I'm on a roll.This morning it took less than an hour to vote (well under the local average from what I hear); I missed a major traffic SNAFU on the way to work and at lunchtime I obtained free medical care for one year, courtesy of a charity organization called Crossover Clinic (CC).
If you ignore the three week waiting time to get the initial financial consultation ,the approval process took less than 15 minutes- Ann, my consultant, took my paperwork, waved a pocket calculator over my documents, told me that my projected income for 2009 was $13,000 and that I qualified for free clinic visits and prescription medicines for one year's duration.
There was nothing especially stressful or degrading about the process- the staff at CC were very pleasant and the facilty was surprisingly cheerful -but my feelings at this point are mixed : on one hand, I'm lucky that I found someone who provides free healthcare and I'm actually a bit proud of my ability to stay on a budget- after all, it's pretty hard to live on $1100 a month- but on the other hand, I seem to be entrenched in poverty for life and it's starting to exact a steep price on my psyche and self-esteem. I can't afford to be depressed any longer so I'm going to try therapy. I'll be getting a psychiatric evaluation later this month and, hopefully, get some sort of diagnosis and prognosis that doesn't involve taking pills.
Anyway, it's good to know that if I get sick again, I can go to the doctor right away- I feel as if I have wasted an entire month on being sick and time is too precious to squander. Except tonight- I imagine I'll waste the entire night watching TV news...I hope it's not a rerun.