Ryan had chicken pox as a child. It was back in May of 1994, if I recall. He was just five years old. I remember it well because Sue told me while I was in Duluth, GA on a job interview for a company transfer. I was standing at a gasoline station pay phone (remember those?) when she broke the news. I made my way to the airport immediately and got on the next available flight back home.
I tell you this because it seems that virus has resurfaced in the form of shingles. We’re not one-hundred percent certain. It was preliminarily diagnosed by a text message photograph that I sent to the doctor. Just to play it safe and treat it, Ryan was put on a medication to suppress the virus. He takes it four times a day for five days.
If that’s not enough, he developed an infection in his right eye yesterday afternoon. His eye doctor, Dr. Hinkle, had us put him on a cocktail of antibiotic drops for the eyes and will be here this morning to get a better look.
Getting those eye drops was an adventure in itself. It took us going to three different pharmacies to get what we needed. Oh, and Medicare wouldn’t pay for it after our insurance was applied. Seems I forgot to get the necessary pre-approval by sending in my left testicle. This is something that is happening more-and-more. The simple truth is, it occurs with such frequency now that being denied is the norm. We just expect it. Then, when they will pay, the doctor/pharmacy doesn’t accept it (because they would lose money). Do you see the problem here?
It’s the junk bond of healthcare.
In the end it didn’t matter. We needed to get the medications. Stat! So we handed over our credit card and cursed the
flawed failed healthcare system in my country, remembering the good ole’ days when these program’s coverage meant something. Our government here in the United States botched this. Every administration and session of congress, dating back at least to the 1950’s, is not free of blame. Oh well, this isn’t the place for me to share my thoughts on this. I purposely stay away from political debate on this site. It is, however, okay to let you see how it affects us now. My warning to you? Don’t get sick or injured. Especially a longterm condition.
I’ll just leave it there.