28 September 2008

On confusing data with knowledge

Three years ago, after suffering through serial episodes of extremely brief but Hiroshima-like headaches... I had what television paramedics casually and cryptically refer to as a "syncopal episode"... which, believe you me, isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds.

After a brief stop at the always chaotic and overloaded Emergency Room down in Belleville... I was fortunate enough to get assigned to an amazing neurologist at Kingston General Hospital... who immediately ran me and my skull through all the insanely futuristic, particle-emitting medical artillery then known to mankind.

At some point, days later... after being disconnected from the tubes and ancillary machinery and sent home... I got a call from the doctor's receptionist, on a Tuesday I believe, asking me if I could come by his office that Thursday.

Now, this was more than a little unsettling, as I had a friend whose father had recently had to wait 11 months just to see a neurologist up in the Ottawa area. I mean, these folks are obviously up to their asses in medical alligators.

Of course, the only conclusion I could come to was that I was totally smoked... the only real question being... "Well, Doc... how long have I got?" Needless to say, this was the longest 48 hours of my life.

Turns out, the test results were all negative... and I had the one Doctor in the western hemisphere who thought he should share the good news in a timely fashion.

Which is why I could relate so much to this...

Long story short, I ended up in my GP's office getting my neck felt up. Being the ever-cautious fellow that he is, he sent me for a CT-Scan of my head and neck, and set me up with an ENT specialist, which did nothing to allay my fears.

Since the appointment was the day after the scan, they gave me a CD of the scan results to bring with me, which meant I had approximately 14 hours to become an expert at reading CT scans, which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.

Even though I was easily able to locate the area in question, and learn a lot about bone density, contrast dyes and all 257 slices of my own head, I lacked other potentially useful things such as a medical degree and any clue as to what the fuck I was looking for.
Maybe this isn't something you can appreciate until you've actually been there, but guess what... as you get older... I guarantee you're gonna be riding the "health care" bus with increasing frequency.

See... the thing is, I just can't understand why the medical system is not the top priority in Canada today.

It just blows me away that the Chretien Mafia were able to piss away two billion plus dollars chasing down rifles and shotguns used by farmers, hunters and target shooters.

Just think what rewards a two billion dollar investment in medical research and the health care system in general could have reaped.

Remember... friends don't let friends vote Liberal.

More here and here.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"An article in the TO Sun March 6, 2005 (Lorie Goldstein) reminds us that when Rae was Premier of Ontario he paid the University of Toronto mega bucks so that they would reduce the size of their med-school grad class."

"See... we are still having Rae days... those are the 8 hour waits in ER because you don't have a family doctor."
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8 comments:

Unknown said...

Glad you're okay. However, if you want good health care and don't have scads of money, don't vote Conservative.

Neo Conservative said...

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"rbudde says... if you want good health care and don't have scads of money"

thx for the kind thought... but c'mon... what part of "two billion dollars down the shitter"... are you just not gettin' here.

see, rob... i thought maybe you'd learned a few things since last time.

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Anonymous said...

Joking about nuclear attacks, eh neo?


I'm glad you're ok too. Strange you would bash the Liberals based on your timely treatment when they were in power.

The hypocrisy at the halls of hypocrisy is truly astounding.

Neo Conservative said...

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"my own personal troll whines... The hypocrisy at the halls of hypocrisy"

oh yeah, i forgot... the next time you're discussing this with your doctor in ontario... ask him/her if they think the system could have used an extra billion dollars.

i know what my doctor would say.

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Anonymous said...

Here we go again...
neo...some info for those ill-informed visitors. If Bob Rae and company get any where near our health care we are going down the hatch faster than the American banks.
An article in the TO Sun Mrch 6, 2005 (Lorie Goldstein)reminds us that when Rae was Premier of Ontario he payed University of Toronto mega bucks so that they would reduce the size of their med-school grad class. See ...we are still having Rae days...those are the 8 hour waits in ER because you don't have a family doctor, and those are the long days you wait for the MRI to be read by your doctor.
I foresee more co-operation from the Feds with health care.
Any Lib health care $$$ would mean some kind of registry, or a portfolio to study the problems.

That reminds me...since the CPC have been the government how many 'parliamentary studies' have been put in place?Remember how Martin and Cretin were forever appointing their cronies to 'study the problem' and report back to Parliament?
Romonow wasted lot$ to tell us we needed more doctors and beds.

Glad you are ok neo...

Neo Conservative said...

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thx to commenters for their best wishes... but note that my episode was actually three years ago.

the stuff about the guy seeing the doc regarding his neck... is actually from the site "15 minute lunch"... whom I heartily recommend visiting.

we do finally have a family doctor up here... but thanks to commie bob rae... it took seven long years.

friends don't let friends vote ndp... or liberal.

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langmann said...

neo discussing this with your doctor in ontario... ask him/her if they think the system could have used an extra billion dollars.

This doctor says definitely. However we are going to have to look at outside investment as well.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon bleats... strange you would bash the Liberals"

you're kidding right?

i'll tell you what... in the interest of balance... let's ask a commie pinko toronto star reporter what he thinks...

"What about Paul Martin reducing transfer payments to the provinces and cutting money for medicare and education six years in a row?"

thanks, anyway... but i think i'll stick with stephen harper.

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