It’s Week 17 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 17: Something You Take For Granted
This week I had to take an unexpected trip to the allergist. I have been taking allergy shots every week since January to help build up a tolerance to my allergens, but each spring all my best efforts fail me. If you have pollen or grass allergies, spring turns into a constant struggle of trying to keep your allergies from acting up, while also trying enjoy the nice warm weather.
After keeping my Fiance up a number of nights due to my coughing fits, I finally called my allergist and set up an appointment. After careful consideration, he decided to give me a steroid to help with the allergic reactions I was experiencing this spring. What they don’t tell you, is how much that shot hurts.
Since my appointment was so early in the morning, that meant I had to live with my sore arm all day while trying to do my much needed freelance work. As I spent much of my afternoon trying to find a balance between the constant pain in my arm and getting some amount of work accomplished, I realized how frequently I take our healthcare for granted.
In today’s world, we can live with our allergens right there in our household without having to make a special trip to the hospital or get rid of our beloved pet. When I found out I was allergic to cats, my heart nearly broke. I was worried we weren’t going to find a way to work around this, and yet almost a year later with a steroid shot in my arm she sits beside me.
Healthcare is something a lot of people in our world don’t have access to, and some who do can’t afford to pay for it. After that entire trip, I walked out the door only paying $20 for my treatment and getting the help I needed to make it through the spring. I’m fortunate enough to be able to afford to get these allergy shots every week, where some families can’t afford far more important kinds of treatment.
Healthcare can easily be taken for granted, and most of us don’t think much about it. However, I’m going to challenge you today to think about it. Think about the last time you had to go to a doctor, pick up a prescription, or even the last time a loved one had to. Now think about what your life would be like, if they or yourself hadn’t been able to. For some of us, it would mean something small like going without contact lenses or birth control, but for others it could mean fighting deadly diseases without modern medicine.
Today, as I’m counting down the hours till I can finally stop writing and relax my arm, I’m thinking about my doctors. I’m grateful for the time they spent in school and their knowledge that has allowed me to continue to live in comfort and with my dearly beloved fluffy feline.