Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Glass Wall...

Didn't really do much today, mainly due to the fact that my knee didn't want to bend and was so painful that I really could not walk. Even in my apartment, I found I had to use canes to get around. Not good. So I just rested and iced my knee.

So, after doing virtually nothing, how could I possibly be so tired that I keep falling asleep while watching television? For some reason, I just cannot keep my eyes open!

Earlier today, while on facebook, a friend of mine M, who was from the Windsor area but now lives in Florida with her children, chatted me up. Not to change the subject, but did you know that as a child, I lived in the U.S.A. for about four years? Yes, I did; and, I pledged allegiance every day at school.

During our conversation, she let me know that she still owes a balance on her recent medical bill and was rather upset about the fee she pays for her medical insurance. She commented that in the U.S.A., people work hard all their lives, just to get sick and pay all their savings to cover the costs of medical appointments and treatments. I agreed with her. It's true. It's okay if you're young and healthy in U.S.A. However, if you get sick, you'd better be fortunate enough to have insurance. This is one reason why I didn't move to Arizona, years ago when I thought about doing so. I wasn't young and healthy.

However, this does not change my opinion about what happened with Gordon and continues to happen to others like him. If our government is going to tax us to pay for a system that is supposed to cover our medical appointments and treatments, then it should cover these for ALL people who are in need and not LIMIT treatment to only one segment of the population (e.g. cancer patients, only), leaving people like Gordon out in the cold, unable to receive treatment for what ails them, even though that treatment is available in Canada. Even worse, not allowing the patient to obtain treatment outside Canada, if Canada is not willing to provide the treatment, here.

As I've stated before, much worse is the fact that our Ontario government is spending MILLIONS of dollars in advertising, promoting our healthcare system. Again, could someone please explain to me why our government advertises this way, at all? Do we have a choice? Is this something we elect to participate in? No. It's mandatory to participate. Like it or not, our hard earned tax dollars pay for this system, whether we like it or not. We're stuck with it. And, so was Gordon.

He's dead. If it wasn't so sad, it would almost be funny to think that in the medical field, they bury their mistakes and neglects; it doesn't leave anyone behind to complain, except for loved ones, like me.

Just like all others like him, who needed treatment and could not obtain it, through our medical plan, Gordon suffered in many ways. I have in my possession a letter from one of his physicians, confirming that he has other patients with similar problems to Gordon, who experience similar symptoms. Gordon wasn't alone.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this previously, but Gordon had a friend, who had a different medical problem than himself. He tried to obtain treatment and suffered in pain. The longer it went on, the more depressed Gordon's friend became. To make matters worse, he had been given a drug that was addictive and then battled addiction problems.

Both Gordon's friend and his friend's wife tried desperately to obtain the help Gordon's friend needed. They never got it. Gordon's friend's wife came home from work one day and found her husband (Gordon's friend) had hung himself. Try and live with that!

Sorry, no one will change my mind. We have a good medical system. The problem is that it only services most of the population and not all of the population, the way it was designed to do. Therefore, some people fall through the cracks. Or, in my way of thinking, can't break through the 'glass wall', to get the treatment they require.

That's okay. God's in control...of everything. I forgive those who hurt Gordon. I pray for them, that each person will come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, for this will be their only escape from hell. Everyone needs to be trusting in Jesus, in order to go to heaven when their life on earth ends, as written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". In addition, Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, except by me." John 14:6. If you need more proof, read the New Testament portion of the Bible, for yourself. You'll realize that everyone needs to be trusting/believing in Jesus if they want to have eternal life in heaven and not in hell.

So, you see, my upset is not caused by being unforgiving, for I have forgiven; it's because I recognize a faulty system that needs repair, so others do not have to suffer the way Gordon and others have done and continue to do; and, I feel rather helpless to do anything about it, just as I felt helpless about not being able to do anything to help Gordon.

To my friend M, who lives in Florida and to all Americans (including some of my relatives) who may at some point in time read this blog, I can only say that I hope if/when the U.S.A. creates a medical care system that it is a comprehensive system set up to include treatment for ALL, so there won't be a problem with having to try to break through a medical glass wall, where you can see the treatment you need, but can't get to it.

Until next time...