We’re back from seeing Pam’s neurosurgeon. In contrast to the ophthalmologist we saw yesterday, this Dr. and his staff were outstanding. Friendly, pleasant and approachable. The Dr. himself spent time explaining and asking appropriate questions.
He told us that he sub-specializes in spinal diseases and surgery. He is referring us to another neurosurgeon at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh who sub-specializes in nothing but brain disorders.
He also wants her to see an orthopedic surgeon for her shoulders and neck as well as a physiatrist. He also thinks that traction on her neck might be helpful.
Pam is obviously distraught and overwhelmed with all the news particularly with the financial side of it. I lost 90% of my salary when I had to retire. Therefore, physical therapy is an impossible option since the copay is $20 for each visit. Going even once/month cuts into our budget let alone going 2-3x/week. She’s worried about how we will pay for all of the Dr.’s visits and further treatment.
I’ve been very supportive and basically told her that her health is more important. If our credit rating drops, then so be it. Credit bureaus try to put the fear of God into us, but they can’t put us in jail or send us to hell! Having a low credit score doesn’t keep us out of going to Heaven. And the Lord only knows how many millions out there who are in the same financial boat with a fixed income.
"My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need." Philippians 4:19
She is frustrated because she thought she would walk in and get it "fixed." I’ve explained to her that life and our bodies are not that simplistic and that this Dr. covered all bases and was thorough and comprehensive.
Chad is off today, so he took her out and about to ‘window shop.’ Hope it helps to keep her mind occupied.