Healthcare is jacked in this country

During this past Labor Day, I was cleaning out some old computer parts.  Lauren happened to be playing nearby and fell on an old computer CD-ROM.  She cut herself pretty good near her wrist.  At first I didn’t think it was so bad, but after Cassandra cleaned it out, it was decided that it might be deep and wide enough for stitches, so off to the doctors we go.  Because it was Labor Day, her regular doctor wasn’t available, so we had to go to the emergency room.  The nurse practitioner decided that stitches weren’t needed and after a thorough cleaning and what amounted to some glorified crazy glue applied to seal the wound and a small bandage was applied, we were sent on our way.

The bill came today:

Bill

You have GOT to be kidding me.  I know my insurance sucks big time, but I didn’t know it sucks this bad.

It is amazing to me that a visit to the emergency room for what amounted to a band-aid costs nearly $900!  I feel so bad for all of the people out there for whatever reason don’t have any insurance and would have to decide whether or not to take their child to the doctor or not because they couldn’t afford it.

As a country we can spend almost a trillion dollars a year on a defense budget yet we have some of the crappiest health care on the planet.  We seriously have our priorities screwed up!

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Planet killing crayons

Cassandra came home with a couple of packs of Crayola “Twistables” crayons for the kids as stocking stuffers. Rainbow Set of 8 You really can’t see it very easily in the picture, but instead of the ol’ skool type of crayons I had as a kid with the crayons wrapped in paper, these things are wrapped in a very thick clear plastic.  The crayons themselves are thinner than the original ones as well, so you are getting less crayon. 

I can’t stress enough how thick the plastic is on these things.  Now I know why they are doing this so that you don’t break the crayons, but isn’t that part of the fun?  I used to love snapping new crayons in half and looking at the inner core.  They made such a satisfying “snap” sound. 

I digress.  These crayons can’t be refilled once they are used up, so all you are left with is these plastic crayon exoskeletons.  I am betting these casings can’t be recycled either, so they will just end up in a landfill somewhere which is completely unnecessary. 

Needless to say, these crayons are getting sent back to the store for a set of old fashioned crayons (wait did I say OLD fashioned?  Crap…).