Saturday, January 31, 2015
I had planned on working late, but got "the phone call"
Staying late at work yesterday to catch up, it has been a crazy week: one early dismissal, one snow day, 2 delayed openings and we're bracing for more storms, including one on Monday that looks like another Nor'easter that will shut everything down. Plowing through the work, making some great progress when I got the call, "Mom, I fell on some ice and I hurt my knee." Sigh. Ok, grabbed my stuff, got a call into the orthopedist's office, and headed home. I left instructions with kidlet to change into loose sleep pants, elevate the leg, put an ice pack on it.
Got home, looked at knee-not good. OK, still no call back from the knee specialist, so I called the appointment line and asked for whatever appointment they may have, as it's obvious that minimally he needs to see an orthopedist, get Xrays, an most likely, a RX for a MRI. He was given a pair of crutches.
Ended up seeing my orthopedist (hand/shoulder), and he agrees that it's a serious injury. May be the MCL (let's hope) or the ACL-that may require surgery. Now it's just about closing time, so naturally the imaging center has already moved the phone to the call center. So, I get a copy of the RX for the MRI, the secretary faxes it over to the imaging center, and I call this morning, hoping to get in. No luck, they are booked. We do have a 7:45 for next Tues (Mon is the storm day), and hopefully they won't have a delay and postpone us as I have just put in (done on line) for a personal day Tues. To take a personal day and not use it-not a plan.
Leaving the orthopedist at 6 p.m. meant dinner plans had changed. Kids will be with me now, for the weekend. Just a few leftovers won't cut it, and everyone (all 6) will be looking for dinner. We don't have any bread (making some today) so not even sandwiches or eggs on toast. We stopped at Aldi's (kidlet waiting in car) and I went in for 3 take and bake pizzas, and 2 jugs milk (impending storm, kids now here this weekend instead of at Dad's), $23.14 out the door. Far cheaper than take out pizza, so I am ok with this plan B.
The good news is DS inherited my pain tolerance, he's fairly comfortable on the squishly Den couch, leg up on some pillows placed on the ottoman, ice pack in place. No OTC pain meds requested. Fine. Additionally, none of these medical charges (orthopedist, Xrays, crutches) nor any of the upcoming charges (MRI, surgery?, PT?, follow up visit with a different orthopedist who specializes in knees) will incur any financial obligation on our end, as we've hit our deductible. Financially speaking, it's a wonderful position to be in.