Angie (an assumed name) is a professional woman on the front lines in the health system in Melbourne, Victoria. She cares about truth and about other people.
After her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine she started having stabbing sensations in the chest and hoped it was nothing serious. (This is a common reaction to chest pain.)
But one evening an online friend who was an experienced emergency department doctor told her “Go and get it checked out.” Angie went straight to an emergency department of a major Mellbourne public hospital.
About half a dozen people were in the waiting room.
Angie told the young triage nurse that she had had chest pain for a few days and believed it was because of the Pfizer vaccine. The nurse said an electrodardiogram would be performed. This is a standard test for chest pain. It is a quick and simple test to perform but often needs specialist nursing or medical eyes to interpret accurately.
Four hours later Angie had not been seen. She went back to the counter and told the same nurse behind the security screen that she had to work in the morning and was going to leave. The nurse said, “If you still aren’t feeling well, go to your GP.” (General Practitioner or Family Doctor)
Angie left, disgusted.
The ECG had not been performed.
What sort of health care is this?
The Victorian government imprisons five and a half million people in their own homes when diagnosed cases of Covid in the whole state are double figures.
But when the vaccine causes chest pain, basic testing doesn’t get done.
Back at home, Angie could not report chest pain on the government website designed to report side effects.
This modern world, crippled by fear, wants a failure-proof freedom.
Herbert Hoover died on the 20th October, 1964.
In 1936 he said, “There are some principles that cannot be compromised. Either we shall have a society based upon ordered liberty and the initiative of the individual, or we shall have a planned society that means dictation, no matter what you call it or who does it. There is no half-way ground. They cannot be mixed.”
Nowadays we want freedom that never lets us down.
But there is no such thing.
Freedom by its very nature offers up the possibility of failure.