So, Labor Day weekend was . . . exhausting. I got a request for some labs to be done for T a few weeks ago. We had been prepping him for it and making sure that he was drinking lots of water. He had extra snacks the night before because he was going to need to fast the following morning. OMG! So, the only lab somewhat in our area that we could go to with his insurance (and had pediatrics) did not take online reservations. Had to just go down there, be early in line, and wait. Yeah, it's hard with children in general, but it's really hard with a child with severe sensory issues. My poor husband took him. I was so hopeful that both he and T could just handle it. One less thing I'd have to worry about and take care of myself, you know?
They waited a bit, the clinic finally opened, and they waited some more. After an hour, his name was called. T went back and apparently blood curdling murderous sounds could be heard throughout. T would not have anything to do with it. Reminders that he has done this twice before, so brave, blah blah blah, no. So, they waited almost 2 more hours and tried 2 more times without any luck. When I called to check on them and heard all of this, I just told him to get the lab sheet back and leave. T's anxiety must have been through the roof at this point and it was almost lunch time. I knew that he was just done.
They came home, got T some brunch at that point, and just wondered what we would try next. I had literally just seen a commercial for Theranos! Okay, loving my state even more due to the legislation we signed into law back in July. Yes, empowerment. Get labs without a doctor's notice and with minimal blood! Okay, where do we go? I found a lab in our neighborhood and they were open on Monday. Feeling relieved that maybe we had found the answer, we made another plan. I didn't care if I had to pay for this out-of-pocket. I just wanted to get it handled and make it easier for T. Again, he arrives 15-20 minutes or so before they open because he figures a line. He calls me and says that the Monday hours had been changed. Special Labor Day hours were posted online, so I didn't know what the deal was or what to tell him. They walked around I guess and waited another hour. Finally, when they got called back, the lady there said that he still would need an intravenous draw, but offered to do it in 3 vials instead of 6. Huh? I thought that the lab tests posted online were in fact the ones that the lab could perform with the finger amount. No, not yet. It's a bit misleading. Really, all they can do is test his cholesterol or see if he's HIV positive! So disappointed right now. The technology is on it's way, but it's not quite there yet. It allows you to get some labs done without a doctor's auth. Sort of wishing this thing was around 6.5 years ago. I could have gone in there and peed and made my way to the hospital. Urgh.
Looks like I will be scheduling and handling this one. I'm not sure when, but it does need to happen at some point. Poor kid. I'm beyond frustrated with this. It's totally unacceptable to make a child with ASD wait 1-2 hours for labs. I wish that we could have just had this done at his wellness visit right there in that office. I have that option at my doctor's office. I don't even have to leave the bldg as they have a Sonora Quest right there.
ugghhh so frustrating...you would think they would just take the kids back immediately. Or that the doctors office could just do it. hugs and I hope it goes better when you try next time.
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