First off, my apologies for not having posted more recently. Things have been a bit nuts here, plus I’ve been feeling kinda lousy for various reasons. But I have plenty more posts to come, most of them quite funny and light, so hang in there, and thanks for your patience.
Part of the lunacy has revolved around our being adopted by a cat. The cat just appeared last week Wednesday, literally out of nowhere, and nearly tripped me as I walked out my front door. He was a skeleton, skin and bones, and desperately affectionate. Being the sucker for animal hard-luck cases that I am, we’ve taken him in. He’s starting to put some weight on, and after a vet checkup two days ago, we found we had inherited a neutered, 10-year old with an upper respiratory infection (starting to go away) and a version of kitty AIDS.
I was sitting with Stryper last night, and having seen some Emails, it got me thinking. While I have not personally lost anyone to AIDS, I know a lot of people who have. A news report this morning also stated that HIV is rising fairly quickly in Greece – whether due to people no longer having health care due to the economic crisis, or people seeking relief from their agonies through drugs, the story didn’t say. But here we are, on the eve of World’s AIDS Awareness Day, decades after this disease first appeared, and it has all but fallen off our cultural radar. Yes, there are drugs that can help – but back in the 90s, the company I worked for ran a credit card for AIDS patients to charge doses of a drug called Betaseron – at $1500 for ONE dose of a monthly medication! Sure, progress has been made, but how many of us, on a daily basis, even give a moment’s thought to all those out there trying to live with this disease? How many people, watching the play or movie “Rent”, caught the little scene between Roger and Mimi in the restaurant about “AZT time”? You don’t take these drugs and get better, you take these drugs and pray that you wake up on the right side of the grass each morning.
So I’ll ask something of all of you. Take a minute out of your Saturday. Pause during your work, or your Christmas shopping, or your battle with tangled strings of lights, and think about all those out there still struggling with this disease – burdened as it is with bigotry and hatred. Better yet, go to http://www.joinred.com/getinvolved/spread/ , and learn what you can do to help. Even if it’s just reminding one person about this, please, make the effort.
And once again, thanks for your support. Happier stuff is in the offing, so stay tuned! 🙂