me from the anesthesia place called back to also confirm there was a lien in place and apologized for the miscommunication. I was shocked that she appologized.
So the entire day goes by and I am hearing nothing from anyone. My pain and spasms are just off the charts.
I am a week short on my valium because the time when I had the spasm the ER doc was going to prescribe me some and I said NO becasue it would break the contract with the PM. He authorized in the notes for me to take an extra valium (5mg) if needed to keep the spasm under control.
So on Thursday I ran out and can't see the PM ... so I am doing my best to stay as down as possible. Thank God so Far I have not gotten a big huge bad spasm or I would be in the ER.
Finally!! at 5:50 pm.. I get a call from the attorney telling me that he had a conferance call with the car insurance company and he said they agreed to OVer-Night a Big enough check to cover the Surgeons FULL payment and the Surgery Center's FULL payment.
Lets hope it will be a reality!
I was shocked! Happy yes! Still stressed though! My pain levels are high, I am sticking close to home. I will make a 12 step meeting today and then that will be it. Church tomorrow and maybe a quick stop at the grocery and I will be on my couch for the remainder of each day til the day before surgery.
Tuesday, the day before surgery is a busy day. In the morning I have to go to the surgery center and do what they call a "Hold-Clot" blood test. It is where they do the Blood typing so incase you might need a transfusion they can find the closet matched bllod to your oqn type. Well it is your type, but the closest in relation to the other attributes of your blood.
Then after that I go to the Surgeons office and get fitted with my Aspen Hard collar. This I will wear ffrom 4-6 weeks or more depending on how I am doing
After that my Mom will arrive and I think we may go get a pedicure and hae a quiet dinner at my house.
There is one thing I am really concerned about.
My surgery check in time is at 12 pm and surgery at 2 pm. The nurse in the pre-op said nothing to eat or drink after midnight. I asked about all my meds and the fact that surgery is not until 2pm??? She said I could only take the Morphine sulfate at 7 am and then nothing else.
I am concerned that by Noon I will be at a pain level of 10!! I always need something for breakthrough pain before the mid-day dose! All the anxiety of the surgery and waiting~!!! I swear my pain will be sky-rocketed!!
I tried to explain it all but it did not make a differnece. I guess I will bring it up to the Surgeons office at the Pre-op
So friends it has been very tough not only pain wise, but mentally spirituall and emotionally. I am as ready as I can be for the surgery, but I do not think it will be a reality untill I wake up from the surgery and anesthesia! The I will know it DID finally happen!!
Again...I am sorry for going AWALL on you...I just was frantic and needed to stay down.
I hope the check has arrived and is ready to go to the bank on Tuesday. Or even today if it is here. I know my attorney goes to his office and shuffles papers on Sat's and Sun's. I have seen him going into the office before on the way to my Saturday morning 12 step meeting. He has even called me to let me know things on a weekend day before.
So please send out all the good vibes that all is in place for Spet. 3rd.