My explanation of benefits from my surgery came through this weekend. I have a high deductible plan because it absolutely was the best option financially for J and I, even with me having the baby, we just knew I was going to hit my deductible. And now, with my surgery, I just hit it two months sooner than I would have. So the baby will be no cost to us, medically. Anyway, the total cost of having your elbow operated on in a hospital with no anesthesia and you get to go home the same day...? $26,681. Holy crap medical procedures are expensive! But it is good to know that I only pay a small amount of that, and now I am pretty much done with medical bills for the year!
Ahhh.... lessons in health insurance!
So how about I use this entry for an update on the elbow!
I have had my post op doctor's appointment now - well, the first one - last Thursday. I go back again one week from today. They unwrapped me, commented on how my incision is looking (very good! healing nicely!), and took some x-rays before bundling me back up. I learned about my incision and got to see it for the first time. It was covered in steri-strips, then some kind of medical/sports tape (almost like KT Tape), wrapped in cotton, and then set into the splint. There was blood through all of those layers on the splint. Gross, right?
I got a new splint and a new wrap, both smaller than the ones that I received in the hospital. So although I am still all wrapped up, everything is thinner and lighter than before.