When I first started writing for GOPUSA, I had it in mind to keep it all on politics. But one can't always help where inspiration comes from.
My husband truly does mean the world to me. I didn't know that it was possible get to marry someone who was your best friend, the love of your life, a soulmate AND someone who worked, lived and breathed the same professional field with the same intensity. A few years ago, my back and neck just basically started to fall apart. Degenerative disk disease along with the host of diagnoses and symptoms that go along with it. My husband stepped up to the plate and without a complaint took on more than most probably would by taking care of our three young children while I went through three spinal surgeries.
Heaven knows, it hasn't been easy.
But last weekend, the tables turned. My husband's appendix ruptured and he was rushed to the hospital in terrible pain. A ruptured appendix can be a dangerous thing if it isn't caught -- just ask Harry Houdini -- but thank the Lord and the good doctors who treated him, he is recovering nicely. But he sure gave us all a scare!
In watching the doctors who have both treated me and my husband through these health issues, I couldn't help but think what kind of a nation we are going to turn into if ObamaCare is not repealed. The immediate assessment and treatment of my husband's condition, the access to a CATscan, the medications that were available all made what was once a fatal condition, treatable.
I think about the amazing doctors who kept my father alive for two decades despite a serious heart condition, thanks to the development of and access to angioplasties, stents, newer, smaller, remotely monitored pacemakers and the amazing array of medication now available to cardiac patients.
I think about the amazing advancements just in the past few years in the treatment and care of both chronic pain and spine ailments associated with them. The medical bills are enormous, close to insurmountable, but every inch of titanium that allows me to stay out of a wheelchair and playing with my children makes it worth every dime.
And then I think about those around the world who don't have access to that kind of medical technology and what they and their families do -- and sacrifice -- to come here and get the best medical treatment in the world.
My son has a young girl from Africa in his class that his school sponsored to come over and have several surgeries done for a severely cleft palate, among other ailments. She left her family and everything she knows to come here, to the most free, most advanced nation on the planet so that she could access the health care that she needs. No doubt, this little child from Rwanda has seen more than we can imagine -- her haunted eyes tell me more than I need to know. But the initial terror and distrust I saw in her face has given way to grace.....and a pure joy that we might not ever fully comprehend not having experienced the devastation she has in her young life.
It is easy to sit back and nitpick at all the things that could be improved in our medical system and boy, do I have a list of my own. But it is still the most amazing medical system in the world, and just when life throws you that curve ball....when your loved one's life is placed into the hands of that medical system, ask yourself a question or two -- if this American medical system we have isn't the best that there is....if those American doctors are not the best you can possibly find......then why are you gambling with the life of your child or your parent or your soulmate? Would you prefer to wait several months and watch your loved one in agony? Would you prefer to have a system run with all the competence of a governmental agency and have your loved one die because what your loved one needed just wasn't available because of rationing?
The answer is simple. As many problems as our system of healthcare has gumming up the works, it is still the best that there is, bar none. There are improvements to be made, but not in the image of the nations that are currently failing their citizens. People are not fighting to get into any other nation to have a chance to access their healthcare system in droves as they are here in the good old evil capitalist pig USA. And God bless it, flaws and all.