Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bite Me Chuck Norris

My sister was everything I just am not. She was tall and ridiculously beautiful.  She was more intelligent and talented. Far more than I am. Though I am funnier.

She did most things first. Concerts, clothes, boys, etc. She was the one who was able to get out and live in different places around the country. 

And she died first.

Being a waitress she didn’t have any health care. And being a waitress she didn’t make enough to even look at health care plans.
So when she was having constant fevers, abdominal pain and fainting she went to the free clinic.
A clinic that was beyond busy, with doctors unable to spend any amount of time with anyone patient. Where the doctor that saw you last week was probably not there to see you a second time or a third time or even a fourth time.
Where the doctors simply thought it was a gastro-intestinal infection or UTI and sent her on her way with antibiotic after antibiotic for two years.

When she married and finally had a health care plan she made her appointments and found the cause of it all.

She had cervical cancer.

They did a hysterectomy and claimed they got all of it.

Three months later it was back. Faster, stronger, meaner.
Less than a year later she died. She was 30 years old.

Cervical cancer is one of the most responsive cancers to treatment when caught early.

She would still be here today if she had had health care to see a specialist at the very beginning. Two years earlier.

She died because people like Mr. Norris think universal health care is a waste of time. Or some sneaky government plan to make us all well.

He seems to be most up in arms over adding resources that benefit children. Using fear and paranoia to justify not giving them the help and protection they need and deserve.

Parenting is not instinctive. It is a learned skill. It is learned from their parents and families. With so many, high and low income, families leaving their kids to raise themselves these skills become lost.

How many children die each year because their parents simply don’t know or understand how to take care of them?

Wouldn’t it be better to allow people the opportunity to get help if/when they need it?
Wouldn’t having a professionals  doing house visits add in cleaning up the absolute squalor that so many people live in.
(Don’t say it’s rare. If it were there wouldn’t be so many shows based on it.)
Wouldn’t having a doctor making a home visit be helpful in catching abuses earlier?

I wonder if Mrs.. Clute’s life would have been very different if there were doctors doing home visits when she was a child. Perhaps they would have seen the abuse long before her father started selling her.

The workers going into the homes are not there to teach children about cultures or to instill their personal values on them.
They are there to help and teach the basics. Mostly to the adults.
How to clean, what a real meal consists of, how to get the child their vaccinations, don’t lock them in a cellar for a week without food or water, and much, much more.

If giving them better trained staff and more recourses will help, by all means, go for it.

Mr. Norris seems so concerned about trained professionals coming into a home to help children. He calls that an invasion. But I suppose wire taping is perfectly fine.

Bite me Chuck Norris. Just bite me.


You can read his post here:

Mr. Norris's post

I need to thank kapgar for the link that was in his post for Karl’s Summer of Love event.

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