Do you know what the federal poverty level is for a family of five living in the contiguous United States? There are actually two types of poverty measures, but I won't bore you with the nitty-gritty of it all. Let's just say it's between $24,744 and $24,800.
I live nowhere near the poverty level. [Not that it's a place, mind you. Sorry, inappropriate humor. Or attempt at humor.] I am eternally grateful that we have money to weather the many storms we've had to weather. I have faith that we will continue to weather those storms surely heading our way. Look, you can see them brewing on the horizon.
So why am I writing about poverty levels? Because I recently waded through all of the medical receipts over the past year. If I include what I anticipate we'll have coming down the pike over the next three weeks or so until the dawning of the new year, our medical expenses are right about the amount of money a family of five needs to bring in a year to be considered living in poverty.
Yeah, folks, we've spent nearly $25,000 on medical expenses. If that's not enough to make me cry myself to sleep, I don't know what is.
On the other hand, beside me in bed will be a husband who shows very few ill effects from his triple bypass in March, save for a much lighter wallet.
Damn, it's only money.