Drafty...as an old L&D RN (meaning both "long ago" & actually "old", haha!) I was thinking about false pregnancies and tumors which will grow in the uterus and mimic a pregnancy down to growth rate in cms measuring around the abdomen; hormonal (HcG) output, though often put out enough HcG to turn a urine test "+", they often will only light up a blood test.
It is for this reason that practitioners do not positively quantify a woman as pregnant until we see a few things (positive pregnancy predictors) including a cervical exam with bluing noted on the cervix, positive fetal movement on ultrasound, & + FETAL HR, at a highly variable rate from the mother's, (maternal hr is simple enough to get confused with fetal hr, despite the fact that Mom's usually runs about 90, tops, and baby's @ fetal stages should run in the 140-150 range...a nervous mom can jack her own hr safely up to 125+, which is considered a bit low for a fetus in early gestation but still safe!).
You HAVE TO KNOW WHAT IS "up" with your body and fast...these tumors I am describing, sorry to be blunt, but...they are, or can be DEADLY. YOU HAVE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH ONE SO IT CAN BE REMOVED.
You live in AZ as do I, so I know WELL HOW AHCCCS WORKS. GET YOURSELF TO AN ER. TELL THEM YOU HAVE NO INSURANCE AND ZERO MONEY. THEY HAVE HAVE HAVE TO SEE AND TREAT YOU!
The best part is, looking at your income, they will see you MORE THAN QUALIFY for AHCCCS, and you will be signed up, preliminarily, right in the ER!
They will, at the ER, do, a vaginal U/S, and if what they see in you is NOT A BABY, they SHOULD schedule you for FAIRLY EMERGENCY surgery and pay for it through AHCCCS. There WILL BE PARTIAL PAYMENT BILLS, BUT THOSE COME LATER AFTER YOU ARE WELL, and you can make payment plans with them.
****WHAT I'M SAYING PAIGE IS THIS: Do not allow $$, or lack of it, to determine the end of your life! There are WAYS to get things done and pay later, and it's time you put YOU FIRST, because it ain't looking like anyone else in you're life is putting you to the front of that line. If I lived by you, I'd tell you to put on your best "I'm in pain" face drive your a&& to an ER, walk you in and tell the triage RN, "my friend is POSSIBLY about three months pregnant, has gotten no pre natal care as she has no insurance, and has had NEG urine preg tests. She's had all of the same signs as with her prior pregnancy with her son, except now, she can barely get through her day she is so exhausted. She needs to be seen!"
Once they do a pee test (1st thing they'll do), when it's neg, they'll possibly try to tell you you're having a stillborn and send you home with the whole "let nature take it's course" B S. Tell them you are NOT HAVING ANY CRAMPING PAIN, and that AGAIN...you've been pregnant before and that pregnancy was nothing like this. Tell them your abdomen has grown in size, that you've had all of the other signs you HAVE HAD, and try to obtain an ultrasound. IF THEY STILL TRY TO SEND YOU AWAY TO SOME CLINIC WHERE YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE SEEN, tell them straight up that you will not be able to go as you have NO MONEY. AT ALL. AND, IF THEY DO NOT SEE YOU TONIGHT, and you have a stillborn that is not confirmed or a uterine tumor that is not confirmed, that is negligence. Then, please drop to the MD who sees you that you have an attorney in the family..."My uncle Josh is a medical malpractice attorney, and he lives in Phoenix, and HE WAS the one who told me to get myself into the ER TONIGHT and let him know what you guys found out. He's going to be SO MAD nothing was done, I'm almost afraid to even call him when I get home!"...sort of deal!! Just don't hold back. You get my drift? Yes, I know lying is WRONG AND SUCKS, BUT SO DOES DYING, GIRL!!!
Sadly, for those of us without millions of dollars laying around in this day and age, we have to play a "bit" dirty if we are going to protect our lives!! If the ER has no problem sending YOU HOME SCARED and without answers, turn about is fair play...send the doctor away scared that your Uncle Josh in Phx may just be sending him a subpoena to testify down the line as to why he didn't provide you with @ least the BASIC standard of care!!
I just pray you can get yourself some care because, sadly, anymore the ER is about the ONLY place that legally cannot turn you away outright for inability to pay immediately...
Hugs and prayers to you. I hope I haven't angered anyone as I write this with such fierceness, but it's because I truly believe you may have this false pregnancy tumor, or some other really tough medical situation which could be life threatening, and you deserve better than to LOOSE YOUR LIFE over a few thousand dollars!!! You are a good woman and take care of everyone and everything except YOU...AND THAT, my dear, in my opinion, really must change!
"The argument from intimidation shows nothing but intellectual impotence." Ayn Rand
Last edited by Back2Horseback; 08-19-2013 at 12:55 AM.