Waiting in agony
CDC director warns of ‘dire straits’ in COVID-hit areas of U.S. | Sept. 27
I was scheduled for surgery at Tampa General Hospital last month to repair a Zenker’s diverticulum, which causes me to be unable to eat as well as a hiatal hernia where 80 percent of my stomach is in my chest. Two days before my scheduled surgery, I learned from TGH that my procedure was cancelled because COVID-19 patients occupied too many beds at the hospital. Seven weeks later, I continue to wait. My life has become a nightmare. Trying to keep nourished is a challenge. Even liquids regurgitate and cause vomiting and chronic coughing. I am sure there are many others in my situation, waiting in suffering and living in despair. Surgery and an overnight stay could change my life. How elective surgeries are classified I don’t know. Everyday is an uphill battle to perform ordinary chores. I thought if people knew what I and others are going through they would get vaccinated and wear masks to avoid hospital stays so we can get the treatment we desperately need. I have never asked for anything in my life, but I am begging citizens to please consider the effects on me and others like me and do the right thing. Please. Is it so hard to wear a mask or get a vaccine proven safe? Please help me stay alive and well. I may be just a name on a chart, but I have a family and am a caretaker for my husband. I need to survive.
Nancy Lavoie, Venice
A single issue
I’m a single-issue voter, and that issue is ‘truth’ | Mona Charen column, Sept. 27
Republicans who embraced Donald Trump and eliminated the party’s platform now face a problem: Embrace his cultish Big Lie or he labels you a RINO. Because you don’t have a platform stating your Republican principles, you can’t reply.
Doug Hicks, Tampa
Anti-vaxxers? Goodbye and good riddance | Leonard Pitts column, Sept. 27
There are literally millions of people out there who have totally legitimate reasons to not get vaccinated. My daughter and her husband are planning to start a family soon. They are young, educated and healthy and feel like there is not enough information yet to assure them they can be vaccinated without any possible negative effects. There are hundreds of thousands of people out there who have had the virus and “the science” confirms they have more immunity than someone who has had a shot. Should they be required to get a shot? Does columnist Leonard Pitts consider all these folks to be in his words, “gullible, conspiracy-addled, logic-impaired or stubbornly ignorant”? He should try to make his arguments without constant name-calling.
Doug Hardin, Dade City