My husband is not under my health insurance currently (new job, screwed up, long story). This won't be an option until next November. He's been basically unemployed since he needed back surgery years ago, and has been attending school and taking care of me.
I'm trying to remain positive here, but I'm near my breaking point, really.
He is suddenly having terrible pain in his back and leg. Long story short: We need to get him to a doctor.
His former neurosurgeon/neuro clinic is private- I'm assuming you can't just go to a private MD and say "Bill me, please", right? I mean, am I wrong here? They're not going to treat him unless we pay upfront? (Which we can't do.)
We have spent two days, for a total of 17 hours, in a local public (i.e., for the uninsured) ER and now his back is SINGING and we STILL haven't been seen! We were triaged today and then had to wait SIX hours alone just to have our paperwork done and get registered in the computer. Then they never called us because they were so busy (big ER; we're little fish in there with apparantly meager complaints- I do understand this, I'm an RN, but it's frustrating when you can't get care!). He ended up weeping out on the sidewalk and insisting that we go home so he can lie down. Two days. No doctor. Still in pain.
WHAT THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO HERE?
I'm at a loss. There is a possibility he needs surgery again. I'm scared and confused and I don't know what to do. Any ideas? We don't qualify for Medicare or anything (I make too much, he makes nothing- screwed up, isn't it?).
I don't know.
Anything would be nice at this point.
Feb 28, '04
Boy, have I been where you are! I had an accident 3 years ago when I was rear ended by an 18-wheeler. I had severe back damage. I had to have the first surgery 3 months after the accident. 3 months later, my job terminated me because I could not return to work so I lost my medical insurance. Unfortunatly, the first surgery did not fix the problem and I needed a second surgery. To make a long story short, I had to wait for nearly 9 months in horrible pain because the doctors/hospital wanted me to come up with $40,000 before they would schedule my surgery. I had to borrow the money. I had applied for Social Security disability but it took 3 years for them to finally pay out. You may need to get a lawyer for that if you want a quicker judgement. For me, even though I was a single mother, I was denied Medicaid too because I owned my own car! That was the only reason I was denied that. I went through so much pain, both emotional and physically, because of the run around I got from every agency I applied to for help. I felt like what was I paying taxes for if no one would help me when I needed the help the most??
More than likely, I have some nerve damage in my legs due to the delay in the second surgery because the nerves were pinched for so long. Apply to as many agencies as you can so that maybe someone will help you. Apply for the SS now so you can get that going too. Do not delay medical care because the pain certainly indicates there is at least inflamation. Good luck to you, I will keep you in my prayers!!
Last edit by Shed13911 on Feb 28, '04