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Early Retirement 18/35

Early Retirement 18/35 published on 8 Comments on Early Retirement 18/35


Ludolf: Vitals look good.

Torsten: A-aye, they are now!

Must’a had a bad reaction, is all! T’ somethin’ I ate, maybe? Or drank? Or it’s the cold! You can’t abide the cold much yourself, so’s I hear.

Ludolf: Oh, I hate it. So I put on a coat and keep working.

Torsten: O-on it, Manager.

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I was feeling like Torsten paying off his debts somehow, being sent home to chilly Sonheim, and then forced back *into* debt to cover medical expenses, would be crueller than having the embassy bill him for the medical care in the first place.

Oops, silly me, assuming they had medical care. 😒 “Diagnosis: malingering”, huh?

They obviously HAVE medical care.

… noone said it is GOOD medical care.

I think I remember Leif saying it was good medical care. If I’m remembering correctly, this was fairly early on in the comic, while Leif and Thørn were first getting to know each other, before Leif knew that Thorn can’t pronounce his own name correctly, at least given the phoneme set that Leif uses. Thorn then followed it up with explaining to Leif what good health care actually looks like. Leif wondered how they could afford that.

That said, it is medical care that could only be considered good by someone who is stupendously patriotic, likes exploitation, or comes from somewhere with even worse health care (or no health care).

Alternatively, it IS good medical care… it’s just also costly because Sønheim doesn’t do social safety nets (other than maybe the Debt Servant thing, if you’re looking at it from a certain angle. With a telescope. And the lenses in that telescope are rose-tinted.).

I would think a country run by (or at least heavily influenced by) vampires would understand the benefit of long term investment. Preventative maintenance is cheaper in the long term and that’s basically what healthcare is.

Nah, the vampires’ idea of long-term thinking is “all these humans will be dead in fifty years no matter what, and there will be a new bunch to replace them, so why should we dump our money into making sure this bunch lives a few more years?”

*grumbles* sure, the tests look fine, the tests *always* look fine. I read a paper on non-anemic iron deficiency recently and I’m eating more meat than I wanted to in the hope that it has a chance of helping, because after my other tests come back negative (they always do) all that’s left is a CFS/ME diagnosis, and we all know the treatment options for that range from “snake oil” to “you made it worse”.

on the bright side, meat I used to not like tastes weirdly good, which is a reliable indicator of vitamin deficiency for me. and my current doctor actually takes me seriously, which is really, really nice even when I still have to do the research myself.

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