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Shivering: How Can Americans Live When Heating Aid is Cut Off?

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Now these symptoms were caused by being without heat for only four hours, but given the temperature in the thirties outside, it is no wonder why.   I could even see my breath come out of my mouth.


The emotional symptoms I was feeling was one of high frustration that I did not have heat.   I also felt anxious where the only thing I wanted to do was flee my home.


Thankfully the service man showed up to restart the furnace and deliver that much needed oil that will last me till I get my tank filled in two days.   But, it takes time for a home that cold to warm up and I just had to bear it.


Even at this hour which is late at night with my home toasty warm, my body still aches from the muscles shivering uncontrollably.


While I was able to escape my freezing nightmare, I thought to myself; what do those who have no heat or are forced to live in cars or on the street do?   They suffer.   They do not have someone to call to make them feel warmer.


Many whose bodies are not able to get warm will feel the tiredness and ultimately fall asleep where someone will find their frozen body.   I ask those who read this column and ponder how a person dies a miserable death like that.


To some, America is the greatest country, but I do question that when the U.S. Government will allow so many to freeze by cutting this heating aid.   What are they supposed to do?   Die?


I ask of my readers if they do not feel like going without heat for a few hours to feel the symptoms; call your elected leaders and yes, the White House and demand no cuts to home heating assistance.

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