Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Vast Considerations (not Vas Deferans)

I mentioned last post the state of my baby fever. I also mentioned complications both current and perhaps expected.

Do you have any idea what sort of tiff doctors get into when you have several conditions, some requiring medication, and you tell them you want to have a baby? I had forgotten, but then again, I have never planned a child. Sandis and Gracie were both so blissfully unexpected.

I have spoken to my endocrinologist, who surprisingly, had positive thumbs up for me. I will have slightly less stringent after meal blood sugar guidelines because of my hypoglycemic unawareness, but I’m where I need to be with my diabetes (as much as possible) in order to have a healthy baby.

I have spoken to my primary doctor, who acts as my pain management/medication doctor. I went from a trio of meds, none narcotic, to a duo of meds, one narcotic. This is apparently what they do when you want to get or are pregnant. They change everything.

My primary doctor has spoken to an obstetrician and a peri-natalogist. The peri approved our med set, and recommended I pursue further care with my interventionist pain physician to lower my oral medication set as much as possible. That is scheduled for the 19th.

All this and I’m not even pregnant!

Then of course, there is all that there is outside of this entire baby making madness.

I registered the kids for hockey yesterday. Hockey is expensive. Really freakin’ expensive. However, despite the gregarious chunk of change we have plunked on hockey in the past weekend, upon closer examination I realize something. Hockey is the only activity my kids participate in. This will be Gracie’s first year. Hockey fees and gear, in total, amount to less than 2% of our annual income. While the appropriateness of the fees may be called into question, in light of the trouble we have paying our medical bills; a more appropriate question comes to light. Why is less than 2% of annual income for sports/activities for children perhaps deemed inappropriate yet almost 30% of annual income for health care expenses is deemed completely appropriate?
Pfft. I don’t need to get started on the ridiculous state of health care in the United States. Read my archives, however, if you want to learn more of my views. I’m sure I’ll have stuff to follow in regards to it, as well.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Well, the Vas Deferens does have a lot to do with this post too...

Good luck with everything! I'm sure it will go great!