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On patients, care, health, and death May 17, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“The aim is to fix patients’ problems before they become expensive medical issues, so the county put its social services department to work. Its workers help people get phones and mailboxes, and take care of unpaid utility bills that otherwise could lead, for example, to insulin spoiling in nonfunctioning refrigerators.”

“Despite confirmation of his mental ailment, the Washington Post reports that the war photographer couldn’t receive student aid through the post-9/11 G.I. bill because of his improper removal. But the tide may be changing for Goldsmith and countless other veterans suffering from PTSD seeking reclassification of their dismissal.

“You didn’t see this moment, Em,” Robyn said, “when your mom was standing in the kitchen. She looked a bit lost and turned to me and said: ‘I’m hungry. What do I do when I’m hungry?’ ” (On Alzheimer’s, and choosing to die with dignity.)

“While they loaded me out of the ambulance at the hospital, the paramedics supposedly said to my friends, ‘We’ve gotta be honest with you guys … he’s gonna die. Might already be dead. They’re probably getting ready to harvest his organs.‘ But maybe they say that to everybody, so they won’t be disappointed.” (On what comas are like in reality, as opposed to on TV.)

“and he just listed off so many of his friends who died from it, people who he knew personally and for years. and he even said he has no idea how he made it out alive.” (Some perspective on the AIDS epidemic, important for the first post-AIDS queer generation to keep in mind.)

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