I have been out of the loop for several days. Had thyroid surgery on Friday and am feeling good…just tired. After a fall season of chaos I hope we are moving into a winter season of rest and joy. I now have to catch up on reading everything that I missed.
I hadn’t been involved in the hospital system for a while and had forgotten how dehumanizing it can be. The hospital was good, care was good it is just how the system operates. It is so easy to feel like someone out of one of the dystopian novels. Especially the older ones like 1984 and Soylent Green. It is easy to imagine yourself discovering that the light embedded in your arm has just lit up and it is time for you to go and be floated up to bliss.
It has been under discussion and very much under wraps having a Death Panel decide who will be left to die. The majority of money is spent on end of life care. Sometimes the kind where life is extended but not necessarily for the better.However, judgement needs to be made based on health and choice. If we are lucky the medical system will continue to allow us to make out own choices and not force the elderly but active to be told that nothing is allowed at their age.
Terrible topic. So sorry. It is just something that I know could come if we don’t have a say about what happens.
I promise more pleasant topic tomorrow.
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Glad you are home and doing well. The hospital is definitely not the best place to be for recovery
So true, The wonderful magical bed that changes like a blow up….beeped every hour even though I never moved. I came home, got in my bed and slept for four hours. Bliss!
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Even with excellent doctors, great nurses, fabulous nursing assistants, and kind staff, you’re right about a hospital experience being dehumanizing. Went through it with my husband about two months ago and my mom last week. Grateful beyond measure for modern medicine; also grateful for old fashioned, healing sleep without interruption.
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Glad you are home. Hospitals are not fun places but they do get us thinking about some deep subjects.
You are so right. It makes you think about what is important.
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