Apr. 2nd, 2009

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I really think the only reason I keep this journal around anymore is to give you all pointless updates on my health.

I have a sinus infection and bronchitis. This comes hard on the heels of that marvelous stomach flu that landed me in the ER a couple weeks ago.

I'm pissed.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am really tired of my immune system being made out of aluminium foil. And I think someone is poking holes in it, too.

By the way, the next person who asks or lectures me about my diet is going to get a smack across the head. I'm tired of people assuming that just because I'm fat I must have a lousy diet. I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and soy, and minimum of red meat. My diet is fine. So shut up.

Its my body that's broken.

I know that it is common for people with chronic pain to get sick more often; when your body is fighting something else constantly, it doesn't have the resources to fight off every single germ that comes near it. I also know that it is a good chance that I'm fighting psychosomatic illnesses- which I finally had to learn a couple years ago does not mean "its all in your head"- probably due to the chronic pain, and even still residual trauma/PTSD from three years ago. But without insurance- yes, kids, I have a medical condition that includes expensive prescriptions, and no medical coverage, thank CPT for that- I am reduced to treating the symptoms. Yes, it sucks. Yes, I deal with it.

Okay, I'm done ranting about that. For now.

But today, since it takes at least a week to get appointments at the clinic I usually go to, and all I wanted was someone to write me a prescription for antibiotics, I tried out the "Take Care Clinic", which is something that has opened in some Walgreens. I am often disturbed at the lack of Urgent Care facilities in the city, and I certainly am not ill enough- for once- for an ER visit. There is one of these clinics in the Walgreens at Western and Howard, not far from my house.

I am pretty happy with it. I will use it again, if need be. The physician's assistant I saw was nice, efficient, and helpful. I only had two people in front of me, and they were both done in less than ten minutes each. They do take insurance, but even without insurance the visit was $60. Try comparing that with what you'd pay at most regular doctor offices without insurance, and you'll see what a great deal that is. In fact, it is only a little more than I pay at the Resurrection clinics, even with my financial aid.

So yes, this is the face of the health care crisis in America. I come from a middle class family; I am relatively educated, intelligent, and have quite a bit of social capital; I am white. Not image that comes up for most people when they think of the folks who crowd free clinics, or wait for six hours at the clinic at Cook County Hospital even when they have an appointment. This is it, kids. This is me.

There is absolutely no excuse for this country not having a national health care system. None.
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I think the real magic of xkcd is that it somehow manages to be fucking hilarious, even when I totally don't get it.


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