2012 has been the year I have pulled my Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance card out of my wallet more than my Starbucks Gold Card. OK, not true. But looking at the medical bills it feels true. Have you noticed that health care is kind of a mess in America?
On my way back from Iraq earlier in June I had an overnight layover in Frankfurt, Germany. I Facetime'd Janie and she informed me that Jackson suffered a febrile seizure earlier that day. Febrile seizures are quite common among children (I learned as I Googled it later that night) but when you are an ocean away and your child and wife are dealing with something like this without you ... helplessness kicks in.
When we got back to Florida, I took Jackson into the hospital for an EEG to find out if there was something more serious lurking. They glued twenty-two sensors to his head and then wrapped it in gauze to keep them in place. Jackson was a champ through the whole lengthy process. As a matter of fact, he thought he looked awesome in his "new hat." I couldn't have agreed more.
The nurse left the room to begin the test and for the first time, Jackson looked at me with concern written on his face. He asked, "Daddy, is something wrong me?"
I just about lost it.
I assured him nothing was wrong but was questioning the words as they came out of my mouth.
The test went for about an hour. Half of the time Jackson was awake and the other half he crashed. Per doctor's orders, we had kept him up since 4 a.m. so that he would fall asleep during the test.
The test came back normal. Jackson has had a couple fevers since but not a single seizure that we are aware of. We just have to keep a close eye on him when ever he starts to feel warm.
Then we took the boys to the dentist. Thanks to one of my favorite movies, Finding Nemo (see clip below), the boys were dreading this trip. So we did what any self-respecting parent would do. We bribed them. After their dentist appointment we would go to Toys R Us and let them pick out a new Thomas & Friends train.
After fighting through a dozen x-rays, we were told Chase would have to have three baby teeth pulled because of the sheer amount of decay in each tooth. Jackson would simply have to have a filling. Here is Jackson (post-filling) with his new engine, James.
They recommended Chase go under sedation so they could get all three teeth at once but the total cost was over $10,000! The good news would be that we would finally reach our deductible. Score! Instead, we are opting for getting the extractions done in a couple trips to the dentist's office while Chase is awake but with a numbing anesthetic. The procedures are still crazy expensive but necessary.
The good news is after all these trips to the doctor/dentist the boys will have a whole fleet of new trains. You might want to join me in buying stock in the makers of Thomas the Train Engine.