So I had a little procedure this week.
I hate going to the hospital–who doesn’t?
But I figured better to take care of something before it gets worse.
I think of it like taking the car into the mechanic for a tuneup every once in a while.
This analogy stuck with me years ago, when the orthopedist told me I needed to get a hip replacement and started to describe it as having a flat tire that needed to be repaired.
Leading up the the procedure, someone sent me this funny cartoon:
This really hit a nerve too because even the best medicine these days reminds me of the truly horrible medicine not so long ago.
Ah, have some liquor, bite on this piece of wood, and now we’ll saw your leg off!
I remember my father never even liked to go to the doctor, and he had total faith that G-d was his doctor–I think he actually managed to avoid the doctor for literally something like 30-years.
He also used to joke that many doctors were butchers, and he didn’t want to get caught under their knife.
So that’s certainly some apprehension going in to this.
The other thing that was interesting-sad that I saw this week when I went for an MRI was someone taking a homeless person into the radiology center for a scan.
But when the lady asked for insurance the person didn’t have any, so the lady asks for “proof of homelessness.”
I was flabbergasted at this as the guy was obviously homeless and literally was wearing tattered clothes.
They wouldn’t do the scan until the person escorting him would come back with this proof.
I felt so bad for him and thought to myself is this what the healthcare system and care for the poverty-striken in this country has come to?
While I am so truly grateful for the miraculous care that I received this week, I am equally saddened at the care that others don’t get that need it, and pray that we as a “caring society” will do better.
Anyway, I want to express my gratitude to the doctor, the hospital, my wonderful family who stood by me, and most of all to G-d for seeing me through the procedure this week and for watching over me always. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)