I leafed through the alpha­betic pages of my men­tal ICD-9-CM man­ual and found the codes for chills with fever, cough and vom­it­ing. I was sure to con­firm them in the numeric index. My wife hung up the phone and explained that we were going to take him to the pediatrician’s office. they had told her to bring him in right away.

We quickly changed clothes, grabbed our coats and headed for the front door. I attempted to use my periph­eral vision to steal a glance at the tele­vi­sion in hopes of catch­ing an update on the score of the game, but my wife pressed the power but­ton on the remote before I could.

We arrived at the office and were called in imme­di­ately. My son’s doc­tor asked, “what’s wrong with him?” My wife’s voice echoed loudly in my head, ‘DO SOMETHING.’ So I did. I handed my son to the doc­tor and con­fi­dently stated, “he is expe­ri­enc­ing a 780.6, has a 786.2 and 787.03 all over my wife and I. He is all your now.” the doc­tor laughed, my wife smiled and I was back on her good side. 



After an estab­lished, office visit E&M code, my son turned out to have 382.9, Oti­tis media. Doc gave him antibi­otics and a cough sup­pres­sant and sent us on our way.

R. Rus­sell, CPC