In loving, living memory, John Melançon 1928 – 2007
[Background: Walking to a gas station convenience store last Friday, on the way back from a trip, my grandfather tripped on a curb and fell, hitting his knees on the sidewalk and his head on the door. In the emergency room in Connecticut, pain not from the extremely painful immediate fall, but in his back and sides, began following (coincidentally or not) a tetanus shot, according to my mother, who was with him. That is the pain that has not abated. After i met him at the Sagamore bridge around 11pm Friday and brought him back to his home in Wellfleet, he held court until after 1am.
I strongly believe hospitals kill people, and that they should never have admitted my father for lung problems - emphysema - they knew damn well they could not do anything for. The best home-based breathing machine or oxygen would have been far better (he was rallying as far as the lungs and died due to blood poisoning contracted at the hospital).
Sick around the world - PBS Frontline series that's very good
Watched it with Ian's social policy class while I was in St. Louis.
On 7/5/07, Jim-NYS wrote to the Ida B. Wells Media Justice Center (of the US Social Forum) list:
> Anyone with info, ideas, thoughts on the key needs of Healthcare in the
> U.S.. as it relates to servicing communities of color, is invited to share
> such information with me.
2001 October 31
We were talking about health care, and how every lie about a national health system (no doctor choice, high cost inc. in taxes) has come true under private health care. How one would probably have choice, and more important Dad said is be able to use a doctor wherever you are in the country without being penalized. And, I added, everyone would be covered. That is most important.