Saturday, March 10, 2007

MIke Visits The Internist

The "Quandary" Puzzle

Mike's hospital bill raises his Adrenalin levels

Just before I went to my new Internist Doctor appointment yesterday, I walked (as encouraged by by Cardiologist Doctor) to my mailbox to pick up the mail. I found an initial bill for hospital services for one week's stay at St. Rose Sienna. It was well over sixty five thousand dollars.

Needless to say, my BP (blood pressure) was slightly elevated when I arrived at the Internist's appointment.

Modern medicine can miraculously save your life (it did!). Modern hospital billing may also kill you (it might!).

I can't sleep. I've lost my appetite. This will probably help with the weight loss program my Internist recommended.

A Post Script:

This will hopefully be my last post on my medical emergency episode, I don't want to bore people to their own possibly early deaths! One of my brothers from Back East talked to me in the hospital via cell phone with a somewhat misplaced concern, when I was, unkown to me, perhaps 20 minutes away from cardiac arrest (according to the cardiologist's reporting the next day). He said "Wasn't this inevitable?", a proposition I did not care to pursue at the time, but I'm guessing that he was referring to my recent weight gain. In the aftermath, I believe that he was just lost for words and he was just expressing his concern in his own way. I also have a hard time visiting seriously ill people in the hospital and sticking to small talk. I still love him (both my brothers). I was thinking what a great epitaph "Wasn't This Inevitable?" would be on my gravestone. It rings of the same truth that Jim Morrison expressed when he said "Nobody gets out of here alive!" Sure beats RIP!



GroovesGirlVegas said...

sixty five thousand?


to think I'll be possibly working over there!

patients like you will be paying
me well for sure!

holy crap!

that is a staggering idea of a bill!

I've had some whoppers of bills myself but nothing like yours1

it "Takes-the-cake"


Michael Leonard Fisher said...

Yes, they really worked me over there with an ordeal of tests and procedures and meds and I walked away alive, and that's the main thing!

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