Gerard Mclean, I posted this:
Just the other day. Like, LAST WEEK.
I had chest pains (turns out, I was having a “traditional panic attack” — rare for me, but I digress) so I drove myself to urgent care. Why? Because I know what a ride to the hospital costs in this country AND I know they will also limit my hospital choices if I hitch a ride with them — or charge me more to go to a facility I prefer…
Urgent care gave me a choice — I could either:
A. Drive myself to the ER
B. They could call an ambulance for me.
They could not run an EKG or any other test.
I congratulated them on their learning how to work a phone and politely declined their offer to ride in the MOST EXPENSIVE TAXI EVER. I’d rather take an uber or call a cab or take the damn bus…
I drove myself.
My situation was not good. Doctor kept me overnight. I did not have a heart attack, but the panic seriously mimicked one.
Anyway, I say all of this to say you are absolutely right.
I still don’t want you to die in a fire though. I like you.