It Comes, It Goes

That's life. :P

So, I should have mentioned in the last post that the last comic was actually PrettyBoy's idea because he thought this one was too depressing but I enjoy darker humor so I thought this was too funny to pass up. :P

This is another "thank you" to everyone who has helped me out so far. At first it DID feel like a massive amount of money. But, as it always does, life found a way of draining me of it pretty swiftly. Good news, though, I'm no longer in the red. :) And that's because of you guys, so thanks!!!

There's been ups and downs on me getting back to normal. I've started back at work and my bosses and my regular clients have been very accommodating of my injury so that's going well, though I'm working fewer days than when I was at my best. Also good news, I may finally have a car replacement come Monday but I don't want to celebrate yet. Not until I'm driving it away and the money has changed hands. :P

In bad news, however, my knee is getting no care at all. I don't want to go on and on about it but the hospital I've been going to has proved itself completely incompetent. I'm going to try a new one because I'm basically back to square one... I injured myself THREE MONTHS ago and nothing has been done to help me. It's absolutely maddening. My referral to a specialist was DENIED and they couldn't really say why. Ugh. Everything on the medical front is HORRIBLE. I am walking better on my own, the limp isn't as bad. But no doctor has helped thus far. I don't want to bore you all with the tales of the long hours I've spent in waiting rooms (literally up to 14 hours at a time) only to be sent away with empty promises that the next guy will help me and with a hefty bill for a complete waste of my time. Days of this. Being forgotten and left afew times, slipping through the cracks of "the system" somehow. Many tears have been shed. It's an appalling failure in this country and I get to fight through it first hand.

But that's enough of that. Life IS looking better, overall. Once PrettyBoy and I can fight through the medical issues and the car insurance failures (looks like we'll be going to court soon) then things will start sorting out again, back to normal. I feel really up some days (like today) and some days I'm lost in despair. But, again, I guess that's just life.

Also, I've no idea why I drew myself wearing shorts in this comic. I never wear shorts. I hate shorts.

11 comments:

Lori said...

Your site has about ten times as many popups now. fyi...

Anonymous said...

I love that 2nd panel! Just saying.

Nic said...

Really! I have an adblocker so I didn't realize this, hmmmmm.... I'll look into it...

Hunny Bunny Beauty said...

Sending you love and hugs and other things! If I could bake, I'd send you a muffin basket. ;-;

wingsofwrath said...

Geeze, I knew medical care was bad in the US, but not THIS bad!

I might be living in a former Communist country (not by volition, mind you, when "Uncle Stalin" sends his tanks to your doorstep you can't really say "no") and our medical system might be lumbering, decrepit and corrupt, with the best medical personnel leaving for other countries where the hours aren't as long and the pay better, and vital supplies getting waylaid so the money could fill pockets up at ministry level, but at least you get taken care of first, and only then they present you with the bill. The prevalent attitude is "let's get you on your feet first, and then we'll figure out something"
I've never heard of any case where people were denied procedures because the Insurance Company said "no", quite the contrary, I've seen and heard countless cases where the bill presented was either smaller or waived in it's entirety because the patients couldn't afford it.

Is a state run Healthcare system more efficient? Hardly. In fact it's a lumbering beast that haemorrhages money at every turn, but at least it means you're recognising the basic fact that the workforce are the most important resource a state has. Without people there would be no economy.
It's simple arithmetic - since you can only have one, what do you value more, people or money? I believe the answer is painfully clear in the case of the US...

Also, would someone please explain to me how owning a gun is an unalienable right set in stone in the Constitution, but if you can't afford to pay your hospital bills you're simply left to suffer, because a comprehensive state-run Healthcare program would usher in "socialism", and that would make baby eagles cry and mom's apple pie to become sour?

I've lived under Socialism.
Hell, I lived under one of the most brutal communist dictatorships in Europe, inspired and on par with North Korea! And yet never have I felt so exposed and vulnerable as in the United States. I've only had brief stays in various parts of the country, but during those stays I was bullied by the police, I nearly got shot by accident and was regarded at times with suspicion and even hostility simply for being a foreigner. It reminded me a lot of how things used to be here before '89.

If this is the path "freedom" and "liberty" led you down upon, why be afraid of mere "socialism"? Hell, you've already constructed something much, much worse!

Anonymous said...

many many hugs being sent to you both xxx

bluebart said...

I read through all of your comics in the last couple days. I love you're work. My girlfriend and I will most certainly be making a purchase In your merchandise soon. Can't wait to read more comics.

Leigh said...

I'm sorry to hear about your knee, because I know exactly what that's like. I hurt my knee as a kid (probably an ACL tear) but no doctor really bothered to look at it because I was about 15-20 pounds overweight so that must be why it hurt, and besides I had a high pain tolerance. The leg got worse and worse for ten years until I could take myself to a doctor. Unfortunately that doctor (only one on insurance) was very sexist, and said that, as a pretty woman, I didn't need that extra function, and actually ended up aggravating the problem and adding loads of scar tissue.

Eventually I found a truly skilled doctor at Rush in Chicago and had several partial transplants and screws put in. I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, had to temporarily give up on school and will always have pain, but I won't be in a wheelchair by thirty anymore, either. Plus the surgery scars are pretty sweet looking. ;)

Anyway, my point is that I really hope that you won't give up on your knee, as absolutely draining as it is going to be for you. It's going to be awful but I don't want anyone else to have to deal with a decade of bitterness and health repercussions. You aren't alone in these healthcare cracks, and certainly not forgotten.

Nic said...

Leigh, thank you for chiming in... I have just reached a point where more and more I want to quit and give up and just live with the limp... PrettyBoy is being very forceful about me continuing to try and I know he's right but I just feel so discouraged. Reading your account gives me more motivation that I need to pursue care if I'm going to live my life the way I should...

Joe Scully said...

Been while since you updated. Is everything ok with you?

Nic said...

I've just been CRAZY busy. Too much travel and work, no days off. :(

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