Friday, March 30, 2007

Ya know...Cell Phones and Toilet's Don't Mix

Yep...so today wasn't the best day I ever had. I didn't sleep at all last night. Late in the day my lawyer passed something on to me from the prosecution and I tell ya....I was laughing so goddamn hard that I just couldn't sleep. "And that's all I'll say about that," as Forrest Gump once intoned.

After a sleepelss night I had to get up at 3 am and pick up my brother in Talladega to take him to Tuscaloosa for PTSD clinic. I hate the VA. Walter Reed is just the tip of the iceburg. Wait until the American public discovers that the VA willingly and purposely over-medicates its patients in hopes of killing them and getting them off the guv'ment dollar. Man, it drives me crazy. My brother has overdosed a number of times in the last three years. At one time the VA had him on 26 different medications. Three for his blood pressure, four for his heart, a couple for his sinus, percocet, loratab, oxycontin, valium, xanax, prozac, trazadone and more that I can't remember. In the last three years he has been on life support twice for extended periods of time and has had open heart surgery.

After the surgery we told his doctor that the huge amounts of medication were causing most of the problems. My brother is an alcoholic with a long history of substance abuse issues. We didn't feel it was proper for the VA to keep giving him these kinds of drugs. We asked that they please stop giving him enough mdicine to kill a horse. They didn't listen to a thing we said. The heart doctor put him on methadone, valium, prozac, and a whole bunch of other shit. Now he is a methadone zombie who can barely walk, is mostly incoherent and just a heartbreaking wreck of a human life.

He is a war vet with serious injuries and a nasty case of PTSD. So, I get him to PTSD clinic today hoping they will put him in the inpatient program. He spends about 10 minutes with a shrink he has never met before and comes out with a scrip for a higher dosage and number of valium than what he already gets. Lord God the man is one breath away from a drug induced coma and....they give him more drugs. These fuckers are government sacntioned drug dealers! Nothing less! If someone without a license gave or sold someone in that condition that amount of different drugs they would be sent to prison.....as well they should be.

Welcome to socialized medicine my friends. The VA is a prime example of what we will get when socialized medicine is ushered into the US. JOY!!! I can't wait!!!

So, after driving three hours each way and having to listen to pharmaceutical induced, incoherent babble from my once intelligent and vibrant brother, we finally make it back to my mom's house and I have to take a bathroom break. As I finish and am pulling up my pants, my very expensive cell phone/pda/central nervous system jumps out of my pocket and into a piss-filled toilet.

Glub....
Glub.....
Glub.....

I almost cried. Not having the large amount of cash it would take to replace it...and since it was my pee and not anyone else's I plunged in after it. After 8 hours of drying out it has finally decided it can handle pissy water in every circuit. YAY!!!

You may think me gross for salvaging a urine/water logged phone....but I don't give a damn. If you want to send me the hundreds of dollars it would cost to replace it then go right ahead....otherwise just send me some Febreeze!




4 comments:

Jo said...

My hubby is fixing to retire after 23 years in the Army -- thankfully, we are able to buy Tricare Prime and he can see my personal doctor and he won't have to use the Army facilities.

Sniper One said...

You need to get one of those paypal "donation" buttons... I'd send a few bucks for some Fabreeze.

I think you nailed HillaryCare right on the head.

Sorry to hear about your cellphone.

Don said...

Loretta, I don't blame ya'. Pee is nothing to worry about, but your phone is almost like your lifeline. There's an old saying about "my shit don't stink" so why be concerned about a little piss?

jo, when your hubby is old enough to enroll in Tricare For Life, just DO IT. It's the best thing for military retirees in years. Y'all have earned it and it saves me the hundreds of dollars I was paying every month just for two SUPPLEMENTAL policies from BC/BS.

Canuck_in_the US said...

You said "Welcome to socialized medicine my friends. The VA is a prime example of what we will get when socialized medicine is ushered into the US. "

Originally coming from a country with 'socialized medicine' I have to agree and disagree with this statement.

In Canada, I was free to pick and choose my doctors and the treatment - including (recently) medical marijuana. I was never forced into a certain treatment nor was I ever denied treatment. Treatment would never be suspended or denied due to monetary reasons.

I have also seen, firsthand, disabled, low income US citizens receiving substandard treatment or having treatment suspended due to their government sponsored (socialized) medicaid (correct term ?) running out. The treatment in a particular case, fluid removal, is relatively common and inexpensive - yet vital to life, in a patient with congestive heart failure.

I agree that 'socialized medicine' in the US could be similiar to the VA nightmare described due to the rampant beaurocrasy as well as polital posturing that I have witnessed while a US resident.

I personally feel that the US population could benefit from 'socialized medicine'. It could also be a nightmare. I think it would depend on how it is applied and administered.