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I took down my most recent post…I think I had protected patient confidentiality, but wasn’t totally sure. So I took it down to be safe, rather than sorry. I guess if something is giving you a funny feeling your gut, it’s best to listen rather than ignore. I’ll think a little bit more about the topic I wanted to address and repost something more general.
Filed under: child neglect, death, family life, grief, youth | Tags: gun control, guns, tragedy
I heard about this story on the radio today. It is just so sad. Because of my profession you would think I would take an absolute stand against guns. It’s probably pretty close to absolute, being absolutely against having guns in the same home as children. However, I did grow up in a household with guns. My father is still a hunter and owns guns. I understand that some people find guns as a recreational outlets and find some sense of security in having them in their homes. I, however, do not hunt and have no desire to have any type of firearm in my home.
What I cannot understand, having grown up in a household with guns and where guns where treated with respect and care, is how a gun could get into a child’s hand. We would have, as children, been unable to get to the guns in our home. It’s likely had someone broke into our home while we were there, the guns in our home would have been little use.
It’s this sort of situation that makes me feel like we really should have strict gun laws. Did this child’s parents have adequate education about how to keep guns safely in their home, so that they could keep their children safe? Did they have enough respect for the power of guns? Is that something that can be taught? What ever sense of security the parents got from having a gun in their home, was it worth the ultimate cost?
Filed under: asthma, financial concerns, health insurance | Tags: asthma, health insurance, prescriptions
More insurance woes for us. We are switching to a new health insurance policy now that The Husband’s severance package has ended. The Husband’s insurance was very, very good. My insurance, not so much. It appears that we could have to pay, after insurance pays their part, about $500-$600 per month for The D’s prescriptions for his asthma. Right now we are letting the doctor and insurance company battle it out. We may have to drive up to Canada every three months to get The D’s prescriptions filled. We can get The D’s meds for less than our copays. I guess we could also get them mail order. Our other option is to choose a second best treatment plan. A horrible place to be, going with second best for your child that has already had a life-threatening episode. But the thing is that, there are people in this country who aren’t even able to get to a second best option. It is a very sad state of affairs.
This made me laugh…is it wrong to laugh at someone else’s awkwardness?