The year was 1982, the month was June, the day was the first. The night before I had such a headache and lost the feeling on my right side, but this had happened. I thought it would go away, so I went to sleep early instead of partying with everyone. After all, it was my graduation party.
When I awoke, the pain in my head was indescribable. It wasn't a headache anymore, my head was on fire from the inside and it felt as if my brain had swollen to the point it was going to pop out. I could no longer walk at all, so I crawled to the phone.
I could not talk so when the operator asked where I was, I was very proud of myself. I knew this answer! I was home. Where was home? Hell if I knew. I did not even know my name. I was having a stroke at the age of 22.
She must have found out where I was somehow, because the police and neurologists rushed to my home. When I saw them, my body finally succumbed. Probably due to relief. It took 9 months for me to learn how to speak in one word syllables again, and it took me a year and a half to relearn how to walk so it would appear I was not limping. Two and a half months later I was stricken with epilepsy.
There is so much more to be said, but you get the general idea. So what does this have to do with this health care bill Congress passed? A lot. You may not know this, but I have been on some sort of medical welfare ever since. I am forced to take medication for the rest of my life, so I have to see a specialist at least once a year.
I receive news all the time about which medications the govt will no longer cover, yet other people can still be offered. No problem, right? Just pay for it, right? Well, NO. It is against the law for me to pay for any medication already. What do you think I was trying to tell you? I just didn't want to go into detail.
This is my last plea. This is very important for you to know, for it will happen to you as well. I am afraid every time I open the news of which medicines they're going to stop funding, because I am allergic to all but one medication to control my epilepsy. What do I do when the day comes when they cancel that? What will you do when cancel yours?
They are going to have to reduce medication for everyone, because they cannot afford to care for everyone. So who will it be? Will we turn into a nation of people who pray it happens to someone else or will we be the kind of people who prevents this from happening in the first place?
It is up to you. I can no longer do this. I have done all of this by myself for a long time now, and I just cannot continue. You will find out why not in my next post. I've had it with this govt, and Saturday was the last straw. I have made up mind, but that's for the next post. Until then, someone please take over this blog!