Up Jack got
And home did trot
As fast as he could caper
Went to bed
And plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper.
But Jill is worried and wants a CAT scan. As a nurse, she wants to know what type of head injury Jack may have incurred. No time to lose! As she cranks up the car, she lists in her mind the almost similar symptoms one gets with blows to the head, and keeps her fingers crossed.
Her mind races, and she thinks of all the possible things that can happen, among others:
(sometimes) Shaken Baby Syndrome
Right now Jack has a Glasgow Coma Scale of 12/15 -he opens his eyes spontaneously, but he acts confused and disoriented, and flexes his arms to painful stimuli. Jill puts miles on the car.
Her mind is on that poor Canadian woman who couldn't get a surgery despite her spinal problem, and couldn't even find a surgeon months after her diagnosis. Oh, what to do!
She parks the car in front of the Emergency Department, where their primary physician is on duty, waves frantically at the first attendant she sees, clutches their insurance cards, and as Jack is wheeled in by a set of professionals, prays to high heavens that all this debate on the nationalization of the health system will come to a good close.
Sometimes, we don't need too much rhetoric, just simple understandable concepts to deliver facts. Healthcare is 20% of America's economy. There is immense pressure to 'fix' it as a healthy healthcare means a healthy economy - billions of jobs can be generated from savings, taxes saved to put up more infrastructures, etc. We hope to do away with firewalls that are restricting Americans from making the choices they want for their health. But at the same time, we also aim to safeguard the patients' interests from those people and businesses whose purpose for either opposing or okaying Obama's bill is to nickel and dime their way to profitability.
food for thought