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My daughter's hospital visits

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We were up at my parents cabin for Memorial Day weekend. It's up in northern MN, near Effie. On Sunday my daughter comes down with a pretty high fever and is holding her ear. We figured she might have an ear infection, but it's hard for her to articulate this since she's only 22 months olds. Her temp got up over 102, and we gave her some tylenol and brought her to the nearest health care facility which happened to be the hospital in Bigfork. The doctor came in and looked at both her ears and said she didn't see anything wrong with the left ear, and there was too much wax in the right ear to be sure about anything, but just in case she prescribed an antibiotic to take care of an ear infection (antibiotic A for future reference). We get the medicine and head back to the cabin.

 

The next day (Monday) our daughter wakes up from her nap with a temp of over 105! My wife and I are freaking out. We call our insurance company nurse hotline and they tell us to get her to the hospital right away. We get some tylenol in her again and we pack her up and take her back to Bigfork hospital. We had been treating her fever by rotating doses of tylenol and advil (acetominophen and ibuprofen) like we did when our son had his earaches, and while she was napping there was about a 1.5 hour gap where she wasn't on anything, and that's when her fever spiked. So we get to the hospital and they check her temp and it's down to somewhere between 99 and 100. The same doctor is there and she looks in our daughters ears again and says there's fluid in one of the ears now, so it looks like the onset of an ear infection. We told her we called a nurse line prior to coming in and she tells us that next time talk to a doctor because the nurse line is just going down a checklist. Had we called the Bigfork hospital instead they would have told us to make sure she has her fever medication and to wait a bit for the fever to go down, and it we wouldn't have necessarily needed to go in again. Just to be safe though they decide to draw some blood and do a chest x-ray. They decided not to get a urine sample to check for a bladder infection since 1) They would have had to use a catheter and they didn't feel it was necessary to check for this because 2) she hadn't appeared to be crying or in pain when she did go potty (she is still in diapers so it's not like we can tell when she's going and when she isn't). They also gave her a shot of a different antibiotic (antibiotic B ), just in case it the first one hasn't take affect yet, this second one will kind of help out until it does. We go back to the cabin feeling more than a little frustrated and concerned about what is going on.

 

Tuesday we drive back home. There's another hour or so gap when her fever medication wore off while we were driving and her fever spikes again once we're home - close to the 105 mark once more. We get some fever medication into her and call the clinic nurse line at our home hospital. While my wife is on the line with the nurse and the doctor, I'm upstairs with my daughter who is crying uncontrollably. This wasn't just a minor discomfort cry, it was one of pretty serious pain. I laid her down on her changing pad and took off her diaper to check if she might be going potty, and there was a trickly coming out at the time. I put her diaper back on and picked her up to comfort her, and less than a minute later I could feel through the diaper that she had gone potty, and once she was done she calmed down and started acting like herself again. I go downstairs to tell my wife what just happened, and she tells it to the doctor on the phone and they tell us to come in again.

 

We go to the emergency room again, this time at our home clinic/hospital. When they check her in the admitting nurse asked what tests they ran in Bigfork and we tell them. She asks incredulously "They didn't take a urine sample? That's standard in a situation like this, especially when they're this young." It turns out this was a recurring question throughout the rest of the evening. We get her into the examination room and they finally take a urine sample - it took two nurses, me, and my wife to hold my daughter down when they inserted the catheter - it was one of the most awful things I've ever had to go through with my kids. We told them what antibiotics she had been given, and they tell us that if she does indeed have a bladder/UTI infection then antibiotic A is worthless, it won't treat that. The shot they gave her of antibiotic B will be effective, however one shot is not enough to wipe it out. The lab tests come back positive for a bladder/UTI infection, so she got another shot of antibiotic B and a prescription for a new antibiotic (antibiotic C), that she needs to take twice a day for the next 10 days.

 

3 days, 3 trips to the ER, the first two of which were practically worthless, and now the bills are coming in at over $3,000 for the whole ordeal. What really pisses me off about the whole thing though is having to pay the full amount for those trips to the Bigfork hospital when they did practically nothing good for her other than blindly lucking out with a shot of antibiotic B on the second trip.

 

The good news is that after all of this our daughter is fine. We'll find a way to pay the bills, and I swear I will never set foot in the Bigfork hospital ever again. I wouldn't trust them to treat a paper cut.

Edited by SeductiveNun

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Man what a nightmare. Glad your daughter is ok after that ordeal.

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Hate when stuff like that happens. You'll forget about the infection long before you pay off that bill. Glad to see the lil one is good though!

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What an ordeal. Glad your daughter is okay.

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Please make sure that you write to the hospital administrator there and explain how worthless your visits were.

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glad she is ok. tough night all around.

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Glad to hear that she's OK. Stinks about the clueless hospitals

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Please make sure that you write to the hospital administrator there and explain how worthless your visits were.

 

This!

Glad to hear she is better.

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