Ugh. Went to pick up records.

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MJDttc's picture
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Ugh. Went to pick up records.

So annoyed. So at my first appointment my hemoglobin was 12 (my normal is 14) and the draw that was taken with the glucose was 10. They didn't even tell me! I know it isn't too low but really it isn't too far if I loose enough during birth that I would need a transfusion (most places 7-8). This could also be the cause of several of my issues, like the anxiety and extreme tiredness. So I guess when I go to the midwife tomorrow I will see about getting on some sort of supplement. And I will be incorporating red meats back into the diet (just haven't been able to stomach them since being pregnant), and other high iron foods.

Also the doctor noted at my last visit that "patient was upset that she had not talked to anyone from billing and received a "quote" for services". Well I am not sure why that needs to go on my medical chart but I don't think just going through things without knowing what its going to cost is standard. Get your bathroom redone- you get a quote. Get a new car- you know the price. How nice it must be for this jacka** that he doesn't ever need to think about money, or planning. So glad I am changing.

Joined: 10/12/04
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Wow, I can't believe that was in your records! What a jerk!!! Thankfully my insurance laid out for me what my portion of a pregnancy would be with an in-network provider so I have no surprises but if they hadn't, you better believe I'd be asking!!!! Good grief!

MJDttc's picture
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I didn't even have to ask when I was pregnant with DS, it was in the initial paperwork packet they handed out at the first appointment. And I asked the tour person at the midwifes office and she didn't act like it was a GIANT pain in the butt to answer, she even went over the math breakdown with my insurance benefits factored in.

angelover02740's picture
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holy crap i cant believe that was in your records. gee no secrets huh?

MJDttc's picture
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It's not that I care that they are in there, but it is "medical records" and the way he worded it (it was a bit different) made it sound like I was being irrational about wanting to know.

Heatherbella's picture
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I had pretty low iron too...now I'm working on eating more iron rich foods. Burgers and frozen burritos seem to be the standby (healthy, right?) but I've also been having lots of spinach salad and iron fortified cereal. I hope we can do it just with diet because supplements are expensive and I hear they can be constipating. Sad

Sounds like it's good that you are changing doctors. I hate not knowing how much something is going to cost too and I'd be asking all sorts of questions too.

sandraleigh's picture
Joined: 11/23/06
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How annoying.

I'm sure you can control the iron with your diet now that you know. I'm on iron pills and they were not expensive at all, though. I got 100 pills (last 50 days) for like, $7. Plus, my bowels have been pretty regular still.

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I am thinking I am going to have to go the pill route, just thinking about the smell that roast is going to throw off is making me sick... before pregnancy I made at least two roasts a month, and the smell was one of my favorite things. meh. Also I got a call from the midwife, they were trying to change my appointment time to the morning, can't do because DH will have our only vehicle at work at that time. Also, I had it set in my phone as Tuesday, wrong its Thursday, glad they called I would have wasted a TON of gas.

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Joined: 01/26/09
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I'm so suprised about that too. The only definitive cost for pregnancy that I do know is the cost of my OB. They have a handout and go over it about 1/2 through the pregnancy. You can pay by week or upfront.

Its over now and you can enjoy your midwife experience Smile