Most of you have hear me talk about my little sister. She lives in Vegas on Nellis AFB as a wife to an active duty AF Capt. 2 years ago she started having seizures. After a year of telling her she just needed rest, we found out she has a brain tumor/cyst located next to her brain stem. In addition she also has an immune disorder. Neither the tumor or immune disorder have been properly diagnosed. The gov't, TriCare, AKA the original model for socialized medicine in our country, has told us she is not a fit financial risk. She needs an exploratory and dangerous brain surgey to diagnose the tumor. Only 2 hospitals in this country have the ability to perform the operation. The operation alone is 60k. That doesn't include anything that goes along with the surgery. Tests, travel, housing, medications etc. that only covers the actual surgey. She lives daily with seizures, pain in all of her joints, headaches, nausea, breathing problems, memory and cognitive issues. She was forced to give up her position at her school as a phys Ed teacher and cheer coach because of her health. We do not know if the immune disorder was caused by the tumor, or if the tumor exasorbated her immune disorder. She also now homeschooles my twin 7 yr old niece and nephew.
We have a FB page to bring attention to what is being done to her by our govt. I knew my sister was not feeling well, worse than usual this week. I got a call a little bit ago and had to listen to my sister sob that she is scared to death she won't be here to raise her children and made me promise if anything happens to her I will be here to raise her kids. I cannot even begin to describe what that feels like. she is 30. She use to be one of the healthiest people I know. Hell, she competed in a fitness competition 6 months after giving birth to her twins and WON! She was ripped! She has been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. We both danced and participated in Gymnastics for most of our lives.
She started calling this AM to get an appointment for today because her immune disorder is flaring up. Her joints are swollen, she had 2 seizures yesterday, she is unable to hold a fork or a pen. The last time this happened her joints swelled so badly her fingers were literally purple.
She was on hold for over 30 minutes with the base appointment line only to find out they had no appointments, her Dr. Is deployed, and the only thing they can do is leave a message for the nurse who will then decide if she is sick enough to "fit in" to the schedule next week. They have fired all of our civilian contractors who provide health care to our service members and there are not enough service member practitioners to handle the patient load at Nellis. This is not unique to Nellis, it is happening all over. They have also stopped giving referrals to off base urgent care places because they say the cuts made to our budget doesn't allow for it anymore. So my sister will sit at home in severe pain, suffer seizures, nausea, migraines, her shingles have broken out all over her chest and face, all of her joints are swollen, and we still have no idea what is causing it. She can't even get treatment to control the symptoms. Her husband is on a 6 week TDY right now, we all live here in Florida, so she has little help.
I am angry. I am worried, sad, depressed. I feel helpless.
This is what socialized medicine looks like. This is what happens when the govt takes over our healthcare. This is what goes on in every other country with socialized medicine. Sure, if you are a healthy person who occasionaly needs to see a Dr. for minor issues, or yearly check ups, chances are good you will be just fine. If you are a person with serious issues, you will become a cost risk. No you can't be denied coverage, but you can be denied treatment and diagnoses. It is already happening. This is how our soldiers and their families are already treated. Can you imagine how they will treat civilians in this kind of system?
I pray people see this before everyone is subject to the same lack of care. I pray there are other people willing to stand up and be heard before my sister, or anyone else looses their life because they just cost too much and their life is deemed not worthy.