Re: [MOL] Lin, well stated [08861] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Lin, well stated



You are very correct that one mistake is one too many, but realistically we
do know that mistakes are made and pray that they are not made to us or our
loved ones...

It also sounds like Gene has an arrogant doctor in the forefront and that is
not good...  There is no room for self centered, self seeking egos in
treating people...  They would be better off in research, yet I also know
that they exist.  It is not there not a part of requirements before you
graduate.  I guess the only way that you deal with them is to not deal with
them and tell them why.  Maybe then one day they change...

Lin, this is probably my last post to you before I leave.. I am so far
behind... I will be online tonight, so if you have an update I will be glad
to hear it.....  May God Bless you, Diana and Gene and guide in Gene's
medical treatment and healing.   Carla
-----Original Message-----
From: LINHILLIS <LINHILLIS@aol.com>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 1:41 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Lin, update on Gene and Diana


>Carla,
>
>Thank you for your encouraging message.  I will pass it on to Diana.
>
>It is difficult to maintain objectivity during times of crises, and that is
>why I made a feeble attempt to qualify my postscript by reference to
emotional
>states of mind.  Certainly, there are many marvels that have been
accomplished
>by the medical profession....the technology today certainly beats having
your
>maladies cured by "leeching".  All in all, it serves no purpose to
denigrate
>any individual or profession.  Nonetheless, I think it's important that all
of
>us have a "buyer beware" attitude when dealing with members of the medical
>profession:  Too frequently, a visible few choose to dominate the decison
>making process, rather than to listen and learn...ego's get in the way of
>common sense.
>
>We've all read the horror stories in the newspapers...wrong leg amputated,
>good lung removed and cancerous lung remains in the body, etc.  Again, at a
>point in time, for purposes of informing, rather than chastising, I will
>relate some personal experiences for the purpose of alerting the general
>public.  Here's an example that Gene told me this weekend:  A couple of
aides
>came into his room prior to his surgery and said "We are here to prep you."
>"I've already been prepped," said Gene. "We need to shave under your arms,"
>said the aides. "Why?", said Gene.  "So, the vein can be removed?"  "Why
are
>you removing a vein?", asked Gene.  "For the By-Pass," the aides responded.
>"I'm not having a by-pass," said Gene.  Of course, the aides checked and
>discovered Gene was correct.  While discussing this, Gene said, "When you
go
>into the hospital, you should have someone at your elbow who is coherrent
and
>not afraid to challenge the actions of the hospital staff."  I thought the
>incident was humorous at the time, because it seemed non-consequential.
Now,
>I wonder, what other mistakes were made that we will never know about.
>
>So, FAITH seems to be the answer:  Faith in ourselves and the Almighty, and
>perhaps some guarded trust in the proficiency of the Doctors who administer
to
>our medical needs.
>
>G'd Nite, and thanks again.
>
>Lin
>
>P.S.:  One mistake in the medical profession which adversely affects the
>patient is ONE TOO MANY.
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