So I'm on my couch, where I've been for over a day now, waiting out the time until I pass a kidney stone. When you word it like that, it sounds like no big deal, but I have to say this is, as far as I can remember, the largest medical situation of my life.
So it's July 4 and I'm talking on the phone with my mom and she's telling me about someone who had stomach pain and I suddenly get this sharp pain in my own. I hurry off the call and tell her I have to go to the bathroom, but I think I knew right away that this wasn't going to be a bathroom trip.
I laid on the bed for a while, hoping the pain would pass. You see, I've got healthcare that doesn't pay a thing until I reach the $6500 and I knew an emergency room trip would be expensive. It became clear pretty quickly that waiting wouldn't make the pain go away.
We went to a MedCheck first, which may be called a ReadyMed or something like that where you're from. You can go in and get checked out by a doctor without an appointment without huge emergency room fees. I wasn't there for more than 5 minutes before they referred me to the ER.
The long story short, I suppose, I have a kidney stone and for about 20 agonizing minutes in the hospital, I experienced the worst pain I've ever felt. Not that being at home has been particularly great either, but thank goodness for pain medication.
I know now that I could have theoretically not gone to the ER. Kidney stones are very rarely dangerous long-term. I don't know what I would have done if I had been in that level of pain for any more time.
I tell you all of this to say that when it comes to a person's health and receiving care for it, it doesn't seem right to have to decide if it's going to be worth the cost.