OK so I’ve been putting it off week after week, but my first bill is due tomorrow for the insurance plan that I’m paying for out of pocket. I got screwed trying to get individual coverage at a decent rate (another perk of being insulin dependent) so I’m paying a super monthly premium for continued coverage. I basically have to pay back coverage for the last four months plus July to keep myself current.
I break down and finally call the insurance company (to remain nameless…but it rhymes with Schmaiser Schmermanente). I eventually get to a live person and I explain to her how I’d like to pay my bill. She looks at looks at her computer, sighs, then let’s me know the amount that I owe.
I respond in a ridiculously happy voice, “Really? That’s it?”
I let her know that I’m kidding, but that I have a “buy one get one free” coupon.
A little more awkward silence, followed by her giving me a pity laugh that lasted longer than I would have liked.
Well I finally give this sweet evil lady my debit card number, trying hard not to cry like a little baby.
My hands are still quivering as I put my debit card back into my seemingly thinner wallet. I just got clipped for $1710…for what? To live another month with diabetes? So I can keep poking and prodding myself like a pincushion? Where the $% is this cure that’s been “around the corner” for the last twenty years?
(Breathe Dino, breathe)
I guess I have to look at the bright side. At least gas is still cheap right?
(Hmm…more awkward silence.)