Before COVID, Adriana, a 60-year-old resident of downtown Miami, had been working hard as a waitress--in spite of serious health problems.
“Thank God the buses are free or I would not have been able to get to the doctor,” she said.The doctor prescribed pain medication and other medication for her stomach to try and alleviate the symptoms. The medication worked while she was taking it, but now she has run out of it and is in intense pain once again. She does not have the money to pay for another visit to a specialist or to fill any more for more prescriptions. And she still needs tests she can’t afford for a definitive final diagnosis.
“I am 60 years old and someone at my age really needs to take care of themselves,” she said. “Without a job, I don’t have money, I don’t have anything, I don’t have health.”
With the stress of COVID-19, not being able to work and still waiting to receive unemployment benefits, she feels like she takes her life in her hands every time she goes out. She wants to know her health problems are and how she can treat them to manage the pain.
“I just want a doctor to look at me, provide the tests i need and tell me what is wrong,” Adriana said “ I want to be able to work again but I don’t have a job anymore.”
“I dream of going back to work,” she said.
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