With the timing of the move to NYC, I missed Cate's nine-month well-baby checkup. Finally, I got the insurance information straight, picked a nearby doctor from the provider list, made an appointment, and me being me, showed up about 10 minutes early to the appointment. And we waited and we waited. THREE HOURS LATER we finally saw the doctor, FOUR hours later we left the very crowded clinic. By the time we left, Cate was exhausted, we were both hungry, and I was upset.
When the doctor saw Cate, she immediately told me that Cate was anemic and even had a little heart murmur due to the anemia. And I freaked out. She hasn't been nursing so well and isn't a huge fan of the sippy cup but I was feeding her yogurt and cheese and milk when I could get her to drink. Doctor's advice: feed her spinach soup and cottage cheese. Um… I called to get the blood test results two days later: Cate totally does NOT have anemia. Telfer and Chris listened to her heart – no heart murmur. Do you think we are going to a new doctor next time? YES! Talk about getting a first-time mother worked up…
Apparently, the "good" doctors around here don't take insurance at all. You pay out of pocket and then file your insurance claim later. Now I find this out…If this is the most traumatizing thing that happens in NYC this year, I think I can deal.
At least I got these photos out of the situation: