Posted by Alex Pendragon

Ladies and Gentlemen, and I mean that most sincerely, what you are about to witness via the art of linguistics and interpretations of vague symbology and runes, is the Thanksgiving edition of The Chronicles of Pendragon Hold, the Blog known around the world as that "pompous pontification" no one ever heard of. I know that sounds oxymorish (did I invent yet ANOTHER word?) on a very profound level, but humor me here…..

Yours truly, THE Michael, spent the holiday in the company of a fine group of female super-heroes, the kind of women you want in your corner if you fucked with fate, and fate won. The sick, the injured, the suicidal and the demented, they all come to be cared for by a remarkable cadre of professionals who are willing to put up with some disgusting things in order to make a real difference in the lives of people truly needing someone to care about them. It's MY job to help these remarkable ladies take care of their patients, and I am so proud to be able to take care of "my girls", and get payed to do it.

There's a lot about the health care system in this country that needs some serious overhaul, the paramount consideration being this affront we call health "insurance", which truly IS an oxymoron, when you consider that the true priority of any for-profit corporation is to make money, mostly for it's greedy CEO and upper tier executives, while the patients, stockholders, and providers get bent over and screwed royally. I know that many of you think that a single payer system is some sort of communist conspiracy to "pull the plug on granny" and "take away your choice", but many more of us know this is nothing but bullshit propaganda force fed to those of us with little or no critical thinking skills who deep in their heart only care about themselves and would begrudge the lesser of us even the basic kindnesses, even affordable healthcare.

Caught in the middle of this epic battle between what I consider to be down-to-earth good and evil are the health care workers, the nurses, aids, medical technicians and others who help people recover from devastating medical conditions, and don't own yachts or private jets in exchange for their efforts. Yes, our doctors and physician assistants are in the forefront of this holy calling, but yes, they command pretty damn good compensation for their education and sacrifice, some somewhat in excess, some no where near what is deserved. But, I can tell you this, I would not wish what these people have to put up with for 12 hours straight each work day on ANYBODY who hasn't got the drive, the commitment, and the caring soul to take on these challenges and preserver to the great benefit of the sick and suffering. I know for a fact that most of you would faint or vomit when faced with some of the horrifying sights we deal with everyday and think nothing of.

So, for this Thanksgiving, aside from all the blessings you have been graced with, like still having a job, a roof over your head, food on your table, and good health, I would like you to set aside just a smidgen of thanks for all these nurses and health care workers who give so many people so many more years to sit at a table and give thanks for anything at all, or ease them as gently as possible into Summer-land, where every day is Thanksgiving Day.

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at Thursday, November 26, 2009 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .

5 slick comments

Can I link to this? Thank you sir! What a wonderful tribute and I wholly agree with your statements about the fear mongering in regards to health care for all.

November 27, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Well said, as usual! I give thanks every day for all those quietly hard-working folks who really keep our world turning. Cheers to all!

Also, on the one hand it is disgusting the way an evil few can manipulate the ignorant masses into whatever opinion they want them to have. On the other hand it is equally disgusting the way the masses cling to their ignorance, eagerly swallow whatever line they are fed, and blithely throw away their hard-won right to choose.

We live in the world we make.

November 27, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Truer words...
I spend my days as a Coder reading the charts of those patients and getting to know them and their health care teams very well.

Health care workers are heroes. Sometimes I have to lock myself into the bathroom and cry over what I read in the charts. I can't imagine having to deal with it in person!

November 27, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Thank you, Michael. You truly are a prince among men. I have worked in health care in the past, and you are spot on in your thanksgiving.

November 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

I strongly agree with the major points of your post. However, oxymorish seems to have been invented by ej registered on on the 7th of February 2006.

The TRUE Michael

January 20, 2010 at 3:40 AM

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