Heart Surgery in America: Friday 10.0

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Friday 10.0

A Day @ the Office:  Return to Sender…

It takes a while to digest stuff-

Yeah- did a heart today, and then another- first was an aortic valve replacement- second was a guy missing the last half of his right foot, who had lost his wife a year ago and needed a new motor.

Sometimes people send post cards to their loved one’s on the other side. Those cards can be delivered promptly if the will to survive or succumb from an open heart procedure is in doubt.  We anticipate these postcards as potential premonitions of death and dying, taking them very seriously- here in the land of open heart surgery.

In the pursuant conversation with this gentleman, it was casually clarified that the intention to undergo surgery wasn’t a latent urge for an immediate hookup with his lost other half- instead I think, he was a little more focused on a reunion with the remaining half of his foot.  That was clarified right up front by the operating surgeon.

We see a close relationship with death wishes and premonitions- they seem to co-mingle with really poor outcomes, so we try to address what is a strange and touchy subject.  In this case, he truly was a train wreck, but survived the operation intact, albeit a few unanticipated hurdles (anatomical issues).

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