I am Generation X and I want people to know that the things that mark my generation, the feelings of persecution and the vague, unsettling concern that you just might be wearing a cloak of invisibility, are quite real, and actually rooted in objective reality.
Take for instance this CNN article, “Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65.”
Did you catch that? My gender has now been totally erased. I am no longer a woman nor even a female, but rather just a disembodied, “individual with a cervix.”
I don’t mean to whine and complain, but it is rather unfair when once again, my needs as an “individual with a cervix” must be set aside so as to accommodate the needs and feelings of those who self identify as having an, “imaginary cervix.”
Facepalm! Did I just write that? I did, it’s a real thing in my world. I have lost my right to exist as a woman in this culture to those who actually imagine they have a cervix. I couldn’t make that up if I tried.
Along a similar vein, I recently got a notice from a couple of my doctors that it is time for some routine screening tests, past time really, as in URGENT, and I must contact them immediately. PAST DUE. As my records clearly indicate, I am high risk in a couple of areas and this is a critical matter of SAVING LIVES. You must schedule these appointments IMMEDIATELY.
Included in each of my URGENT NOTICES was an insert, “We hope you are well. In response to governmental recommendations to postpone all elective and screening procedures, we are not currently scheduling appointments.”
Alas, I am relatively healthy and not on the brink of death. In fact, there are several studies that suggest I’d probably be healthier and happier if I simply avoided Western medical care entirely. 150,000 people have now died with covid 19. Well, for some perspective, in any given year a good 250,000 die from medical malpractice.
So you see, if I just refuse to leave my house and stay away from any doctors I will have reduced my chances of dying by 400,000%. If that math doesn’t make any sense to you, then you obviously missed the class on “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
I will be fine. Others however, will not be. There are a myriad of public health concerns far more worrisome then covid 19. When high risk screenings are deemed “elective” and your governmental recommendations have declared them to be “non essential,” people are going to die.
People are already dying from not going to the hospital, either because they fear covid, they don’t want to crowd hospitals, or because their medical screenings have now been deemed “non essential.”
By the way, a whole heck of a lot of hospitals are actually suffering from huge budget shortfalls, caused from a lack of patients. Read that again, caused by a lack of patients during what is allegedly the pandemic of the century. Some are even in danger of having to shut down permanently. In fact, the “number of ICU beds available” is not about the number of patients currently lying in beds at all, it is always about the number of people you can afford to pay to staff them.