Dear Shann! How well I understand. We returned home from the hospital less than two hours ago, having fought the same battle.
My husband has a history of heart episodes, including one heart attack, one quad bypass surgery, and two other separate stint procedures. On Sunday, with classic heart symptoms,after 4 hours waiting in ER, being told by our own cardiologist that the EKG was abnormal, he was ordering an overnight stay, and a heart cath next morning (yesterday),we were told the exact same things you just described by a "case management" representative. Once we were on the cardiac floor, we were given the same explanation by LPN admitting nurse, then the RN, and when we questioned it, they sent another "case management" person. (all this while my husband was possibly verging on a heart attack, because he had a stint procedure yesterday for an artery which was almost totally blocked and the Dr. said could have caused major damage quickly)
This is almost unbelievable!!!! My husband, who is 75, was threatening to put on his clothes and leave. Finally, we were told that it had been run back through admitting downstairs and he could be a "full admit," and not "observation admit."
How cruel this is to people who pay huge insurance premiums and have limited incomes, and as you said, Shann, freak out, when you have no idea what to expect! We still have this uneasy feeling that it may not be over, and we could be billed (for heaven knows what???).
I will certainly pray, --- only went into this to affirm the MESS our health system is in. I must end by saying, I praise God that He does take care of us and is still good and still faithful in the midst of every condition and situation. I pray for His intervention for you, Shann, and for His peace and help for us all. How we need it!
A child of the King!