**Here’s your warning if you are squeamish. If not. Continue reading. If so, it’s really not bad. But, consider yourself warned.**
Tell me about it.
Especially now that we are starting yet another year with a brand new (high) medical deductible to meet.
Just in case you lost count, or you are new here. In 2010, #2 had THREE surgeries on her tear ducts to unclog them. She makes tears just fine, but they pool up in her eyes instead of draining down her nose and into her mouth.
This last surgery, stents were placed in that passage way to keep them open for three months. The plan was that keeping them in that long would allow her ducts to remain open after the stents were removed.
Here’s how those stents looked. Can you see that little brownish loop in the corner of her eye? She had one of those in each eye. Supposedly, it didn’t bother her at all, and it floated on the surface of her eye.
This was Sunday. Today, I got a call from her school that her “tubes” had fallen out.
I already knew that they could, in fact, start to come out, and that I could bring her in before the April date, if necessary. However, I wanted them to stay in as long as possible to increase the chances of success.
I told her school not to freak out and that I was on my way. (Fortunately, I was actually in my car coming from the bank and got there in about 2 minutes.)
Poor #2 bear. “Get it out, mama. Take it out.” “I scared, mama.”
She was so upset and scared. The stupid string was actually coming out of her nose and sticking out about 2 inches.
I called the ophthalmologist. Lunch break.
I called another office in the same practice and pretty much demanded they find the doctor and tell him to call me back immediately.
He called back.
Give it a good, firm yank, and pull it out. She’ll be pissed, but it shouldn’t hurt.
Once it reached it’s stretching capacity, it started moving and came out. All 4+ inches of it.
Now? Her right eye no longer has the stent. And, true to #2 form, the tears are already pooling back in her eye.
So, I’m sending the doctor a bill for my stent removal services. I figure $18,000 should about cover it (you know, the cost of just ONE of the surgeries). Especially because I’m the mom and I was under duress. And, I’m not supposed to have to perform this procedure on my daughter.
Anybody want to help out with the first draft?
In all seriousness, I’m really ticked off. I know that it’s not the doctor’s fault. He told us going into every surgery that it might not work. However, at the start of the most recent one, he said the next option involved a referral to yet another doctor for some reconstructive surgery of her tear duct. Quite frankly, it scares the shit out of me. And, now, I’m just waiting for that other stent to come lose and me to have to pull it out. Then, I guess we’ll start thinking about that referral. Because at this point, they aren’t going to open up and unclog on their own.