Today in My History2000: The Drawer
2001: No entry--in England
2002: Casting the First Stone
2003: Faded Photographs
2004: High Chapparal
2005: Oh Say Can You See?
2006: Boozing It Up
2007: Way Cool
2008: Learning My Limits the Hard Way
2009: My Afternoon with Harry
2010: Mother's Day
2011: Down to the Wire
"Little Shop of Horrors"
Books Read in 2012
Most Recent on My Santa Barbara, April 2012
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A MEDICAL MEME
10 May 2012
This is a different sort of meme. It's been in my meme collection since 2008. Interestingly, one of the Swap Bots I've done recently was a "Publicize your Blog" and one of the people who reviewed mine seemed to be surprised that there were such things as memes for blogs. Heavens, most of the blogs I read do memes from time to time...most of my favorite blogs do memes from time to time.
So let's try a meme about medicine
1. What is your worst memory of when you visited the dentist?
My next worst memory was the dentist I had when Walt and I were first married (Walt still goes to that office, commuting to Berkeley to do so!). In 1970, when I was pregnant with Tom, the dentist yelled at me--a lot--for not flossing my teeth and scared me so badly, I didn't go to the dentist again for more than 20 years.
The third had a happy ending. After never opening my mouth around my friend and co-worker Cindy (who was working as a typist while getting her dental practice estabished), I reached a point where I was convinced I was about to lose my front teeth and, terrified, confessed my dental history to her and made an appointment. She could not have been more kind, gentle, and encouraging....and discovered that I was not about to lose my teeth. I have since probably put all 3 of her children through college, but I still have all my teeth.
2. How many primary doctors have you had?
3. What has been your biggest medical fear in life so far? Why?
As an adult, my biggest medical fear is being incapacitated in such a way that I would have to rely on someone else for everything (which, really, is just a modern day version of an iron lung, isn't it?)
4. What is the worst illness you have ever had?
5. What are your thoughts on the state of the medical system?
Actually, I became a member of Kaiser in 1954, when I was 10 years old, so Kaiser is the only medical care I have known and I have no complaints (perhaps because I have been fairly healthy all my life and haven't required much in the way of medical care). But having worked in medicine for so many years and watching what is happening around the country, it's appalling that we have such a terrible problem with medical care. What is more, it's appalling that so much attention is being spent on trying to reduce medical care for women. It seems to get worse with each news cycle.
Sometimes I think, looking at what is happening for medical care for women and
with education, which is being cut and cut and cut everywhere, that we are now living by
the rules of the sea with respect to budgetary cuts: women and children first.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
I love these wimsical sculptures at the Sacramento airport