Over the past month, I’ve lost 15 or so pounds but not on purpose. The good news is nothing fatal is wrong with me. Although I still have a few unanswered questions, I am thankful for good health and health insurance.
With the exception of roughly six months, I have had insurance coverage most of my adult life. And, in spite of being slightly overweight (even after losing so much weight recently) I have been in almost excellent health.
Thankful for Good Health
I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a fancy word for heart murmur, in my twenties. Occasionally, I’ve had the dreaded palpitations associated with the disorder. Other than that, I’ve had very few problems with my heart.
Like many Americans, I am overweight. One of my goals for this year was to lose a significant amount of weight. I’m about 10 pounds away from my ideal weight. I’ll see how I feel after I reach that milestone.
Thankful for Health Insurance
I was excited about ObamaCare and it wasn’t because I was without insurance. I know too many people who died because they didn’t have adequate healthcare. My grandmother was one of those people. Medical records would say that it was due to complications from cancer but the lack of insurance helped to usher her to an early grave. She never made it to her fiftieth birthday. While she’s been gone for more than twenty-five years, every time I pull out my insurance card I think about her. What life would have been like if she had proper coverage.
When I fell ill about a month ago, so many negative thoughts went through my mind. I was afraid but I had health insurance that allowed me to not only see my primary care physician but insurance that made me an advocate for me. I didn’t have to wait for a referral from my doctor to see a specialist. I was able to pick up the phone, make the appointment myself and know my insurance provider would cover it.
I only think about insurance coverage if I need to use it.
But, I’m thankful to have it and for good health.