Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Just got back from the emergency room
Miss D. was defrosting the freezer this afternoon when she slipped on water from some melting ice, and landed very heavily on her right shoulder on the tiled kitchen floor. She was in a great deal of pain, so I took her straight in to the ER, not bothering with intermediate steps. If there's a chance of a fractured scapula or rib, why fool around? Fortunately, there are no fractures, but she's going to have a massive bruise over her right shoulder blade for a few days. The nice nurses gave her some painkillers, with a prescription for more, and put her arm in a sling. I just got home with her.
The best thing about this episode was the realization that our relatively frugal lifestyle, making sure that we have financial reserves, has proven itself once again. We're in a new calendar year, so even with our relatively good medical insurance, we still have to pay for $5,000 apiece in deductible charges before it kicks in. With reserve funds in the bank, today's charges were no problem at all, even though ER fees can be very high. Within two hours of her injury, we'd been through ER and X-ray, gotten first-class, first-world medication and treatment, and were on our way home. That's worth the money, as far as I'm concerned; and to have the funds available for it, plus cover a few days off work if Miss D. decides she's hurting too much to go in, gives great peace of mind.
Say a prayer for her, if you're that way inclined, because I think she'll be very uncomfortable for a few days; but, God willing, she'll be back to normal (HELP!) by next week.