From: "nanorc" <email@example.com> Subject: Nanorc, the slave? Date: 09 Jun 1999 00:00:00 GMT Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: If only you knew Newsgroups: alt.fan.bam,alt.fan.tom-servo,alt.support.cancer, talk.politics.medicine My hospital bill looks to be in the $130,000 range. Don't worry! It's a running joke around our household that they expect us to PAY. We used all 99 sheets (yes, it was itemized, and, no, I am not making that number up) of The Bill (with capital letters) to make paper air planes. It's as though Wake Medical Center (name of the hospital where I stayed) were owned by Dogbert, run by Catbert and staffed by supermodel nurses. (Oh and did I mention that does *not* include the price of my multiple surgeries: a pericardial something to drain the fluid from around my heart or the other and multiple biopsies to find out what kind of cancer I had.) I'm trying to *warn* everybody about this so they'll know how incredibly screwed up medicine is in America. I have no desire for donations of *any kind.* My hand isn't out. Please don't take it that way. Laugh if you share my sense of humor, cry if you don't but: a) remember it next election b) get yourself, no matter what, some good health insurance (I, being a humble 19 year old student, had just fallen off my family's policy 6 months before(on my 19th birthday). What a pisser, aye?) c) remember: they'll fix you, they'll keep you alive, they may even make your nearly month long stay in the hospital as comfortable as possible but afterwards They Own You. [Oh, yeah: If this is poorly typed (partially) blame those Wake Medical Center: my second Chemo treatment - the one they gave me on the night I left the hospital - was given through an IV in my left hand(and, yes, I'm left-handed). Guess what that does, Childrens? Why gives you permanent nerve damage in that hand of course! Now, old as I am, my left hand shakes ALL THE TIME.] Nanorc ...born of fire and pain ...have I said FUCK yet?
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