Day 22 & 23 Chronic Illness Challenge

Although it has been long past 30 days since I started this challenge, I thought I would finish what I started.    Today I am going to cover days 22 and 23 of the challenge.

Day 22: How do you feel you have been treated by the medical system? Explain.

I have found a neurologist and pcp that genuinely seems to care about my well-being. I am happy with that aspect of the medical system, but it wasn’t easy for me to find these people.  The cost of tests, doctor’s visits, and prescription medicine is overwhelming.

The health insurance side of the medical system is a real disappointment for me.  I remember at one point in my life when I went without any health insurance because the full price of my medicine was less than the monthly premium for  my health insurance.  This was long before Obamacare.  The major health insurance companies with more affordable premiums wouldn’t cover my epilepsy because it was a preexisting condition.   This is not an unusual story for some people with chronic conditions unfortunately.

I am severely disappointed with pharmaceutical companies as well.  We should be not be spending billions of dollars on new medicines with horrific side effects, but investigating methods to cure the condition.  These companies charge massive amounts of money for medicines that many consider necessary for survival.

Day 23: What do you say to yourself when you need a pep talk?

I could use some help in this area really.

  1. I usually tell myself that no matter how bad my situation may seem right now, someone else is probably dealing with something far worse.
  2. Do the best you can with the information you have at the moment.




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