It all started on our July long holiday weekend (I think it’s your July 4th weekend). We decided to pack the family up and go camping. 24 hours into the trip my 3 year old gets a fever of 104.7. We immediately rushed to emergency. They get her stabilized and run numerous tests. None of which she likes. They find out that she has a severe bladder infection.
Well for 3 years old this is her 5th one in less than a year. 2 weeks later I follow up with my family doctor who in turn sends me to a pediatrician. We can’t see a “specialist” of any kind without a note from our family practitioner and that’s after documented proof that we’ve tried every other thing first.
Over these next 4 weeks we’ve had to run so many blood and urine tests that the sight of a hospital makes my daughter freak out. 4 weeks later they decide to send her for a VGCU-which is-and remember she is only 3-while she is awake and lying on a bed, they have to insert a catheter in her, insert dye into her bladder and then make her void it out all the while taking x-rays of her bladder. This procedure lasted over an hour as they missed it the first time. They couldn’t give her anything to relax her as she had to be able to hold it in her bladder until they told her to void.
It was an experience I DO NOT want to go through again. Now 2 weeks later we get results. She has 2 growths on the bottom of her bladder. They are not solid masses because what is happening is that urine is going in there and sitting and causing constant infection. So she is on a constant prescription of antibiotics.
Let me tell you, this has been a very long process. We are now at week 10 and only going for her ultrasound on Oct 20, 2008. It will be 16-18 weeks in before we even know when surgery will be and they think they will only be able to book her in after Christmas or into the next year.
I’m just stunned at how long it’s going to take. They keep telling me there are kids worse off. I do understand that but when it’s your own child you want things dealt with quickly. I work full time and her being so sick, I am home very often. She gets a high fever, vomiting, white in color and no appetite or energy. It’s not fun. I just do not understand why it takes so long.
Oh yes, now I know, it’s because Manitoba has “free health care!” Look where it gets us! I guess sometimes we get what we pay for. So if you think you want health care like we do, give me a call. I looked into getting this done in the states and it could have been done anytime I wanted but it cost upwards of $50.000 (minimum) with medical bills only and we would have to pay food and lodging.
Please don’t ever think we are lucky and everything is free. Had we had a supplemental plan we may have been slightly better off but the “regular” free, is done by worst case first.