Anyway, I'm not complaining about the cost, I know that the state-of-the-art medical technology that has kept Elsie alive is expensive. I'm grateful for it, and she's worth it. I thought it might be interesting to make a little list on the blog here of some of the costs for your viewing pleasure, in case you are curious about the price of being a micro-preemie, as well as to keep a record that we can look back at someday in the future.
- Each day at the hospital costs between $972.83 and $1,035.36. Per day. Wow. And that's not including things like x-rays or diagnostics. Those are extra, of course.
- PDA Ligation (heart surgery) cost $4,098.62; the anesthesia for the surgery cost an additional $1,738.
- The "ambulance" ride to PCMC, which was not actually an ambulance but was an isolette on a gurney that was walked down the hall and through several elevators, cost $6,406.66.
- The procedure that was done at PCMC (looking at her intestines) cost $568.41.
- "Imaging", which I'm assuming is x-rays, cost $93 each time it is done. Elsie had 5 x-rays during the first month.
Like I said, these are just a few of the costs from her first month of life. I think it's interesting to see the price tag that is attached to these tiny babies. I've heard from a few friends with similar stories, whose baby's first year of life cost between $1-2 million dollars. Crazy!
I haven't updated for a few days because there is not much to report. Elsie is continuing to do well. She reached 3 pounds last week, and has a little double chin. So funny. Clayton and I are going to visit her this evening and tomorrow morning. It is our tenth wedding anniversary today, and instead of the vacation that we had been contemplating before Elsie was born, we will be celebrating a little closer to home.