Channel 11 did a news story on Katy today. I watched the piece and was appalled at the angle they chose to take, and that they did very little to highlight the hard work of the caring people who put on the fundraiser. Michele (who watches Arielle) was interviewed by the camerman, the reporter didn’t even bother. The information was misleading, and full of half truths. I called the network and expressed my displeasure. The person I spoke with said that they had no agenda, but wanted to highlight our tragedy. I asked why nothing was done to highlight future events, the websites, the blog, etc, and he said that he was unaware of any of that. Unfortunately, this is a case of when the media does the wrong thing for the wrong resons. The person at channel 11 said that they would pass my info and unhappiness to the reporter. I hope to get the opportunity to correct what is incorrect in the story. I am putting the link to the station below. Please feel free to watch the story, and, if you feel that the story is incorrect, let them know.
Link to the story.
I am also including an e-mail I wrote to Ted Poe, our congressman. Maybe, just maybe, Katy’s story will help to inspire at least one of our leaders.
My name is Al Hayes, and I live in your district in Kingwood, TX. My wife and I, two self-amployed small business owners, and our 3 children have recently been struck by tragedy. Four days after the birth of our third child, my wife went to the hospital with pains in her abdomen. This pain turned out to be a Strep A infection, and, as a result of this, she was diagnosed with not onyl strep A, but necrotizing fascitis, DIC, toxic shock syndrome, and has had multiple surgeries. She was moved to a hospital in Dallas for wound care, and I have been by her side for 10 weeks. As a result of this illness, my wife has had her colon, lower bowel, part of her stomach, her uterus, overaries, and her felopian tubes removed, as well as having both arms and legs amputated. Though this has been a trying time for my family, we will perservere.
I write to you for several reasons. My wife and I have enjoyed listening to your common sense approach to taxes, health care, and Chinese made light bulbs. The thought occured to me to write to you, our congressman, regarding health care, and health care reform. In all of the debate over health care, from both sides of the aisle, none of what is being said makes any difference to a middle class family. It is very frustrating for me to see how little all of the money spent will do to help my family receive quality of care, or affordable health care. Even worse is that the other side of the aisle seems to be unable to offer any reasonable options to the Democratic plan.
I offer, to anyone who is willing to listen, to allow a very personal, and unfiltered, look into exactly what is like to be a family trying to run business, raise kids, and live in suburban America. Not only is health care out of control, but common sense seems to be greatly lacking in our leadership. The suggestions coming out of Washington do nothing but compound the problems faced by us, even before this tragedy, and offer no solutions now that we need help the most.
I ask, why is there no tax break for medical coverage for the self employed? Why is there no oversight for what a hospital can charge for medicine and surgery? I was billed $800 for a teenage girl to put two computer speakers up to my son’s ears and play a tone from the Microsoft library. While I am not a fan of the government telling anyone what to do or charge for services, that is blatant abuse of the insurance system. What about the $5 for tylenol I was charged for post op when I did not receive any? My insurance paid for it, and I had no say so. These are but small examples of what a real American in the middle class faces daily.
Now that my wife is in this state of critical medical need, some of the bigger problems, that I did not know existed, are now revealing themselves. The interviewer for the Social Security Administration asked me why I felt that quadruple amputations would exclude my wife from returning to her work as a massage therapist and nail technician? I am told by SSDI that if our small businesses lost even $1 in the last 10 years, then we are not eligible for SSDI. I asked what the unemployed did, and he replied that that was not his job. These, again, are but small examples of a failing system.
We were in the process of getting approved for medicaid when the decision came to move my wife to a better hospital. Due to an overlap of a few days, we were transfered to Dallas. Though the team at Parkland Hospital has done a wonderful job medically, no though or concern was given to the overall well being of my family. In our case, we were lucky enough to have a wonderful support network of family and friends. This network has allowed me to be by my wife’s side for 8 1/2 weeks in Dallas. What of those poor souls who don;t have the network that we do? Do they have to watch their loved ones go away for care because of a lapse in paperwork? Aren’t these items on the agenda for defining what is health care? If they are not, then I suggest, no dare, congress to come and spend a week in the ICU waiting room with me. Legislation would surely change if any member of congrss, without benefit of of privelage or celebrity, were to see what a real American working class person goes through in the current medical system.
Mr. Poe, I appeal to you. Your stands for common sense in the past have left me with hope that there may still be a few people in Washington that have not lost their minds, morals, or patriotism. Perhaps there are a few who are still steadfast, and will not sell out our American values for whatever perks and priveleges their office may provide. I appeal to you to be that person. Read my wife’s story, read my blog, feel the frustration of being an American trapped in the system, and take our story with you to Washington. Use our pain as inspiration to fight, and make change in, this system. I am including my contact information below. I beg of you to use it. No amount of written word can express to you the frustration that I , and many Americans, are feeling, and this feeling has been amplified by a tragedy that, unfairly, struck a loving mother and wife trying to make it in our great country. The battle to defend the American dream is upon us, and how you, and men in high office, raise to the challenge, or fall willingly, will determine what lies ahead for all future generations. Thank you, in advance, for your time.
God Bless America,