BRAIN SURGERY/CLEVELAND CLINIC/INSURANCE CANCEL/TACTICS
A number of tactics were used to cause us to cave or fold or crawl into a hole, move away, fall apart, go crazy, curl up and die or cry…
But they mistook us women for weaklings…
These tactics consisted of intimidation, trash pulls (to find illegal activity), releasing our addresses to the media, releasing HIPPA protected information to others in the police department (Dr. Pete’s reports were passed around, but not the favorable passing ones), we were not allowed to take the SGT’s test, they put us on paid leave, they stopped our pay, when we applied for unemployment they told the unemployment agency we were still “job-attached” so we had to fight our unemployment denial (successfully i might add), when we tried to get other jobs prospective employers were told we were unfit for duty. Why? No money = no attorneys.
During all of this, Rachael’s condition became life-threatening, I was sleeping on the floor of her room each night because she would seize and choke or stop breathing. She was scheduled to go to Cleveland Clinic for an evaluation and possible surgery. I had to ask the judge for a postponement of an upcoming hearing that conflicted with the timing of the appointment. I told my new attorney that I didn’t want to give the reason, because GR would use it. We went in front of the judge and had to reveal why, with the City Attorneys present. The Judge granted the postponement on Friday. I received a notice of cancellation of our health insurance 3 days later on Monday March 29th, effective April 1st. This is illegal. You can’t cancel a person’s insurance without notice or the option to have COBRA coverage. They didn’t cancel Patricia’s insurance because it wouldn’t have harmed her.
My husband (we got married in 2003 remember!) put us on his health insurance. Rachael qualified for Children’s Special Heath Care Services through the County (they help with travel expenses and accommodations) and my attorney wrote a scalding letter (is this a new retaliatory action?). By the time her surgery was actually preformed, Rachael was back on my insurance, had my husband’s, and we had assistance with travel and our costs for accommodations. We stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland. Ronald McDonald Houses across the country have helped so many families in similar situations.
On July 4th, 2004 the Doctors at Cleveland Clinic shaved her head and, Rachael had a hemispherectomy. It saved her life. She is now doing quite well! You can read about her in some of my other blog posts.
We had gotten jobs here and there. I had one a few months after they “put us off”. i got hired by Spectrum Health Security. Why? Because they knew me. I was a regular as a Police Officer. The hospital was in my patrol area. I came in and took assault reports, domestic reports, murders, car accidents. Not once, did I ever treat anyone in the security department like a rent-a-cop. I always figured we were on the same team. That’s why they hired me. I was working there after being put off work. GRPD Officers would come in to do the same as I had been doing as a police officer. Some (very few) would talk to me. Others wouldn’t. Most ignored me, pretended they didn’t see me, or quickly moved through (uncomfortableness!) and then left out another door when they were finished. One particular SGT (yes you TMcG) who’s wife works at the hospital came in one night, to visit or eat dinner with his wife. As he walked by he got a nasty smirk on his face. My hospital co-workers saw it too. One of the very nicest, sweetest V.A’s (Visitor Assistants, they helped sick people from the cars into the E.R. etc) that worked there with me came over and said “Wow! What an Asshole!” I had never heard her talk like that. She was mad for me!
I never knew they had to put up with that kind of stuff until it happened to me. It had never crossed my mind to behave like that.
Then something unexpected happened…
Patricia and I got police jobs.