Saturday, December 20, 2008

Celebrity Shot Recipient

Got the call around 11 a.m. that the medicine had arrived in Seattle. They had to have it transported from Canada. I went to the hospital, to the Birthing Center, of all places, to get the shot. When I walked into the nurses area, and told them that I was "there for a shot," all eight of the nurses were like, "ahhhh, yes.... the shot girl - we know all about you." I totally felt like a celebrity. I guess this was kind of a special case - my doctor had been working with all kinds of state and national offices to get this medicine. It created somewhat of a buzz in the hospital.

I actually had to be admitted - for a shot! It was crazy. They took me into a room, registered me in the hospital, got a fancy little wrist band and everything! Then they had to take blood and do some type of tests, get my blood pressure and take my temperature. Then I had to sign about a million release forms. After all of that, which took at least an hour, I finally got the shot. Or shots - one in each butt. It was awesome. Total tag-team with the nurses. One gave one, and another, the second. They were trying to tell me that it may hurt - I had to set them straight. "Ladies, I had 10 weeks straight of shots in my butt. This is nothin'!"

 Then I had to wait in my room, while they "observed" me. They had to make sure I didn't have any adverse reactions, like death or seizure. I had neither, and two hours after I entered the hospital, I was finally released. 

That was a fun afternoon. And I'll have close to a thousand dollar bill to show for it. Because the medicine is still considered "experimental," insurance wont pay for it. Who knows how much the hospital bill will be. But, better safe than sorry, right?


In Due Time said...

Ugh! Crazy! Glad you got the shot though!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


Clio said...

this is all hilarious! that you had to go through this whole situation. But I totally agree, better safe than sorry.

Martha said...

Oy Vey! What a big hassle and lots of expense. Wishing you the best, Kandi.

Liddy said...

Oh paperwork. I love paperwork.

I kept thinking about the last time I was at the clinic they kept asking when my last tetanus shot was. I wish I had a shirt that said, my last tetanus shot was...

Have a wonderful Christmas. ICLW.

Beautiful Mess said...

Definitely better safe then sorry! You and your doctors made the right choice! I was exposed to chicken pox when I was pregnant and got shingles, it was not fun! I am glad something could be done to prevent that for you.
Enjoy your day and big hugs to you!

Michelle said...

Ugh that does not sound like fun. But definitely good that you got the shot.

areyoukiddingme said...

Wow - what a lot of hassle in case you were possible exposed. Best to not take chances, but I wish it could have been easier for you.

This summer, my daughter and I stayed with a friend who was newly pregnant. When we got home, we found out that my daughter had hand/foot/mouth disease, which is not a good thing for newly pregnant women to be around. Fortunately, she did not get it, but I was all freaked out and felt totally guilty that I could have caused her and the baby harm.

~Jess said...

Wow! That's rather an impressive tale: What'd the nurses say when you told them it was nothing?
As another poster said, better safe than sorry.