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Health & Fitness > Cancer > The Human Condition

The Human Condition

All of us have difficulties but it hurts to see bad things
happen to good people as they inevitably do. Some people
just sail through life with the wind at their back and others are sorely tested. I see no virtue at all in suffering as some moralists would have us believe.

Henry, our sweet handyman has been dealt a terrible blow. He
has no health insurance and he and his wife aren't old
enough for medicare. His wife was diagnosed with breast
cancer and due a mastectomy last week. They did a cat
scan and found another tumor in her lungs so they are
postponing her surgery. In the meantime, he is quietly
going crazy with worry. He wasn't supposed to show up today,
but he came to mow the lawn, just to stay busy while waiting
on the biopsy of the tumor on her lung.

They found the first tumor in August and it seems to me that
if they had not had to go through finding assistance with the
medical bills that it would have been done a lot faster. I
gave him a huge tip and I know that Phyllis did too because
there are so many expenses that you don't count on while
you are hanging around the hospital. He said they went at
6:30 a.m. and were waiting around until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. That is upsetting and very tiring.

When Ted was in the hospital, it helped so much for his
brothers to stay with him while I went home and took care
of Rex...just to be out and normal for awhile.

Henry and his wife are just good, honest, salt of the earth
human beings. They work hard and mind their own business
and give others a helping hand when they can.

I know that life isn't fair but I hurt for them. They have
been together so many years. I hope he and his family can
stay strong through this ordeal.

Bobby has the re-connection surgery on Halloween, the same
day Ted has an appointment with the neurosurgeon. Wouldn't
you know his surgery would be changed to that day! We aren't looking for complications but I would like to be in
both places at once.

posted on Oct 22, 2012 4:16 PM ()


That is terrible... I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why so many people (repubs?) are sooooo opposed to health care for all????!!!!!!
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 27, 2012 7:28 AM ()
Me either, Kristy.
reply by elderjane on Oct 28, 2012 7:01 PM ()
AUSTRALIA has got medicare , it is not compulsory to join a medical insurance fund where you get treated at a private hospital , public hospital treatment is free of charge, came home today from hospital after 5 days spent being treated--scans xrays the lot free
comment by kevinshere on Oct 25, 2012 1:10 AM ()
Kevin, that sounds wonderful to me and could certainly be achieved here if
people would see the light.
reply by elderjane on Oct 27, 2012 6:29 AM ()
It's hard enough to have to go through something like that without also having to worry about where the money is going to come from. A good friend of mine lost her husband to cancer recently. Since he didn't have any insurance, they didn't fight it at all. So sad.
comment by maggiemae on Oct 24, 2012 6:47 PM ()
That is so sad. At least Henry and his wife are jumping through all the
hoops to get care.
reply by elderjane on Oct 27, 2012 6:31 AM ()
You're a decent, caring person--a typical Democrat.
comment by solitaire on Oct 23, 2012 5:19 AM ()
reply by elderjane on Oct 27, 2012 6:31 AM ()
So sorry to hear about Henry's dilemma. Does his wife qualify for Medicaid? He can "divorce" his wife medically (I did it with Jay) so that only her assets will be counted and he can keep his house. Otherwise they "spend down" and wind up destitute. He should look into it. Medicaid continued at home care for Jay until the end -- 24/7. Whatever money I had was in an IRA -- we rented, no car. We (he) qualified.
comment by tealstar on Oct 23, 2012 4:08 AM ()
He needs to look into it and I will talk to him about it. He is so fraught
with worry that he isn't making a lot of sense right now.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2012 5:13 AM ()
So many people in our so-called middle class are just a diagnosis away from financial ruin. And many hospitals and doctors now require payment up front before they will provide treatment for cancer. My thoughts are with them.
comment by troutbend on Oct 22, 2012 9:22 PM ()
The financial aspects combined with the worry and sorrow are enough to
vanquish anyone coping with these problems. My heart really aches for
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2012 5:16 AM ()
That is so sad. Here is someone who desperately needs "Obamacare"- and Romney said if elected that will be one of the first things to go. Sorry to politicize this but I read this earlier then watched the debate, and could not help but immediately think of this man/your post as soon as Romney said he would immediately repeal Obamacare.
comment by dragonflyby on Oct 22, 2012 7:46 PM ()
Why is Obama care such a bugaboo? The Republicans have lied about it and
have turned the very ones that would benefit from it against it. Don't get
me started on how ignorant some voters are about this and the issues of
women's health.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2012 5:20 AM ()

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