Seriously. I just added it all up. Three months. Now, this was a heavy quarter for us, as it included:
- C.J. contracted a mild pneumonia and was hospitalized for 5 days and 4 nights, including an ambulance ride and an emergency room stint
- a c-section delivery
- two echocardiographs at two different hospitals to check out newborn Martha’s heart murmur
- the 8th and 9th months of a pregnancy including a bunch of prenatal visits, an ultrasound, and some extra lab work due to gestational hypertension
- A day admission to the hospital to watch for pre-eclampsia because of that hypertension
- a middle-of-the-night visit to the Children’s Hospital ER as we were antsy about a nasty cold and fever so soon after the pneumonia
- three separate allergic outbreaks for me, resulting in a diagnosis of a new allergy to English Ivy
- Oh, and Sam got a whooping cough vaccine, so he contributed a whopping $90 to the total.
Now, we paid incredibly little of all of this (sub 10%), as we have great health insurance (thanks, ULI!). But without insurance, this obviously could have been catastrophic for even financially comfortable families.