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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:28 AM
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Dot started working at thirteen. Married at fifteen.
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Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 09:28 AM by kpete
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Dots life has been every bit as hard as Patsys. Harder really, because Dot has lived twice as long as Patsy Cline managed to, and she looks it. By the time my people hit sixty, we look like a bunch of hypertensive red-faced toads in a phleghm-coughing contest. Doctors tell us that we have blood in our cholesterol, and the cops tell us there is alcohol in that blood. True to our class, Dottie is disabled by heart trouble, diabetes, and several other diseases. Her blood pressure is so high the doctor thought the pressure device was broken. And she is slowly going blind to boot.

Trouble is, insurance costs her as much as rent. Her old man makes $8 an hour washing cars at a dealership, and if everything goes just right they have about $55 a week left for groceries, gas and everything else. But if an extra expense as small as $30 comes in, they compensate by not filling one of Dots prescriptionsor two or three of themin which case she gets sicker and sicker until they can afford the co-pay to refill the prescriptions again. At fifty-nine, these repeated lapses into vessel-popping high blood pressure and diabetic surges pretty much guarantee that she wont collect Social Security for long after she reaches sixty-three, if she reaches sixty-three

from:
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/04/24/here-is-a-barre... /
http://www.amazon.com/Deer-Hunting-Jesus-Dispatches-Ame...
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