This morning, Pat, his girlfriend, went to court to petition that the coroner's office release his body for burial. They've been holding him saying that they have been waiting for other heirs. There are none. It's a long story, and not mine to tell. Suffice it to say, that I'm praying for good news this afternoon.
The other part of this story dovetails with the recent death of our friend Marcie's son. Marcie's son had been sent home from an ER after experiencing severe pain, only to be told he had a muscle spasm and he died the next day.
Mark had been calling his HMO daily for weeks to try to get an earlier appointment for severe back pain he was experiencing. His pain meds were not working. Last Thursday Pat got a call from the HMO to remind Mark about his appointment the next day. One week to the day after he died. Obviously it was urgent.
These things are bringing home to me how our medical system appears to be dangerously eroding. Or is it just severe pain that has become beneath contempt and not worthy of note?
Any thoughts or observations of your own? (PS I do not mean to deride those who work in the medical field. I know many who are truly excellent and are beside themselves with frustration at the current state of affairs. I actually don't think it's the doctors, nurses, EMT's et al. I think it's the administration/insurance companies/financial set up of the business that perhaps should be run differently than a "business")
And as an unrelated PPS, this is four young men (I say "young" as in 55 and younger) in the last year, on top of my dad, who I know, or know their family, who have died. One in a fiery auto accident; one a suicide; and the two above.
I am afraid to answer the phone lately.