Adventures in health care

Spent the entire day at the hospital – first, for an appointment with a gastroenterologist, then such a thorough probing of my eyes that I didn’t think it was possible outside of a movie about Nazi medical experiments, and then a meeting with the lovely financial services staff. (The counselor told me I could have gotten a referral from the city health center, but since that would have involved me standing outside in a long line in the cold when I could barely stand to begin with, moot point.)

“Fortunately” (and I use the term in the most ironic way possible), if you don’t have insurance and you need surgery, you can sign a financial contract with them to pay off surgery, should it be necessary. And yes, they tell me, it appears likely I will need to get my gall bladder out. I have to go back to the hospital tomorrow (I feel like they should give me half a bureau drawer and half a closet, I’ve been there so many times in the past five days) to get an ultrasound. The GI doctor seemed a little bit upset about how the hospital I was previously taken to handled it; he pursed his lips, shook his head and said, “I can’t comment on your treatment there.”

8 thoughts on “Adventures in health care

  1. Oh, Susie, you’ve entered (once again) the medical-industrial complex. I am so sorry. Hope the docs treat you like a human.

    I saw on teevee a private clinic in Beverly Hills, with everything from a juice bar to chemotherapy. The rooms were 4-star. I am so jealous. The rest of us have to check into Auschwitz, and for this we pay more than any other civilized nation. Well, try to keep your spirits up and I’ll slip a couple nickels in the till next paycheck.

  2. Geez Suze…………………we gotta’ get you well. I’m kicking in a few bucks on an over-the-limit credit card………….Hang Tough Girlfriend: we gotcha’ back……………………..

  3. Wow. I’m really sorry. So is this the diagnosis, rather than the diverticulitis?? If available opt for arthroscopic surgery. Out-patient procedure, minimally invasive, recovery in days not months. I had it done and only downside was I felt so ‘not-bad’ after the surgery I overdid it and pulled up lame for a couple of extra days. Don’t want to sound all ‘no problem,’ it is surgery after all, but I’ve had wisdom teeth extracted that caused more pain problems than getting my gall bladder out.

  4. So, which part of Grayson’s description of the Republicans’ health care plan didn’t you understand?

    The 2014 part? Oh, yeah, that was Barry. Had to get that CBO score down. Fuckin’ bean counters.

    Get well and give ’em hell.

    One term.

  5. No, I have both of them. He just thinks the gallstones present more of a threat because I’ve had five attacks in six months. I’m concerned because from what I read, 30% of the people who have the surgery still have symptoms afterward — and some other uncomfortable side effects.

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