as many of you know, a woman died this week in LA- in an emergency room. while most of us are disgusted and outraged-- rightly so-- we still have access to health care at decent facilities. many don't. i have no faith in the medical system nor the pharmaceuticals because i have first hand experience for both. i won't take anything more than over the counter meds and the occasional antibiotic because i have seen what greed has done to medicine in this country. we hear all of the time about new life saving procedures and medicines and surgeries- but for who? my mom bought into trusting the medical system- indeed, i encouraged her to go to the doctor because she is ill. never again. she was treated shabbily because she had no insurance- and thus wouldn't be able to afford any expensive testing- and given medications that were recalled as harmful. i had gynecological issues for years and no one could tell me why or what to do. why? because research isn't done on many women's issues. my brother-in-law's mom died because she was having a heart attack and went to the emergency room- where she was examined and told to make an appointment to see her doctor on monday. by monday- she was dead.
no- i have no faith in the medical community in this country. this country who belittles and maligns the country of cuba. cuba who has some of the finest doctors in this hemisphere and exports them to poor countries all over the globe. doctors who brought castro back into the land of the living when he was at death's door as a man in his 70's. but they are the bad guys right? we as a collective nation have had much growing to do- and i think people are paralyzed by taking off the rose colored glasses. we are acutely aware that our indifference and reliance on others to pay attention to details- has come home to roost. now-- what are we going to do about it? are we going to remain immobile and in shock? or are we going to rise up and do something? america has the reputation of being a nation of action- will we live up to that in a good way?