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22 November 2011 @ 12:46 pm
Ack!  
I just found out that I have cataracts in both eyes. It's too early for surgery but it's something I'm supposed to be careful to monitor. Doc said she's seen people go from my stage to surgery in as little as six months--or it can take years. So if I start to have more blurred vision I am supposed to make an appointment to check it out. No glaucoma though I am at high-normal pressure. (I have a family history.)

Imagine not having health care and having glaucoma, which needs regular treatment to prevent blindness, or having cataracts that need surgery. Thank Goddess I am fortunate enough to have coverage. I feel for those who don't. I guess you're just supposed to go blind if you're poor.
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 22nd, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
bless you.

and yes, you're just supposed to go blind. also, medicaid, at least in kentucky, doesn't pay for contact lenses - they're considered a :luxury: item.
Tapatitapati on November 25th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yes they usually only pay for the cheapest glasses possible.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 25th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
yup. the last pair thomas got were absolutely horrid.
Christinekisekileia on November 23rd, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
The U.S. health care system is barbaric. I wish the Canadians who want to emulate it were more familiar with what people who don't have insurance go through.
Tapatitapati on November 25th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize anyone thought our system was better! They may imagine that insurance companies pay for more things than the government run health care would. I've had things turned down by insurance HMOs that the doc wanted to do. *shrugs* I trust a non-profit org like a gov't before I trust a for profit corporation with these choices.

I ran into this today and thought you would find it interesting, especially comments by people with food allergies: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/23/worst-dinner-guest-ever_n_1110705.html
Christinekisekileia on November 25th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Wow. I didn't read very far in the comments--so much fail. It's like these people are completely unaware that most of those dietary restrictions are not choices and that most people with those issues will become genuinely ill if they inadvertently consume foods they can't eat. I feel so sorry for that poor woman with celiac and an anxiety disorder whose "friends" have stopped inviting her to stuff.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 25th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
yah. i tell people, "i'm allergic to fish, shellfish, and seafood." so they come to my house and bring me artificial crabmeat stuffed peppers - "oh, i didn't think you'd have a problem with trout." >.
Christinekisekileia on November 26th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
People are morons. I don't know why it is so difficult for people to understand that if you cannot or do not eat a food, you cannot or do not eat ANY of that food. My vegetarian cousin got made fun of by her sisters not long ago for not eating veggies cooked in meat drippings, and I was the only one who even cared enough to make sure she was told how the veggies were cooked.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 26th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
i'm not surprised.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 26th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
i just thought of this, too. i can't add salt to my food. any of my food. i mean, really - today's foods come with way more than enough anyway. but i've been doing this since i was five years old. anyway. i'll have people tell me, "just use sea salt. it's better for you, anyway." what?
Christinekisekileia on November 26th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
They believe that your system is better because supposedly you don't have to deal with as long wait times, and doctors are more plentiful. Those people generally don't understand that in the U.S. you can't just go to any doctor, it has to be one covered by your particular insurance plan.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 26th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
also, people will say, "can't you just go to the health department?" well no. health department doesn't cover all needs. and some are like ours and have a two to three month waiting list and/or aren't accepting new patients in certain programs.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 25th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
if you're uninsured in the us, you're just screwed. without lube.
Equinoxstephanieb on November 23rd, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Actually, I think if you're poor you're just supposed to die. After all, if God liked you he'd heal you AND make you rich (Just World Theory. Best philosophy ever for keeping the rich rich and the poor fighting each other.)
Tapatitapati on November 25th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
UGH, yes. What a disgusting theory.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 26th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
ugh. don't even get me started.