Your health is important. It sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised what takes precedent over our well being in the modern world. Our jobs, of course, are one thing we put before our health, as sad as that is, but there are other, less important reasons we fail to take our health seriously. As someone who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder after thinking it was “just the flu” and it would pass, I know what it’s like to think we can’t afford to take time to ensure our well being, but know that it is very important to listen to your body and visit doctors as needed. Don’t let anything get in the way that doesn’t have to.
As previously mentioned, work can be a big reason we don’t seek medical attention, and while there’s a good reason for that, it’s not fair to you to feel like you can’t take a day off to see a doctor. Don’t try to get off work for every little concern, but don’t tell yourself something serious and debilitating “will pass.” If you feel at all like you’re in danger, work can wait. Worse case scenario, you get fired and have plenty of cause to sue. Nobody wants to go to court, but you can win that case if you need to, and you need to take care of yourself.
Another, perhaps bigger, reason to avoid seeking medical attention is money. Not having insurance can deter all but the biggest emergencies, but it really shouldn’t. This one is no one’s fault, but consider applying insurance while the Affordable Care Act holds up, as it’s never been easier for lower class families to get coverage. However, even if you don’t have insurance, when the need demands it, you can just take that bill. If you absolutely cannot pay a bill, there isn’t much in the way of immediate consequence to you. It could hurt your credit, but you will not be arrested or sued for failing to pay bill. You could borrow money from family and/or make a payment plan in order to pay the bill when and as you can.
Lastly, there’s transportation. If you can’t afford a car, getting around in general can be difficult, but assuming you need a ride in the middle of the night. Neither public transportation or friends can family are likely to help unless it’s a matter of life and death. While there’s not much you can do about that, you can ensure that you can make it to appointments, so public transportation or getting a ride in advance can get you to daytime obligations fairly reliably, but it that doesn’t work for you, or your appointment is late, there’s always renting a car. Alamo can help you out with affordable rental, so you won’t have to miss your appointments. Just remember this: there’s no price on your health, so put it first as much as possible.