I will, of course, start out by admitting I have a chronic “illness” and I rely on my doctors. Big shock to anyone who has ever read this blog, I know.
I have been scared of a lot of things since (before) I got diagnosed.
Never have I been scared that my doctor (who is licensed in the United States to practice medicine) might leave the country on vacation and not be allowed back in.
Today a Cleveland Clinic doctor who had gone on vacation back to her home country, Afghanistan. She left before the “executive order” slamming the door on everyone, apparently.
She came back home to Cleveland today.
She was detained for hours at the airport.
She was sent back to Afghanistan.
Who was here legally
You know, one of those reactionary things that can’t happen. Because, you know, this is the United States home of the free straight white Christian Eastern European males and the brave enough to hide behind their blinders.
Tomorrow people will have appointments to see their doctor and she won’t be there.
And she was not an anomaly.
Children were detained. Some sick children were detained.
People said this wouldn’t happen. This is America, not Nazi Germany.
I’m terrified for people in my life, people who matter to me. I’m afraid for the intern who worked with me for a year and the intern who works with me now. I’m afraid for the professionals I work with. I’m afraid for MY doctors. I’m afraid for the patients who won’t have their doctor. I’m scared for my country.
I’m scared I’m going going to wake up
I’m afraid I’m not going to wake up