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Medical March

I spent the last decade with no health insurance, so I'm making up for lost time. I had a CAT scan yesterday for surgery that I'm having two weeks from today, and today I had bits of me cut off to send to a lab to be biopsied. Earlier this month I had blood work done, and next week I go in for allergy testing.

No telling how long this window of access will last, so I'm making hay while the sun shines.


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Mar. 5th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah I got no medical either. A fellow hit my van about a year back and I have settled up with him now. I imagine that money will go to dental work and a routine check-up. However if there was actually anything wrong with me I'd probably have to go to the UK in order to get medicine.
Mar. 5th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
I wish you the best of health and good news with your tests and procedures. I've also done the quick round of medical work while there is insurance. I'll be back off it before long.
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Are you expecting to find something or just having thorough checkups while you can?

After watching "Sicko" I feel so blessed to live in a country (Australia) with free or subsidised health care (depending on what you get).

Well, actually right now I'm in India, which is genuinely cheap. Not exactly medical, but I got prescription sunglasses and new lenses for my regular specs for US$30 yesterday.

Take care!
Mar. 6th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Best of wishes to you, KMO. It sounds like you're doing this because you now have health insurance - good for you. Indeed, make hay while the sun shines.

You don't mention what the surgery is for, although if "bits of [you were] cut off to send to a lab to be biopsied," are they looking for cancer? The reason I ask is that I was diagnosed with colon cancer a little over a year ago and had to have surgery. In my case, I did not have insurance. I can tell you that a sigmoid resection costs about $50,000. Thankfully, the hospital picked up the tab for their part, about forty thousand of it. But that left about ten other people and companies to pay (surgeon, g-i doctor, anesthesiologist, radiology lab, pathology lab, etc), which I do monthly, some to the tune of twenty five bucks a month.

On the positive side, I'm now a year out from surgery. After surgery, my lymph nodes were not infected, and my blood work has been good over the year. I had my one year colonoscopy, and while the doctor took out some minor polyps, he said I was clean. Yesterday, I received his bill for $1250. Oh well, I'd already resigned myself to the fact I was going to be paying this guy a hundred dollars a month for the rest of my life, since I need to get one of those every year now.

All that to say go for it. Get done whatever it is you need to do. I think you're in your forties, no. I call the forties the decade of denial - denial that you're getting old. I used to go play basketball with teenagers when I was in my forties (no, I didn't do much running up and down the court), but when I got to my fifties I knew the jig was up. The important thing is to take care of yourself. Eat good food (ala Michael Pollan), get decent rest, and good exercise (I walk and do Chi Kung and Tai Chi and swear by it.)

So good luck with it all.

Stay well.
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