Gabriella has been complaining for the last couple months of her AFO's (orthotics that she wears on her feet to help stabilize her ankles). They have caused horrible dime-sized callouses on her inner ankles over the last year. But, her physical therapist never seemed to have any concerns when I asked her about them, and I didn't know if this was normal or not.
But, there came a day that I thought... maybe a doctor that deals in pediatric orthotics might know. So, I made an appointment... Gabriella saw him a few days later. He told me that because she is hyper-mobile (basically her ankles, feet and legs can do things most of us didn't even know were possible), that the only type of orthotic she should ever have is a custom-made orthotic that goes just below her knees.
He asked me if I wanted a quote. I told him I didn't need one right now, that if she has to get them, she has to get them. I am thinking to myself though, these are going to be ridiculous... I bet they will cost $600-$800 because they are "custom." Just great!
Well, a couple days later, I got the phone call. The gal on the other end of the phone said, the total (not including the $500 doctor and facility charges) would be $3,816.20. I asked if she could repeat what she just said because I wasn't sure I had heard her correctly. Then, I repeated it back to make sure I had heard her.
Well, at the fitting appointment, I learned that, that price didn't include the socks. I told the gal I would give her $8 or $10 for the socks... and, I would like several pair. Then, I asked if that was about how much they were. She smiled and said, I think they are a bit more. She told me she thought they were more like $30 for a pair of socks. But, she ran to get the price sheet. She came back to tell me they were $64 for the pair of socks.
I smiled and told her that I would like the socks she just put on my daughter to be free. I thanked her in advance for figuring out how she could do this for our now $4,316.20 adventure.
Next time I guess I will find out the total price before anything is done first. OR, I will get her fitted somewhere else.