Friends, I'm sorry to say that today's diary is another "almost rant."
I heard the story directly from the couple that this happened to last week, yes, in Chattanooga.
Let me set the scene.
The couple consists of an attractive blond woman, under thirty years old. She has leukemia, and is on interferon and other heavy duty medications, including medications for her pain. She has Hep C. She also has a 8 month old baby boy. (He is the cutest baby I have ever seen, and is a really, really good baby!) She is just barely managing to work a desk job, which pays so much money that she still qualifies for food stamps and Medicaid. The man is slightly over forty. His fingers were amputated and sewn back on his hands some years ago. He does not have full use of them. He can't really read, and he can't go back to his job of running heavy equipment. He is fighting to get SS Disability and Medicaid. He also has some problems related to the death of his teenage son several years ago. The baby is not his, yet he cares for that child better than I could. He takes care of the baby every day, so the mother can work. Then he takes care of the mother on the days she takes her treatments, and can't stand on her own. They do not own a car. They depend on the bus for transportation. They live a very quiet moderate life now.
Several months ago, the woman had a grand mal seizure, and she hit her head. She went to the ER in an ambulance, where she had 3 more serious seizures. Because of the blow to her head, and because they did not have her history, the hospital assumed spousal abuse as the cause of the seizures, and they called the police. The detective wrote out a statement from her less than 15 minutes after her 4th seizure, and while she was on IV anti-seizure medication. She does not remember signing it. Her partner was arrested for beating her up. When she really woke up, and was told what had happened, she detracted her statement. However, the state took the case up anyway. They also put an order of protection in place. So far, this doesn't sound too bad right?
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