Months ago, Willie, 62, a diabetic, was laid off from her job assembling hydraulic pumps. Even before that, she hadn’t had health insurance or medications for over a year. She gets up four or five times a night to urinate, which she thinks is “normal” for women of her age.
Out of curiosity, I asked why she waited so long to come to the Lorain County Free Clinic, where I work.
She said she'd never heard of it, and she’s lived in Lorain for years. Last week driving down Oberlin Road, she happened to see a new sign for the clinic (it recently moved).
I know this story.
I’m a county-hospital-bred-and-trained workhorse. Yet I knew very little about the other clinic, until I started working there.