time for a Bosnian update.

Remember S, the Bosnian who had some sort of sudden brain malfunction? She's been in a nursing home for about a month. I still don't know what went wrong with her.

Neither do her neighbors and good friends, including her best friend, her sister-in-law (the only adult survivors of their family).

I thought at first it was a language problem. But the nurses didn't seem to know what was going on either.

Now I strongly suspect that once she stablized, the health care system did not bother to spend the money on tests to figure out if she had a stroke or an aneurysm. She has no money and is on state aid. She never did take the citizenship exam(and was one of the students who actually studied for it and seemed to care) and there's no way she ever will. She responds to her name but not much else. She's been in a series of state nursing homes--at least three. I can't figure out why they move her. I have no right to demand what's going on and anyway, her sons don't return my calls.

What's going to happen to her when her state aid expires because she's not a U.S. citizen? Refugees are a different kettle of fish from immigrants, but even they have to eventually become citizens or become illegals. I guess she's a prime candidate for form N-648

The woman has complained about headaches since the day I met her, several years ago. She was on high blood pressure medication, but I know her medical plan was for shit. She's the one who had a horrible toothache in March, an infection for god's sake, and an appointment to see a dentist who takes state aid about it in effing JUNE**. She was intelligent, a gifted craftswoman and wonderful. I'm pissed off this happened to her.

Speaking of high blood pressure, mine ratchets up when L, the child psychologist tells me stories about the hoops her patients and she has to jump through. She usually gives up trying to get paid to treat foster kids, who are the ones who need her services most. That's another day's rant.

Okay so now the good Bosanke news.
My sock site attracted the attention Lynne, the person who's in charge of this place. We may get to show the world the socks, lace and rugs--and we just know that the world will snap up these goodies as if they were Britney's missing underwear up for bid on ebay..

Lynne is going to be on the Faith Middleton show tomorrow. I hope she mentions the ladies.

AND YOU? Enough ranting about this stuff. YOU go enter the contest.


** I thought it was April or May but she didn't get the tooth out until June. She was going to do it herself but they (whoever they are) told her they wouldn't pay for any damages if she did to herself--or that's what she thought they said. . . Reality is often lost in translation though.


  1. Anonymous8:21 PM

    I read this yesterday and then somehow never commented. I think I was too engrossed in the story and nodding my head to really come up with anything germane.

    Immigrants do get a bum deal, there's no doubt. I'm so sorry that this happened to your friend.

  2. Anonymous4:06 AM

    They will say "but immigrants don't pay taxes!" not realizing that they do, every day, when they pay their rent (indirectly paying property taxes, buy gas, buy food (in some states), buy goods, cash their paycheck that's been diminished by payroll taxes, etc.

    My best to your friends. My mom wasn't able to see a neurologist in her home town because she was a Medicaid patient and no neuros would take her.


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