I recently admitted that we don’t have medical insurance. Still working on that (the holiday and the topic of the article kind of threw me off). In the meantime, I came down with a UTI. Nasty painful things!
So I bit the bullet and made a self-pay visit. Then we got generic antibiotics. I can tell you that I’m feeling 100% better now (still one day of antibiotics left). It was more expensive than I’d like but it was the right decision.
You see, an untreated UTI can get much much worse. According to the National Institutes of Health, an uncomplicated UTI can be resolved within a couple days of treatment. Like mine.
But if they move into the kidneys, UTIs can bring huge medical and financial consequences:
Severely ill patients with kidney infections may be hospitalized until they can take fluids and needed drugs on their own. Kidney infections generally require several weeks of antibiotic treatment. Researchers at the University of Washington found that 2-week therapy with TMP/SMZ was as effective as 6 weeks of treatment with the same drug in women with kidney infections that did not involve an obstruction or nervous system disorder. In such cases, kidney infections rarely lead to kidney damage or kidney failure unless they go untreated.
So neglecting your health to save money can not only have a bad effect on your health, it can cost you even more–for hospitalization and such. Or it can kill you.
Hearing this (and that most don’t just go away, they only get worse) got me off my butt and into the doctor’s office.
Hopefully I can prevent these infections in the future. I came up with a few ways:
By paying better attention to my body’s natural cues. By not being nervous about leaving the phone unattended for a couple minutes. By realizing that my health is more important than missing a call or looking silly for running to the bathroom frequently. I ignore my bladder too much at work.
Or by not being silly and telling myself I can’t get up from the computer until I finish the post.
Whatever ailments you come down with, take them seriously. Getting medical attention may hurt financially, but not getting medical attention costs more in the long run. And you’re going to get sick at some point, so be prepared.