THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL July 27, 2004Posted by wmmbb in Blogging in general.
The Duckpond is well hidden away from the general commerce of the information highway. This link is of particular interest to me. I found it serendipitously, as is becoming a habit on this blog from my digressions into duckspeak. People have operations all the time – and most of the time, I understand, they come out alive.
But I constantly wonder what would happen to people, as I did the other day, who are not able to reach into their pocket and pay $150 for vaccinations at the chemist, or on other occasions pay a similar amount for a consultants with a specialist. I am fortunate to be able to make these payments – but their is no certainty in my situation as well. I work on a casual job, with a limited time span, and without award payment conditions. For example, overtime means literally working longer hours.
When I could not point to symptoms, other than those I could report, so I knew there was something wrong, I was given a deep vein thrombosis scan, and told by some local general practitioners there was nothing wrong with me. In fact I was prescribed exercises. I was angry and frustrated. When I had definite symptoms, I called in at a medical centre on the way home where I saw a GP who examined me whose prognosis was that it was either the heart, liver or kidneys. Then I saw a cardiologist, who organized a series of blood tests, computerized tomography and bone marrow biopsis.
Even with expert reading of data there is no certainty that I have a lymphoma in the spleen. The analogy spins to mind of intelligence reporting. In fairness to the doctors, I may have traduced, cancers can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. However, I have to think, a blood test, simple to carry out, might have been considered.