I was contacted today by a friend who was looking for help for yet another person. It seems that she has lost the feeling in her legs and can't walk without assistance. She is at this point disabled, yet can't get medical help. On the one hand Medicaid won't help because being crippled is not life threatening.
Social Security Disability won't help because she hasn't been diagnosed. An MRI, I am told would cost an estimated $3000. Did I mention she is broke? Obviously something is wrong with the system if a disabled person cannot get the diagnostic assistance that would either help her get back to normal or then be able to get SS.
If anyone out there knows how we can get her into an xray, MRI or CT scan please e-mail me. I do not at this time have permission to name this woman, except to say nobody should slip through the cracks like this.
LATE NEWS: Alas, but L. Yvonne Wallis was transported to Kootenai Medical center again at about 8:00pm Monday night. She was only partially conscious and incoherent.With a head injury such as she had, no chances can be taken. Please wish her well in what ever form you choose.
3/22: I spoke with her Grandson who says she may have had a stroke, but they are keeping her for another day at least.
3/23: It now appears that Yvonne had a seizure, most likely an after effect of her hammer attack. Those tend to be treated as you would epilepsy.
3/25: Yvonne is home and doing well. Her brain injury apparently brought on an epileptic seizure. She is on appropriate medication and should do better soon.
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