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10 Lessons of Prostate Cancer

There's still more cancer in my family lately. It's beyond belief. No, no prostate cancer, yet, but a couple points struck me.
"Insurance can cause more stress than cancer. The goal of your insurer — no matter how singular or complex your case is — is to try to turn you into a statistical clich√©, a cipher, in the face of your very human flesh-and-blood disease. In the months after my diagnosis, as my wife and I struggled to find the right pair of highly-skilled hands to perform my potentially difficult surgery, wrestling with my insurer caused me more grief, stress and depression than my cancer did. In our modern health-care-industrial-complex — and I’m talking about the bureaucrats who try to herd you into the cheapest cattle car available, not the nurses and doctors who are on the front lines — the emphasis is neither on health nor care, but on the bottom line. It’s our job, as patients, to resist with all our strength.
And then this one. One stupid bitch tore my arm to shreds--my entire forearm was black by the time she was done, as she'd left a vein open--and then blamed me for not warning her how "difficult" my veins were. When in fact I'd never had trouble before in my entire life
"Not all blood techs are created equal. Some glide that needle into your vein as if they’re figure-skating on your arm. Others jab and stab as if they got their only training from watching the “Saw” movies. (By the way, only blood is “blood red.”)
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I agree with the summary of nurses and drawing bood, some are angels, some are blood thursty savages who could not hit a vein if the fucking thing was spurting blood out of yur arm.

As for the insurance company, really guys I have have never had these kinds of problems here, they listen to my doctor and they let him make the choicve on what treatment I recieve and when I check out of the hospital and I have always been asked "Do you want to leave in a couple of days or do you think you need a few days longer" really guys I don't see this get the hell out attitude from my insurance company here. International Health Insurance¬*-¬*Buy your insurance online
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