Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Broken. Hip.

Is this the time?

Or the beginning of the end?

A fall at her age

so often is the start of the end.

Surgery so stressful,

as is the break

Will she fight through?

Or has she had enough?

I sit and wait,

and wonder.

 

These were my thoughts two weeks ago.  My mother fell.  It happens at her age, and as so often happens, a hip breaks.  I wrote the portion above while waiting for her to come out of surgery.  She did…rod inserted, nailed into place.  Such an impositions on an aged body.

I’m most surprised by her attitude.  She says she’s going to walk, and go back home to her bed and her cat.  Now I can imagine that even if that happens, it won’t be the same.  But we’ll see.  I think she will push through, walk again, go home again.  And I’ll be thankful.

It makes me wonder about me, though.  She, for better or worse, at least has me.  When my time comes, will I have anyone to be a visitor, to be an advocate, to be a link to the outside world?  Someone who can research rehab centers, assisted living facilities, medical payments, take care of the house?  I was surprised that I had so little time from the surgery to find a rehab facility.  It was only a day and a half.  Not a lot of time, no good capacity to research the numerous facilities, their ratings, their rankings, their capabilities.  Still, she seems to be doing well.  But I have to wonder about her.  After all….

she likes the food there. But not well enough to stay any longer than necessary.

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Care and Shutdown

So day two of the government shutdown is winding down, and there is no end in sight of the hard line rhetoric and grandstanding by the parties involved.  I agree with those that quote Shakespeare about a pox on both their houses…. both Republicans and Democrats, as well as President and Congress.  Neither shows the vaguest levels of leadership in addressing this.

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Interestingly, or perhaps ironically,  the issue of affordable care (notice, that is in the lower case) was driven home to me yesterday.  I ended up the ER that afternoon, victim once again of nasty kidney stones (they give me a whole new appreciation for what women go through in childbirth, let me tell you).  The hospital was good, quick, modern, competent.  Within an hour of arrival I was being pumped full of fluids and pain killers.  In five hours, I had been examined, tested, and discharged.  I picked up my prescription with no problem.  Oh, by the way, I have a good employer and good insurance.

I had a friend who went to the urgent care center that same day.  The wait was longer, the results less definitive, the prescription unfilled due to cost.  My friend is underemployed, and will be one of the millions helped by Affordable Care (the law).  The differences in our experiences are substantial.  I am very thankful for my job, and my insurance. 

I think my friend deserves that care too.  And so while some discussion and modification of the law might be needed, the law per se needs to exist.  For my friend and all those who need it.