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Ginny
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   Posted 1/27/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
Well, it looks like I"m going to need to get my INR (PT) tested when I'm on vacation in L.A. in 2 weeks.  I've been looking online for a lab in the Santa Monica area.  But I keep running into problems.  Either, my search engine gives me veteranarian clinics, or I get labs that only test very specialized things.... It's weird...
 
Can anyone recommend a lab in that area?  Or a lab that is nation wide?  A website would be great.  But I'll take any info at this point.  I'm feeling a bit desperate!!
 
My INR was really low again today, which is odd because the last month, everything has been very steady.  So I'm suspecting that over my 8 day vacation, I'll have to spend some time at a lab one morning.  FUN.  Is this test expensive?  Any info on cost would be good too. 
 
Thanks guys!
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


curlyhair
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   Posted 1/27/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ginny,

As long as you have a lab sheet,(the paper that states your doctor wants that test run), you can go to any lab and hand it to them and they will do the blood work. Any hospital has a lab and many doctor's offices can do it too. You don't need an appt. As far as cost, I don't know. I know your health insurance is completely different from ours but shouldn't it cover you when visiting in the US? If not then perhaps the lab could give you idea of the cost. Hope this helps.

Sandy


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applesk82
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
you can search for hospitals in the santa monica area, i'm not sure about canada but in the states, most places dont have labs just for drawing blood, we usually either go to the hospital or the doc's office my have their own lab, so look for hospitals and not laboratories and you will probably have better luck, as for the cost, when you call the hospital (as for the lab) just ask if they accept your insurance and if they dont as them if they know of any hospitals who do or you can even call your insurance co and ask them if they will cover your bloodwork while you were here.
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Butterflake
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny.  Try www.labcorp.com and click on the patient service center locator at the top of the page.  LabCorp is a national laboratory (I use it) and when I searched, I found 3 patient service centers in Santa Monica.  Take care Ginny.  Love, Butterflake

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, thank you so much for telling me this!!  I didn't clue in that the hospitals would be able to do it.  That makes sense.  My insurance is through the province, so I'm not sure if they cover out of country stuff.  I'll look into it.
 
So all I need is a requisition from my doctor for the test, and I'm golden!  Excellent. 
 
Thanks gals!!
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/28/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a place called "(any) labs" that will run lab tests for you, also Quest Labs - and LabCorp which was already mentioned.

I know that sometimes pharmacies will only honor scripts from in-state doctors - I have no idea if anything like that would apply to lab tests.

Some hospitals have walk-in labs and some don't -- I'd call ahead to the hospital you intend to walk-into and make sure they have a lab available. I know my closest hospital does NOT, and it's a huge hospital in Atlanta

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Donna,
 
You and I were posting at the same time, so I missed your reply.  Thanks a bunch!  I checked your link. There is a lab about 2 minutes from our hotel!!!  WOO HOO.  yeah  
 
 
Who the heck gets excited about a lab?..........Good grief.  Stop the world.  I want to get off.
 
 
Thanks Suzanne, Sandy, and Lynnwood.  Your suggestions are great.  If the lab doesn't work out, I'll hit a hospital!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


misscali
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
hey there!
wherever i go i pretty much always use Quest Diagnostics. the have a website you can search for it in google and give the zip code you will be in and it will find a Quest Lab nearest to you. Or just type in Quest Diagnostics into maps.google.com and you can also see which one is closest. I find Quest to be fast, easy and efficient...
have a good trip!

Ginny
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   Posted 1/28/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Misscali!
 
I need a lab that is fast, easy and efficient!  Also, one that will do this PT test "stat".  I need the results back same day.  I'll be doing some calling to these labs tomorrow.  Just to get all the info I need. 
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/28/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginny,

My relatives live in Ontario. When they come to the States they purchase some kind of health insurance for their vacation time, so that IF they need care, they won't be paying for it forever. It can cost $10,000 to spend one flipping day in the hospital here. Not to scare you, but if you did get really ill, you would spend a downpayment for a house just by spending a couple days in the hospital.

Just a thought. The lab work can run from about $20 to hundreds depending on what it is. . . . but insurance companies only pay a fraction of that and the lab or doctor or hospital eats the rest.

Blessings!

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie!
 
I have LOADS of medical insurance for this trip.  I have a million smackeroos.  So I'm good! I just know that my provincial health care won't cover the cost of a blood test.  So that will be out of pocket. 
 
Blessings!
Ginny
 
Time for a cup O tea!!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Ann Ireland
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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Time for Bed
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suetoo
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   Posted 2/8/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
Tell us how your trip went!
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