RIP Susi Baldwin. A victim of the health care crisis

Readers here have heard both Michael and me talk about our friend Susi.

Susi is a good example of what is wrong about health care in this country. At least in my opinion.
Susi was unemployed, had some savings but not enough to pay the prohibitive cost of health insurance. So she didn’t go to the doctors for annual check ups, even though she was not exactly feeling right.

This year she became eligible for social security and Medicare. So finally she was able to go to the doctor. We knew something was up; every time we talked to her she always managed to turn the conversation back to us and our writing career. A few months back we found out why.

The cancer that she thought she had fought to a victory had returned, with a vengeance.
This time it was not only her breast but her brain and her spine. We found out when she ended up in the hospital and her friend contacted us. Since then she has been keeping us updated on Susi’s condition.

This morning Michael signed into his computer to find a note saying Susi had passed away yesterday afternoon. She was 65.

Rest in Peace Susi, you are no longer in pain; know that we will never forget you.
Yes, this still could have happened if she had health insurance but maybe , just maybe it would have been caught in time for her to live even a little bit longer. Because of that I can’t help thinking she was one of the many casualties of our current health care crisis.


A nice way to spend an afternoon

At least I thought so, as did the people who were with me. We were on a tour of the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab.

Our tour was led by a person from the DNA division. The building is new and spacious lots of sun light and glass. The labs were all location one side of the building and the offices on the other.

We couldn’t go into every lab because of the risk of evidence contamination. But that was fine, each lab had a video screen on the wall out side and the video talks about what that particular lab does. There were also exhibits outside or near that lab with examples of things related to each particular lab.

We did get into two labs, one was used by Q A  as well as being used for tours so people could get an idea of what a lab looked like. We were told the director was a history buff as evidence by the older equipment on display there.  The older microscopes and chemistry tubes reminded my of my late father in law. He would have enjoyed hearing about the tour.

The other lab we were allowed in was firearms. The firearms examiner took over that part of the tour, explaining what they did, showing us the different parts of the lab and what happened where. She very patiently answered our questions.

The tour was fun and interesting and I learned a lot from it. My thanks to all the members of TPD we encountered on the tour.vAlso Thank you to Marilyn Johnson of the Tucson chapter of Sisters in Crime for setting this up.  It really was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

My husband and I did a brief video on Public Speaking for the Do Life Right Teleconference. check it out


My first mystery The Pink Lady is now available for download on Kindle. I hope to have it available on other formats sometime in December.