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There are times

that I wish we lived in Canada for the health care system. My grandson who works, but doesn't make much money and has no insurance at his job, can't get welfare insurance, because he makes too much for that, had a seizure at our house on Saturday night. He's never had one before. He doesn't do drugs. The only thing he does is skate board on his days off and he falls a lot. I'm wondering if he's hitting his head and that might have caused it. He doesn't have the money to see a specialist, so he doesn't know what he's suppposed to do about it. *sigh* Hubster and I will probably foot the bill, but it's not fair for someone that works their ass off all week long, to not have any help what-so-ever with medical, while the illegals get everything they need, paid by us. He barely makes 7.00 an hour, so it's not like he's loaded and by the time he pays his rent and utiities, he's broke. I have a seizure disorder and I've lived with it since I was 26, and I'm doing fine. Maybe he takes after me. I have no idea what would have caused it. But we're worried. He's so young to have to worry about this. Poor guy. The icon is Vincent and his little sister, Sam. SHe's 4. Yes, they're 16 years apart.

Just venting...

Hugs, Patt


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Apr. 29th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Hopefully this seizure will be a one-off thing. My daughter developed epilepsy at age 15 and we've had to live through a few quite scary moments, but they were mostly caused by her not taking her meds. Your grandson seems like the sensible type, and Im sure that even if this turns out to be something he has to live with, he will manage it fine.

Im always horrified when I hear about friends in the US struggling to pay for medical tests and treatments. Like Canada - we have the National Health Service here and the most we pay is to cost of a prescription (currently at about £5 I think)

I have my fingers crossed for you all

Apr. 29th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Thank you for your good thoughts, Nicci. I'm sure we'll get it all worked out. But it's stressful, which he doesn't need right now.
Hugs, Patt
Apr. 29th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
The healthcare system is broken, no doubt about it. I'm hoping Obama will soon get one in place that will help the working poor, the guys like you nephew who work and fall through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.

There's no excuse in a country like the US that every single person shouldn't have access to care without going broke.
Apr. 29th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
You are so right. :(
Apr. 29th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
How frightening and infuriating. I hope your grandson can get the test he needs somehow and that it turns out to be nothing to worry about.
Apr. 29th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kind thoughts. We'll see how it goes.
Hugs, Patt
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, vent away! I know the feeling. I jut went through a nasty bout of flu (I suspect Swine, due to the tourists we had in the day before I came down with it) and no way to pay a doctor to be tested or made better. So, I toughed it out for 3 weeks.

It's horrid that those of us who work as hard as we can, but don't make enough, don't have children to get us on welfare or any options for assistance, are stuck just being sick. (welfare actually told me to either have a kid, or get a divorce! Since I had a hysterectomy 15yrs ago, and the other is NOT an option - I was appalled!) Here's hoping and praying someting can be done about the healthcare system.

He might actually want to see a chiroprator before a specialist. They are usually cheaper, and a good one can check his skull to see about soft spots, cracks, tears, etc. That's what I did about my memory loss and blank areas after my last head trauma. Rather than a very expensive specialist. Since nothing could be done for me, other than some anti-swelling drugs (ASPIRIN! HA!) it saved me a boat load of money.

Also, check walmart to see what drugs he might be given are in their $4 month plan. But I am sure you know about that one! Walgreens and the rest do it, too.

Good luck, and I will be praying for all of you. (I do read, just not always have the time/energy/attention - or words- to comment).

Snuffles is sending you roses, to help everyone feel better.
Apr. 29th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all of the info. I'll keep it all in mind. And thank you for the roses, they were needed. :)
Hugs, Patt
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your family is going through this, Patt. The cost of medical care (even with insurance) is staggering. Keep us posted.
Apr. 29th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you, V. I'm so hoping that we can find someone to see him that won't cost everything we have in savings.
Hugs, Patt
Apr. 29th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry about your grandson. I often have a hard time believing that such a powerful country as yours can leave its citizens without full-time health care. It just boggles my mind.

I hope you find out what the problem is and that it doesn't cost you a fortune.


Apr. 30th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
We're trying the other route first. State Aid is for emergencies and I hope that they'll okay him for it. We'll find out in a day or two.
Hugs, Patt
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)

They should. He certainly deserves it! Good luck!


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