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

Our First Appointment

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.

08/15/12

*** 300 LABORATORY GENERAL ***

TOXOPLASMA IgG [1] $68.25
TOXOPLASMA IGM [1] $65.90
VENIPUNCTURE [1] $13.50
TOTAL: $147.65

*** 302 LABORATORY IMMUNOLOGY ***

LAB H [1] $251.60
BLOOD TYPING ABO [1] $35.91
COOMBS INDIRECT [1] $40.00
VDRL [1] $54.30
RUBELLA [1] $85.50
TOTAL: $467.31

*** 305 LAB HEMATOLOGY ***

CBC-A [1] $66.50
TOTAL: $66.50

*** 306 LAB BACTERIOLOGY/MICROBIO ***

HEPBSURFACE ANTIG [1] $58.75
DNA PROBE-CHLAMYDIA [1] $89.80
DNA PROBE-GONORRHEA [1] $99.00
TOTAL: $247.55

*** 307 LAB UROLOGY ***

URINALYSIS [1] $38.80
TOTAL: $38.80

*** 311 LAB PATHOLOGY CYTOLOGY ***

CYTO-AUTO THIN PREP-SCRN [1] $82.09
TOTAL: $82.09

GRAND TOTAL: $1049.90

Appointment 1 Financial Statement

Appointment 1 Financial Statement (Click to enlarge)

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.

Visit Summary
Charges: $1,049.90

Running Total
Appointments: 1
Charges: $1,049.90