Some background information for this post…..

In my last post, on the 10th of August I informed my readers that I was off for a vacation to recharge my batteries…. What I didn’t tell you was that I was off to the hospital for what I thought was a small problem. It turned out that the problem was not so small after all…. the doctors found a growth of scar tissue below my knee which was the result of a surgery I had on that leg about 12 years ago. Constant pressure on that growth eventually caused a blockage in two major arteries in that leg.

Once again, surgery was necessary to correct the problem…. Sounds simple so far, right? NOTHING is simple in Israel….. at least nothing related to health care.

First days in the hospital….

I was in one of the largest hospitals in the Jerusalem area. I originally went directly to the Emergency Room (which is the usual way to get admitted into the hospital itself). I was admitted after consulting with a number of doctors connected to the Vascular Surgery Department…. but there was one problem…. there was no room in the department that I was to be transferred to. As a result, I wound up stuck in the Emergency Room for two days, until there was a bed available for me. BUT…. the bed was not in the Vascular Surgery Department, it was in the Dermatology Department. This was not really a big deal or a problem as I was visited by doctors from the department I was supposed to be in. After three days I was finally given a bed in the department I was meant to be in.
Then the fun started….
Test after test after test indicated that I did indeed require surgery…. but was I strong enough to undergo it? So, more tests to determine if that was the case. That all took about two weeks of literally not getting treatment for the problem I was admitted for. Finally, a date was set for the operation. I was to be operated on a Sunday at 7A.M…. only to be told that there was to be a three hour delay because of some emergency procedures taking place in the operating room…… again, only to be told five hours later that my operation was to be postponed until Wednesday.

On Wednesday I was informed that it would not take place until the following Tuesday. In a way it made me feel good in a way, knowing that my operation to be was not considered an emergency. Tuesday finally came and the operation took place. Supposedly the problem was resolved….

To insure that my blood vessels remain open after surgery I was put on a drip for the next few days. It was quite an aggressive medication that took six hours each time it was administered. The doctors were more than pleased with the results as it was working better than they thought it would.

Then the beaurocratic problems with the Health Fund started….

After about six treatments, the Health Fund that I belong to informed the hospital administration that they were not prepared to pay for a continuation of the treatments…. it was too expensive! If a Health Fund is not prepared to pay for treatments that could possibly save a patient’s life, what are they prepared to do??

Their logic was that it would be cheaper for them to have me transferred to a smaller hospital where it would cost them less. I was game… I just wanted to get the whole thing over with and get on with my life.
However, the doctors treating me had a different solution….. there was a special injection that they felt would help my situation… an injection that was administered under local anesthesia which would open and expand the blood vessels and keep them open, making the remainder of the original treatments of the drip unnecessary. I was given the injection and again, the doctors were very pleased with the results. I was finally released from the hospital and sent home the next day.

Surely the stress and aggravation I was put through is not good for a person with circulatory problems….

But does the Heath Fund care??

Obviously not! They are there to make money… not to spend it on health care. The government has cut back on virtually all social services in order to continue funding the illegal occupation of Palestine. Ever dollar (Shekel) spent on health care or education means less money in the coffers that finance the continuation of the apartheid policies and ongoing holocaust against the people of Palestine, Gaza in particular.

Is there an alternative??

Of course there is. It’s called PEACE! It’s called ENDING THE OCCUPATION!! It’s called granting the people of Palestine a State to call their own. Only then will the Israelis themselves be able to live in dignity as well…. WITH PROPER HEALTH COVERAGE!!!

When Michael Moore writes about the ‘SICKO’ situation of the American health crisis it’s made into a movie. Hopefully he will read this post and help us in our own dire situation.


  1. September 26, 2008 at 16:42

    Sounds like a truly awful experience… I hope things are much better Steve!

  2. September 26, 2008 at 16:59

    Welcome back bro!

    Hopefully some time soon the people of Gaza will get a chance to have the necessary treatment and medicines like all others in the world.

  3. 5-Pillar Scribe said,

    September 26, 2008 at 17:24

    Welcome Back!!

  4. Zimbabalouie said,

    September 26, 2008 at 17:27

    Welcome back, my mentor. Your absence was noted particular to the lack of a point of view from Israel on the changes in government and the departing words of the PM.

