I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC). I have worked in health care and with drug users for over a decade.

This blog chronicles what happens on the frontlines of the health care crisis from a social worker’s perspective. Social workers have a code of ethics, which I can tell you, is profoundly challenged every day in health care settings across the country.

I hate our health care system because it puts profits over people. Millions are denied health care in the richest country it the world. According to a study done at Harvard, 45,000 people die every year due to lack of access to medical care.  That is a crime against humanity. 

I am a founding member of the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network. We are a group organizing on a grassroots level for single-payer, national health care. The private health insurance industry must be abolished once and for all. We believe health care is a human right. Our slogan is, EVERYBODY IN NOBODY OUT!  


The persons described and discussed in this Blog, Trauma Observation, are purely fictitious. In order to protect the identity of patients, real names are not used and the contents of this Blog do not discuss or reveal any one person, or any one person’s medical condition. Rather, the people and the accounts described in this Trauma Observation  are composites of people I have dealth with and situations I have experienced over the years. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental and unintentional.  

The statements and opinions expressed in Trauma Observation, and the content of the Blog, are exclusively the personal opinion of the author. Under no circumstances should the content be attributed to any employer, past, present or future, of the author, unless so stated explicitly by that individual organization.