Archive for July 4th, 2006

I understand that that’s how biopsy is referred to. Which is what I’m having done tomorrow.

I hate doctors. The ones I have, I trust marginally, because they haven’t done anything radically stupid — yet — but by and large, I strongly suspect there isn’t an entire functioning brain among the entire medical community. I think they each possess a zygote of a brain cell.

And I really hate hospitals. That damn johnny, for one thing. (Everybody hates that thing. And the fact that they keep using it, despite knowing that everyone hates it, tells you everything you need to know about customer relations from the hospital’s point of view.) But then, they insist on calling you by your first name. I wonder how the anesthesiologist would like it if I kept referring to her as “Debs.” And when they’re putting in an IV, if they can’t find a vein, they keep sticking you in an effort to find one. For crying out loud, just get a damn phlebotomist up there to find it! To say nothing of the fact that the IV keeps you tied down until they say you can go. I mean, who’s gonna risk taking it out himself?! You could rupture a vein or something!

But what I really hate is that you are not only helpless, you are clueless. I mean, what the heck are they putting into that drip bag, anyways?! It could be anything. How would you know? I was watching a TV interview while we were visiting our son in Philadelphia, and this guy said his wife went into the hospital for a routine procedure, and while she was there her entire lower body turned purple, and she was in excruciating pain for a month. Turns out it was something they put in the IV.

Then there’s the woman I was reading this morning, on my cross-stitch board — so this isn’t tabloid stuff — who said she had no anesthesia for the first twelve minutes of her surgery, and the only way they found out she wasn’t anesthetized was that she coughed.

The thing is, why should an Orthodox Christian fear death (apart, of course, from an acute awareness that you actually have to stand before the Throne of God and account for yourself)? And when I think about it, I find that that’s not what I fear. What I really fear is them screwing up so badly that I will need medical care for the rest of my life. I don’t want to do that to my family.

So, much to my husband’s distress, I have put all my affairs in order. I have a book with all my final instructions printed out, and I plan to leave it on the kitchen table. I plan to take icons of St. Marina and St. John of San Francisco with me. Meanwhile, prayers would be appreciated.

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