I started bleeding a week ago (while in Canada of all the inconvenient places to start bleeding while pregnant, but if it's gonna happen, it'll happen to me). Not out of control bleeding and I got a wonderful blessing from my friend's brother in law. I'm fine, but I think there's no baby left in there. I don't know for sure. Why don't I know? Because I live in Victorville.
I called my doctor when I got home to let them know what's happening and their response was, "okay, go to the ER." And then there was my response of, "WHAT?! The ER?! No I just need a quick check up." To which they replied, "Oh no. If you're bleeding we can't help you, you have to go to the hospital." Really! So my OB is not as qualified as the emergency doctor?
Then I began doing the math. I have a $50 co-pay + 10% of the visit if I go to the hospital. That translates to about $450 to get a lab test.
Does that test include a free house cleaning and some yard work?
I can just see me sitting in the the ER next to a kid that can't breath and some guy with his arm falling off, but since I beat them there I'd get to see the doctor first. Don't mine me I just need to get some blood work and an ultra sound.
So I called my insurance to see if they could wave the 10% since it's not my fault I live in the twilight zone. They didn't go for it. I called my old OB in Bakersfield to see if they'd check me out and I got, "Oh sweetie, since you didn't start your pregnancy with us we can't help you." All roads began to point toward the ER after all.
But guess who has NOT done a darn thing... me. I did actually have a doctor appointment a few days ago, but was informed if I showed up bleeding they'd ship me out to the hospital. I was in the car on the way to the doctor and couldn't do it. I turned around to come home the whole time thinking, "You know what I could buy with that kind of money I would waste on the hospital?"