Posted by: rotenochsen | February 28, 2009

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Posted by Jax Hawk on Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:45:13 PM
Saturday, February 28, 2009

President B.H. Obama has thrown down the gauntlet to the “special interests” as he calls the insurance companies, and today asked Congress to ignore their pleas and I guess money that they use to get their way. So he can have his socialized medicine.

He reminded all that he campaigned on the promise to deliver medical care for all. and he is bound and very determined to get his way. I have no doubt he will find a willing Congress to give him his socialized medicine despite the fact that in doing so he will destroy the best medical system in the World.

If you doubt me, spend and hour in the waiting room of the Mayo clinic and listen to all the foreign languages spoken. People from every where come to the USA for medical care, but they won’t if he does to medicine what the government has done to the Postal Service and the IRS!

There are not many people I know who have experienced socialized medicine in a life threatening situation. I am one who has! So I have republished a blog I posted in 2006 that explain the horrors of “free” medical care.I put free in quotes, because even when socialized medicine is passed it will no be free. You taxpayers will pay for the “crap”” that is passed off as medicine for all!

NOT ONLY DOES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HEALTH CARE RIGHTS, BUT THIS INITIATIVE IS NOTHING MORE THAN BLATANT SOCIALISM WHICH WOULD ROB FROM THE “HAVES” TO PAY FOR THE “HAVE NOTS”.
THIS IS NOTHING MORE OR LESS BUT WHAT THE GREAT SENATOR FROM NEW YORK, HILLARY CLINTON, TRIED TO DO BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THE FIRST YEAR HER HUSBAND WAS PRESIDENT.
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I USUALLY DON’T WRITE ABOUT MYSELF IN THESE FLEDGLING ATTEMPTS TO BE A BLOGGER. BUT THIS SUBJECT IS SOMETHING I CAN WRITE ABOUT FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. A YEAR AGO THIS PAST MAY MY WIFE AND MY YOUNGEST SON WERE IN ROME FOR OUR 32 ND ANNIVERSARY WHEN I AWOKE IN A HOTEL ROOM AROUND 5AM WITH THE DREADED ELEPHANT SITTING ON MY CHEST! YES, IT WAS A HEART ATTACK! I WAS SCARED AS HELL!
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IN ITALY THEY HAVE TOTAL SOCIALIZED MEDICINE—EVEN FOR VISITORS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES. KIND OF LIKE OUR MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR ILLEGAL MEXICANS. I DID NOT KNOW THIS UNTIL I CHECKED OUT OF THE HOSPITAL 4 DAYS LATER TO FLY HOME FOR DEFINITIVE TREATMENT OF MY HEART. BUT AT ANY RATE AN AMBULANCE FINALLY CAME TO OUR HOTEL AROUND 7:30 AND TOOK ME TO A LARGE HOSPITAL NEAR THE ITALIAN PARLIAMENT. THE RIDE ITSELF WAS AN EXPERIENCE. SIRENS BLARING AND WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC I WAS LUCKY I WAS STRAPPED IN. WHEN I GOT TO SAN JACQUIMO HOSPITAL I WAS ROLLED INTO A HALLWAY WHERE I WAITED FOR 50 MIN. OR SO, WHEN A NURSE WHO COULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH TRIED TO GET MY HISTORY,ETC. FROM A MAN WHO SPEAKS SPANISH FAIRLY WELL BUT KNEW ONLY A FEW WORDS OF ITALIAN. AFTER SOME TIME THEY GAVE ME A SHOT THAT RELIEVED MY PAIN,DREW BLOOD AND ROLLED ME BACK OUT INTO THE HALLWAY WITH DOZENS OF OTHER PATIENTS. FINALLY A DOCTOR CAME TO TELL ME IN FAIRLY GOOD ENGLISH THAT, YES, I HAD A HEART ATTACK. HE TOLD ME THE CARDIAC CARE WARD WAS FULL, BUT HE WOULD TRY AND GET ME A BED IN THE SURGICAL WARD.THE CARDIAC WARD HAS FOUR BEDS!
