What happens if you don’t feel well? What if you need to go to the hospital, a doctor’s appointment or the emergency room? Who are you calling? Who treats you? What are you being treated for? How do you get your treatments? Do you have everything you need?
“They just really don’t care,” were the words of Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, as he waited for compression gloves for his lymphedema (the swelling of his arms, hands, legs, and feet) to suffer. . His discomfort was caused by medications taken to treat his stage four lung cancer attack. A attending nurse had to wrap his arms, hands and legs with bandages until he was given compression gloves. These gloves are ordered at ‘Pretty in Pink’ with a delivery time of approximately 10 days.
But Pastor Fuzz didn’t hear a word about the gloves. After wrapping his limbs several times, he called the company on the fourth week. There were no explanations other than “we have your order in backup”. After another two weeks of waiting, Fuzz was extremely dissatisfied with their actions (or lack thereof) and said there had been no phone call or message to let him know about the status of the gloves. He cited the fact that these gloves cost over $900 and were prepaid. The company only tracked them down because Reverend Fuzz had harassed them. After he tracked down the gloves, they were suddenly ready to be picked up. It was all nerve-wracking for him because it had taken six weeks.
After a similar predicament with his chemo medications, he called that company on the advice of his doctor. When asked why he couldn’t get his prescription, Cigna Health Springs replied, “What are you calling us for?”
Rev. Fuzz said, “That was just rude!” Overcome with anger and displeasure, he remarked: “There is no reason why anyone should say such a thing to a sick patient or anyone! That’s not the way they talk when they try to get people to buy their insurance. They just don’t care! I’m a little smart, but what about the elderly and others who don’t understand or see the forms and things they have to fill out online? I think a lot of people are dead because they didn’t get good care and good information from insurance companies that just don’t care about the needs of patients.”
From this conversation, Rev. Fuzz made a clear observation about love for neighbor without knowing it. He asked who advocates for people who can’t stand up 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 are a lot of people who can’t. Insurers just don’t care!”
“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is equal to that. 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 notes the abuse, accidents, corrections, care, concern (and lack of care and concern) shown to those likely to be in the same situation as him. He speaks out on their behalf with ceaseless prayers to make healthcare real for all. He also notes that good medical care is true proof of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. Enoch Fuzz sincerely wants the same for others as he wants for himself. That is indeed love for your neighbor.
Keep praying for Rev. Enoch Fuzz, for he is always in constant prayer for you, the sick, the incarcerated, the hospitalized, those in nursing homes, those in care facilities—as well as those who are healthy and those who need advocacy for themselves or for someone else. Visit his Facebook site where you can share his concerns, praises in photos, testimonials and songs. As we continue to follow God’s guide, continue to follow Rev. Fuzz’s weekly journey “Cancer: My Journey in Time.”