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Apr 17, 2019 00:07:54

Coming to America (7)

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 381🔥 | 391💌


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My first doctor's visit.

After a few weeks after arriving in the US, I went to see a doctor. He asked me about my diabetes and what insulin I was taking.

Pig insulin.

I brought some with me from Ethiopia.

We don't use pig insulin in America anymore. The doctor explains.
We use synthetic human insulin.

I got excited - human insulin? That is probably as good as it gets. I started to feel like I was cured already.

Then the nurses measured my sugars right there. It was an incredible 600.

You should be in the emergency room - the doctor said.

But I felt fine so I refused. Why do I need to go to an ER when I feel okay. Besides, what would they do? Give me insulin? And charge me ridiculous amounts of money I don't have? No thanks.

I still don't know how I knew that I could refuse. But it was a firm NO.

That's one thing I realized about myself back them. I constantly felt like everyone was out to get me. The healthcare professionals, the credit card company, my employer ... I trusted no one.

I left the doctor's office feeling like I won a battle. 

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    @keni it's great to hear and respect this voice inside, I wonder if it's ever wrong...? Has never been wrong for me. Sometimes I just wasn't paying attention...
    And... of course you read this

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 16:52:21
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    @keni Let's get #PigInsulin trending somewhere. :) Wow 600 is a yikes. I hope the human insulin works better for you. I have had the opposite experience regarding trust. I trusted everyone when I was younger and have become more skeptical as I've gotten older.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 17, 2019 07:12:48
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      @brandonwilson - yeah it is common to use pig for medicine. Apparently we share similar hormones. I believe a pacemaker is also from a pig.

      I am with you. I didn't trust before, I have no trust and no patience now :) Getting wiser.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 17, 2019 18:08:55
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