Friday, December 12, 2008

Humming with my fingers in my ears

I will not discuss the forbidden subject lest I piss someone off.
I will not discuss the forbidden subject lest I piss someone off.
I will not discuss the forbidden subject lest I piss someone off.
Change that to,
I will not have an opinion
I will not have an opinion
I will not have an opinion

It's not working. At all. Jimmy Sommerville's high falsetto shrieking,

"You leave in the morning
With everything you own
In a little black case
Alone on a platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face"

Cannot distract from the growing irritation, neither can pounding along on the elliptical walker. I've just come from visiting my friend in the nursing home. I'm hugely thankful that she's going to be okay, she paid for a private hospital, not trusting herself to the vicissitudes of the public health care system. Fortunately her work insurance will cover her and her employer is concerned enough about her well being to ensure that she is receiving good health care. No speculation on what might have happened if she did not have this facility.

"Mother will never understand
Why you had to leave
But the answers you seek
Will never be found at home
The love that you need
Will never be found at home

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away."

This is flooding the headphones as I try to drown out the noise in my head. The last blog was about growing up and taking responsibility for my own health care, because despite having a "health surcharge" deducted monthly from my pay cheque, I know that if anything happens, I too, having had the evidence of my family's experiences of public health care, will resort to the private service. Clearly, I am not the only one.

Since I have to revert to my default setting, not entitled to an opinion - if you want to know who else is not confident of the local health care system go to: But there will be no pointing fingers here, just concern over my aging body. As we age, we're more prone to suffering from some kind of health issue. It really does not matter how well you eat or how much you exercise, your body parts do have a shelf life and there is always the possibility, due to heredity or outside forces, that we will experience some kind of health issue as our bodies age. Good health care is not an option, it is a requirement of being able to calling yourself a "developed nation". I guess that would mean how you define good health care. But I'm not going to, you know why so be kind to me.


Meanwhile, excuse me as I continue to pound away on my walker, have to watch my health, when I'm done off to find a low-calorie, healthy, balanced, vitamin rich etc meal which I will chew many times to aid digestion. Yeah, right.


GirlBlue said...

and because I have no behaviour and am not into self censorship

So you saying the Prime Minister PATRICK MANNING is a hypocrite by any chance? Nah not you, me on the other hand...

Wuzdescene said...

.... maybe now .... that illness has struck the second highest office in the country .... we'll see something positive come out of it .... like fixin 'health care'!!!

... cuz de Prime Minister very well know .... dat neither he .... nor his health .... safe in Trini .... wit our wack health care system .... hence his trips to Cuba fuh medical care .... where apparently have some borse doctors .... an' is not like dey know he's an idiot .... so dey safe .... dey eh go be inclined tuh let de scalpel slip ....

But no matter what tho .... I would never wish this on even my worse enemy .... I hope everything goes well ....

Gabriela said...

I guess some local issues are exposed here, and as such I fail to understand the whole concept.
Anyway, it's good to be well aware that our body works as a machine and needs some maintenance from time to time...