Fly Like An Eagle

Doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo

Time keeps on slipping
Into the future
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly (oh, yeah)

Fly right into the future

I want to feed the babies
Who can’t get enough to eat
I want to shoe the children
New shoes on their feet
I want to house the people
Living in the street
Oh, there
There’s a solution

I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly (oh, yeah)
Fly right into the future

Time keeps on slipping
Into the future
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly (oh, yeah)
Fly into the future
Fly like an eagle
to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly
Like an eagle
Fly into the future
In a sky full of people only some want to fly, isn’t that crazy

Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band

I was 12 when this song hit number 2 on the Billboard Charts. At that point in my life it was my favorite song, and it’s still in my top 100. Back then I think I just liked the “Space” feel to it, but now it’s much more.

I have my political opinions, but I don’t put them on my blog very often for the very reason I dropped Facebook. One thing I will talk about is Patriotism. I’m not talking about having the flag tattooed on my body, shaving my head into the stars and stripes. (If only I had enough hair for that!) I’m talking about what the country is supposed to stand for, the principles it was founded on. I still think this is the best country on earth even though we have strayed from our founding.

I feel a moral obligation to take care of our service members, especially combat Veterans.  They did their part and we must do ours, for they deserve everything this country has because they fought for it, it belongs to them. Sadly, politics sometimes gets in the way.

I got a call today from the VA Hospital where my dad is. They told me he was assaulted by another veteran with a chair. They said he threw it back then lost his balance and fell, the chair landing on him. He was taken to the ER and checked out. I talked to the staff this afternoon and they said he was fine and the other vet was moved to another ward.

How did this happen? I’ll tell you how, understaffed hospital due to politics. I have nothing but praise for all the staff I have met, but they are too few for the needs of the patients. These are dementia patients, and many can’t control their bowels never mind their aggressive actions. I believe there are 26 patients on the floor and I’ve seen as few as 2 staff to attend to their needs during a shift. Not only is that unsafe, it’s UN-American.

Some are wheelchair bound, some can walk and others just sit and stare. It’s so sad to see the empty shell of a human being. This person once held a child, kissed their wife, saved their buddy. Now all that’s left is the physical part of a life destroyed by mental disease. My father will eventually reach that stage, and I have to watch it happen. I didn’t want him to be here, and the short staffing only makes it worse.

Today I decided to do something about it. I have contacted Senator Susan Collins office here in Maine. She was a help to my father years ago in securing the medals he earned in Korea that were never given to him.  When I called I spoke to Chuck, and he looked up the past history of my dad and realized it was he who had handled the case and remembered my father. I told him the circumstances of my father and he said he would defiantly look into the situation, and I believe him. We need more people like him in public service.

I didn’t stop there. I also called a local news station and spoke to the news desk. They were very interested but admitted they could not do much until after Thanksgiving Day was over. Understandable. Between both avenues I hope to at least get some discussion about the lack of staff and the unsafe conditions because of it. We shall see.

Take note as this will be one of the few political statements I will make on my blog. I don’t care if you disagree with the outcome of the election. I don’t care if you want to act like a child because you didn’t get your way. You have the right to protest, say whatever you want, scream and yell and call me names. Just remember why you still have those rights, how many men and women died so you could act stupid. You can thank my father and many others for that right. Your showing your true colors, and they are not red white and blue.

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9 thoughts on “Fly Like An Eagle

  1. This post moved me to tears. I was talking to my mum yesterday about the issues with Vets here. Her brother lived in the US for over 50 years (became a citizen along the way) and told her how deplorable care for Vets is here. The conversation arose out of a discussion about her younger brother who has suffered with PTSD since he came out of the army in the 1950s. He lives in Australia (has done for 40 years) and is taken good care of. I told her about your idea and she welled up and said ‘I hope at last that the people of the USA can unite on one thing – that they need to pour money into caring for those that gave them the freedom they are so delighted to shout about.’ I hope so too. And I hope that your Dad’s situation is able to be resolved. Money needs to be spent, in the same way that when the Child Act was passed in Britain in the early 90s it meant that places that look after children have strict ratios of carer-child that they have to adhere to so this should be the same in any place that is caring for people who can’t care for themselves. 2-26 is hopeless and I also feel for the careers who can’t possibly give what they would like to. YOu have my total support and if there is anything I can do …. just holler, my friend.

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    1. Its so frustrating to me as well as the people who work there. When i spoke to one of the nurses and gave her my thanks for her work i could tell she got a little choked up. They see the problem but have no control over it. I will not stop until something is done.

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  2. There’s a similar problem here in Australia with massive understaffing in many health and aged care facilities. I saw it first hand when mum was alive. I’m so sorry for your dad. Good on you for speaking up. I hope it makes a difference.

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