Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I really am scared about all the health care stuff going through right now. My husband has Crohn's, Hashimoto's, asthma, and struggles with depression. I am bipolar and currently have a counselor and psychiatrist as part of my care regimen, as well as some expensive drugs. Well, drugs for Crohn's aren't cheap either. There's lots of research, which costs money, going on for Crohn's, as currently the best they can do is keep you in remission. Nationalized health care brings down the level of care, and things are cut to bring down costs. I'm not going to argue this with anyone. I just won't. I can point to example after example, but I really don't want to get into this argument. I don't have the time or emotional energy. If you disagree, get your own blog.

Anyway, I'm worried about our lives being seriously impacted. The quality of my husband's life could be at risk. I'm not sure how often Crohn's, for example, is a cause of death. But without tests and treatment he could lose a lot of productive time. My very life could be at risk. The rate for suicides of bipolars is 30 times higher than the rest of the population. I don't want to be over-dramatic, but hiding from the effects of bipolar doesn't make them go away, either. I'm afraid of losing access to the drugs and medical care we need, that they will be deemed too expensive. Perhaps I'm worrying over nothing. But I want my husband and I to be able to live full, healthy lives, and medical interventions are so much a part of that. Oh, Lord, watch over and protect us.


Cheryl said...

"Oh, Lord, watch over and protect us."


It's scary enough for us, and although we have our issues (allergies, depression, back problems)I don't think they are as serious as yours. My dh's sister has Crohn's and I know how debilitating that can be. So I can imagine how stressful this is for you.

I worry about my mom, too, who is 78 and on a fixed income.

And there seems to be not much we can do about it. I hate this powerless feeling.

Praying for your family, Barb! May the Lord preserve your health and prevent further complications!

Barb the Evil Genius said...

I would be worried about your mom too, honestly. It seems old people often get the short end of the stick when health care costs must be cut. I worry because my husband's and my medicine can be expensive.

I hate feeling powerless also. I'll pray for your family too.

Susan B. said...

Hi Barb,

It scares me, too. People like my sister think that socialized health care is the answer. She has heart disease and a lot of other health issues and she has a lot of bills. But, I wish she would realize that the gov't won't take care of people like her. It will see her (and elderly people like our mother) as being too expensive and they will be shifted to the back of the queue. To be blunt, socialized health care programs are designed so that people who are old or have serious health problems die before their turn comes in the queue.

Another scary thing is that in places like Canada, it is *illegal* to go outside the system and pay for your own private health care.

I also have my own health problems, namely diabetes. My being scared about the future is one reason I've decided to work on getting as healthy and fit as I can. I want to prevent possible problems like heart disease (which runs in my family).

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Yes, Susan, I absolutely agree that the elderly and those with expensive issues will be "left behind" with socialized health care.

Good for you for working on your health and fitness. I'm jealous. :) I want to work on fitness more but am struggling to find the time currently since we only have one car and I'm shuttling everyone around.