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SOME HOURS LATER I WAS TRANSPORTED TO A ROOM THAT HAD TO BE UNLOCKED BEFORE THEY COULD ROLL ME IN, AND WAS LOCKED AS SOON AS I ENTERED. HAVING OVER 30 YEARS AS AN ORAL SURGEON ON THE STAFFS OF TWO HOSPITALS I WAS SUDDENLY TRANSPORTED INTO THIRD WORLD MEDICINE! INSIDE THE ROOM WERE FOUR BEDS THREE OF WHICH WERE OCCUPIED BY MAJOR SURGERY POST OPERATIVE PATIENTS. ONE LADY HAD A MASTECTOMY, ONE MAN HAD A THROAT OPERATION, AND THE THIRD WAS A LADY WHO HAD SOME TYPE OF ABDOMINAL SURGERY. I WAS THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT A HEALING, OPEN WOUND.
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THE FIRST THING I NOTICED BEFORE THEY RAMMED A TOO LARGE CATHETER WITHOUT LUBRICATION UP MY URETHRA ,THAT MADE ME BLEED FOR TWO DAYS, WAS THAT THERE WAS JUST ONE WINDOW IN THE ROOM AND IT WAS WIDE OPEN WITH NO SCREEN ON IT! THIS WAS A ROOM FOR SURGERY PATIENTS HOPING TO RECOVER AND THE FLYS WERE MERRILY FLYING IN AND OUT OF THE WINDOW.
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AFTER THE IVs WERE INSERTED I WAS AWARE THAT ALL THE DRESSINGS REMOVED FROM THE SURGERY PATIENTS WERE BEING PLACED IN AN OPEN BOX LINED WITH A PLASTIC BAG ABOUT 4 FEET FROM MY BED NEXT TO THE LOCKED DOOR. THE IV THAT WAS PUT IN HAD PUNCTURED MY VEIN WALL, AND ABOUT AN HOUR LATER MY RIGHT FOREARM WAS SWOLLEN AND HURT LIKE BLAZES. SINCE NO ONE IN THE ROOM COULD UNDERSTAND A WORD OF ENGLISH. I YELLED THE UNIVERSAL DISTRESS, “HELP” AS LOUD AS I COULD. IF I HAD KNOWN WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO “JUST GEORGE”, AS THEY LEARNED TO CALL ME, WAS ABOUT TO BECOME A PIN CUSHION FOR TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE I THOUGHT WERE NURSES. I MIGHT HAVE SAID NOTHING EVEN THOUGH I KNEW IT WASN’T INSERTED CORRECTLY. IF I KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO JAB ME SO MANY TIMES WITH LARGE NEEDLES(nine times unsuccessfully). FINALLY AFTER RIPPING UP MY VEINS IN BOTH FOREARMS THEY CALLED A FEMALE DOCTOR TO HELP. SHE SPOKE ENGLISH AND HAD THE IV IN MY HAND ON THE FIRST TRY. NICE LADY, BUT I NEVER SAW HER AGAIN.
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SINCE THERE WAS NO IV INSERTED FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS THEY STARTED TO STICK ME IN THE BELLY WITH INJECTABLE HEPARIN . I VAGUELY REMEMBER 8 OR TEN JABS IN THE BELLY WHICH MADE MY STOMACH LOOK LIKE I WENT TEN ROUNDS WITH “JOE LOW BLOW” BOXER! AT DINNER TIME I LEARNED THAT THE HOSPITAL PROVIDED NEITHER FOOD NOR WATER, NOR TOILET PRODUCTS SUCH AS SOAP AND TOOTHBRUSH. THEY EXPECTED THE RELATIVES OF THE PATIENTS TO BRING IN THE FOOD,ETC. THE ONLY THING THEY PROVIDED THREE TIMES A DAY WAS A GRUEL LIKE WATERED DOWN SOUP AND 3 “ZWIEBACK” TYPE CRACKERS. I LOST 12 POUND IN FOUR DAYS!
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FINALLY ON THE MORNING OF THE THIRD DAY I WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CARDIAC CARE UNIT. IT WAS LIKE GETTING BACK TO THE 21ST CENTURY! THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THEY ONLY HAD FOUR BEDS! IN THIS LARGE VERY STERILE LOOKING ROOM WITH THE NURSES STATION BEHIND A DOOR AND LARGE WINDOWS WITH NO CALL BUTTON AT ANY BED. YOU WERE ON YOUR OWN.
