Monday, June 9, 2014

72 hours

Well, the weekend flew by and there are are only a few things to get done before I'm off to the hospital.  Today is my last day of work.

I'm feeling ok about it all and have resigned myself to get it done and work hard to rehab.  Can't imagine life without this pain but I'm sure anxious to see how much of a difference it will make.

Yesterday I watched a piece on 60 minutes about the desecration of mental health in this country.  As they stated we shut down mental hospitals because we thought that institutionalization was inhumane.  Yet....we have no problem with the fact that we now institutionalize the mentally ill in our prisons and jails.  Sometimes I'm so frustrated when I see the gazillion posts on Facebook about lost dogs or the outrage about an animal being in the shelter.  

Don't get me wrong I don't want to see an animal abused and if they are then the one responsible should be punished severely.  But....I just wish there was as much outrage expressed about human beings being abused by our healthcare system.  Where is our HUMAN compassion?

4 comments:

Olga Hebert said...

I saw that show and thought immediately of you.
The surgery is getting close--I wish you a speedy recovery and a life without pain.
My first husband worked in corrections and he said that same thing about jail becoming the "least restrictive environment" for the mentally ill almost 30 years ago. Past time for a change!

oklhdan said...

Thank you so much Olga. Your kindness is so appreciated!

Deb said...

It's very sad that we allow any to suffer when things *could* be so much better for everyone. Will Rogers said; "Ain’t but one thing wrong with every one of us in the world and that’s selfishness."

I'm not convinced that's true because I know lots of people who have mental (and physical) disabilities which stand in the way of them being as generous or open-hearted as they might be otherwise, but what if those of us who are capable of giving unconditional acceptance and love did just that to them? What if we just started by not hurting each other?

I hope you are up and pain-free rapidly, Dani.

Hugs from Canada,

Deb said...

Friday morning and you're in my thoughts Dani! May you have a happy hip hereafter!

Healing hugs from Canada,