August 26, 2006

The Real World

I have hit the 90 day point in my job. In some ways it feels like I just started last week - in others? Feels like I've been there my whole life.

My boss asked me last month what I think about it all. I told him I can say with no second thought that I have no regrets. Yes, I was only 40 minutes from moving back to Florida. I knew money would be tight for a long while. And if you're gonna be unemployed, bein' near the water makes it better. But every moment of worry, every pinched penny is worth what I'm doing now. No. No regrets.

So last week I get a memo. Telling me it's time to finalize my benefits. Most importantly my insurance.

Insurance? YEAH!!!

Now here's the funny thing. I've had insurance every where I've ever worked. I just never use it. I also get the bare minimum so that "just in case", I'm taken care of. This time? No - this time I'm goin' in.

I'm in the process right now of trying to select a doctor. Do I choose near where I live or where I work? There's a bit of a distance involved and I have to decide. I'm going near where I live. Just seems to make more sense. But still - I've got some research to do. Which hospital?

And I'll be making my appointment next week. Getting in as soon as possible. I'm kinda embarrassed but I've never had a physical. Well, except for employment stuff. I don't know my cholestoral, my blood pressure. I've never had a G.P. There are no medical records to transfer. Other than my surgery 13 years ago I just wait til I'm really sick and go to a clinic or the E.R. I need to have a bone density test done. And most important is I want to quit smoking. But I need help. Now, I can get it.

And a dentist! I can finally get somethings taken care of and actually take it a step farther and get some "vanity" work done. Thanks to 9 years of braces I've never had a smile I'm comfortable with. THAT is going to be resolved in the next couple of years!

Not only that but I can finally get to the eye doctor. Yes - we actually have vision coverage! I don't know if I'll get new glasses or just new lenses. All I know is I can actually go and not worry about it.

Finally - I can make decisions that are more reasonable. More responsible. I feel like a part of the real world.

Posted by Tammi at August 26, 2006 07:06 AM | TrackBack

Just my 2 cents ...

Instead of a GP go with an Internist. They can take care of more stuff then a GP.

And make sure you LOVE them. If you meet them and don't click go find a new one. One must click with their doctor.

Trust me on that one. I have had plenty of doctors and know that a doctor you like/love is going to be more help to you in the long run than one you only tolerate.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 26, 2006 08:42 AM
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