For those of you who have been following the dramatic serial telenovella that my life has lately become, there is mixed news on that front. The good news first: I'm going back to work. I'll be able to do a little something about the economic deficit I've gotten into.
But the bad news far outweighs the good: I am no better now than when I first got sick. I just hope that I am in a better position to manage my symptoms, and we all know that hope is not a viable strategy when action is necessary. Please explain to me how this could possibly happen in the nation of "the world's best medical care"! But I cannot remain out of work any longer. Even if my house is made of the rough equivalent of bricks, the wolf is outside preparing to huff it and puff it and blow it all down - or at least me out of it. Whether or not my return to gainful employ succeeds depends on some of the following issues being resolved.
The title I chose for this post refers in part to the fact that the drugs prescribed to me by my doctors appear to work against each other. One counters the stated benefit of another, and in one case actually aggravates the original condition for which I am being treated. I was thinking — briefly — that if Obama were to achieve his planned digitization of our medical records, then just maybe my doctors would be able to better coordinate my care. But after Microsoft established technology centers in China and India — training them to do work formerly done by American programmers- I have no faith that such a system would be trustworthy. The hackers in these countries are already using the knowledge they have gained from the internals of how Windows and other software works against us. So if the Pentagon systems and those of their contractors aren't safe, why should I believe that my own records won't be abused in some manner? It's bad enough that my records aren't even safe from abuse at the hands of my own insurance company!
But that foul firm isn't the only problem I face. Another which directly affects my premise is that the system is out to realize Rep Alan Grayson dictum pronounced a few months ago regarding the Republicans' alleged health care reform plan. I got sick, but as I am not about to die quick! I'm wondering if just maybe [snark] they aren't trying to hasten the report of my demise [/snark].