The Doctor Will See You Now?

While I was in the Marines, I did not need to concern myself with the cost of medicine. Uncle Sam paid for it. That meant, if I could see a doctor, I was treated well. It also meant that if I had the flu, I worked sick.

The alternative was to wait three hours to be seen. Most of time, I would see a corpsman, not a doctor. He would give me a bottle of aspirins and give me light duty for 24 hours, which meant I went back to work. I learned the pattern early and didn’t bother trying to see a doctor anymore.

The hitch was that without the light duty authorization, they could make me do some heavy work. Actually, they did that anyway.

It is, sort of, a picture of communism. Everyone gets paid the same and everyone has to do the same amount of work. Unless I was falling down sick, I did as much as everyone else. Also, they had someone with a few stripes making sure I did it.

Once I became a civilian, if was sick, I called in. I was able to do that eight times a year. Mostly, I only used two or three sick days a year. When I worked for a bank, I worked 3 1/2 years straight. Didn’t miss a day. Still, if I got sick, I could take a few days off without getting an excuse from the doctor.

More important, If I felt bad enough, I could actually see a doctor, usually in an hour or two. Nowadays, I do have to wait some, but I still see a real doctor. When I was having chest pains, there was no wait at all.

The real problems with the military medical system started after I got married. I had a four year old that was having problems breathing at night. I did get him in to see a doctor twice. Both times he was diagnosed with tonsillitis. He prescribed some meds and sent him home both times.

The worst part was that the symptoms always got worse at night. If getting into see a doctor was difficult during the day, it was ten times worse at night. Actually, to some degree that is true with civilian doctors too. There seems to be an unwritten law somewhere that if you’re going to get sick, do it between 8 am and 5 pm, Mon through Fri. Fridays are frowned on too.

It was only after taking my son to a private doctor I found out that he nearly died from lack of air. He removed the tonsils and he hardly had another sick day in his life. Bear in mind that I was a Sgt at the time (E5). I cannot imagine what privates and PFCs go through. They can’t afford to go to a private doctor. On the other hand, I cannot imagine a general ever having to wait a minute for a doctor. Indeed, sometimes, I suspect the doctor goes to him.

It is sort of the way it is with social medicine. Most cannot go to private doctors. There are none. Under socialism, the state pays for the doctors. If you want to see a private doctor, you would have to go to another country. It is exactly what the Canadians have been doing for years. When their socialistic system is inadequate, they just visited doctors in the US. Going to a private doctor in Canada is not allowed.

However, if you happen to be one of the members of the Canadian government, your chances of having to wait for bypass surgery are inversely proportional to your position.

I am not saying that private medicine is perfect. It is far from it. But it is better than free medical. Take it from one who has seen it first hand. By the way, when we went on Obama care, it was far worse than private medical for me. I was paying a grand a year for my wife for five years and she only used it once. That is even worse than what I had in the Marines. It was not only bad medical but I had to pay for it too.

By the way, they only thing they can do to make Obama care worse is to put Fauci in charge of it.

To Take or Not to Take… the Vaccine. That is the Question.

I’m going to make this short, which will make at least some of you happy.

Fact, the vaccine is classified experimental. I cannot imagine forcing anyone to take an experimental drug of any kind, especially someone under 18. It has already been established that it does have side effects, especially on younger people. Moreover, the youth stand to be effected over a greater time.

My conclusion, it should be taken only and completely by free will. No one should be forced to take it for any reason, though I can see people in the health industry suggesting it.

Personally, I would feel horrible if I forced someone to take any drug and then that person had a severe reaction. Then again, I’m not most people. The dems don’t care if people have complications. They don’t even care when they die. And they paint themselves as the ones who care. Need I remind you of all those that died in the nursing homes because of the “caring” act of a few democrat governess.

By the way, my wife and I have both been vaccinated. By the way, I do find it appalling that people who share my opinion get censored by big tech. They have no business censoring anyone, certainly on this subject. They likely know little more than me, maybe less. Nonetheless, they should not take away a truly informed consent.

Wanted: 2 Week Tooth Filling

I found out I lost a filling…Friday afternoon. I checked with no less than 6 dentist. They were either closed or they would not see me without an appointment. Now tell me that makes sense. It seems to be the norm for me anyway. Everything bad that happens to me is on Friday: Heart surgery twice, gall stone, Tooth ache and now, a lost filling.

At any rate, it got me to thinking. Maybe they could come up with a good temporary filling, something that would last a few days . It needs to last at least four days, which would allow for most holidays. Better yet, two weeks. That way, it would be much easier for the dentist to fit a person into his schedule.

I am sure there are all kinds of problems for such a thing, But as they like to say, all problems can be looked at as opportunities for the right person. Moreover, it would never be intended as a permanent solution. Perhaps they could be handled as a minor medical problem. It is even possible a pharmacist could install such a thing. Likely the most difficult part would be to cut the filling to size. Maybe they could use a 3D printer. Then it could be glued in place with Superglue.

Just a thought for the right inventor.