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Sunday, June 23, 2019

good Morning- I am feeling rushed - this summer is going by so fast. I am busy with all sorts of annual medical appointments - routine stuff but have not done in a while. My DH on the other hand is feeling it is just dragging. I was watching DH yesterday - he looked so drained. We had watched a program which had an author about adult male health - white men over 50. 80% of the suicides which do not include Military - are white men over 50. It was about health for people in the states where the governors have chosen to not go for Medicaid expansion or making it hard for people to get medical. Georgia is closing hospitals in rural areas- for example. To me it was so sad. When you travel for years, like I do. So many countries do not allow our seniors to have to struggle for medical. These seniors do not have to worry. They get their meds or medical equipment. As I age, I see that we need to take care of our seniors better. We need to take better care of people in need. Good hard working people who may have had a set back or two - need medical and mental care as one ages should be a right in this wonderful country of ours - not a privilege. Have a good day! I will- grand baby coming!!
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    As a retired nurse in a rural area I have seen the effects of rural hospitals and clinics closing. The end result is so many go without medical care at all or wait until they are terribly sick. It is a shame but in our country a lot of our health care across the board is controlled by big Pharmaceutical companies and conglomerate hospitals. I totally understand your concerns.
    118 days ago
    OH I ‘get it’ about feeling like the summer is rushed. My med appointments are in August and it’s a busy time!

    The closing of hospitals in rural areas is such a hot button in the nursing profession. The rural areas are so under-served anyway, and this will make it even worse. It is definitely sad. It really is. Everyone should have access to health care. I feel absolutely blessed that I am among the fortunate who does.

    So many in this economy work 2 or even 3 jobs to make ends meet and the cost of insurance for them is prohibitive. The one thing that IS good is the expanding role that Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants play in health care.

    Blessings and hope that you have a good weekend. Hope DH can relax.

    118 days ago
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