I got up at 7:30 this morning and, knowing I had a hectic morning full of phone calls and research to do, followed by a 10:00 a.m. appointment for myself, I hit the showers. While in there, I decided the best plan was to just call the closest hospital. I figured if nothing else, they'd at least be able to give me some information, and if I was really lucky, they'd have the facilities to do the testing themselves.
By 8:15, I knew that Union Regional could draw the blood, do the labs, and return the results to the hospital in New York. I got the fax number and other info from the lab tech I spoke to, made an appointment for tomorrow morning for Scott to go in (even though the appointment wasn't necessary) and proceeded to fire off said information to my sister-in-law via email, so she'd have it all ready by the time the doctor made it into the office there. Most excellent, and I was feeling much better, except that the lab tech couldn't tell me the one thing I really needed to know. Cost. Nor could I find anyone that could answer that question for me. The only thing I could find out is that the prices we were finding last night were for bone marrow banks, where the fees are discounted or covered by one charity or another, not the same (no doubt inflated) cost that is indicative of a mainstream lab.
Tomorrow morning Scott will get his paycheck, and cash it on the way to the hospital to pay for the testing. The cash will be on hand to do that, and even if it turns out to be the whole damn check, we'd do it. Our bills aren't shit compared to Scott's little brother's life.
Unfortunately, whatever does get spent at the lab tomorrow will come out of something fun, like the rent. And no, my landlord isn't going to be sympathetic or understanding. Tough shit, this isn't a negotiable plan of action. Sometimes you do what you gotta do, simply because it's right, hell, is there some other choice? No.
So, we'll see what happens, hopefully the powers that be, or however you refer to Him/it, will take care of the other stuff for a little while eh?