What does it take to push things over the edge, to get them over the tipping point, so that an appalling situation, one that we are all aware of but don’t care sufficiently about, hits us so hard that we can no longer pretend that it is just another crisis, one of many we hear about every day, one of those that come and go but don’t stop us in our tracks, one that doesn’t stop us continue doing what we’ve always been doing, one that doesn’t require change?
Someone took a picture that changed the world’s perception of the Vietnam war. The photo of the soldier on a beach in Greece carrying a dead child kicked European leaders into action. The death of a homeless person in the now famous doorway across from the Irish parliament, the Dail, finally put homelessness high up on the political agenda.
What will it take for neurological rehabilitation to touch our hearts and minds, deep enough to effect change?
What will it take for politicians to realise that it is not ok to let young people ‘rot’ in nursing homes, to maintain them on ‘medication, hydration, and nutrition’, to deny them the appropriate rehabilitation because they do not represent a ‘return on investment’, to tolerate forced emigration and the tearing up of families because our health system is dysfunctional, to address the ‘unethical and grotesque’ one-year waiting time for just three months of even the most basic rehabilitation services, to allow a system that checks on toilets every half an hour but on patients once an hour, to keep senior doctors in service who tell parents to take their fundraising money and take a couple of weeks off out on the Canaries, to keep medical staff who suggest that it might have been better if the injured had died?
What will it take for a health system to unconditionally and enthusiastically support the desperate attempts to present a positive, well-grounded, and without-alternative solution to the scandal that the treatment of persons with severe Acquired Brain Injuries (sABI) today represents?
What will it take for persons with #sABI to be fully integrated in society instead of being ‘locked away’? What will it take for the ‘desperates’ to be treated with dignity and respect? What will it take us to STOP in our tracks and say NO MORE?
Please don’t forget to promote An Saol Day, 18 June. Please get your tickets for the movie and launch today. Invite your families and friends. We need you there on the day to show our strength and commitment!