Feel free to skip this post if you're sick of hearing me whine about our poverty.
Dr. Skull had a bad toothache about three weeks ago -- as usual with him he probably actually had it for about two months, but about three weeks ago it got so bad he mentioned it to me. He wouldn't call the dentist himself, because he just won't. I knew if he was admitting it, it was bad, so I called our dentist, and she got him it that same day.
Major abscess. Lots of drama followed, but the short version is, he ended up (due to his diabetes and the bone loss that follows from that) needing to have two teeth pulled and a root canal on a third.
I was kind of hoping to put some of this off until after January 1st, when our medical savings account would roll over -- we're out of that money for this year, obviously, we always run out about July, and we ran out even earlier this year, because Dr. Skull needed cataract surgery. But the oral surgeon said it would be dangerous to wait, so.
And our insurance sucks. So.
So far our part of the bill has been nearly six hundred dollars, all of which we've had to pay up front.
This leaves us with forty-eight dollars to eat on until I get paid on December 31st, and here is my question: how the fuck are people supposed to live this way?
I mean, forget saving for my kid's education. I can't even manage to save enough to pay the water bill on time. We can't heat the house. We're going to be eating rice and peas for the rest of the fucking year.
And we're not even poor. I mean, seriously, we're not. We're a middle-class family, by all definitions of the word. How do people who are actually poor survive in this country?
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