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THE REAL CLOSE CALL CAME LATER THAT DAY. I HAD BEEN PUT ON AN IV DRIP OF NITROGLYCERIN AND AN IV WITH SOME NARCOTIC FOR PAIN. THERE WAS A VERY NICE CARDIOLOGIST WHO COULD SPEAK ENGLISH WELL ENOUGH FOR ME TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIM, BUT HE ONLY CAME IN ONCE A DAY. THE PROBLEM DEVELOPED WHEN I TOLD HIM I WAS STILL HAVING SOME CHEST PAIN. HE ORDERED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE NARCOTIC AND NITROGLYCERIN DRIP. THE DRUGS MADE MY SLEEPY AND I DRIFTED OFF TO SLEEP FOR HE FIRST TIME IN THREE DAYS. I WAS TOO SCARED TO FALL ASLEEP IN THE SURGERY ROOM AS THE STAFF SPENT MOST OF THEIR TIME DAY AND NIGHT BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR JUST OUTSIDE THE WARD. AT NIGHT THE “HANK-PANKY GOING ON COULD WAKE THE DEAD!
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WHILE I WAS SLEEPING, THE SHIFTS CHANGED, AND APPARENTLY THE “NURSE” WHO HAD INCREASED MY IV DRIP HAD NOT MADE A NOTE IN MY CHART. SO WHEN THE NEW CREW CAME IN THEY INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF NARCOTIC AN NITRO DRIP. A SHORT TIME LATER WHEN I AWOKE LUCKILY, I BEGAN TO GO BLIND. EVERYTHING GREW BLACK, AND I THOUGHT I WAS DYING! APPARENTLY MY BLOOD PRESSURE DROPPED TO 50/30 AND ALL I COULD DO WAS WAVE MY HANDS AND TRY TO YELL HELP. LUCKY FOR ME A NEW NIGHT DOCTOR WAS IN THE NURSES STATION AND SAW ME WAVING FRANTICALLY. HE CAME AND AFTER CHECKING MY BLOOD PRESSURE HAD THE NURSING STAFF RAISE THE FOOT OF MY BED SO HIGH I SLIPPED UP TO THE BEDSTEAD, BUT IT SAVED MY LIFE ALONG WITH THE IV INJECTIONS OF MEDS. HE GAVE ME TO RAISE MY BLOOD PRESSURE. THAT WAS AS CLOSE AS I HAD EVER COME TO HAVING A STROKE.
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ON THE FOuRTH DAY MY WIFE, MY SON AND I DECIDED THIS HOSPITAL WAS DANGEROUS TO MY HEALTH AND MADE UP OUR MINDS TO FLY BACK TO THE U.S. I TOLD THE DOCTOR WHO SPOKE ENGLISH THAT I WANTED TO GO HOME BUT HE INSISTED I MUST STAY AND HAVE A HEART CATHETERIZING IN THE MORNING. I ASKED HIM IF I WAS IN A PRISON OR COULD I SIGN MYSELF OUT AGAINST HIS ADVICE. AFTER A LENGTHY TALK WITH HIS SUPERIORS HE BROUGHT ME THE RELEASE PAPERS TO SIGN. FOR ALL I KNOW THEY COULD BE A DEATH WARRANT OR DEED TO MY HOUSE AS THEY WERE IN ITALIAN. I SIGNED THE PAPERS AND TOOK A CAB TO THE HOTEL. THE NEXT DAY WE FLEW HOME IN A 747 WITH NITRO PATCHES CHANGED EVERY FOUR HOURS AND ROOM ENOUGH FOR ME TO LAY DOWN AND SLEEP MOST OF THE 10 HOUR FLIGHT. THUS ENDED MY EXPERIENCE WITH TOTALLY SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. SOME PEOPLE RAVE ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN COUNTRIES WITH SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHTMARE THAT WAS MINE ALL FOR FREE. IT DID NOT COST A CENT! Caps are for emphasis not shouting!!

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  1. Wow…what a nightmarish experience. And yet I would argue that the American medical system is far from the “best in the world.” Had you been on vacation in Hemet, CA when you had your heart attack, your experience may not have been much different, except that you would have been able to communicate with your health care professionals. (They’ve had people die in their emergency room because they had to wait so long for care) And the rest of the developed world looks down on us, with so many citizens unable to afford basic medical care. Something needs to be done, although I don’t think Obama’s plan is necessarily the right way to go about it.


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