The Chicken Pox Suck – Thank God for Medical Insurance

By : | 2 Comments | On : November 16, 2011 | Category : Editorial

Chicken Pox

I have chicken pox. I am a 27 year old man, and I have chicken pox. I feel like a very late bloomer right now. Well, maybe its better to say I had chicken pox. As of tuesday of last week I started to not feel well. By wednesday evening, I was utterly exhausted all the time. I came home, hit the sack, and basically slept until mid day friday, when I had a doctor appointment. That basically paints the whole weekend for you in a nutshell. I am back up and mobile now, and I am hoping to be back in the office by Thursday AM.

One thing I must say is that I really and truly am grateful to be employed right now, especially somewhere where I have the option of telecommuting in dire situations. I still had to burn 2 sick days, but I couldn’t imagine how hard it is for someone who works an hourly wage to deal with something like what I went through – 4 days of being a completely non-functional waste of life, and that was with the help of medication from my doctor. Without my employer, I wouldn’t have health insurance to cover the doctor’s visit. Nor would I have prescription benefits to cover the medications that helped me get over everything quickly. When you think about how horrible that sort of a suckerpunch would be around the holidays… well… its pretty horrible to think about. Its also quite sobering, and a great reason to feel thankful.

I for one will be digging for some extra change to give to the Salvation Army this year.

Season’s Greetings everyone. Get ready for us to load your face with cookie recipes! HELL YEAH HOLIDAYS!

  1. posted by Kissa on November 16, 2011

    Aren’t adult-age chicken pox called shingles, and aren’t they contagious for like two weeks? My coworker had shingles last year and was out for almost a month!

     
    • posted by Sean on November 17, 2011

      Wikipedia says it’s the same virus, but chickenpox is the initial infection and shingles happens later with different symptoms.