I never had chicken pox as a child. When I mentioned this to my doctor, he got a surprised look on his face. About three minutes later after a quick call to the nurses station, I got a shot to prevent chicken pox. No chicken pox, no shingles. He had to explain this to me. Duh! I do worry about Pirate and Spike. They both had chicken pox twice. Each time the second time was horrible for them. Yet neither one has gotten their shingles shot.
Fortunately for today's children all those diseases that plagued them are no longer with us due to immunization. I get so angry at parents who don't believe in having their children immunized.
I am so glad I am on Medicare and have ESP working for me. I don't have to go through that circus. Although I never had to. By the time Obamacare came into effect, I was already on Medicare. But I felt for you CG. I went through it with Pirate. He is only 52 and disabled. Getting him registered was pure Hell! They kept trying to sign him up for medical treatment outside of Boston and was ignoring his request for Tufts Medical Service. Finally we gave up and went directly to the Tufts site and they signed him up immediately with appointments within a week. I can't praise them high enough.
Right now we are battling SS for his disability. He has severe neuropathy in his legs and feet. He keeps falling and I am a nervous wreck that he is going to fall outside someday on cement or on a flight of stairs.