The Friday gathering – Finger update edition

By glblguy


Nothing like a broken finger to make you appreciate our health care. I visited a hand surgeon earlier this week in Asheville, NC. The news thus far was good. He said it was a very bad break, but at this point didn’t look like it would need surgery. I have a follow-up appointment next week where he said we would know for sure.

In the mean time, I am wearing a splint that goes from my elbow all the way down my hand and covers all but my index finger and thumb.  This contraption makes it impossible to type with my right hand, so I’m a one handed typist for the next few weeks! Considering I use a keyboard for about 95% of my day job and 100% of my blogging  job, it’s a huge impact to my productivity.

I start physical therapy next week as well so that I don’t lose the movement in my finger. Right now I can barely bend it and when I do it really hurts. Not looking forward to physical therapy at all!

This whole experience has really made me appreciate my health care though. Just browsing through my receipts, my broken finger has cost my insurance company well over $2000.00. Cost to me in co-payments is only about $100.00. Of course that isn’t considering the fairly significant monthly premium I pay, but still overall a huge benefit.

Having decent health care available from my full-time employer is a huge benefit, especially considering I have a son with type 1 diabetes. His needs alone make me very thankful for it. I can’t imagine having to dish out the $500 – $1000 per month for his insulin and supplies.

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4 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Friday gathering – Finger update edition”

  1. Frugal Dad Says:

    Thanks for the mention! Glad you avoided surgery, for now. Take care, and enjoy the snow.

  2. CindyS Says:

    Ouch! I hope the finger heals soon! Be very thankful for your health insurance. I took it for granted until I didn’t have it anymore and now I wish I had it.

    Thanks for mentioning my post!

  3. That One Caveman Says:

    Broken digits are no fun. I hope you start feeling better soon!