In the days, weeks, months and years to come, there will remain a death toll that will never be revealed. This is not some conspiracy theory or purely fictional proposition that I have deemed would make for a good story. This is a fact-based story, grounded upon a simple premise. I will be one of those deaths and since I know this storm affected more than 6 million people, there will be others who, like me, will find themselves in the same situation.
I suppose a little backstory is in order for full understanding of the situation and how it will go unnoticed.
A couple of months ago my wife came home with her pink slip, told her company no longer needed her after 13 yrs. of loyal hard work. Exactly 2 days later, I developed new symptoms of a serious problem. I began to get dizzy, lightheaded and sweated profusely, for having done little to no exertion. I ended up in the hospital within a week and nothing was done to fix the problem. I was referred to a doctor who saw me and referred me to a cardiologist, who I had to wait a month to see, because I obviously have no financial means to pay for anything given my wife lost her job, and I have had nothing but 8 yrs. of medical issues ranging from chest pains to an ablated thyroid. I finally got to see this cardiologist on Friday, the day Harvey landed.
By this point, it should be noted most people with any brains and the financial resources to do so, had left the area. Needless to say, the tests the cardiologist wanted me to do could not be done. The person who was required to do the paperwork for people needing financial assistance was gone. Can you blame them? After 8 yrs. of needing to see a cardiologist, it has now been delayed even further by a hurricane. What are the odds?
When will I get to do these tests needed to determine the problem? Who knows? It won’t happen anytime soon, I am certain. With the focus being on all the victims of the hurricane, and the damage done to many buildings and businesses, it may be a year or more before this is even considered. I know for a fact that the cardiologist I saw was located in an area of Sugar Land, TX (Sienna Plantation) that was inundated with water and had several tornadoes to boot. In fact, the very building I saw the cardiologist in may no longer exist.
In all likelihood, I will probably never get any of those tests done. How long do you think a person can live with chest pains before dying? My guess is I already exceeded any normal expectations.
If I am experiencing delays because of this hurricane, as the focus will surely remain on flood victims and destroyed property, how many of the other millions of people with existing health problems will also face a similar situation? Surely, a guess of thousands is not outrageous.
Fear not my friends, for death is a blessing in disguise. The years of misery and pain are over. The frustration of watching others live beautiful lives while you drown in ill health, unpaid bills and constant stress have ended.
We will remain the unspoken ones. Never whispered or remembered.
I do realize many will not suffer the same fate as I, but at the same time see that there must be others out there going through the same thing. I could wish nothing worse on another, but simple common sense says it must be so. Those with existing healthcare issues will be cast aside as the latest issues of the day are focused on.
I can rest easy in my fate though. I have learned over the years that a world that cares not for its people does not deserve the gifts of those it ignores. It is a hard thing to say and have to believe. Yet evidence yields no other choice. I tried to make people care about my blight once.
I set up a gofundme campaign and was criticized and bullied for my efforts. It was in that moment that I fully realized the depravity of this planet. I won’t waste the few precious moments left in my life to do so again. I will die quietly and peacefully, without the hatred, tyvm.
Instead, I will ask that you, each and every one of you, try not to forget those who have existing health conditions and need more than just material possessions replaced. They are out there! There are many! Please do not let them die too!
The media and others will ignore this post. They never want to reveal the true nature of themselves and humanity. They don’t want you to see that other people don’t matter. They prefer to paint gold on crap rather than try to remove it. If you have read this story and don’t share it, you are part of the problem. You are one of those people I am speaking about. If this bothers you, I do not care. If you do not care about the plight of others, why should I care about your feelings? The world does not rotate around you, nor me. The minute you see this, the world is a better place. I have spoken my mind on this, can you do the same? Here is your chance to actually do something that matters. Will you do it?