Although commendable that so many of the direly injured have positive and determined attitudes in the early days after having been maimed for life, these people will be inundated with bills and lifestyle changes. They will endure phantom pain. They will suffer excruciating neurological pain, pain that medications barely assuage. Putting the terrible event behind them and their families will be impossible!
From this April 25, 2013 article in the Huffington Post:
One Fund Boston Raises More Than $20 Million, But Will It Be Enough For Injured Marathon Victims?Read the rest HERE.
Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee's rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more.
These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will face.
No one knows yet if those donations – plus health insurance, hospital charity funds and other sources – will be enough to cover the bills. Few will even hazard a guess as to what the total medical bill will be for a tragedy that killed three people and wounded more than 260. At least 15 people lost limbs, and other wounds include head injuries and tissue torn apart by shrapnel.
Health insurance, as practically anyone who has ever gotten hurt or sick knows, does not always cover all costs. In the case of artificial limbs, for example, some insurance companies pay for a basic model but not a computerized one with sophisticated, lifelike joints.
Adding to the tragedy's toll will be lost wages for those unable to work, including two Massachusetts brothers who each lost a leg, Miller said. They had been roofers but may have to find a new line of work.
Many survivors will also need help with expenses beyond immediate health care, including things like modifying cars for those who lost limbs or remodeling homes to accommodate wheelchairs....
As the years grind on, friends will drift away.
Family members will drift away, too.
Invitations will become sparser and sparser. After all, traveling with and hosting the disabled are often difficult endeavors. Not all dwellings have accessibility ramps. Few homes have bathroom doors or other doors wide enough to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs; many residential bathrooms lack effective grab bars and high-rise toilets. Many vehicles are not roomy enough to accommodate mobility devices.
Mr. AOW and I know all about people drifting away from the disabled — never mind the earlier promises of standing by us.
Employers become less and less understanding as time marches on, particularly with regard to tardiness, illness, and the necessity to take and make medically-related telephone calls during work hours. Just try to reach medical professionals during any hours other than nine to five!
The rest of America and the world will move on and put the jihad attack on the Boston Marathon behind them. The direly injured will never be able to do so.