Friday, June 10, 2016

My Finger and Foreign Service Healthcare

My finger is infected.

On some level, I knew that it was possible to get an infection in your finger. In a much more real sense, though, how the **** do you get an infection in your finger and why the **** does it hurt so much?!

One of the benefits of Foreign Service is that we have access to a free health clinic at the embassy. I was able to walk in this morning, and walk out with a big bag of finger infection supplies. I talked with 3 nurses, and a doctor. That wasn't strictly necessary for my ailment, but they like me and I like them. The size, and probably existence, of the health clinic varies post to post, but State tries really hard to ensure that employees have access to good healthcare abroad. If they can't take care of you in-house, they'll refer you to the local market. If local care sucks, they'll Medevac you to a place with good care. Access and quality of healthcare is something to consider when bidding on a new post, especially if you think there's even a vague chance you'll develop a finger infection abroad.

There's lots more I could say about my experiences here, and how our insurance has worked, but if I decide to do that, I won't bury that information under a story about my finger.

That's all for today. I'm wounded.

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