Our first appointment at the hospital was on August 15, 2012 at 9:00am. We read it’s good to have the first checkup at 8-9 weeks and we estimated she was 7-8 weeks at this point.
After filling out the necessary paperwork at the window, we sat nervously in the waiting room looking around the newly built hospital. The design of the place is odd, it looks like they attempted to make it look like its own neighborhood with each office being a separate building. But to me it looks like a suburb out of the Truman Show. Surprisingly, we only had to wait about 5 minutes before we were called in.
Everything was pretty basic. We met a couple of the nurses and doctors on duty, they asked us questions, and answered anything we had. They were pretty helpful and gave us a “bag of goodies” as they called it, which is basically just an information packet on what to do.
They went through Lisa’s medical history, taking notes of various genetic diseases, but strangely did not do the same with me. I find that odd and am not sure if it’s commonplace, but I’m half of the thing so wouldn’t my genetics matter too? Once that was done, Lisa peed in a cup for a urinalysis, disrobed, and prepared to get frisky with the doctor whom she only just met. The doc lubed up her cold, metal tool and proceeded to give it to her ever so gently. Yes this is my not so mature way of describing my wife’s pap smear.
Next the doc pulled out the portable Doppler thing-a-ma-gig and we attempted to hear the baby’s heartbeat. However, it was unsuccessful and after 5 minutes or so she deemed the baby must be 7 weeks which would be too early to hear the heartbeat. Being 7 weeks put her due date at March 28, 2013.
Once that was done, the doc went over a few more things, answered a few more questions, then wished us the best. After getting dressed, it was time to head to the lab to get blood drawn for more tests. This only took about 5 minutes, and we were free to leave. In all, the appointment took about 70 or so minutes and went pretty much as expected.
One week later we received our financial statement for this appointment. Below is a summary of the text it shows, along with a scan of the actual statement.
*** 300 LABORATORY GENERAL ***
TOXOPLASMA IgG  $68.25
TOXOPLASMA IGM  $65.90
VENIPUNCTURE  $13.50
*** 302 LABORATORY IMMUNOLOGY ***
LAB H  $251.60
BLOOD TYPING ABO  $35.91
COOMBS INDIRECT  $40.00
VDRL  $54.30
RUBELLA  $85.50
*** 305 LAB HEMATOLOGY ***
CBC-A  $66.50
*** 306 LAB BACTERIOLOGY/MICROBIO ***
HEPBSURFACE ANTIG  $58.75
DNA PROBE-CHLAMYDIA  $89.80
DNA PROBE-GONORRHEA  $99.00
*** 307 LAB UROLOGY ***
URINALYSIS  $38.80
*** 311 LAB PATHOLOGY CYTOLOGY ***
CYTO-AUTO THIN PREP-SCRN  $82.09
GRAND TOTAL: $1049.90
I’m not sure what everything on there means, but I do see the amount charged plain as day. If this was a preview of what’s to come we were in for a wild ride… along with a second mortgage.
I think I’ll end these appointment logs with a running total of appointments and charges. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.