A few weeks ago, I woke up one morning with a very sore bump under my left arm (in my arm pit). I had no idea what this was, so I decided to look it up online. After reading several articles on WebMD I became convinced that I had breast cancer and that it was my lymph nodes that were swelling under my arm.
Up to this point I had no need to use the amazing insurance that is Tricare. I was nervous at first about finding a doctor, but I finally picked one and was able to get an appointment that very day to be examined. And with just a quick look and a few painful pokes to my arm pit, my doctor informed me that no, I did not have breast cancer. “It’s just an infected sweat gland.” He gave me some strong antibiotics and wanted to see me back in 2 weeks to make sure that I was healing as I should. He also ordered some basic blood-work for me since I mentioned I hadn’t had a physical in several years.
Today I went back to the doctor to go over my blood-work and make sure my sweat glands were healing and wouldn’t need to be lanced. I’m pleased to announce that no lancing occurred (thank goodness!!) . I am however pretty anemic, and when the doctor pointed out that taking care of my anemia would boost my energy levels I was thrilled. I have been suffering from “chronic sleepiness” (as I call it) for several years now, and I always just assumed that it was because I wasn’t active enough, or overweight. So I’m actually kinda excited about taking the iron supplements and getting my levels back to where they need to. If the iron supplements work, then I’ll be able to adjust my diet to make sure I am getting enough iron naturally and I hopefully won’t need to go through that again!
I can’t explain how much of a relief it was to be able to go to the Dr and not worry about being charged for an exam or getting charged for tests or procedures. Tricare is such amazing insurance, and it was virtually pain free to use. I had been hesitant to even use my insurance because I am so use to paying cash for doctors appointments and I didn’t want to show up at the office only to have to leave or explain to the nurse why I couldn’t pay today. But having Tricare has made that part of my life a lot less stressful.
Also, since I’m anemic and all, I’ll be adding more iron rich foods into my diet to help with my iron levels. I’ll make sure to make a note about those things when I share recipes with you all, so if someone else has a similar health problem they can enjoy the benefits as well. One tip that several of my friends shared with me was to cook food in cast iron skillets on your stove – so I’ll definitely have to give that a try!!