May 6, 2017
This morning I woke up freezing and irritable. I could have slept for hours more. My first words were foggy and agitated. I did not drink too much last night. Quite the opposite. I spent the last 3 days off of a medication that I have taken for 21 years. This drug does the work of an organ I had removed at age 21 due to cancer. I was experiencing unhealthy racing in my heart and other symptoms (signs of too much of the drug) after starting an immune system boosting food program that affected my weight.
Under my endocronologist’s close guidance, I went off the drug for 3 days before altering the daily dosage. In the span of three days, the effects of my “pre-existing condition” causing imbalance in my body were real and had an impact on me and my family. These three days were not a life or death situation, but without the close guidance of my doctor, they could be over time.
The House’s recent vote to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a devastating blow to America’s well-being. Yes, the past system had flaws, and, yes, there is so much that we can all do to support our well-being more holistically. Yet, there is need for an inclusive medical system that does not cause the choice between food and care to live, especially for those who have had devastating diagnoses that require life long attention.
In a country as economically developed as ours, our citizens, pre-existing conditions and all, should not live in fear or be without the medications, or care, that allow them to live and be functioning mothers, fathers, friends, employees, employers, community members and tax paying citizens. The Senate will vote next on this bill. Now is the time to make a call and speak up. There has to be a better way.