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Re: [LOOP] OT -- A GUITARISTS SECOND WORST NIGHTMARE



Stephen, in spite of my liberal leanings, I must admit that I found your first-hand report an eye-opener.
And sad.
Sorry about your mother-in-law... and about your own brushes with death.
 
Reminds me about how one of my late father's friends was living in the USSR as an expat American, full of optimism about the socialized system, but when she got sick and had to be hospitalized, nobody emptied her bedpan... you see, nobody clued her to the fact that every service in a Soviet hospital required a bribe. When she got wise to this reality, things improved greatly for her. (My dad made many business trips to the USSR and had lots of great stories.)
 
Not having ever been in a UK hospital, I am not qualified to compare the care to US hospital care, but I will say that here in the "yer on your own" USA, sometimes I and my loved ones have had medical procedures royally fucked up after having paid through the nose for them. (I permanently lost much of the function in my left eye as a result of one dodgy doctor, f'rinstance.)
 
Yours in Zoom,
Tim
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: 4/23/2006 6:21:08 AM
Subject: Re: [LOOP] OT -- A GUITARISTS SECOND WORST NIGHTMARE

I won't hesitate to echo the urgency of Get Your Hand Treated Properly - but I cannot agree with holding the UK's National Health up as a beacon for anything but negligence and waste.  They spend most of the money they skive off the public purse on high salaries for executives, and wasted something like 400m last year alone.  The whole thing's a bureaucracy so big one can hide behind it, and claim "it was someone else's job".  They almost killed me TWICE due to careless (and later stupidly defensive) medication - only saved by the fact that my wife was with me and kept on them to just do their bleeding jobs; and the negligent staff at the NHS killed my mother-in-law this past November, via the just-shoot-her-up-and-walk-away-so-who-cares method (Midazolam, administered without telling us, she was dead in 16 hours, supposed to be given with a crash cart ready in case of shock, and there was nobody with her when she died).  We now understand that an awful lot of elderly folks don't come out of the hospital in the UK, a statistic that's just coming to the surface.  And that's without MRSA, a problem caused by a lack of hygiene on the part of cleaners and nurses (though they were quick to put up these alcogel wash-up stations for everyone to use, as if dirty hands were the problem, an attempted projection on US when it's THEM causing the cleanliness problem through their own sloth).  The NHS is a disaster just beginning to emerge, and lots of people are still trying to hold it up like some kind of medical standard (is Hillary Clinton still stupidly doing this?).
 
So if you're in the UK try to stay healthy and Stay Out Of The Hospital - or if you do have to go, take someone of an advocate with you, in case they screw it up again and kill you by mistake.  Sorry, had to say this.
 
Stephen Goodman
 
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, 23 April, 2006 08:24 AM
Subject: Re: [LOOP] OT -- A GUITARISTS SECOND WORST NIGHTMARE

Being on the digest (and being on the other side of the world?) means I get LD a bit late, but wanted to quickly chip in and wish you (Ted) a speedy recovery, and I have one bit of extra advice that I'm surprised no one suggested, RE: your up-coming gigs... PULL THEM NOW!!! CANCEL.... NO gig is worth risking the pain and the damage you may do...
 
<Telling off>
 
...and this thing about "no Insurance"... WHAT IS IT WITH YOU YANKS??? Are you crazy? We in Europe can walk into the ER and say OUCH a couple of times, and we are very proffesionally sorted, in the UK it was completely free (all healthcare is... Doctors, Hospitals... maybe not Dentists) now Im in Norway, there IS a nominal fee for each visit, 200krone... about 13 dollars. DO YOU HAVE TAXES IN THE US? What IS the government using it on? We have roads, an army, street cleaning, schools too!!! This is why ALL my American friends are also Amateur Doctors... 
I'm sorry guys but... "Second Skin"??? What IS THAT??? (Sounds like some Sci Fi thing.. creepy)  "Put Super glue on it"???? Are you lot MAD? And PLEASE with the ALOE fucking VERA... it NOT a fucking pimple!!!
OK OK.. they MAY be good products that may help BUT!
 
TED!! Listen now..... RUN DONT WALK TO THE HOSPITAL, AND PAY THE FUCKING BILL!!!!!
 
</Telling off>
 
(Please excuse the bad language) 
 
Take it easy and get well soon!!!!
 
 
mark
 
 
mark francombe
marks website is at www.markfrancombe.com he writes for www.furthernoise.org and works at www.transformlearning.com


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