Appointment #15: Checkup, Fetal Monitor, & Past Due

So if you’ve been following you may have noticed that today is the 20th and Lisa’s due date was the 18th. Lisa is still very much pregnant and now we’re past due. We both thought it was going to happen on Monday as Lisa was having contractions for close to 24 hours, but nothing came of it.

Today’s checkup went fine, they said she is still measuring good and the baby is healthy. Since she is only a couple of days past due, there wasn’t any talk of inducing, but they said if she is still pregnant at our next appointment (Monday the 25th) that will be a main part of conversation. Lisa and I both want to avoid induction if possible, and only move forward with that if there is some danger to the baby. There also was some confusion with our due date early on as we have been given the 28th, 24th, 20th, and the 18th. So we will make sure to bring that up on Monday, assuming the little guy or gal doesn’t make his way into the world this week.

The doc “checked” Lisa, aka shoved some fingers up in there, and said she was dilated to 1.5 or 2. After the checkup and questions, Lisa was hooked up to a Fetal Monitor for about 20 minutes which tracks the baby’s heart rate and strength of contractions. We both found it pretty nifty, and I snapped a pic of the machine.

Appointment 15: Fetal Monitor

Appointment 15: Fetal Monitor (Click to enlarge)

Not sure how much that will cost, but we shall see.

Hopefully my next post will be about the birth of our guy or gal and not another appointment log!

Visit Summary
Charges: Unknown

Running Total
Appointments: 15
Charges: $3,495.40
20% Charity Adjustment: -$699.08
Grand Total: $2,796.32

The Second Appointment, Our First Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a weird word when you think about it. Ultra means excessive or extreme, so does this machine use excessive sound waves to form the picture? I haven’t a clue on how it works.

We showed up to our ultrasound appointment just two days after our first, on August 17, 2012 at 9:00am. Back to the set of the Truman Show, we waited about 10 minutes before we were summoned. I was sent to sit in a chair, which seems will be my job at these things, while my wife put on that sexy hospital gown. In a few minutes she arrived, laid on the bed, and the doc went to work.

And there it was. If there were any remaining shreds of doubt they were torn to pieces at the sound of the hummingbird like heartbeat. Here is our fetus:

Our Fetus!

Our Fetus! (Click to enlarge)

It kind of looks like a mini demented elephant to me. As it shows in the picture, it’s estimated she was 8 weeks 1 day, which brought the due date to March 20, 2013.

The doc click clacked a bit more, drew some lines on the screen, typed on the keyboard and made some small talk all the while we watched our little peanut wiggle around to the “whoosh” bass that I expect to hear in a future Skrillex song. According to doc, all looked well and we would be giving birth to an elephant in 7 months. Everything came in clear so a vaginal ultrasound was deemed unnecessary, much to the dismay of Lisa.

The doc then shut the machine off and told us to go home. From the time they said hello to the time we walked out the door it was about 20 minutes.

Below are the financial details for this visit.

08/17/12

*** 402 OTH IMAG ULTRASOUND ***

U/S OB LESS THAN 14 WEEKS [1] $550.00
TOTAL: $550.00

*** 921 OTHER DIAG PERIPHERAL LAB ***

U/S DOPPLER ABD [1] $500
TOTAL: $500.00

GRAND TOTAL: $1050.00

Appointment 2 Financial Statement

Appointment 2 Financial Statement (Click to enlarge)

Another grand, not a bad deal for the hospital, they made out to about $3,150 per hour. Note sure what the second charge is, perhaps it was for the reading or some kind of lab after the ultrasound was over?

Update 9/17/12: We received another bill for this visit from a different part of the hospital. I assume this one has to do with reading or examining the results of the ultrasound or something?

8/17/12

CPT: 76801 -Q6 ULTRASOUND OB <14 WK S $165.00 TOTAL: $165.00 [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Appointment 2 Financial Statement, #2Appointment 2 Financial Statement, #2 (Click to enlarge)[/caption]

So that brings the total for this visit up to $1,215, yay!

Visit Summary
Charges: $1,215

Running Total
Appointments: 2
Charges: $2,264.90