I’ll Be Waiting Breathlessly by My Mailbox

I just completed my online application for Medicare. I used to think you had to be pretty old for that, but apparently, even young people like me are required to sign up. I’m wondering how this will change my life. Will people be more patient with me now, knowing that I am officially old? Will I still have to wait in line at airports? Will people make a space for me on the front row of the second section of the movie theater so I can put my feet on the rail? I always try to get there super early so I can sit in that row, and I’m darned disappointed when it’s already filled.

When my Medicare card comes in the mail, I wonder if I will be as excited as when I got my driver’s license? I’m thinking NOT.

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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18 Responses to I’ll Be Waiting Breathlessly by My Mailbox

  1. Wait ’til people start calling you “young lady.” It’s worse than the first time someone called you ma’am.

  2. dorannrule says:

    LOL! You really won’t feel old (take it from the voice of experience) until policemen and doctors look like teenagers. πŸ™‚

  3. Amy says:

    Happy Sunday, Susan!

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks, Amy. I’m trying to get back into blogging by posting every day this month. Two down, twenty-nine to go.

      • Amy says:

        I am so very looking forward to you daily post, Susan!! I have seen bloggers putting a link of their older post at the end of a new one; I hope you will consider. You have many superb, insightful posts and beautiful stories that should not be buried. See you tomorrow πŸ™‚

      • Coming East says:

        Thanks for the sweet comment, Amy. I have a drop down menu for my archives going back over three years. Is that what you mean?

  4. Al says:

    As an old guy who has milked the Medicare system for all it’s worth (I was FORCED into it too after all) I welcome you. As the second best Ponzi scheme ever (after Social Security), it’s really fun using other people’s money.

    • Coming East says:

      Since I am not eligible for social security on my own or even some of George’s, I’m going to use all the Medicare benefits I can. Um…how do I do that? Signing up is the easy part.

  5. Huffygirl says:

    You only get those privileges when you actually LOOK old enough to have the card. You will have to wait about 10 years or so Susan!

  6. gaycarboys says:

    If there is one thing we do well is universal health care. Medicare is available to every Australian. You don’t have to apply and it covers most medications and all public hospital visits regardles of what needs doing. You’ll never hear the words “you don’t have insurance? Sorry we can’t help you” at a public hospital. It also covers doctors visits in part. I’ve always thought it would be a scary thing to be sick in the US.

    How have you been Susan? Well I hope!

    • Coming East says:

      Oooh, but if we had your kind of health care, the Republicans would be screaming, “Socialism!” They would rather have people go without health care or lose their life savings after an illness than to have any kind of system that to them stinks of socialism. Don’t get me started, Alan! Hope you are well. Your room is ready for your visit, by the way, whenever that is.

  7. hilarious!! I have a couple friends who have gone through this ‘fun’ the past couple months. Old is only a state of mind… besides, isn’t 50 the new 30? That means you are just into your 40’s!!

  8. Dianna says:

    Several years ago, my friend gave her husband a “Medicare” party for his birthday….she copied his Medicare card (wrote VOID) on each one and we all wore one.
    No, I don’t think it will be as exciting as getting your drivers’ license….

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