So I’ve been thinking about for a while now about what happens to people with myasthenia, and other conditions, in a war zone for a while now. That’s mostly because of the refugee situation in Europe – there must be people with MG who have taken the brave decision of trying to reach Europe. A friend of mine who has volunteered at an African refugee camp said the first thing that the majority of people need on arrival is medical care. The thoughts have been sparked again today due to the terrorist attacks happening around the globe – we are already living in a time of war.
While I’m comfortable with most parts of having this auto-immune condition, I do worry about what would happen if there was a war like in Syria in our country. Watching this video about what it would be like for a child in the UK really gets the message across of how upside down a person’s life is turned during war and I wonder what would happen to those dependant on medications and medical treatment to keep them well. I worry that the wording in this picture may be reflected in the treatment when it comes to prioritising health care in a war zone – ‘you’re looking well’ so you must be.
While there is the option of not thinking about it as hopefully it will never happen, on week’s like this I find it difficult not to. It would be really interesting to hear of any accounts of people living through war in their home country with MG or similar conditions. It may well be that their treatment continued uninterrupted but the prospect of being in such an unstable environment terrifies me.