Uninsured, unhealthy, but not very “Un-American”

You may have noticed that I haven’t written in a while, but sadly I’m not off on another continent trotting around so I can’t blame it on my travels.  Barely a week after I got home, I came down with this crazy pain all throughout my innards.  It started in my womanly parts and made me believe it was just cramps, but as the day went on the intense pain spread throughout my abdomen and up into my chest.  I tried to sleep but could only do so for an hour at a time from the random pains that would shoot through my sternum if I accidentally breathed too deeply.  At around 4 am last Monday, I decided to look into going to the emergency room.

After a few minutes of clicking around on the interwebs, I realized I had two choices:  Go to the emergency room, hopefully figure out what is wrong, and end up with a medical bill of a few thousand dollars… or just wait, hope I survive, and be able to afford my future college education.  Unfortunately this kind of choice is something that many people deal with all the time.

You see, I am one of the millions of Americans who lack health insurance.  According the the US census, in 2011 with a population of around 306,560,685 people; 46 million Americans lacked insurance. Of those 46 million, 40 million of them are in the age range of 19-64 years old, thus making myself just one more person of that big statistic.

I survived through my Monday by moving very softly and not eating much.  My stomach seemed to be incredibly bloated and it definitely was, using my tape measure I noticed my waistline was three inches larger than normal.  Late into the night, my throat started to hurt incredibly bad when I swallowed so I told myself if it still hurt in the morning, I would go see my wonderful and free practitioner at the Santa Rosa Junior College.   The next morning I woke up and saw my throat looked as if Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes had a snow party in it, so I made the call and got an appointment half an hour later.  It didn’t take long for my doctor to diagnose me with Strep Throat and to tell me that it’s better just to assume that my internal pain is because of the Strep, instead of believing it could be two separate issues.

So now it’s eleven days after all my pain first began, my strep throat issues are gone, but yet the internal pain is still hanging around.  It hurts to breathe in deeply because something weird is going on within my right shoulder… not the muscles or bone… but something up in that region is quite painful.  I also still have the abdomen pain and have been having a headache nearly every day.  Alyssa and my friends have been harassing me for many days now to try going to the doctor again (not the simple care at my school) and I keep giving the same excuse of not having enough money to do so.  But being that I just lost a classmate to colon cancer and many people in my life seem to be having health issues; I decided I better just cough up the cash and get myself checked out.

It’s been over twelve years since I’ve had any sort of blood tests or even a physical just to check up on myself.  I’ve had my womanly parts taken care of thanks to Planned Parenthood, but who knows what has been going on elsewhere in my body.  Maybe I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome too…   Maybe my internal pain is just from strep throat…

Regardless of what the results are, at least I’ll be able to find out what has been going on.  I have one more day left of penicillin and then I’m excited to start on an Erba Vita detox supplement for the next month to get all these medications out of my system.  I’ve done my grocery shopping and will be saying goodbye to refined sugars and processed foods again, hopefully this time I’ll be more motivated since I won’t have any excuse of “being on vacation” or “being sick” again.

So what I wonder from all of you – Who has insurance?  Who doesn’t?  What does it take to finally get YOU go to the doctor?

Till next time,