A Doctor’s Schedule & Death Sentences

This morning an oncologist team breezed into my father-in-law’s room at the hospital, gave him a death sentence, and left the room. My father-in-law was alone, and is a scientist by training, so he took it well enough. He called his wife…

It took over an hour for my wife to stop her mother from screaming.

A few months ago, my wife was rounding at a hospital in Lancaster County. She met a nurse who was absolutely furious with a doctor.

It seems this doctor, a Chinese, visited one of her patients, a woman on a ventilator, told her she had stage 4 lung cancer, and left the room.

Tears rolled down the woman’s face as she choked back sobs on her breathing tube.

Could the doctors have waited until visiting hours to sit down with my wife’s family before dishing out this death sentence? Could that Chinese doctor had waited for the woman’s loved ones to have arrived before telling her she was going to die a very painful and senseless death?

No – because making a doctor’s schedule around the family members of a terminally ill patient isn’t convenient.

But it is the right thing to do...

Bastards…

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