Explaining What Happens to People When They Lose Health Insurance is “Fearmongering”?

When does explaining what happens to people when they lose their health insurance turn into fearmongering?

Fearmongering according to the Oxford dictionary is:

The action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue.

Now I don’t see it as fearmongering. It’s the honest truth that if someone with an incurable disease loses their health insurance could have a very hard life or possibly die of complications. I’ve seen people with IBD lose their health insurance and end up in the hospital multiple times due to flares and complications of IBD. Many patients need medications to stay out of the hospital to try and keep their IBD under control. And when you no longer have access to medications, things tend to not go well.

Now, my dad got accused of fearmongering after he said that he’s mad at Republicans for potentially getting rid of the ACA because I could have a very hard life or potentially die if I ever lose my health insurance. Which could very well happen. And with all of the uncertainty around healthcare and what some Republicans in office have said that they want to do it’s a real concern of mine, my husband, and my family.

What would happen to me if I got laid off and couldn’t get rehired again? What if my husbands insurance took too long to kick in or wouldn’t let me enroll until open enrollment? Or I can’t work anymore and have to go on disability?

I need my medications to stay functioning. And my medications are extremely expensive without health insurance. There is no way I would be able to afford then without it. And I am stuck with biologics.

This person my dad was talking to also said I needed to go get a job with insurance and stop expecting the government to take care of me. And I hate it when people make assumptions like this. I have a good job that has health insurance. And I will keep working until I can’t anymore. I also don’t expect the government to hold my hand and take care of everything. I want a fighting chance to LIVE. And that fighting chance to live is what I expect out of the government.

What I also don’t get is what is so fucking wrong with wanting the government to take care of the least of us? The people who need healthcare? But I have yet to hear of a way to convince someone to actually care about other people.

Advertisements

Yearly GI Doctor Visit

December 5th was my yearly visit with my GI doctor. It was a very long day by myself(my trusty copilots are all out of town ☹). My doctor is 2.5 hours hours away(350+ miles and 5+ hours of driving!) and my appointment was delayed over an hour(procedures ran log, which is fine. I don’t want my doctor to rush those). But I did eventually see him. And I came home with a goodie bag.

Over the last month or so I’ve been getting more symptomatic. I’m not really in remission, but I’m not in a raging flare either. But symptoms are bad enough some mornings that I get delayed leaving the house to go on site for work by 2 hours or so. Which sucks. And I try to watch how much Imodium I’m taking.

So me and my doctor settled on budesonide. Which is better than prednisone! But I can’t take any other medications because I’m allergic or get severe side effects from them. And my last colonoscopy showed that the Humira has made the inflammation in my colon go down a lot. And my doctor is pretty sure I have #IBS along with #IBD(yey me!). So I’m kind of stuck with steroids at the moment.

9mg for 10 days(yey samples!), and then I will go to 6mg for a month and we will evaluate how I am after that. Hopefully it helps things settle down. My joints have also been really achy, which is unfortunate with my line of work. But fingers crossed I don’t get crazy side effects from it 🤞

 

Where Have I Been

Wandering? Wandering through life? The internet? My head?

Lost? Lost in thoughts? Dreams? Reality?

It’s hard to say where I have been in the last year. All of the above really. Things at work got hard with a coworker retiring. Like ridiculously hard. Working too much over time, in too much pain and dealing with too much stress to function kind of hard. But I think I came out the other side with my sanity sort of intact. I keep looking over my shoulder waiting for it to happen again. It was such a struggle, and I almost didn’t make it with my sanity intact. It was to the point I was debating on finding another job. But I made it.

And then I felt like I was screaming into a void when it came to raising awareness for Indeterminate Colitis. But trying to deal with that on top of work and planning a wedding got very hard(I really wasn’t in a good place this past year, I was pretty negative and very salty about the whole situation). I was putting a lot of time into blogging, and not enough into myself. Especially while working a full time job that at the time was sucking the life out of me.

Around this time last year was the last time I actually wrote a blog post. It was for Colitis Ninja and it was on this very topic. Feeling burnt out and everything. I ended up taking a long hiatus and took as much me time as I could with everything else going on.

I had realized at the time that not all IBDs were created equally. And I was tired of dealing with it and fighting the system. But I realized this week that maybe me and some other people raising a fuss over the fact that there were options missing for Indeterminte Colitis patients may be making some headway.

When I was making the #MyIBD info graphic for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation this week I found out that there was an option for people with Indeterminate Colitis this year. Which is pretty amazing. It’s a step in the right direction. I can now share my actual story instead of having to write a comment about what I actually have.

Anyway, I think I’m back. I’m still navigating my feelings with everything. But I do kind of miss blogging. It was my place on the internet to share my story and vent when I need too.

I’m not sure how often I’m going to post, but I’ll try to be back soon.

 

Product Review: Fresh Assist

Fresh Assist Product Review

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I was given Fresh Assist to review and it is a pretty neat product. I was pretty interested in this spray because of my IBD. I’ve already tried wet wipes and a bidet. I was definitely interested in Fresh Assist. Especially because it’s so portable.

It’s been really nice to be able to carry around Fresh Assist in my purse. It’s easier to carry around than portable wet wipes. And it lasts a lot longer too! The recommended number of sprays on toilet paper is 2-3 but I use 4-5. Two to three sprays do not seem like enough sprays to me.

There are two scents that Fresh Assist comes in; Soothing Lavender and Cooling Chamomile. I have only tried the Soothing Lavender, and I like it a lot! I plan on eventually getting the Cooling Chamomile! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has to worry about diarrhea. Or just wants a cleaner wipe. This stuff works better than the bidet that I have.

I also used the Fresh Assist during my prep for my colonoscopy. I actually liked it better than my travel bidet and my wet wipes. The travel bidet and wet wipes burned while the Fresh Assist did not! Which is huge! Because prepping for a colonoscopy isn’t any fun and can cause a lot of irritation down there. I don’t think that this will get rid of all irritation while doing a bowel prep, but it definitely helped.

The Soothing Lavender actually has lavender oil in it! And aloe leaf extract. To me, these ingredients make a big difference. It helped a lot with the burning sensation that I was having when I was prepping for my colonoscopy last month.

Another advantage of this spray is that it’s septic safe because you spray it directly onto your toilet paper. You don’t have to worry about whether this product is flushable or not, as long as you have septic safe toilet paper!

How long does a two-ounce bottle last? According to the Fresh Assist website:

On average you get about 400 sprays from a 2 oz. bottle. Figure that will get you through at least 30-40 days of consistent use if not more.

Having the bottle last for 30 days, is really not a bad deal. I pay around $6 for my wet wipes and it only comes with 40 wipes. Now, if I was in a really bad flare, this bottle would definitely not last me 30 days. I’d go through it much faster than that. But I would buy more of it if I needed it during a flare. To me, this stuff is that good.

With the holidays being right around the corner this would be a great product to buy your friends and family as a stocking stuffer! You can get two bottles of it off of Amazon for $12.79. It’s also available for Prime shipping!

I have yet to find any cons for this product. I like it. It smells decent. And it does not cause butt burn when my butt is raw.

KenzieIBD

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

#MotivationMonday

Your mistakes don't define you

Save