I’ve had a cold for roughly two weeks now. I’m, once again, looking forward to a quiet weekend and hoping that rest will help me kick this thing once and for all.
I’m still walking into work but getting Helios to come and collect me every evening – partly due to the rains and partly due to the fact that I’m coughing up my lungs by the time 5:30 comes around. I am so tired!
I’ve had to make another appointment with the GP to get more Prozac. Even though I’m tired and grouchy at the moment, at least my heart doesn’t feel like it’s wrapped in a cloud.
I’ve had PMT for several weeks now. I never thought I would be looking forward to a period but I am at the moment. I’m bloated, grouchy, hot, tired and my back has been aching off and on.
Now I’m going to say something about the National Health Service. I grew up in the US where the worry wasn’t just that someday you might get ill – but also that you’d have to find a way to pay for it!
I don’t like to talk about the NHS in England because I know so many women in my position do not have access to free care. When I need to go to the GP, I go. I walk in, see the doctor and then walk back out again without stopping to pay a bill or confirm insurance details. When I needed to use my private medical insurance (usually obtained through work), I went to the GP, got a referral to a specialist, phoned my insurance company to get authorisation, went to the specialist (and confirmed my insurance details), and then left again without paying a bill. I sometimes get letters in the post through from my insurance company where they confirm they have paid a bill. That’s it.
As far as prescriptions go, I normally pay a nominal amount per prescription. There was a time when I was taking so much medication that I got a pre-pay prescription certificate. This certificate allowed me to pay a one-off lump sum that covered all my prescriptions for the year. Believe me when I say that I made it worth my while!
Of course, I pay taxes to fund this. 10% of my salary goes toward this vital service. There are some services I honestly don’t mind paying – Police, Schools and National Health are at the top of that list!
So there you have it. I have health worries without the worry of how to pay for treatment. Now, I could moan the way the English do and say how bad standards are, or how dirty the hospitals are or how the government is closing hospitals due to funding shortages, BUT it’s here. The structure is in place and we can do something about improving it.
The fact is that one of the richest countries in the world, I never could work out why you don’t have an NHS. I vaguely remember Bill Clinton promising this and he put his wife in charge of the task force but then it disappeared. I don’t even remember hearing excuses as to where it went to or why. Now, I know Republicans are all for business and BIG business at that, but do Republicans have any health worries? Do they have a hard time finding the money to pay health insurance? Or do they walk in front of a bus when their money runs out? (Sorry, that was a cheap shot, I know.)
I can’t help but wonder these things because I’ve got Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovaries and Insulin Resistance. I don’t have a “high profile” disease that will kill me. I have a syndrome and a disease that have occasionally made me wish for death because the pain was so bad. How do people in the US cope? How do you cope? While I agree that we need to raise the profile of Endometriosis, isn’t your first priority getting the money sorted? Hey, we don’t have a cure but at least the surgeries won’t cost an arm and a leg anymore!!