As the summer is but a glimpse in the last of the summer fog, so begins the look ahead to Fall. Editing is moving along, I am making do with this current status of recovery from a nerve injury to sort through material shot, pulling together some short stories in video and photos.
I am excited to make good use of the journalism training I had last Spring with Poynter University by focusing on exploring the world close at hand. I have a new multimedia series I am developing for launch in October, creating some of my first online multimedia reporting. Over the summer, I have been trying to get out more locally, meeting new people, connecting with other artists in the city, getting to better know the world close around me now that I am so homebound.
My series, Letter of Courage, continues…I wish I could say the series is over, or rather, my interaction with health care as it is currently were over, but, the challenge continues as I seek ways to heal the nerve injury outside what my insurance is making possible.
I am starting to open up a little more about my experience in health care, after an injury at a hospital unleashed a forced look at what so many Americans are currently, and have been going through. And which I now experience. I have had medication and treatment and tests denied, and been told different things by different doctors who do not speak among themselves. A state investigation into an illness that I never had, rather than the injury that occurred. I have been sent away from treatment, and then told I stayed away too long so my case is not an emergency. I have had doctors look me in the eye to say my desperate pleas for answers to medical questions were breaking the “patient doctor relationship.” I actually had a “specialist” whom I had waited eight months to finally be able to see, not ask me about what was going on physically, nor told me, or knew, what my test results revealed, but instead, asked me whether I had filed a lawsuit (I had not. Unfortunately, I lost a business client account as a result of missing key meetings that day).
The experience I had was witnessed by many, all whom who have said how helpless they have felt as one after another promises were broken. We don’t have to feel helpless. We can all stand up today and say we don’t want profit motive to run our health care system. A commentator recently asked, ‘where is the value-added? What does the insurance company bring to the table, to justify 36 cents of every health care dollar?’
Please don’t feel helpless. Raise your voices for rational, national health care reform that dispenses with the arms and lies, and gets down to the basic question: do we provide the same level of quality care to all Americans? Even those who have private insurance yet whose insurer won’t treat them because its too expensive? Those too poor to afford better or any insurance at all? I wonder, is this right as a nation to allow so many millions of Americans to go without or limited in getting health care access?
Here are a few photo tidbits from the last few days….