Health Update and Rant

I’m beginning to think that I might as well live at my PCPs’ office since I’m there so much…

The past two weeks, on multiple occasions, I’ve thrown up (usually after brushing my teeth). I’m not much of a “puker”; I don’t really have a gag reflex. The last time I threw up that much was when I was pregnant with Ava. No, I’m not pregnant (unfortunately). In addition to the vomiting, I was waking up with my shirt soaked in sweat, and I had a sore throat. So, naturally, I call up my doctor and get an appointment in less than 24 hours because, ya know, I’m special 😊 They did the usual testing considering my symptoms: pregnancy test, strep, flu-all negative.

I don’t know why but I find this both embarrassing and hilarious; I had thrush. I’ve regressed to getting sick with baby illnesses…so pitiful. Ava never had it as a baby, so I had no idea what it was until the doctor explained it to me. I was horrified. Luckily, the only spots I had were on my uvula, so I wasn’t walking around with a mouth full of fungus (you’re welcome for the lovely visual). Thrush only explained the sore throat; the other symptoms are (according to the doctor on duty) a side effect of the Methotrexate. She gave me printed hand out on the medication (like I haven’t already done overly extensive research on it myself…duh). Anyway, I was given medication to treat the thrush and I’m happy to say that I finished my last dosage today. Yayyyy

Ok, now I need to rant…I FREAKING HATE THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM!!! Apologies in advance if this gets political a bit.

So, as you know from reading my most recent posts, I started a Go Fund Me page to help page for my hospital and physician bills. I literally spent close to four hours talking to multiple hospitals and collection agencies, just trying to find a payment plan that works for both parties. I wanted to rip my hair out. I clearly stated to all parties that I was in over my head with medical bills because I have a chronic illness that often puts me in the hospital…do you think they threw me a bone? NOPE. I get that the people over the phone are just doing their jobs and they don’t have the authority to do a whole lot for me or anyone else in my situation. It’s the CEOs and the other “big wigs” that I would LOVE to have a one on one chat with. These people might be good at doing whatever it is that they do in their corner offices, but I can ALMOST guarantee you they have no idea what their clients go through daily.

What’s the point in having insurance just to have money taken out of your paycheck, then out of your wallet for a copay/coinsurance, AND THEN be expected to pay whatever amount the insurance company decides is your responsibility? It blows my mind at how backwards the healthcare system in this country is. It’s almost as if you get punished for being sick; or at least that’s how I feel. Because those of us with chronic illnesses asked to be bombarded with hospital visits, doctors’ visits, and every test you can imagine. Hell, I know I sure as shit didn’t sign up for this life but it’s the one I was given and I’m doing what I can to make the best of it. Not very easy when you’re slapped in the face with a medical bill every other day though…





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