How Doctors Die.

I received an article in WhatsApp with the same title as the one for this blog and my mind immediately went to two doctors who gave me the right advice at the right time.

The first one was my late wife’s cardiologist, who is also a personal friend of our GP, who advised us to not hospitalise her but, to ensure that she took her medication regularly and at the prescribed dosage and time at home. This ensured that she lived a life of comfort in her last days in familiar surroundings and among people she was familiar and comfortable with.

The second one was an amazing Nephrologist who unlike many other specialists in the city where I live advised me to keep my late father at home rather than in a hospital during his last days. This of course meant that I had to provide nursing care at home but, he was comfortable and content in his last days and died in his sleep at home.

In most similar cases, the medical professionals advise hospitalisation for what I suspect to be financial benefits for themselves as modern private hospitals give revenue targets to them to practice in their set ups. Had I not been fortunate enough to have doctors with different value systems, I would have perhaps spent two fortunes in hospitalisation for both my late wife and late father in their last days.

I have been hospitalised five times for major surgeries and know what it means and I have instructed my son and daughter in love that no matter what happens, I should not be hospitalised again ever. I am at an age where such thoughts must be clearly worked through and a course of action in case needed drawn out well in advance. I have also drawn up a living will about which my son is fully aware.

It is not a pleasant subject but, one that people of my age must read and understand and take appropriate action. My readers can access the article under reference https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2011/11/30/how-doctors-die/ideas/nexus/.

6 thoughts on “How Doctors Die.”

  1. Ramana two months ago i expected to have my laft knee replaced and then a follow uo to get a full replacement for my right knee. I consulted Dr. Bartlett at the Princes Grace hospital through BUPA who advised me that my laft knee was only needing physiotherapy and if my right knee was not causing pain then leave it alone. I have now undergone physiotherapy and am back to walking around 4km per day. So there are doctors here who are not just motivated by money. Good to hear of your experience with Urmeela and Appa’s issues.

    1. I am sure that there are and I am glad that you have had dealings with some of them. While by and large I have had good experiences with the medical profession, I have also had a few unpleasant ones about which you know.

  2. here the catch cry is “send them home” and that’s what happened when I was booked for 2 nights, advised to be at the hospital by 3pm and finally got a bed at 7pm because the system hadn’t kicked in. I dutifully did the best I could that night but my guts were not happy and things didn’t quite go to plan. The next morning before I should’ve, I was wheeled to the testing room…and then back later for a sleep and some food. I was to be monitored for the rest of day! BUT for some reason, I was kicked out about 3pm … so much for the strict notes I had on aftercare, about being supervised. I spent I think a week recovering, slowly.

    of course, that was that initial period and apparently according later to my GP, I’d be fit in a few weeks – that was over a year ago. I “think” I may have found the culprit…working on hopefully returning my gut and me to near normal life.
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      1. 3 meals a day, a warm and semi comfortable bed, attention at the pressing of the call button, hot showers and possibly some nice nursing attention, and possibly visitors bearing gifts. But I’d rather be at home, healing…especially now, where it’s easy to get covid from another in your room, or roaming about…
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