Over the Christmas break, I had a bit of an epic day. I have never incurred so many expenses in one day in all my life. Let’s start at 7:00AM.
At 7 A.M. the morning after we flew in from Grenada, the hubs went to the dentist to get 3 cavities filled. I knew this expense was coming, and so I had already pre-saved the money. Still, swiping the card for $565.00 stung a bit; however, I was happily tweeting in the waiting room and didn’t really feel concerned by it.
As I was sitting there, my dentist on the other side of town had a cancellation. So, we drove over there, and I got my own teeth cleaned.
My teeth cleaning fee was $250.00. My parents generously offer to have the bill sent to them to help us out, and I’m feeling pretty grateful.
I leave the dentist and get into my car, except there’s one problem. The car won’t start.
We try, try, and try again, and the stupid thing just won’t go. We call my brother-in-law to bring over jumper cables to no avail. It just simply won’t start.
Still calm as a cucumber and determined to have nothing ruin my first day of being back in the States, I ask my brother-in-law to drop us off at a car rental place so that we can continue to do errands and call a tow truck.
We sign up for a rental car for $40/day (which ended up being $305 after we kept extending it.) I am okay with this. I am happy to be home.
I’m starving by this point, but I’m still in good spirits. Because we had just spent an ungodly amount of money, we stop into a fast food place for lunch.
Then, our day got really exciting. (I know, as if writing about two dentist appointments was not riveting enough so far.)
We head into the restaurant, I sit down at our table, and out of nowhere, I am overcome with an excruciating pain.
It’s like someone has taken a knife and stabbed me in the chest, and all of a sudden, it’s really hard to breathe. I tell the hubs, and he in his med-student-official-way encourages me to kind of put my arms in the air so I can get a deeper breath.
By this point, I’m getting tears in my eyes from the pain and looking a bit stupid with my arms waving in the air in the middle of the restaurant.
The hubs thinks I’m stressed about the amount of money we spent that morning, so he’s giving me all these calming words about how we’re going to be fine and how we’ve saved up a lot of money. And I keep insisting to him that I’m not stressed. I’m hurting. After a minute or two, the pain travels down to my left elbow and left pinky and is unbearable. In my mind, I think this is really weird, and I just bluntly say that I have to leave the restaurant immediately unless he wants me to cry in front of all these people.
Into the rental car we go, and I’m freaking out the hubs by crying so much so he drives me to the ER. The fact that I have chest pains gets me through quickly. After an EKG, blood work, and a CT scan, they find a tiny hole in my lung and an air bubble, which is what caused all that pain (spontaneous pneumothorax.) We learn that this is apparently very rare and very weird for a healthy non-smoking normal-weight 25 year old female.
By this time, I have a diagnosis, medicine, and can finally leave the E.R. I don’t even want to know what that ER bill is going to be, especially because it led to 6 other doctors appointments and another CT scan to clear me to fly back to Grenada. So, I wish I could give you a grand total of what that day cost, but I won’t really know for a little bit.
Honestly, I am feeling much better, but it was a truly bizarre day.
(By the way, there was nothing wrong with my car. We paid for a tow truck. It arrived at the shop and started right up. Of course, they were closed for the holidays, hence having to have the rental car for a few extra days.)
I’m pretty blessed that we were prepared for a financial blow like that day and even more blessed that the condition wasn’t more serious. The bubbles can get pretty big in people, and mine was ever so tiny, and it went away on its own. It’s weird but lucky, and I’m feeling just fine.
Okay, now it’s your turn. What’s the most expensive day you’ve ever had?