Given my recent situation, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about health, healthcare, and generally trying to keep yourself healthy, if for no other reason than to try to do what I can to keep myself from having these sorts of troubles in the future.
As you might guess, there’s quite a lot of intersect between health issues and monetary ones; a major illness can drain your bank account quicker than almost anything else, and keeping yourself healthy can save you serious money over the course of a lifetime. I’m in the midst of re-evaluating my life to see how I could improve my health and prevent further issues in so much as I am able to do so.
So, while I’m spending my time all but bedridden (at least, if I don’t want to face the wrath of the Sondra by straining myself too much too soon after my incident), I thought that I should spend the time trying to figure out how to cut down the costs of my healthcare in the future, as this incident tells me, if nothing else, that I have to worry about health complications in the future. It’s not an easy task, even when you don’t have pre-existing diseases, but with this incident in my history, it’s going to be even tougher. But, here are some things I’ve been learning to keep my future healthcare costs to a minimum:
-Get a Job with a Solid Health Plan: Here in the U.S., at least, most healthcare plans are still connected with employment. If I am able to get a solid job upon graduating (which is one of the major goals of the whole going back to grad school thing anyway), I should be able to get decent insurance as a part of my benefits package, which would help to get around any troubled history in my personal medical file. Plus, I can take advantage of the recent healthcare reforms to get my insurance at the same costs as if I was a perfectly healthy 29 year old non-smoker. Speaking of which…
-Continue to Keep Myself in Good Health: I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t always been the most health-conscious person in the world. There’s plenty more I could I do to keep myself healthier, from working out more often to eating healthier (eating, in particular, is where I could definitely show some improvement). The healthier I can keep myself, the less I’ll have to spend when something does go wrong. It’s similar in concept to keeping a car in good repair; when something does go wrong, there will less expense involved in getting it back running properly.
-Keep Right On Going: Here’s the thing about getting healthy: you can’t ever call it done. At no point can you simply sit back and say, ‘I am now a living Adonis; there is no more I need to do,’ before you spend the rest of your life devouring Cheez-its and watching Leave It to Beaver (Good luck even finding Leave It to Beaver being aired anymore). You have to keep up on it, and I definitely could use more work in that area.
So, it’s going to be a long, hard slog through the rest of, well, my life. But I suppose that’s pretty much the way it is for everyone; there are few free prizes handed out in life, and even to keep those requires quite a bit of effort on our part. Here’s hoping everyone does well and stays healthy!