I haven’t had health insurance since December ’08, when I quit my corporate job to enter the world of unemployment. I started my current gig in early January ’09 with a very, very small company (heck we don’t even qualify as a small business; we consider ourselves a ‘tiny’ business) and do not receive any employer health benefits. Being a single, healthy, 25 year old guy with no children I made the calculated risk to not purchase private health insurance. I am well aware that many view this as irresponsible (Obama calls me out all the time) and am a liability to society and myself, but if there’s ever a time to do it, its now, right?

Fast forward to early September. The picture below was taken at an Atlanta Braves game. We arrived in the 3rd inning; the game was pretty boring, only lasting 2.5 hours. This was my first Braves game too, which is horrible considering I’m a lifelong Braves fan. Notice my eyes in the picture; see the yellow streak by my right eye?

Becca and me

Becca and me

I didn’t think much of it until I saw pictures taken last week from a Will Hoge concert, which I’ll post below. The skin around my eyes are still yellow. Yikes!

Me; not the best picture, but you can see my eyes well

Me; not the best picture, but you can see my eyes well

A few google searches led me to conclude I either had jaundice, hepatitis A, or everything is fine. I don’t have all the symptoms of jaundice or hepatitis, but I need some peace of mind. My biggest concern in all of this was how I would tell the girl I’m seeing that I might have hepatitis, but not the STD kind!

Turns out I’m OK. The doctor says my skin is a little pale, but I shouldn’t worry about it. He said he used to live in India and has seen hundreds of cases of hepatitis. The first symptom is your urine turning very dark, almost like Coca-Cola.

My total bill was over $170, but received a 25% discount for being uninsured. $170 would be about 2 monthly premiums for me and would likely have had a $30 co-pay too; and that assumes I’ve hit my deductible.

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