So. I'd been doing rather well mostly the last year or two medically, ever since that emergency surgery issue in 2015. So...Cobra for insurance between Nikki's old job and new job is $875 a month. We don't have that much extra money. We just don't, even with the really nice raise new job has afforded us. And of course, I develop a problem. My stomach acid is trying to digest the rest of me. Acid reflux gone crazy. *headdesk* I have to more months until there is insurance again. And I'm REALLY hesitant to scrounge up the money to go to the urgent care, for fear of what the senate is doing with the legislation and inadvertently getting a 'pre-existing condition' and having them repeal that protection and then I'm really in trouble.
So in the meantime, trying to control it with life style changes as best I can. I just ordered a $300 pillow. Seriously. It's called a medcline, and if anyone else here has acid reflux, look it up and see if it's good for you. I'm a side sleeper, so sleeping on a wedge is a big issue for me. This medcline thing is a wedge, but it has a hole built in for your arm, which both holds you onto the wedge at night and comfortable gives your arm a place to go on the wedge, but also keeps you on the left side, which reduces the acids ability to escape. Now I have to wait for it.
Changed my diet according to the recommendations, and it's slowing down the burning feelings, but this really sucks.
Either way, it's a good reminder to myself to not get complacent about what they are doing with medical care laws. For me, this problem is temporary. For millions of retail and food service workers for example off the top of my head, this is every day reality. Someone asked me why I care so much the other day, when I have access generally. And this is why, because I can't imagine not having a reasonable end date to being able to get help, and then in two more months being able to. There is a real fatigue in following the political crazy, but it's important.
Love to you all, and I hope you're all in good health.