With the exception of getting my yearly pap last spring, I haven't had a complete physical since I quit working and moved 18 months ago. I've been to the doctor a few times and the ER once during this time. Since I don't have health insurance I've only gone when I know I absolutely can't wait any longer. Actually, there was one time I probably should have gone, but I knew I'd probably have to be admitted for dehydration and I just couldn't bring myself to go for fear of the bill I would get.
I haven't been feeling very well lately. The headaches and nausea are still pretty persistent. The last bone scan I had before I quit working showed a decrease in bone density. I was supposed to start taking calcium supplements, but I haven't. My body aches come and go. Sunday night when I got into bed, I couldn't lay on my left side. I can tell there is something wrong with my hip. I've had a bruise for several months in the same spot on my ass. It's in the same area I was getting the steroid shots every few days in 2007 when I had pneumonia for three months.
I finally broke down and caved. I scheduled me an appointment for my 26 th birthday for a physical at the same place we've been taking K to. I'm not very pleased with their help, but I don't have much choice.
Speaking of not being pleased with them, we dropped by there today after playing phone tag with someone since Thursday of last week. They told us K needed to have an ultrasound of her breast done. We are waiting for an application to be sent to see if she can get assistance. This could take anywhere from a week to several months. (So much for their saying on "early detection saves lives". I've been trying to fight for appointments to get her breast even scanned since 2/15, almost a whole month.) A few hours after we left, the nurse called us again telling us she forgot K needed to get an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound. We went back and filled out paperwork to get assistance for that, and the wait for that is TWO TO THREE MONTHS!
I know I won't qualify for insurance because of some issues, but I'm hoping we can get K some insurance soon. This waiting game is no fun. I feel like a second class citizen.
On the bright side, A's pap came back normal. One less thing for us to have to worry about. THANK GOD.