Saturday, May 30, 2009

What to do now

My son's care giver died. The care giver's wife doesn't drive. So how is she going to get Erik to the doctor in an emergency? These are questions I ask myself.

A handicapped persons handicaps magnify when the care situation changes. Not that I don't trust the care giver's wife. But it still is a source of worry.

The rights of a handicapped person, especially one who does not talk, are compromised in so many ways, not just by their handicaps, but also because of the lack of compassion among the medical profession. It takes imagination to know how difficult life is when you can't talk nor walk.

Erik's life was so much better when he was still able to walk around, go to the bathroom, reach for a glass of juice on the kitchen table, walk away from a bothersome situation. Erik is dependent on another person for his very survival.

All that worry might have been avoided if only the doctor in charge had paid attention to details. Erik probably has had Vitamin D deficiency all his life.

A piece of advice for all who are sick and can! talk. Take your vitamins seriously. Contrary to popular belief vitamin deficiency can make you very sick or kill you.


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