November 1, 2013
I was curious how I was going to start off my month of gratitude this year. I have many things and people in my life for which I’m grateful, but I didn’t know where to start.
And then I went to check my mail.
As many of you know, I am not insured. It makes getting the healthcare I need difficult at times. We’ve had to scrape together hundreds of dollars at times to see specialists and to get tests run. It’s a whole different kind of financial stress.
Last month I needed to see a hemotologist. I had tested positive for two gene mutations that happen to run heavily in my father’s family. My primary doctor was unsure how to proceed and so he insisted I see a specialist. I called the hemotology office and tried to make arrangements with their bookkeeping department to break the cost of the consultation into affordable payments. It was looking pretty bleak.
I’m grateful for the nice lady who helped me that day. She told me of a local program that worked with people like me to get donated medical services. She arranged for me to see the doctor even though my application to the program was still pending. She took me on faith and a promise that we would find a way to pay the bill should I not be accepted to this program. She was a blessing in a very stressful time.
In yesterday’s mail there was the bill from the hemotology office. $304.00 for a 20 minute consult that boiled down to telling me that the gene mutations merely meant that I had a higher risk of heart disease. In despair, I opened the other envelope.
It was my acceptance into the program. They would be covering the bill from hemotology.
Suddenly, my chest felt lighter. A weight I hadn’t known I was carrying was lifted off of me. I could breath freely once again.
I’ll be sending a Thank You card to that nice lady in bookkeeping today. She went above and beyond her duties to help me. She hushed me when I cried my misery that day, and yesterday, the fruits of her promises came to bear. Her kindness touched me and it will never be forgotten.
Self-care yesterday was easy for me. I was drained from the busy days of planning and prepping for our Halloween party, so I spent most of yesterday curled up on my couch. I napped as I needed to and watched a documentary on the life of Cleopatra. It was a quiet day, but I’m okay with that. My body needed recovery, and I didn’t fight it.
All in all, it was a pretty good start to my month. I was humbled by the kindness of others. In a world that seems increasingly rude and selfish, the kind acts will never cease to amaze me.
If you’re joining me in this month of gratitude and postivity, please post your link in the comments below. I’d love to be able to stop by and offer support and encouragement.