I finally heard back from the hospital that they haven’t lost me in the system. My surgery will take place in March and that I’ll get a letter in the next week with a specific date and details of what to expect. I will admit to feeling very nervous about the procedure: I’m not going to a private hospital this time where I’ll have my own room and a nice breakfast the next morning. I always likened the private hospitals to “hotels with drugs” because I was in absolutely no severe pain after surgeries there.
NHS hospitals have a certain reputation here: they’re not very well maintained, not entirely clean and we have to wait and wait for a surgery date only to be told that the date will be postponed by letter. It’s an irritating process I’ve entered into here and I’m forced to admit that the system isn’t perfect.
It’s made me think… Am I better off here?
I met an Englishman in the past couple of weeks who said that he really liked his visit to Las Vegas but he thought that he really wouldn’t want to be poor there. I could only agree. As someone with chronic illnesses I would have been entirely unable to reach a certain standard of living over there – I’ve needed surgery too often. Had I remained in the US and got my diagnosis, I wouldn’t be able to get health insurance thanks to “pre-existing” nonsense that health insurance companies give Americans. I still can’t quite see how any American in my position (and there are quite a few) would be able to get the treatment that they need. For instance, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my surgeries – who can afford that? I wouldn’t be able to work without the surgeries curbing my symptoms. In short, I would have quickly been destitute and in so much pain that I would probably want to kill myself.
England saved my life. I don’t want to kill myself. I handle my pain management as best I can and I know that after this surgery (all going well – *touch wood*) I’ll still be able to work and I’ll be able to afford the mortgage. I am still a valuable member of society. In fact, all things considered, I’m a high-achiever.