What happens when you don’t feel well? What about when you have to go to the hospital, a doctor’s appointment or the emergency room? Who do you call? Who is treating you? What are you being treated for? How will you receive your treatments? Do you have everything that you’ll need?
“They just really don’t care,” were the words spoken by Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, as he awaited compression gloves for his suffering from Lymphodema (the swelling of his arms, hands, legs and feet). His discomfort was caused by medications taken for the treatment of his bout with stage four lung cancer. An attending nurse had to wrap his arms, hands and legs with bandages until he received compression gloves. An order for these gloves was placed with ‘Pretty in Pink’ which has a delivery time of approximately 10 days.
But Rev. Fuzz heard no word on the gloves. After getting his limbs wrapped multiple times, he called the company on the fourth week. There were no explanations other than “we have your order in back up.” After an additional two weeks of waiting, Fuzz was extremely displeased with their actions (or lack thereof) and expressed that there had not been a phone call or message of any kind informing him of the status of the gloves. He mentioned the fact that these gloves cost upwards of $900 and had been paid in advance. The company only tracked them down because Rev. Fuzz had pestered them into it. Following his hunting down of the gloves, they were suddenly ready for pick up. It was all unnerving for him because it had taken six weeks.
After a similar predicament with his chemo medication, he made a call to that company on the advise of his doctor. Inquiring as to why he could not obtain his prescription, Cigna Health Springs answered by saying: “What are you calling us for?”
Rev. Fuzz said: “That was just rude!” Overcome with anger and displeasure he noted: “There is no reason anybody should say such a thing to a sick patient or any person! That’s not the way they talk when they are trying to get people to purchase their insurance. They just don’t care! I have a bit of sense, but what about the elderly and others that don’t understand or have access to the forms and things they are asked to be completed online? I think a lot of people are dead because they did not receive proper care and proper information from insurance companies that just don’t care about the needs of patients.”
From this conversation, Rev. Fuzz made a distinct observation about love for one’s neighbor without knowing it. He asked who advocates for people that cannot advocate for themselves?
“I can’t wait to get better to help these people, because I see how they do me. I can get answers, but I know there’s a lot of people who can’t. Insurance companies just don’t care!”
“Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,” Matthew 22:36-40.
Jesus cares for you. And one of His advocates, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, consistently makes note of the mistreatment, mishaps, corrections, care, concern (and lack of care and concern) shown to those who are likely in the same situation as he. He speaks out loud on their behalf with unceasing prayers to make health care actual care for everyone. He also notes that proper medical care is a true testament of what it means to love thy neighbor as thyself. Enoch Fuzz sincerely wants for others the same as he wants for himself. That is indeed love for your neighbor.
Continue to pray for Rev. Enoch Fuzz as he is always in continuous prayer for you, the sick, the shut in, the hospitalized, those in nursing homes, those in health care facilities—as well as those that are well and those that may be in need of advocacy for themselves or for someone else. Visit his Facebook site where you will find him sharing his concern, praise in pictures, testimony and song. As we continue to follow God’s guide, keep following Rev. Fuzz’s weekly journey ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’