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Sickness Sweeps Through the Household


Ah, it’s that time of year where sickness sweeps through the household. Usually our son gets sick first and then me and my husband follow. Somehow my husband escaped this latest germfest. Not sure how he did it.

When anyone is sick, I’ll be the first to admit that our food budget is pushed aside. I am a comfort food type of gal, and when I get sick I want strawberries. Lots and lots of strawberries. They could be $6 a pound, it doesn’t matter. I need those strawberries. Our son gets some tasty Minute Maid juice bars and some sort of “treat” that he is craving.

Thankfully it looks like we won’t need doctor care this time around. I’m basically better and our son is starting to get better as well. Even though we have health insurance, it isn’t the best plan out there. I remember a time when our employer-sponsored health insurance covered 100% of almost everything. We didn’t have to pay a dime for our son’s birth. I wonder if any employers still offer insurance like that now-a-days.

There is some talk of our health insurance rates going up as much as 55%. If that happened, our health insurance would cost $620/month. I try not to think about it too much, but every time I open our bill I get a little nervous. I hope things get better with health care costs across the board.


  • Reply Mr Plasectomy |

    There is definitely something in the air as my wife and daughter have a cold as well. Thankfully you are improving and could avoid the doctor visit.

    Stinks about the possibility of health insurance cost going up. It is a necessary evil that we have no control over…sigh.

  • Reply Megan |

    Hi Tricia,
    First time I visit your blog,(feeling such an envy!) you are way ahead, I just started recently trying to get rid of our debts and following our efforts with our online journal http://businessmamaweb.blogspot.com definitely you have walked a long way. It is really a nive blog.

    Feeling sorry about your cold, I avoid going to the doctor so if you are like me try “honey, lemon juice, one piece of ginger, with hot water, blend it, and pass it through a cloth to get out the remainings of the ginger” drink it hot, it works wonders. Get well soon!

  • Reply Margaret |

    I do hope you are all feeling better. It must be such a worry coping with health costs. I am so thankful that I live in a country where I get the best of care whatever my financial status. We are blessed in the UK. Margaret

  • Reply Karen |

    I have a great employer sponsored health care plan – but things go up every years – higher deductibles, copays, out of pockets costs. It’s just the way it is……

  • Reply cheryl |

    I was sick earlier this week, still getting over it. My husband is sick now. I found that our meal planning has gone out the window while sick. Each day one of us doesn’t feel like making dinner, or one of us doesn’t have an appetite. So we have winged it individually this week.

    Back on the wagon next week.

  • Reply Megan |

    HI Tricia,
    I left a comment earlier on. I am surprised I don’t know if it went filtered as spam

  • Reply Maria |

    Sorry to hear about your colds. If you are craving strawberries you are lacking in Vitamin C which strawberries are very rich in.
    Try strawberries more often, it might help your immune system to fight off more colds. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tricia |

    If we could afford it, and the grocery stores had decent ones all the time (often they are moldy!), I would live off of strawberries. I love them so much.

    When I was pregnant, I was a force to be reckoned with. I’m not sure how many “fruit runs” my husband did for me πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tricia |

    Megan – I found your comments and fished them out of my spam filter. Hopefully it won’t do it again on you. Sometimes that filter gets overly hungry.

  • Reply Ninja |

    My employer offers 90/10 health insurance for a small fee each month. I chose 80/20 for this year because it’s free, but next year I think it’ll be worth it to upgrade to 90/10. Since I don’t have much money anyway, at least I’d have better coverage if a major medical disaster happened.

    Really, I should marry my military boyfriend because Tricare is completely free! No co-pays or anything except on prescriptions and even those are really cheap (like $5 or less I believe). πŸ˜‰

So, what do you think ?