But then ... excrement occurred.
Wednesday we managed to get up and go to Wal-Mart, where we got the haircuts in the salon that's in the front, but even that was too much and we ended up in the ER that night.
So the Dr. thinks at first that it's a kidney stone ... blood work, urine samples, and a cat scan later, they can't find one so Dr. decides it must be a muscle spasm, and gives him a couple of shots, two prescriptions, and instructs him to followup on Friday at his office. That's something else we liked about this hospital: the ER is staffed by local doctors, not rent-a-medics.
BUT ... he can't drive given these meds, and he can't be left alone, so ... we both have to miss work. So we do the mandatory call in, and take our point-lumps. You accumulate points for missing work, and when you reach a certain number of points, they give you the boot.
Friday he's worse, and the doctor won't release him for work (Gee, ya think?) of course, and changes his meds again and schedules a follow up for Monday. Wal Mart pharmacy didn't carry one of the prescriptions, so we had to drive back into town to another pharmacy for one, and then back to Walmart for the other, and of course one of the meds isn't covered by his insurance so we're out of pocket $64.
Monday he saw two doctors, as the one from the ER brought in a second doctor as a consult, and they both said he should go back to TX to see his regular doctors, given his medical history. The alternative would be for them to admit him to the hospital and start running tests. Given that his Scott and White insurance probably wouldn't cover that, being out of plan and all, it became a no brainer to get ourselves back to TX as quickly as we could.
That wasn't as easy as you might have expected ... more coming in the next blog post.