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  •  But you SHOULD have gone to a doctor (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, MRobDC

    in the last 20 years. You could have any number of issues that would have been better dealt with sooner.

    "Nothing happens unless first a dream. " ~ Carl Sandburg

    by davewill on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:24:43 PM PST

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    •  I'm always a little disgusted (1+ / 0-)
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      By people who say things like "i haven't been to the doctor in 20 years" with pride. My mother was the same way and had been living with uncontrolled diabetes (unknown to her) for god knows how long. She's not paying the price, with very expensive visits to multiple doctors a month that could have been to a large degree avoided if she had found out years ago that she was diabetic.

    •  that's nice, but alas (3+ / 0-)
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      tofumagoo, Odysseus, Willa Rogers

      until about three years ago, I was poor and couldn't afford a visit to the doctor even if I needed it (broken bone or something). I have a gap in my jawbone right now because about ten years ago one of my wisdom teeth got infected, cracked, and the pieces fell out one at a time. I couldn't afford the oral surgeon to treat it.

      So what I should have done and what I could actually afford to do, were two entirely different things. And alas, self-righteous tut-tutting on someone else's part won't alter that.

      If we'd had a decent health care system like every other civilized country does, of course, then I could have gone to the doctor for routine checkups as well as needed medical treatments.

      But we didn't. So I couldn't. (shrug)

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