Sonntag, Juni 28, 2009

something I like to share with all the people reading my blog. just because.

thanks to the ones reading my blog that I did not mention in my last post.

a "scusi" to Phil from practicality blog. haven't been visiting u for ages, but I did catch up now. sorry to hear about your loss.

myself, I just lost my godfather. he had a heart attack last year, got a bypass, there were complications, he was in intense care for weeks, they had to take his leg off, he got an artificial leg and went into rehab. he was pretty happy there at first, laughing at the psychologist, having a good time. then the shock set in, about not recovering as speedy as expected, about having lost the leg, about not being able to join carneval except for a lousy afternoon in a wheelchair.

then there were complications again, and he recently died of Blutvergiftung - poisoned blood, kinda.

he was always a heavy smoker, always up for a good laugh, full of energy, passionate for BMW, and carneval in Basel were the three days a year he gave loads of energy to. the rest was diving, reading, driving, drinking, enjoying life.

the thing that troubles me is not so much that he went away now. he had a good life. his wife will manage - though in grief, she manages already now. but to know that at the hospital, they messed things up... that there are different departments treating different sicknesses, and that they neither care nor are forced to interact with each other. one doctor actually said, "we were so focused on his leg, we forgot to treat him for his heart as well".

I guess it happens. it probably happens far more often than any of us would ever want to know. that we perfect one thing, but forget about the other. it's an old wisdom, that good doctors treat their patient as one person with heart and soul, with personality and biological characteristics. we also know that in today's world, this is not the case unless you pay a fortune for your own private clinic. I know that in Western Europe we are still immensely privileged to even have doctors treating you.

just wanted to share with you. not going anywhere specific, except perhaps... hmm, getting a lesson out of the story... be there for people in need, so they will be there when you need them. eg, to speak up at the bedside and protest against a god in white who just read your patient history for the first time.


Peter (Worldman): hat gesagt…

These are "heavy thoughts" and of course deep, good and important ones. You raise a lot of questions. And perhaps we will never get good answers.

Take care and I am with you in your grief.

Anonym hat gesagt…

I am very sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you! I send you a big hug.


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Pablo (yo) hat gesagt…

Great blog!
If you like, come back and visit mine:

Pablo from Argentina

neilhoja hat gesagt…

I'm sorry to heard that... hope you always in great life, and blessed.

Jonnha T. Cruz hat gesagt…

This is so sad. That is why trust is really difficult to give to people especially when the life of a beloved is on the line. It is very easy to admit a mistake but have they really considered the consequences. Yes they are just human and are not perfect but at least be close to perfection.

However, there might be a reason somewhere. Life will go on.

Peter (Worldman): hat gesagt…

So, really no more blogging? Sniff!!

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