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We've spent a little more time getting to know the local healthcare system than I would like lately. However, all in all the one thing that strikes me as just unnaturally stupid is billing. Everything else we've dealt with I can handle as just natural human strengths and weaknesses. However, why is it that it takes six months for me to get billed for something. I've known this happens and I fully expected. I've even heard stories from friends of bill's that do not show up until a year or two later. Regardless, could somebody give me a real reason why it took six months to bill me for my son's hospital stay?

I'll spare you what I think about getting billed for something that was paid two or three weeks prior to the bill's date.

On a side note, Melissa's still sore but she's improving and seems to have reached the "itchy" stage. I'm told this is good. :-)


Well Surgery went well. I do hurt alot, but mostly from gas buildup. They pump belly up with Co2 to get the scopes and cutting tools inside. that should where off in a couple of days. I will keep everyone posted.


Yo Yo

Well not much is going on in the Gross house. I started class and I am taking Medical Terminology. I do have surgery on my gallbadder tomorrow. I am sure that everything will be fine. So I will let you know how everything goes when it is over. Bye for now.


Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome/Tight Filum Terminale

Well, today was a less than fun day. We finally learned how a hairy butt dimple can be very bad. It seems Samantha has Tethered Cord Syndrome. More specifically, she has tight filum terminale. I've found a couple of good explanations on what it is at Columbia University and here.

The gist of it is that the spinal cord grows slower than the column itself. If it can't float around and what not than bad things happen. In her case the filum which should stretch and allow the cord to move without stress isn't doing so. It is also my understanding that this is one of the least bad of the various Tethered Cord variations. The pediatric neurologist wants to wait until she's nine months old and than do another MRI. Apparently this will allow him to get a better look for when he goes in to do the surgery.

On a lighter note, be glad you don't have to explain this.