Like RM, I haven’t seen a doctor in about 15 years. I only went the last time because I was bitten by a brown recluse on my thumb. After about a month, I thought that I was going to loose my thumb so I went to an urgent care place. They cleaned it out, and I also got a shot where the sun don’t shine. For about the last year, I’ve been dealing with a leg issue. I’m pretty sure that I’ve got a torn hamstring, but I think it’s finally getting a little better. I have insurance for major medical only, and it’s still not cheap. I have never made a claim with it.
Man alive!! You WERE VERY LUCKY with that thumb. Those damned spiders ain't nothing to fool around with. I had a bite on my leg WAY back in the day that went from 2 tiny little spots (the bite) surrounded by a little pinkish area -- altogether about the size of a pinhead to a golfball-sized abscess that was so hot a cool washcloth felt like an ice cube and red lines running down my thigh. I was REALLY freaked out and I'm not easily spooked.
Even the doctor was kinda poo-pawing me a little bit until he saw it. Then he apologized and said "Yeah ... We probably need to not let that go any longer." I was like "Ya think?!?!" I would have lanced it at home except for 2 things -- I needed some help and Grumpy was like "OH HELLLLLLLL NO!" lol and those red lines had me more than a little worried. I got a horse syringe full of antibiotics, an antibiotic cream, some kind of antibiotic soap to wash it with a couple times a day and 2 weeks of antibiotic pills that were cow-sized. And I took every bit of it and used every bit of the soap and cream. Lol I still have my leg but it's 2 inches shorter than the other one.