Homeless Thoughts: "I’m Feeling Sick"
In the last two years, there has been a lot of talk about access to health care; however, access to health care is still not easily accessible to the homeless citizens in our city. I’m guessing you have been sick before, and it’s on those times that we are thankful that we have assess to health care. Unless you are an actual health care provider, you probably don’t think about health care until your sick. For the homeless, it is a constant struggle to stay well. Imagine for a second that you have a virus or the flu, and you don’t have access to a nice warm room or money for a prescription.
The other issue that the homeless have to deal with is the sharing of germs. The homeless are also put in a lot of circumstances where they are stuck in tight quarters, which ends up meaning when one person gets sick, everyone gets sick. They are all together to receive the same meals and be part of the same services. Another issue that the homeless deal with is the lack of access to over the counter medication that most of us have in our medicine cabinets.
The other issue is other chronic health issues that come from past health and other life decisions that have had a negative impact on health. It is constant negative health issues that makes it hard to function on a regular bases, even when you have made the decision to live a healthier life.
PiN currently offers medical care every Sunday and dental appointments during the week; however, there is still so much that needs to be done. We would love for you to be part of helping.