30 Days of Thanks – Day 7 – Medical Insurance

I have raised delusional children.  Alright, let’s not call them delusional.  Let’s go with stubborn.

I’m allergic to cats.  Granuaile is allergic to cats.  Brighid is allergic to cats.

Welcome to the family, Brighid’s new pet:

Okay, maybe it’s me that’s delusional, but does that look like a cat to you?  Yeah, me too.

So, as my family anticipates becoming a three kids/two dogs/one cat family, I’m thinking of the bills I’m about to incur to cover the Allegra I’m going to need.  Or Benadryl.  Or Claritin.

And then I’m grateful for the fact that any time I’ve needed medication, I’ve either had awesome insurance to cover it, or I’ve had a doctor that was kind enough to offer me medication from their supply of samples.

We have new insurance lately, and the coverage isn’t as good as what we used to have.  It’s a new beast for me to have to be aware of how much my medical care might cost.  Gone are the days of zero deductible, zero copayment, 100% coverage.  When you have it, you take it for granted.

I took what we had for granted, but I am so grateful to be able to pay medical bills.  I know that even with our new plan’s out of pocket component, we are lucky to have coverage that will protect us in an emergency.

We are so very lucky, and I am so incredibly thankful.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6 – Our Right to Vote

Election day.  I have to tell you, I haven’t always voted.  I’m not a republican; I’m not a democrat; and I’ve always felt that without affiliating with at least one of those not so exclusive clubs, my best interests are never really represented.  I know the person I vote for in the presidential election won’t win, and in local elections, I almost never have a third option.

But I vote now.  The older I get, the more I feel like I have to at least have to speak, even if I’m not going to be heard (that makes me a crotchety old lady, doesn’t it?  UGH).  I’m hoping that someday, more people will feel like their opinion matters, even if it’s not the popular opinion.

So I am thankful today that I live in a country that gives me the chance to speak.  Even if they don’t listen.