Monday, April 03, 2006

the day after the musical

Today was a 'nuts and bolts' kind of day in which I took care of e-mails that were days overdue, made a couple of important phone calls, submitted my student loan application for the upcoming academic year, and dealt with the never ending drama of medical bills related to my treatment. I discovered recently that Medicaid (my secondary insurance) hasn't paid many of my bills yet and thus, an undetermined number of them remain outstanding. At the moment, I still don't have all the details about it but I'm working on it.

I have spoken sparingly about the issue of health insurance during these many months, but let's just say that it's not always a smooth process. In fact, expect bumps along the way. They seem to be plenty. And if it's not the insurance company who's at fault, then it's the hospital which is by no means free of its mishaps. In The Human Side of Cancer, Jimmie Holland speaks to this very sensitive and little spoken issue which most people other than the patient and his/her immediate family are but all too familiar with. Recalling what Robert Lipsyte writes in his book about his own chronic illness, Holland says:

He [Lipsyte] points out that people may reveal their scars at dinner parties but they never talk about how much their operation cost. . . . Bills from hospitals come with not-so-gentle reminders, at a time when just keeping the insurance forms filled out is a full-time job. One woman who had lengthy and ongoing treatment for breast cancer said, 'I just gave up. The bills came and I put them all in a basket, unopened. I simply didn't feel that I could deal with them.'

Last night, I saw the Broadway musical Avenue Q with my friend, Ben, which we both found to be fantastic. It was my first show on Broadway in at least 8 years. The musical's humor and candor were very both refreshing and entertaining. The musical's wit was evident in the litany of topics that it touched upon: politics, sexuality, race, love, career, marriage, and youth. Though most of the characters were really comical, my favorite are definitely the two cute but mischievous Care Bear-like creatures, who tried ceaselessly to get the protagonist in all sorts of trouble. Though anyone would enjoy the musical, it's undoubtably centered at 20-30 year olds, who would pick up all the pop-culture references and more importantly, be able to relate wholeheartedly with the theme of disillusionment that many college students face after graduation with regard to their lives and goals.


Comment Blogger zocalo24 said...

Hey, I'm glad you liked Avenue Q . Loved it so much thast I saw it twice. Next to Wicked (which I also recommend that you see when the chance comes up -interesting take on the nature of evil and the power of perception) it is the best show I've seen this decade.

9:57 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

There exists a distinct difference betwixt the terms "Care-Bare" and "Care-Bear."

4:12 PM  
Comment Blogger crallspace said...

I dunno... I have a hard time with most plays/musicals.

4:18 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

My bad, I meant Care-Bear. Thanks. I'll edit it now.

10:51 AM  

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