Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mentally ill living together, and apart

The people of the Big House at Palatka are different from you and me. They hurt more, perhaps, and when they try to do something nice they are misunderstood. It's a lonely life in many ways, as Anthony DeMatteo describes it:
Arlington House residents root against toothaches. Medicaid once paid for extractions and dentures. That stopped with federal budget cuts. Now, one woman cries in her room from the pain of an abscessed tooth.

“Their option is basically to suffer,” [administrator Barbara] Hebert said. “And it’s dangerous. An abscess can become quite an issue.”
You can read the full story in the Palatka Daily News. I highly recommend it.

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