It's been a hot minute. My purpose of opening this blog was to jot about DAILY events at work 1. as a stress reliever and 2. so that I might sell a book one day or get a TV script, since America loves medical shows. Anyhow, that is obviously not happening, cos when I get home, I plop on my bed or couch to sleep or veg.
So I have spent the last 1.5 odd weeks at the ICU in the Veterans Hospital and it's been such an eye opener. The hospital itself is beautiful, pretty clean and has a first class computer system where tests, medical records, xrays etc can all be accessed online. Not feeling the cafeteria though. But despite all the amenities, the patients themselves are some of the saddest I have ever seen. In addition to all their regular medical problems, ALL of them that actually served in some war all have some mental illness/substance abuse/alcoholism component which makes treating them harder, yes, but makes it that much sadder.
So I have learnt that no matter how good those army benefits sound, is it really worth it when you can't function in society afterwards? I am definitely grateful to all the young soldiers out there fighting for their country 'cos someone has to do it...but I can't help but feel sad for them too.