    _____’s speed (enter diety, primera, god, idol, or person of interest in the blank) in your recovery.

  5. MAQAW said,

    September 26, 2008 at 17:30

    Hope you are getting fully recovered, Welcome Back.

  6. desertpeace said,

    September 26, 2008 at 17:32

    Thanks to all of you for the messages of support and welcome!

  7. paola pisi said,

    September 26, 2008 at 17:41

    welcome back!!!! we all missed you terribly

  8. September 26, 2008 at 18:32

    Good to see you are back – I’m sorry to hear you had such a rough go of it with the pencil pushers. There certainly would be a lot more to be spent on social programs and important things – you know, like PEOPLE – if so much wasn’t being spent on the destruction of things, you know, like PEOPLE.

    Alas, the same story is being played out in the United States and, in a way, even here in Canada. How much more money would we have here (Canada) if something like the military didn’t eat up hundreds of millions of dollars out of every budget – how much more could be done with the health care system if that money was put into something more humane?

    The “necessity” of military spending on such a large scale – not to mention our seeming need to continually test the effectiveness of said military – only emphases the need for much more research into the fields of psychology and psychiatry – particularly those elements relating to why people seem incapable of getting along with others.

    I am now completely convinced that racism and hatred is the apotheosis of mental illness; it is the expression of a tremendously ill mind that has either suffered severe abuse in its upbringing or has been subject to some form of severe trauma – or, perhaps, it is merely ill – regardless, this is not the “natural” state for our species. There is only ONE race: the human race, we are all the same. Period.

    Again, glad to see you are back.
    Shalom –
    Your CrazyComposerSon,

  9. morris said,

    September 26, 2008 at 19:09

    Good you are back!

    Given what could have happened – you are lucky – you are here.

  10. September 26, 2008 at 20:11

    Steve! So glad to see you back. Aren’t the wonders of medicine for profit a miracle to mankind?

    I hope your problem was actually solved…

  11. Ben Heine said,

    September 26, 2008 at 21:29

    I missed you.
    We all need you, Palestine needs you.
    I’m really happy to know you’re ok.
    Take care

  12. tquigly said,

    September 27, 2008 at 00:43

    We join in echo of those welcoming you back. Readers at were asking after you – we missed your words of wisdom and hope that Michael Rivero posts on his site.

    Be well and strong in Peace

  13. skulz fontaine said,

    September 27, 2008 at 00:51

    Steve- you were sorely missed. Glad you are back and on the mend? Be well my brother and take it easy on the knee. It isn’t the medicine that’s the problem, it’s the freaking insane politicians.
    most respectfully,

  14. Alleepa said,

    September 27, 2008 at 02:37

    I’m glad you’re back, and hope your health stays good…
    There are so many, many things here in the US that are either deteriorating or never get started, because all the different wars the regime is stealing money for. Why Americans insist on meekly paying for it (via the IRS) I cannot really figure. I know part of the answer is fear – that’s why we have the concept of courage. Stepping out of fear is – liberating!

    When you’ve had enough of paying Uncle to kill people and create hate, all in YOUR name while starving the social contract – When you’ve had enough, check out these two websites: and

  15. brian said,

    September 27, 2008 at 02:49

    Hope you are well, Desertpeace. I guess you didnt get to see the Paul McCartny concert…

  16. Mary Rizzo said,

    September 27, 2008 at 06:51

    Wow! I wondered what became of you and am sorry to hear that you had to go through that mess. Hope your health is soon going to be better than before.

    All health systems based on profit, actually, all “service” systems for basic needs based on profit are bound to damage everyone who is connected to these services. I have a long list of horror stories, especially of how my father was used as an experimental guinea pig for a very terrible disease.. seeing as how he was “beyond cure”, they destroyed him so that they could have one more number on the statistical profile for a new type of chemotherapy. I can’t tell you how much I hate these systems!

    Wishing you a world of good things, and yes, we need your voice for the liberation of the Israeli and the Palestinian people. Glad you are back in the trenches!!!
    with lots of love, your sistah, mary

  17. Robin said,

    September 27, 2008 at 15:04

    Welcome HOME!

  18. Masher1 said,

    September 27, 2008 at 16:14

    Nice to See you back so soon. I hope you had enough of a rest. Welcome back!

  19. Maurice said,

    October 4, 2008 at 15:52

    I should check in with Desert Peace more often! Just learned of your misadventure. Glad it’s over and that you are doing better.
    Love from your Québec family.

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