I thought insurance was supposed to help you, not cause you a hassle?

As of today, there are 26 days left until I go to Guatemala. And I’m kinda freaking out.

I’m not freaking out because I’m afraid of going – in fact I still don’t really believe I’m going. When I try to picture myself there, I can’t. Probably because I’ve never been there so I can’t really visualize it. 

Largely it’s because I’m so swamped with what I have to do before I leave. I originally wanted to go for 12 weeks and ended up “sacrificing” a week so I’d have more time to prepare before I left. I’m starting to wish that I’d sacrificed a second week. 

I’ve been doing medical school applications pretty much since I finished the MCAT. I’ve been working at it steadily, and I’ve already got an impressive amount done. But it feels like what I still have left to do is so much, and I have so little time. Not to mention that I haven’t gotten ANYTHING prepared for Guatemala. No shopping, no making sure everything I want to bring will fit in my bag. Haven’t gotten my prescriptions filled (or even written) or bought insurance. 

Insurance is giving me hell today – this is mostly my own fault. I bought my plane tickets more than a month ago, and at the time I had asked my pops about whether you had to buy insurance within a certain amount of time – he told me no. This was NOT true and I was stupid for just trusting him instead of looking it up!! Now, I’m stuck in a situation where it seems like there’s only ONE company who will give me cancellation insurance. They’re a good price, but when I call them, I get a different person every time, and each person is telling me something different – nooooot a good sign.

Here’s where the real trouble comes in – I may have to leave Guatemala for a weekend in November to go to a med school interview at Dalhousie (I won’t find out for sure until I’m already in Guatemala). To get to/from Halifax, you HAVE to have a stop over in Toronto – aka. Ontario aka. my province of residence. This company is telling me that if I touch Ontarian soil, even if I don’t get out of the plane, that my coverage will be cut off – uhm what?! Then I talked to a different insurance place and they told me something different.




Apologies for the highly ridiculous rant – this stupid thing has taken up WAY more of my time than planned today. Here’s hoping that soon all I’ll have to think about is how much fun I’m going to have in Guatemala. FINGERS CROSSED FOR ME PLEASE!! 


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