After the high from the wedding things went down hill very fast.......
My step-father started having chest pains on Saturday morning, and never said anything as he didn't want to spoil the wedding. He didn't tell us until Sunday morning at breakfast, and when we suggested going to the hospital he wouldn't go. Fast forward to Monday afternoon and we did an emergency dash to our local hospital. Where after a CAT Scan, many blood tests, and various other things they admitted him, as they had ruled out a heart attack, blood clots and pneumonia. They decided he needed an angiogram, which they couldn't do at Alliston hospital, but would have to do at South Lake hospital in Newmarket.
They didn't take him on Tuesday but finally got him an appointment on Wednesday afternoon. They did an angiogram and found one of the smaller veins was blocked 80%. He also has an irregular heart beat and a heart murmur. None of this he knew prior to coming to Canada. They have given him the all clear to fly thank goodness.
Now if this wasn't bad enough, trying to sort out the insurance what an utter and complete nightmare. They are insured but trying to get all the paperwork to them in England and sorting everything out has been terrible. When we went to Newmarket hospital they wouldn't do the angiogram without payment up front by credit card, that was $1,450. The doctors fee had to be paid in either cash or cheque. That was another $700 in cash. The medications came to another $100.
They charged $1,700 a night at Alliston hospital. He was admitted Monday night by Tuesday morning his bill was $5,100. We were lucky as I found a super woman in Alliston that helped us out with everything and had dealt with foreign insurances before hand. We also found another lady in Newmarket hospital to help us get paperwork to London, England.
We had gone to Staples and they were going to charge us $5.99 to fax the first sheet and $3.99 for everything after that. There were 19 pages to fax. So we got it scanned onto a memory stick and we sent them from our computer, but for some reason they didn't get it. So thanks to talking to the lady in Newmarket she found someone to do it in the hospital. All the hospitals in Ontario are not allowed to fax anything outside of Canada or the States, due to cut backs.
I will say everyone we have dealt with have been really nice and very understanding and helpful.
Then we discovered dh's best friend was having a scope for a mass beside his colon, and it's not looking too good. Ds got hit in the mouth with a hockey puck the Tuesday before the wedding and had to have his main front tooth extracted and another one put in, which he did today and the final bill for that will be $5,300. Got an estimate for Molly's surgery and that will be around $1,050.
Oh and then I got sick............what a hell of a week!!! Things can only get better. We are all going out tonight for dd's birthday which is today.
Onwards and upwards as they say..........more wedding photos soon.