Budget Cuts, Budget Cuts! Root of all ills facing Portland, or is it? Question: How many mentally ill people in Portland have suddenly found themselves without psychiatric care due to the actions of the Oregon Medical Board? Actions based on complaints, not budget cuts, actions that remove doctors from their patients BEFORE the doctors have been given due process to defend themselves? Actions that result in stable, and not so stable, patients calling their mental health care provider, only to find a message on the phone that their help is currently, suddenly, and for an undetermined time (possibly forever) unavailable. If a patient is lucky, they may find a listing of other providers recorded for them in that life altering phone message. The process of transitioning to another mental health care specialist is, for the abandoned feeling patient, daunting at best, time consuming and full of rejection to say the least, and down right impossible for those on the cusp.
So, money is running out for the mentally ill, but the system was broken even before the budget became the new scapegoat. All patients have a right to continuity of care. Also, let us not forget, the medical board that removes doctors from their patients is the same board that licenses these doctors in the first place. So, who is responsible?
If I were a member of the Portland Police Department, I'd want the Oregon Medical Board to explain how they can believe that they are acting in the best interests of patients, doctors, and the citizens of our community, when their actions cause hundreds of patients to lose care so abruptly. Do they not read the newspapers? Do they not know that our officers, already overburdened, clearly can not handle the mess of the mentally ill population, a mess that the medical board itself has, in good part, caused?
Sojourner58: I work in a womens bookstore. I've sold more copies of "Cunt" than most people have seen. I've been with men, I've been with women, and I've seen more than enough to comment on this post. Books are my passion, books can start revolutions, but books don't fix your life for you. In this instance we know more about NOTs situation than any empowerment guru did when writing whatever PC drivel it is you seem to espouse. So, get your head out from the pages the latest self-help you're reading and get it between someones thighs; or are you not qualified to speak on the matter? If you want to know what the people want, ask them. You'll get a more realistic response than from a PhD manipulating statistics to prove a point. Your brash words were premature at best, rude to say the least, so please consider yourself a DMFA.
Dear Not: Before you resort to drastic measures, such as DTMFA, there are a few things to consider. First, allow me to piss off my granola feminist friends, in our culture men have been taught that a smoothly shaved kitty is attractive, but to ask or expect that their girlfriend shave is to ask for a lecture on "objectification". Are you presenting a clean freshly groomed fancy feast for him? Second, have you tasted yourself lately? If you taste funky to yourself, it's probably worse for him. Does your boyfriend understand that his relationship with you and all access to your kitty is hanging in the balance? Lastly, give him a chance to explain his history of kitty licking experiences. Perhaps he almost choked to death on a particularly vicious fur ball. To make him face the ,ermh, issue, I would immediately implement a strict "Oral for all or none" policy. Maybe there is a solution, maybe he was abused, maybe he's selfish, maybe he's gay, maybe you do need to DTMFA, regardless; if you love him, show him the respect of full disclosure and demand the same. -Genuinely Nadi
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