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Elective Surgery

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sometimes you get more health care than you really want.

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SMILES650 3/31/2012 3:51PM

  Kinda scary, because it is true!

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MS.ELENI 3/31/2012 11:11AM

    oh how true this is. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 3/31/2012 2:22AM

    It's so scary I'm not sure if it's safe to laugh.


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DJ4HEALTH 3/30/2012 8:39PM

    Some times I think that is what they do too.

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How Doctors Die

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It turns out that Ed has a wife and a couple of daughters with him, and doesn't need any outside help. He just decided after a few months in bead the "he's ready," which is the same words used by Elve (a full time RV'er from Arkansas, with lung cancer) and the captain of my high school football team (with bone cancer and a good friend). It's about what I felt when I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and waited for about 12 days to find out if it had spread. The good news was that you didn't have to worry about chemo and radiation, and the bad news was that neither of them did any good, so after two years only two per cent of the patients are alive.

These guys didn't use Dr. Kevorkian's approach, and look sort of like the doctors. There was an article, "how doctors die" in the Tampa Bay Times

which is pretty sobering for the survivors. It does sort of put Ed's approach in a little different light - not as unusual as it first seemed to me.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/29/2012 9:39PM

    Don't want all those machines either.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/29/2012 7:20PM

    This is much the way I'd want to go. Quality of life is far more important than quantity. I don't want to live to be 103 sitting in a chair in a nursing home, drooling on myself - or even to 77 popping more pills than food to stay alive. I'd rather live well and die when my time arrives knowing I lived it well.

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Nosey or Caring - Which?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In 1997 I had a problem with our one ton van, and a mechanic at McBee's garage spent six or seven hours getting the right parts and making the brakes work right because another mechanic had put the wrong part in the truck. His name is Ed, an ex-Airforce mechanic and certified auto technician. All of the guys at McBee's are certified, and they always take care of any problem we have with a car without causing another problem or failing to correctly repair the car. Ed is one of my favorite guys in the world, but not a close personal friend.

Today I took the BW's car in for an oil change, which was the second day because they were short handed and I didn't leave it yesterday but told Rick I could come back today. I asked Tom if Ed was sick because I hadn't seen him the last several times I had been in - not for several months. Tom said, Yes - he quit eating last week. He can't lift his arms any more." I asked what was wrong, and Ed has cancer. He's at home. Later I asked Rick when he got back if Diane was still working there, because she was not in several times, but was there sometimes. Rick said that she does work there when she comes in. Rick also said the Ed is 69 years old.

I now suspect the Diane is Ed's wife.

I wish now that I had been nosey and asked about Ed sooner, and because the BW's car needs a valve cover seal and a new brake master cylinder, I'm going back tomorrow. I will try to get Diane's phone number and see if we can at least do some care-taker relief if it's not too late.

I thought I was being courteous, but should have asked questions a lot sooner. Ed's a relatively young guy but obviously a short-timer, and there's nothing I can do about it.

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TUDI4480 3/30/2012 10:37PM

    I appreciate your kind heart. We never know what lies in store for ourselves or for those around us. There is a community memorial at the village "commons" tomorrow for a kind, loving man who died after a shoulder surgery. He had great doctors, great care. was recovering and was out of the hospital. His wife left him sleeping for just a little while. When she came back...he was gone. There was an autopsy, of course. No heart attack, no stroke, no infection, no reason why he just quit breathing. He would have been 59 y.o. in a day or two. What a shock. What a shame. What a good person he was. He and his soul-mate wife met late in life. They were planning their retirement lives together. One never knows what's just around the corner. But, I love your idea of reaching out. I believe it really is the thought that counts. The thought leads to the action. Kindness always makes the world just that much better. Take care. Have a good weekend.

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WOOFGANG 3/28/2012 11:07PM

    You have a good heart and you have to do what's in that heart. How kind you are to want to offer help.

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KNITTINGNAN 3/28/2012 3:19PM

  How compassionate you are. Just having somebody show interest during an illness provides strength to a family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you reach out to help relieve their burden.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Monday, March 26, 2012

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