As medical care becomes a function of institutions, rather than of private practice, it is likely that the doctor you visit will have more loyalty to their employer, than to the patient.
On a personal level, this book answers the question: how do you rise, when you’ve been beat down so bad you can hardly breathe? The first thing to notice, is that this is not a new problem. A great many people have addressed it. The answer, in short, is: you talk about it. First, anyway. That is the healthy way to deal with problems. Significantly, therein lies the great divide that underlies the conflict of this story. Great effort was made to ensure that the events recorded in the story were not talked about.
The Constitution deals with rights and wrongs, and it is no accident that the First Amendment is, well, first. Speaking out, telling the truth, is fundamental to resolving injustices. My story is a petition to the government for redress of grievances, exactly as provided for in the Bill of Rights. This story is both about rising from the ashes, and is itself the means by which I rise. This is my story:
My thirteen-year-old son took ill, and didn’t recover. After nine months, his mother and I took him to a prestigious hospital. There, his treatment was shockingly incompetent. He declined, rapidly and radically. He quickly worsened, and became almost completely paralyzed, over a period of four weeks
I said, “You are harming him!”
They said, “You can’t say that!”
The story procedes from there. Their position was soon enforced by the State. My position was obstructed. We didn’t talk about him being harmed, we talked about what I couldn’t say.
The State intervened, to “protect” my son from abuse. Instead, they enforced abuse. They claimed that their medical care was the only qualified medical care. Instead, they obstructed qualified medical care. Great harm was done, great suffering endured, great expense incurred.
If their actions had been committed by an individual, that person would be behind bars for life. If committed by a foreign terrorist, that terrorist would be in Gitmo getting a taste of their own medicine. And yes it was that bad! But because it was done by the government, there is no accountability or redress. I am not even supposed to talk about it!
That‘s what the book is about. That’s what this blog is about. I’m talking about it. Help me hold their feet to the fire!