Irksome Health Care Costs

Irksome Health Care Concerns and Costs

Good visit to the gastro doctor today. Basically he wants me on I guess what is now called a Paleo diet. The very thing that most people think is good for you like veggies and fruits causes me extreme gastic distress. Guess I will never become a vegetarian. Also I must stay away from wheat and wheat based products.  And worst of All No Chocolate!! Arrgghh!!

My doctor wants me to do both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy Thursday, November 17th. I told him that it would be impossible for me to take time off.  The doctor even wrote a note which I will give to H.R. and Dispatch/Mgrs tomorrow insisting that I must have these two procedures so let’s see what happens. Getting days off especially for medical procedures is like being in a fight where your opponent has a gun and you only have a small twig with which to defend yourself. Plus I’m still trying to balance attempting to take care of my medical condition with spending time with Stephen. Gosh it seems I’ll never win. Sigh……

Oh yes my ghetto hoodrat Walgreens on Nostrand and Fulton does not have the special solution I need to drink for the test next week. Go figure!!

Sometimes when I think about all the money I spend on doctors, exams, tests, procedures, various types of shots and injections plus any other kind of medical issues I’m beginning to think that I’m making all my doctors richer than they are now!!

That’s the one thing I dislike about getting older. The older I get the more health issues I have. When I was in my teens, 20s, 30s and early 40s everything was fine. Once I turned 50 it was like a time bomb in my body was set off the disease switch turned on and everything that could go wrong went wrong. Physical chaos. And just think I never smoked, rarely drank and exercised on a regular basis!! Getting older is not for sissies! Ugh!!

It took the Lady gastro nurse two needles sticks and she was still unable to draw blood. Then the man nurse came and he got blood on the 3rd try. They must have taken at least 5 or 6 vials of my blood. Tired. Exhausted. I feel like a Vampire has drained my entire Life essence!

Got up with $80 and now down to Zero bucks. I just got a phone message from the Brooklyn Veterans Hospital for my 1:30 pm doctors appointment which obviously I will not be able to make today. Ran out of funds and none of the subways near me go straight there. I will have to move my VA appt to another day when I have both time and money.

Health care is expensive and time consuming. Yuck!!

Friday I go for my Vitamin Infusion injections which are for me an out of pocket expense Not covered by Health Insurance. Sadly in this country the good old US of A. Preventative Medicine and/or many Holistic technologies are not covered by insurance. Hmmmm…. Guess Big Pharma would have a fit if more Americans actually went to the Gym, Discounts to and for Health Food Stores, Health Spas, herbal, Natural or Holistic!!   I smell a Conspiracy!!

IRKSOME TO THE Nth DEGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Broke-Ass Broad

Ms. DeBorah goes to the Financial Services Doctor. Finance Doctor asks for DeBorah’s wallet and bank statements. After some moments of silence while examining the wallets contents and the numbers on her bank statements Dr. Finance thoughtfully and deliberately announces her diagnosis.

Ms. DeBorah I’m very sorry to tell you this but due to your repeated doctor visits and prescriptions You Now have an Advanced Case of Broke-Itis. Your only hope is either more overtime, complete & total healing or instant Retirement.

This is a photo of me at age 42 right before graduating Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College. I would say at age 42 I reached my Peak Performance in terms of fitness. Perfect skin, shape, Hair (my Locs went down my back to my butt) stamina and endurance. I was in Excellent Great Shape. Wish I could return to that age and that physical condition.

2002 MMC Grad


Song for the Old Me.

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (Rocky and Apollo Training)

10 thoughts on “Irksome Health Care Costs

  1. I’m sorry things are bad health wise and cash wise DeBorah. Maybe someday you’ll get a health care system that works trying to help the patient rather than an Insurance Company.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. Yes. Maybe. When I turn 65 there is Medicare but I’ve heard many seniors complain about that plan also. Medicare has its flaws and also does not cover everything.

      Some of my health issues are hereditary and some are caused by my job. Actually my regular doctor said I need to retire from this job. It causes probably at least 85% to 90% of my health problems. Odds are once I retire in 2018 many of my aches, pains and even these digestive issues will disappear. I’m under a lot of stress.

    1. Oh Never Brother Sheldon! You are never boring me. As I read your posts my heart is with you. Even though we have different health issues I can relate to your fears, trials, tribulations and frustrations. Our health care system in America is broken in so many ways. We need to talk about and write about our experiences. Then maybe we won’t feel so alone.

      Even though it’s not a laughing matter I try to find some humor in my health battles. That’s why I wrote the little ditty at the end of my post.

      And Tomorrow we put on our armor and go on to fight another battle on another day. Each day we are alive is another chance no matter how frail or distant that we might win. We might get better. At least we must try.

      Blessings Brother Sheldon……………

      1. Oh thank you for your kindness
        Deborah I had a Dr appointment
        This afternoon and he mess with my head
        he knew my sugar was high way back in September and didn’t tell me
        I just found out because I was in the hospital
        Again last week
        My blood pressure is not good
        And there a small issue with my heart
        That all I can do is keep after
        It’s caused by stress
        Anyway so much for me
        Take care ,that colonoscopy
        And endoscopy is no fun
        I’ve had two endos,one colon
        Since April
        As always Sheldon

      2. Brother Sheldon I will keep you in prayer. Remember we are not always broken but America’s health care system is definitely broken. Keep the Faith.

        This link leads you to a young woman’s health care odyssey or should I say nightmare. Yet she remains strong. Young and old. Weak and strong. We need to all get together and beat our Congresspersons and senators over the head until we get real Universal Health care that works which is what all government elected officials have!!

        This will be my 2nd time for both tests. The preparation is worse than the procedure. At least they will knock me out. At this point I could use the demerol and valium!! Go ask Alice!!

  2. Girl, I really feel you on this! Seems like after age 41 my tummy stopped liking me. I’ve been through all of this.
    Ended up in ER and hospital due to small bowel obstruction!
    I almost died before they figured out what the problem was. Ouch!
    After I got home and read the bills from every physician that touched me, the ambulance people and the hospital I almost died again !!!! LOL!!
    I wish you better luck than I had 🙂

    1. I’ve also been the E.R route. Not fun but Roosevelt Hospital has excellent doctors. I’m also doing holistic methods to improve my tummy health. I’m now on a special diet for my condition.

      1. Yes, I think that holistic, integrative and complementary therapies are a better way to go. I’ve known about them for years but I’m just now starting to put some of them into practice.
        Glad that you’re doing better 🙂

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