$170.14 !! This is how much we've spent in medical/pharmacy copays in just two days! Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with our health insurance coverage (NO Obamacare for us, thank you), however, I share this with you only to illustrate why I am an emotional wreck!
I shared in an earlier post about how the girls have been somewhat "under the weather". Frankly, I'm not feeling that great either (laryngitis, sore throat, cough...but I digress). Olivia had to see an ENT after about 15 months of ear infections...the most recent one ended in a ruptured ear drum.
First, they did a very thorough hearing evaluation. She has mild hearing loss in her right ear, and mild-moderate hearing loss in her left. This is caused from the residual fluid that remains in her ears even after the infection itself has cleared up. The fluid is NOT supposed to be there. She also has the problem of having HUGE tonsils! They are so big that they actually touch in the back of her throat! There is only a small area of space that air can flow back and forth. To make a long story short, Olivia needs to have tubes placed in both ears and she needs to have her tonsils and adenoids removed. This will all take place on February 22nd. I'm a nervous wreck! I had so hoped that my children would escape any need for surgery until they were well into adulthood. Olivia is only four years old! I know she will be in a lot of discomfort and pain for the first few days. I don't want her to have to go through this!
Amelia, on the other hand, has had problems with severe headaches over the last few days. So bad that they wake her up from a sound sleep in the middle of the night. She complains that her eyes hurt and that she feels like she might throw up! I usually give her some Motrin and a cool washcloth and withing a few minutes, the headache is gone and she is back to sleep. She never complains of headaches during the day...only at night. After a thorough eye exam, blood pressure checks and lab work....her doctor thinks it might be sinus issues. Phew! Although, I am instructed to keep a "headache diary" for the next two weeks. She is also on a heavy anti biotic (***sigh***) and a nasal spray. Last night was the first night in almost a week that she did NOT wake up with headache! This is good news! The doctor was concerned about an inter cranial involvement that would have been much more serious! My nerves have just HAD IT this week!
On a happier note, I lost 5.2 lbs this week! That makes a total of 9.8 (with 93 to go)! I know that the losses will begin to slow down now...but that's ok! I'm 10 lbs closer to my goal.
Today, I'm thanking God for our medical insurance, for our personal physicians who take such good care of our family and for my blog....so I can get all of this off of my chest!!