Feeling Better

Thursday, January 26, 2006 | 0 Comments

I decided to go to the doctor yesterday. Well actually, my employer convinced me. They were very "concerned" about my cough. I knew it wasn't bronchitis yet because I could still breath, but I figured that maybe the doctor could at least give me something for the cough since nothing OTC seemed to be touching it.

I don't have any health insurance right now, so this was looking to be pretty expensive for a visit that might end in a sour look from the doctor and a "There's nothing I can do for you. You'll just have to ride it out." But I really didn't want my boss thinking about making me stay home.

I got a really nice doctor though (those are few and far between around here). It wasn't bronchitis - I knew that.

She gave me something so that I could sleep through the night and something for the tickly cough. I was worried about how much the pharmacy bill would come to, but it wasn't bad at all! One of the benefits of working for a pharmacy. I got two packages of cough drops, a big bottle of decongestant, plus my Rxs for under $13!

And being able to sleep through the night did me a world of good. I feel so much better now! I should be back to normal in a few more days.

And I also feel better about being insuranceless right now. Although the doctor visit will run around $60-80, we paid $150 per month for insurance plus the deductable, so it looks like right now anyway we are saving money not having insurance. I'm still looking around for something affordable, maybe some sort of catastrophic insurance? There's Badger Care, but we have to be without insurance for three months before we can get that. Does that make sense to anyone?


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Blogger sands of time said...

At least it's nothing too serious.Hope you'll be feeling 100% soon.

January 26, 2006 10:47 AM

Blogger nope said...

Glad to hear that you are doing better. I know what you mean about 'knowing' it's not bronchitis - I had that once (well, probably more, but ya know) and I swear to GOD I thought my lungs had totally died. Breathing = pain. That was the time I actually quit smoking cold turkey for 6 days. Of course, the 7th day had me going out for smokes again. Ah, memories, aye?

January 26, 2006 11:06 AM

Blogger The Doc said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Sylvana.

January 26, 2006 3:33 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Pink Lady, I did a pretty good job drinking lots of fluids and taking guaifenesin (a must have for cold season! Plus I've been eating clementines and dropping vit C supplements like they were candy. Otherwise I probably would have pneumonia by now!

Indiaiynke, I have had bronchitis LOTS of times! I mentioned before that colds are especially nasty for me because they go straight to my lungs. That's why I get so worried when I get one. Luckily I have only had pneumonia a few times. Yes, bronchitis feels like an elephant has parked its rear on your chest and refuses to budge.

The Doc, thanks. So am I. Now I can finally go to Narnia and my parents' house for a visit!

January 26, 2006 5:12 PM

Blogger DrMax said...

I'd just like to be able to smell again (although it is nice when changing diapers). I guess this flu we have going around here in the Northwest hangs on for weeks. Hope you are feeling 100% soon Syl.

January 27, 2006 1:21 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

I'm tempted to move to Wisconsin. It's a minimum of $125 here in NJ for doctor visits and $50 to $100 for prescriptions. Thank goodness I have health insurance and a prescription program.

January 28, 2006 5:02 AM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you got a good doctor. I keep trying to convince my husband that we should move to France but he doesn't listen.

Best of luck with the insurance, though, especially for your kid.

January 28, 2006 6:55 AM

Blogger Behrooz said...

Not the best thing to visit you first when you had a bad cough. The good thing, thoug, is that you are riding it out now.

January 28, 2006 8:54 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

Glad you're feeling better!

January 28, 2006 11:00 PM

Blogger Wendy A said...

I sure wish they US would sort out the medical. It is a down right shame! There is no reason for US citizens to have to go without proper medical insurance. Glad your doing better and you didn't have to sell your first born to get better.

January 29, 2006 3:14 AM

Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

Oh dear Sylvana, your have such a sore chest
Like this poor poem its not one of my best
A poem for you my poor coughing friend
Whatever it causes it time for its end

For Sylvania chest is as heavy as lead
Her nose is as red as a publicans red head
The bagpipes it seems will mirror her wheeze
Bronchitis won’t go with some haggis and cheese

Awaken the cold it time to p….? off
Take no cough lollies to counter that cough
Don’t bother your chemist he’s coping okay
No need for prescription bloody cold please go away

Trust in your engine fill up with food
Oranges and lemons to alter your mood
Her future is rosy like a rose’s new bloom
Return to your health I do hope so soon

January 30, 2006 5:31 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

DrMax, my nose is finally clear, now I just have to get all the gunk out of my lungs.

OldRoses, I might be a little off on that amount. I'm going by the visits that we paid to cover our deductible when we had insurance. We'll see when I get the bill.

Elizabeth, do they have good doctors in France? Or is it that they have universal health coverage?

Behrooz, welcome to my blog! Yeah, it's kind of depressing right now, but you can always check out my archives for more interesting stuff!

Shannon, thanks! I was worried that I would still be sick by this coming weekend and that would all around SUCK! But I think that I should be in pretty good shape.

Wendy A, so much of a person's success in life depends on their health. I can't believe that this country hasn't woken up yet!

Lindsay, I have been drinking lots of green & citrus tea, rose hip tea, eating lots chicken soup. It has been helping.

January 30, 2006 9:40 AM