Yesterday evening my right eye started bothering me, so I took out my contacts (which I normally wear for a couple weeks without removing) to give my eyes a rest. My eye actually started bothering me more when I took the lenses out, but not too bad so I didn’t think too much about it.

I woke up several times during the night with my eye really hurting and watering like crazy, it was insane, but I kept thinking it would probably be better by morning.

When I woke up at 6AM, the eye was still giving me problems, I could barely keep it opened and it was watering like crazy. I called in to work and planned on going to the eye doctor a couple blocks down 6th Avenue from my apartment. As the day has progressed, the eye has gotten much better, though it is still sensitive to light and really red. I decided not to go to the doctor.

Chances are good that this is not any big deal, but it is sad to me that people have to make this decision. “Do I want to eat this week, or do I want to go to the Doctor?” I have to make this decision right now, and it sucks even though I know that chances are good that this won’t be my financial situation forever. Some people have this dilemma all of their lives, while others have easy access to health care. I wonder how many people die from what could be minor health problems because they don’t have the money to check things out when problems first arise.

I know I am stating the obvious here, but do we ever think of it that simply?

“Some people have this dilemma all of their lives, while others have easy access to health care.”