Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day -- belated

The Mystery Woman just spent four days in the hospital. She’s home. She’s fine. Needed a stent in her heart. Caught it early. Minimal damage. Her other veins and vital signs are good.

During the same four-day period, her 88-year-old mother needed to see the doctor about dizziness and a possible obstruction in her esophagus. She’s also home and also fine.

Sometimes, even the mini Dachshund went along for the ride. The sharpies among you have already deduced that I was the designated driver.

We’ve spent a lot of time at hospitals this season. Twice this winter, I danced with the angels as the docs struggled to re-attach a recalcitrant wire from my Pacemaker to my heart. But the Mystery Woman has been healthy ever since beating breast cancer 15 years ago. She was out of place as a patient. She’s the strong one.

Hospitals are where patients go for help. A nice blend of technology and tenderness await us there. However, I had forgotten on how tough hospitals are on bystanders. It’s high stress for those of us who just stand and wait. She handled the crisis much better than I did. Thankfully, she didn't catch me crying. And when they jabbed her with needles, I always went around the corner to faint.

Here’s the good news. The Mystery Woman got her heart repaired on Valentine’s Day. Couldn’t ask for better symbolism. And we couldn’t ask for better results.

Happy Valentine's everybody.


The South Plainsman said...

And a happy one to the two of you!

When they last looked at my arteries, five had blockage and they went in an bypassed four of them. Left the fifth one there to keep me in line, I guess. I am so glad that the Mystery Woman had more luck than that.

I just wish you had been as lucky as I was and had gotten yours bypassed before the big one.

It is really magic what they can do.

Too bad that national health care will put us on a par with England and Canada, with long waiting lists and "cost effective" treatment. That will be part of the "hope and change" that is coming.


Harold Shaw said...

Glad the mystery woman is doing well, women do seem to be better at being on the "waiting" side then we are.

At the South Plainsman, there may be a few more lines and waiting that part none of want -- who wants to wait when you are seriously ill.

But part of that is being missed it that there are millions of Americans that are either not insured or under insured and are not being treated today that would be under nationalized health care. More people entitled to medical care will result in a slower system - maybe?

How much money is wasted on unnecessary or questionable treatments that have no effect on the patient. There needs to be real research on what works and what doesn't versus what we think works or worse have been told that works but doesn't.

I will be happier for America when we do have health care available to all, not just us lucky ones.

Being in hospitals is not fun and I hope that I don't see another for quite a long time.

Again I am glad the mystery woman is doing well. :)

Ken Martin said...

Congratulations on the wonderful outcome for Valentine's Day. Life is a miracle.

"Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place." -- Susan Sontag (b. 1933) US essayist. Illness as Metaphor (1978) opening words.

Anonymous said...

So very glad that the Mystery Woman has been 'fixed'. I've only had a small problem with the old ticker,but they fixed it with an angioplasty. I guess I'm skinny but tough.
I agree with the SP in the grief that National Health Care will cause. If the lack of success of the countries that have installed a national health care system doesn't impress some people,then they just believe the Obamocrat
views and are not capable of seeing the facts, just the view from rose colored glasses.
The plans for a national health registry are absurd,but there are those who will accept everything that liberal leaders throw out at them.--Goose

sph said...

Maybe this is why she's the "Mystery" woman? Very relieved and happy for all of you (and very grateful we have friends and family like Jeff to do stuff that is so thoughtful.

If you don't want national health care, then what do you want for working people who don't have money for insurance? AFDC and Medicaid cover most indigents. Oh, just let 'em suffer, I forgot myself for a minute.

JohnSBoles said...

We have universal emergency healthcare. Anyone who needs medical attention is subject to receiving it in emergency situations. The question then is who pays for it? The answer is all of us when the individual has no insurance. If an individual could see a doctor prior to the development of the emergency then it might cost us all less money.

JohnSBoles said...

...I left out the important part.

I am very gald to hear all went well.

Anonymous said...

glad, glad, glad, glad

The South Plainsman said...

Mr. Shaw, please look at the budget of your local hospital and perhaps you can tell that nobody is turned away.

If you have a public hospital, you will find that the ER is jammed with people who are not insured, but are being treated.

You will also find that a large number of them would be eligible for Medicaid, but just don't sign up for it. Of course, a lot that are treated are illegal aliens.

Certainly there are a lot of uninsured. The thing to do is get them insurance, not do the socialized medicine that Canada and Great Britain have.

Max Fischer said...

I send all my love and heartfelts to the MW. She may be your Mystery Woman, but she's one of a select few on my Rushmore.

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