There are so many things about American healthcare for civilians that is just so ironically foreign to me, since I’ve grown up in the U.S. military and always had military healthcare, and got treatment at military facilities.
One recent thing is that I noticed some people on my dashboard complaining that they wouldn’t be able to get their tubes tied because the doctor’s would consider them too young. When I was 19, I spoke to my doctor at a military facility about birth control options. I didn’t even mention surgery, she did. She just casually listed it as another option for me. It wasn’t what I was after, but she lay all of the options out there because that’s her job.
It never occurred to me that it doesn’t work this way for everyone else with healthcare in America, as well.
I dunno, man. The more I learn about the civilian world, the less progressive it seems compared to life in the military. Don’t even get me started on comparing my experiences in civilian schools to military schools. Bullying and prejudice and racism and even homophobia were never an issue when I went to military schools. Civilian schools, on the other hand…
I guess it’s because when you grow up in the military, you move every 2 or 3 years and you see a lot. You live in different states, different countries. You learn to adapt quickly. Each place you live is like a new life, with new experiences. You can go from living in a place where you are part of a privileged majority, to a place where you are a minority who is looked down upon and it’s humbling. Kids raised in the military have always just been more open-minded and accepting in my experience.
And now this ramble went in a completely different direction from where I intended.