When one is saying "yes!" to God -- wholly, completely, without reservation -- it is reminiscent of Our Lady's fiat, whereby she laid her life on God's altar. That's the ideal. But what does that mean in the modern world where the civilised West has certain standards of health care that are readily available? Surely Catholics are not like some Christian sects that eschew basic medical attention and prefer to put one's well-being in God's hands (Who can heal without antibiotics or insulin if He wants to).
But the Legion offers a singular case that has to be considered. When young people wander out of the range of parental eyes (which should be rare) they fall into the care of others who may not have the hawk-like vigilance concerning fevers, rashes, stomach ailments and finishing the vegetables on the plate. One boy went to the Apostolic School and his mother relates this account:
Many years ago, my son was at the apostolic school for a year. I remember talking to him on the phone and he had a terrible cough. I asked if he was going to the doctor and he said no. I finally talked to Fr. Daniel and he assured me that boys just like to complain to their moms. I said that my son wasn't one to complain without a reason. Turns out it was a severe case of bronchitis. Unfortunately, because of the "charity" of never speaking ill or complaining, there is no telling what actually happens. It is a year that I really have no idea what occurred.
Unique? Not by a long shot. Kids are notorious for such imprudence -- that's why they're carefully monitored by parents and teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and other guardians. Collaboratively, they watch for tell-tale signs of physical, emotional, and social distress so that appropriate interventions can be made.
There are adolescents, young adults and then the older [in-house] members of the Movement. What are the dangers in each case? The youngsters, we notice, are confused about what constitutes "complaining" and what is a serious medical issue. That's only natural, and we've all given birth to our share of whiners. But that's where parental prudence and precautions seem to differ widely from a wide array of experiences in the Legion. Next, we know well that young adults are notoriously invincible (we often dread handing them the car keys!) and here we find that in a house full of co-workers, one is barricaded in a room with H1N1 while her mother didn't even know. Did she ever see a doctor or consider any meds? Should we show more concern? You decide.
Finally, there are the older members -- Legionaries and 3GF's who are in a nebulous world of health care access. I still maintain (as I have for years) that the latter don't have health insurance, relying rather on the kindness of local physicians and dentists for emergency treatment or indulgent visits at greatly reduced fees. I find this unconscionable and would like to be proved wrong. I also know of many cases of severe depression and confusion which manifested physiologically, but were never related in-house, but was only treated upon separation. If there's one thing we know, almost every medical crisis that becomes a financial drain on the Movement requires that the person be cut loose -- the Will of God becoming manifest in pathologies. (If there's money to be gained by the association, though, a different set of rules kicks in.)
Perhaps on this thread we could pool stories about medical events in Legion World to discern any similarities across the board. This was done years ago on the ExLegionary discussion site, but of course a certain Congregation sued to take it down. Medical neglect seems all too common; only connecting the dots is the criminal activity in their eyes.