You’ve heard of #100HappyDays? Well, I stole the idea and adapted to fit my blogging schedule.
Every day is filled with reasons to be thankful. And yet the majority of my day isn’t spent being thankful. That’s got to change. God sent his son to save me - HUGE reason to always be thankful. And I’ve been freed to live a new life through Christ, released from fear, doubt, shame and self-reliance, equipped with love to serve others and blessed with all kinds of daily tasks and jobs to express my love. And that’s just the big stuff.
How about all the amazing little things each day? The simple, everyday stuff. The stuff I totally take for granted and just expect to be there. And yet stuff that so many people still don’t have - and may never possess. My God gives me so much and it’s time to praise him for all he’s done for me.
This is #100ThankfulWeeks to praise Him. I’m sharing one simple thing I’m thankful for each week. And I encourage you to swipe the idea and make it your own. And if you let me know when you post or what hashtag you use, I’ll be happy to share your posts. Because there can never be to much thankfulness.
Week 16: Healthcare
There’s nothing like the word “healthcare” to spark a political skirmish. Words start flying around like arrows and typically it isn’t long before someone’s arms are folded, someone else’s face is red and someone else has gone in search of blood pressure medication. Greedy doctors! Sleazy insurance companies! Lazy welfare moochers! Evil Obamacare!
And meanwhile, not far away, someone just died without access to even basic medical treatment. Like bandages, antiseptics, clean water and transportation.
Healthcare is that thing that’s never quite good enough. $20 copays…grumble grumble. In-network doctors…grumble grumble. 20% out-of-pocket…grumble grumble. Generic medications…grumble grumble. Restricted ER visits, uncovered procedures, denied insurance claims, higher taxes…and the grumbling gets louder and louder. Another someone nearby dies without access to any of this imperfect healthcare.
There’s the woman who can’t get out of her home to visit the free clinic. She can’t physically walk and she doesn’t have anyone to depend on. Or there’s the illegal migrant worker with the septic leg who’s afraid of deportation. Or the undiagnosed schizophrenic with pneumonia under the highway overpass.
Healthcare - even the imperfect and expensive kind - is like a safety net. If you’ve got it. And when you don’t have it, there’s always a looming cloud on the horizon. That infected tooth can kill you. That ear infection can kill you. Those rusty nails are one tetanus stab away from death. And that pesky bee is just one allergic reaction away from lights-out for good. And still, those of us with healthcare grumble a little bit louder at the uncovered dentist visits and the exorbitant costs of ear meds, tetanus shots and epi-pens.
Honestly, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be here without healthcare. There were all the ear infections, the tetanus shots and that nasty bout of jaundice as a baby. And I’m not the only one - many of those I love wouldn’t be here without healthcare. Cancer treatments, breathing treatments, diabetes medication, epi-pens, emergency rooms, ambulances, surgeons and antibiotics. I am so blessed and privileged to have access to healthcare. Even imperfect, expensive, limited healthcare.
Thank you, God, for graciously blessing me with a plethora of healthcare - far more than just the basics of survival. When I feel entitled and start grumbling over cost and availability, remind me of the millions without even basic healthcare. Help me to be grateful and compassionate, motivating me to find ways to share this safety net of healthcare with those less fortunate. Enliven me to care for others’ physical needs as generously as you have cared for mine.
Have you ever been without healthcare coverage? Did you live more cautiously?