Dear Contributors to Mr. Badger’s Cancer Fund:,
You are all wonderful!
Badger tells me that in just 48 hours, 59 people gave a total of $2,100.
What does this mean in real terms?
The Badger family is now able to afford Hospice – an international program, largely staffed by volunteers and specially trained nurses, which is designed to provide care and comfort for the terminally ill.
As Badger told me, “Hospice is everything that the medical system is supposed to be but isn’t.”
Even though a stay in the hospital is much more expensive than the services of Hospice, the Badger’s medical insurance reimburses significantly less for Hospice. How’s that for another absurd example of our deranged US medical system?
Because requesting the aid of hospice would add to their debt, the Badger family was trying to wait it out, and Badger was caring for her husband almost entirely by herself.
Thanks to your generous donations, there is now a professional support network in place to help the Badgers through this time. With Hospice involved, Mr. Badger’s pain medication has been much more closely monitored, the dosages increased, and the nurses who come twice a week have reassured him that they will keep him from suffering physically. This has been a huge relief. In addition to helpful medical care, Hospice arranges for volunteers to come by on a regular basis. This makes it possible for Badger to run to the grocery store, see a movie with Badger Boy , or just take a shower, without worrying. The majority of Hospice volunteers have had someone close to them die of cancer – so they have the empathy of someone who has been in the same situation, and can knowledgably answer questions about what to expect. The Badgers’ grief is still immeasurable, but much pain and fear has been allayed.
Not everyone in the family, however, has approved of using our donations to bring in Hospice: When Badger Boy heard about the fund, he had a typical preadolescent’s response.
Thanks, Badger, for sharing this quip with us. It’s clear that your courage and competence are allowing Badger Boy to, well, be a boy. We’re awed by the strength that permits you to keep your sense of humor even during these darkest days.
Our thoughts are with you.