Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello, Benefits!

OMG, you guys. Remember me? It's been a long time! I was doing OH SO WELL with the frequent posting back in September, and then October crept up on me like a spider in the shower and before I realized what was happening, I had washed him down the drain in a death orgy of soap and water.

And by "spider," I mean "October." Of course, you knew that. You guys are so smart.

So I got this kick ass new job, and that's been going great. And while the job is wonderful, there are also BENEFITS. Benefits, people! I haven't had employer-sponsored benefits since I left DC, and I cannot tell you how fantastic it is to know that I can be much more careless with my health now that I know someone is going to pay for it!

For example, if I wanted to get swine flu, I TOTALLY COULD.

If I wanted to get the flu shot, I TOTALLY COULD.

(Disclaimer: I have never gotten a flu shot, as shots make me pass out, but I am told that if there was ever a time to get the flu shot, it is now.)

(And I still have yet to get the shot.)

So while I would be against getting swine flu, it would be nice to get something easy and treatable, like... strep. Sure it wouldn't be the best, but it would be COVERED. My doctor's visit? COVERED. Prescription for amoxicillin? COVERED.

Anyway, this is a grand realization for me.

Of course, it doesn't change the fact that I am still sitting on over one thousand dollars of debt from last summer's MRI, opthamologist visits, and dermatologist visits. I know that I'll get on top of it all eventually, but it's beyond frustrating.

But at least now I can go to the doctor without knowing I'll be adding to that debt. So, yay!


Em said...

I don't think I have swine. GOOD. Swine 09 baby!

Heather said...

em - Thank GOD. Hee!

Kristen said...


That is all.

JLR said...

Congrats on your job!!!!!

lem said...

I'm still confused about all the uproar from the deaths. I'm sorry to all the people who have died from H1N1, but that number is still considerably lower than the number of people who die from the regular flu each year. That number ~36,000. According to WHO (Oct. 23) the estimate for swine flu worldwide is ~5000. (You can write this on my urn when I die of swine flu later this year.)

Heather said...

lem - isn't it just about sensationalism and a way to get people to watch the news?

Heather said...

jlr - Thank you!