Hospital Stays and Work benefits

Hospital Stays and Work benefits

A couple of months ago I ended up in the hospital with a central line infection (line infection) and ended up being admitted for almost a week. A couple of weeks ago I was sick again with similar symptoms (chills, lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea) but did not have a fever. I was unsure whether it was a Crohn’s flare or a line infection so I went in again to get it checked. I was admitted for only two days as it turned out it was not a line infection but a rather a Crohn’s flare. This made me think of two things:

  • How can one better differentiate between a flare-up and a line infection so I don’t always have to rush to the hospital to get my blood cultured and
  • I am really lucky that I have a great job that I enjoy that also has generous benefits!

Regarding point 1 above, I am still trying to figure this out and currently I have to err on the side of caution since I have had two line infections in my life so far. They are too dangerous to ignore or delay treatment so I have to go get it checked out if I suspect I may have one. One thing I have learned is that fever may be a telltale sign (though one can have an infection without fever). Also, I had not slept well for several days before that and I find that little sleep can sometimes trigger a flare-up of my Crohn’s.

Regarding point 2 I am lucky that my employer provides a generous sick pay allowance (not 100% but pretty high) and my work sponsored private health insurance covers semi-private coverage for in-hopital stays. (There are some other generous benefits as well but that is getting a bit off topic.) There is no way with my health condition that I would be covered if I was not part of a group plan. To me, I would rather make less in salary and have better benefits than make extra money and buy the benefits out of pocket. In my case it is almost a no-brainer because I would not be able to buy the coverage. My question to you is would you be willing to make less in salary and have generous benefits? I’m guessing the answer wil l depend on a host of factors including the actual cut in salary, health condition and the benefits provided but I am curious to hear what others think.

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