Are you in pain?
One is asked every time you go to your physician or any other place where healthcare is delivered. On a score of 1-10 and where do you hurt.
What are they talking about?
Don't they know that my life hurts and not my finger or head? How do you rate from 1-10 the pain from a loved one walking out of your heart?
Do they care?
Are they going to listen to a flood of words describing why you can't breathe? Will they write a prescription for someone to sit by your side tonight and hold you?
Will anyone ever try to understand?
Do you need medication that obliterates your thoughts? Do you need therapy where everyone sits around and stares at you? Will they ever learn to listen and not judge?
I don't know the answer and I don't know who does.
Therefore I write. Therefore I sit alone and think. Therefore I talk to others who hurt worse than me. Therefore I have a dog.