A decedat Dick Dale, cel ce a făcut celebră piesa Misirlou.
Într-un interviu de acum câțiva ani, situația era așa:
At 78 years old and with this many health issues, Dale should be dead, or at the very least resting at home. But he’s not. When he spoke with CP by phone from his California ranch on July 16, he was making the final preparations for a three-month, 25-city tour stretching from Denver to Boston and back home.
“I can’t stop touring because I will die,” Dale says. And he’s not saying that as the long-time performer who can’t give up the spotlight and the intoxicating adoration of his fans. Rather, he emphasizes, “Physically and literally, I will die.”
He’s not kidding or overstating. Dale isn’t about to drive cross-country with his wife, Lana — herself in chronic pain due to multiple sclerosis — because he craves money to live high on the hog. He’s doing it to pay for medical patches and pouches so he can change his colostomy bag more frequently than insurance will allow.
“I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay for,” Dale explains. “The hospital says change your patch once a week. No! If you don’t change that patch two times a day, the fecal matter eats through your flesh and causes the nerves to rot and they turn black, and the pain is so excruciating that you can’t let anything touch it. That has happened to me because I was following the orders of the hospital.”
They’ve also told him it’s OK to wash out and reuse the bags, but Dale says that the bacteria has nearly killed him and he won’t risk it. Because despite the pain, he’s a man who still loves life and wants to keep on living it — even if that means taxing and stressing his body to the outer limits.Sursa
Tratamentul îl costa 3000$ pe lângă ce era acoperit de asigurare. Plus îndrumările, care, dacă ar fi ținut cont de ele, i-ar fi adus sfârșitul mai repede.
Nu zic că sistemul nostru medical e bun, dar gândește-te că sistemul lor, cel de peste ocean nu prea seamănă cu cel văzut în filme, în care fiecare pacient are camera lui și stă în condiții de hotel. De fapt, sistemul lor este complet privatizat și e o cârdășie cruntă între spitale și firmele de asigurări, ceea ce duce la prețuri astronomice (50.000$ o naștere, 20.000$ o operație de apendicită etc).