Paying for medical care

Paying for medical care

I have been home recovering from my heart attack. In my entire life I have never rested like this. The first couple days I knew I needed it and was tired so it was easy. The next few days I was going stir crazy and wanted to go back to work. I had agreed to take 2 weeks off and simply relax and maybe take up a regular meditation practice. I needed to be calm.

 

Then I got the bills in the mail. There went my stress levels. $200 for gauze. I have insurance but there were so many bills and medications. This was still going to cost me thousands of dollars. My father used to tell this story of a man who suffered a serious heart attack and had an open heart bypass surgery. He awakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic Hospital.



As he was recovering, a nun asked him questions regarding how he was going to pay for his treatment. She asked if he had health insurance.



He replied, in a raspy voice, "No health insurance."



The nun asked if he had money in the bank.



He replied, "No money in the bank."



The nun asked, "Do you have a relative who could help you?"



He said, "I only have a spinster sister, who is a nun."



The nun became agitated and announced loudly, "Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God."



The patient replied, "Send the bill to my Brother-in-law."

 

I felt blessed to have insurance and to have people who loved me. I will get back to work in a week and life will go on. But I admit I feel a strange vulnerability I have never felt before. Now I will have to contemplate my own death.

 

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I’m a writer, parent of 2 amazing kids, and been through all 12 steps in AA. I am also divorced. My main financial burden is affording my psychologist and my main pleasure is being able to fall asleep without sleeping pills, which doesn’t always happen. My past feels like a lifetime ago and my present feels like a present. I’m one of those people who literally wakes up in the morning grateful that I get to have another day and didn’t kill myself 12 years ago. Mostly my life is now a blessing. I have a lot of stories from those days when it didn’t feel life was a blessing and also about now, wh ...

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