I did not know of him or of his condition until today. When he first approached me, he assured me, I did not need to assist him. He was well taken care of. kwickkick wanted to help me help myself. Indeed, he hoped to lend a hand to all who reside in America. He had only his story, a reminder of what is most important to a person when they learn they are about to pass. Kwickkick offered his plea, to you, and to me, and asked us to ponder.
As he shared, I thought of how the compassionate chap, kwickkick could have been me. However, he did not know of my situation. As I said, we had just met. The 34-year-old man, who discovered just hours earlier, he has but little time to live, is a contract employee in the sales division at software company. He is as many skilled workers in the United States. kwickkick is one of the forty-five, or more, millions of Americans without health insurance. Too many of whom understand that the lack of medical coverage is a death sentence waiting to happen. For kwickkick, the decree has been delivered. It was as he expected and thus he penned, I'm Dying. [Please click on the his statement to read his tale which appears just below.]
I have long been fascinated by the juxtaposition of miracle and malady as it relates to medicine. As modern physicians assess the findings of an autopsy, they too ponder. Scientists discovered President James A. Garfield did not die from an assassin’s bullet; medical science killed him. Currently, in an exhibit at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the perforated vertebrae of our last log cabin President is on display. This show offers photographs and other images that tell the Garfield story, or so we are lead to believe. I think what is evident is only a small portion of the tale. For me, what we are able to see is not the most important part of the parable.
Granted, observers of the Garfield collection can view the three pieces of spine removed from the body of the James Garfield. They can evaluate the placement and path of the red plastic probe, which represents the pellet that pierced the body of the President. All while onlookers are asked reflect upon what was not known on July 2, 1881, the day Charles Julius Guiteaushot the late President. It is hoped that they realize that if the same occurred today, the President would have lived. According to a professor of surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a medical historian, Dr. Ira Rutkow, “Garfield had such a non-lethal wound. In today’s world, he would have gone home in a matter of two or three days.” I inquire, would he?