Further, without coverage or the money to spend on additional medical bills, her high blood pressure is neither monitored regularly nor treated. Adrienne also needs routine dental care which she has foregone, as well as chronic knee pain for which she receives no care. The inability to care for herself has taken a heavy emotional toll. While employment might be a pathway to benefits, she worries about leaving her mom alone.
Adrienne understands that she will only be able to be fully present for her mother when she is pain free herself. She also knows that having medical coverage would truly relieve her of the stresses of her own health, giving her the emotional strength she craves while she supports her mother.