Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hi Ho Hi Ho - Off To The ER We Go

Yesterday resulted in an impromptu visit to the Marion, IL Emergency Room. Chad had developed blotches on the left side of his abdomen over the past few weeks. It would come and go so it wasn't anything I was too concerned with.

He came down to my office yesterday morning to show me that not only had it spread to the right side, but it was also significantly
darker. He also told me he was having pain on his right side (everything was always happening on the left) where the blotches were. I posted to the online support group as well as we consulted both the VA Oncologist PA and Dr. Sardi's PAs - all of which agreed the best course of action would be to head to the ER because it looked like an infection.

As you are likely aware by now, Chad's Medical Coverage is through the VA - so unless we wanted a hefty bill - we had to go to their hospital, which is is Illinois. The only time they'll approve other facility care at an ER is when it is life threatening. Since this wasn't, we didn't want to risk getting stuck with even more bills we can't pay.

At the end of the day, the trip was, THANKFULLY, a waste of time! lol But it was well worth the peace of mind when not only did the blood tests come back negative for any infection, they also ran the CT Scan and it didn't show any blockages  (Or anything else to be concerned about)  which was something we were wondering about since his bowel movements are still not what they should be!

Alas, we resume being patient and let his body recover as it will. :)

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