Friday, February 16, 2007

We shall not part

It looks like I'm not going to be able to have my defunct gall bladder removed this year, after all. I knew I wouldn't be able to have it done as originally planned during my maternity leave (for a couple of reasons), but I was still hoping to use my sick time (that I wasn't allowed to use for maternity leave) and have it done sometime later this year since I'll likely meet my insurance's out-of-pocket maximum after the birth, meaning the surgery would essentially be free since 100% of charges are covered after you reach the out-of-pocket maximum.

Well, that was the plan until my company decided to change insurance providers--and I had the baby on the old insurance. So, none of those birth costs will be on the new insurance, so I'll still have to meet my $1,500 out-of-pocket maximum on the new insurance before procedures are covered 100%. We just can't afford that anytime soon--as it is, we're hoping for a good tax refund in order to cover the hospital bills that will start rolling in any day now--so it looks like my gall bladder will have to stay put. Not that I was particularly looking forward to surgery (and to another IV--yuck!), but I was looking forward to not having any more attacks. Thankfully I haven't had any since my really bad one around 18 weeks, but I know it could strike at any time.


At February 16, 2007 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you poor thing! Here's to a nice healthy 2007 with no more gall bladder attacks. I wish I had some words of wisdom but I am at a loss. Keep your chin up!


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