Lets get this out of the way, shall we?
If this be truly a religion of peace they’ll be offended and let it at that…
Scarcity has been especially for the Kingly kind of Lemurs – so sorry. I’ve been out of touch and not posted much.
Lately I’ve had cause to be rather pissed.
See, the legal system doesn’t really recognize you as being damaged unless you are in a wheelchair, have missing body parts, or are otherwise visidbly disfigured.
I would just like to have my insurance co. cover my medical expenses, but one of the hurdles is that I continue to work (I have a work ethic). See, if I’d laid around and missed lots of time at work rather than do my best to not miss work in spite of daily pain then legally I’d be better off. I have missed time at work but I’ve made up nearly every hour that I missed.
The system rewards you for being a burden. I’ve worked regardless and – I hate the word “suffered” because it makes one sound like a victim but if you boil it down, suffering fits – suffered for years as a result of that auto accident, and the result of having a code of ethics is the life lesson that ethics don’t pay. Well, that’s a lesson I am going to ignore.
Why bring it up? Because the remodel job started by my father-in-law still needs completion. I had a friend come over yesterday to help with the electrical issues. I did my best to aid him where I could and he even took on sheetrocking for me. I did try to help him. I tried to patch screw holes today, screwed a piece or two of sheetrock up, spackled some seams.
And so I find myself in a significant amount of pain today. Painkiller-bad pain that resists painkillers. If past events hold true then I stand to have a rough time of it tomorrow and Tuesday.
The question becomes: What the hell is the difference if you “can” do something vs. can’t (paralyzed perhaps) if the payoff is that your life is fundamentally f***ed up for days?
This isn’t a poor-me post – this is a rant-against-the-system post. In nearly every other area of this country we do the same thing – we reward those who go by the default position, which is the one that requires the least effort and provides the most burden for others.
We’re giving all sorts of second chances to people who are in danger of defaulting on homes that they can’t afford. We aren’t taxing half the nation and some of them are getting PAYMENTS come tax time. We are socializing our health care at a time when entitlements are at an all-time high and growing higher.
Where did we stop having a higher degree of respect for intestinal fortitude, a can-do attitude, and a desire to succeed in spite of personal cost?
I can’t stand the New York Times and I know the slant they are shooting for in this article on soldiers with PTSD coming back from Iraq, but there’s some truth to it.
There’s a tough-it-out mindset in the military that doesn’t lend itself well to the realities of the mental/emotional damage that happens to our soldiers. They are human beings, not machines. And they don’t need just pills, they need someone who is trained to help them through mental and physical pain, too. Sure, meds are important, but they aren’t the whole story. And, being human, every single one of them needs someone to sit down and tailor their treatment – you can’t assembly-line this stuff.
Update: The Army has issued statements to refute the NYT article. This doesn’t change the fact that the military could do more in the area of mental trauma and psych issues – especially given the strain it can put on families as well as the soldiers. Like I said, I KNOW the NYT has a slant on it, but there’s a bit of truth, too.
Over at WeaselZippers, a news tidbit – a seeing eye dog refused entry to a restaurant because the waiter thought it was gay.
stunned silence. more stunned silence. crickets chirp once and go silent.