EDITOR’S NOTE: Kudos to Kesha for coming clean and being so forthcoming about her condition.I started working as a radio personality in 1995. I’ve had health insurance from the moment I started working. Even as a cashier at Wendy’s, I’ve ALWAYS HAD HEALTH INSURANCE. But I rarely used it. I never had to. I had the perfect bill of health. And then, I secured a position at Shaw University in North Carolina. I worked 18-20 hours a day. It was an independent contract aka no health insurance included. The job was extremely stressful. In March of 2011, I started experiencing abdominal pain in my office one day; but because I didn’t have health insurance and decided to “wait it out”. Maybe it was something that I ate. Maybe my job was causing ulcers. Granted, I refused to create an outrageous emergency bill. I swallowed a few tums and drank that nasty Maalox combined with some Metamucil. Nothing worked. In fact, the pain got worse. And worse. I waited until July and decided that I couldn’t take it anymore. We went to Rex Hospital. They did a few blood tests, a urinalysis and a couple of stomach x-rays. Nothing. They suggested that I may had have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, told me to add more fiber to my diet and some Metamucil and take my azz home. I tried the recommended remedies”¦.but the pain only got worse. You have to understand my mindset. I don’t like creating bills that I can’t pay”¦so my mind did not want to go”¦but the pain was getting worse. Worse to the point where I could barely breathe. I went back to the emergency room over and over again. I went to Duke. I went to Wake. I even went home to New York and sat in the emergency room at Long Island Jewish for 8 hours. They didn’t even give me a prescription. They told me to get an over the counter drug called, Colace. It’s a stool softener. :/ They were all somewhat dismissive. Eat yo’ spinach and go home. You have doo-doo in your x-rays. Move your bowels, honey chile.This was the most frustrating situation ever. I KNEW that something was wrong. I could literally feel a blockage in my abdomen. It was difficult to breathe. Nevertheless, none of these emergency doctors felt compelled to do (read more here)
Radio Vet Kesha Monk Tells her Story, Creates Blog
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