An Unexpected Twist (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007A4V33M
- Publication date : February 15, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 57 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 18 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #368,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finally, a doctor enters, looking all of 12 years old. His diagnosis - 'distension.' A CAT scan is ordered, followed by a parade of other doctors, each higher in the medical hierarchy than the last. Finally, the results of his CAT scan - Andy has a twisted colon.
Treatment begins via a colonoscopy, with the added intention of untwisting the problematic area. This is followed by a special laxative designed to clean one out, which it does very well, over the next two days in preparation for surgery to remove the problem area. Encourage by a friend to carefully check out his surgeon, Andy realizes he has no way of doing so - and doesn't even meet the surgeon until after the operation.
Pain continues after the operation, and his surgeon recommends enemas - something not covered in their wedding vows nine months prior. Symptoms continue, and its back to the E.R. After being hooked up to numerous lines and having his stomach pumped over and over, an emergency x-ray reveals a leak where his colon was sewed back together. This time there's no time to clean out his colon - its emergency surgery, exactly what the doctors were trying to avoid originally. And this time, the doctors say survival odds are only 50%.
Borowitz survives, but learns that in order to foolproof the outcome, doctors have disconnected his small intestine from the large intestine, allowing the latter three months to heal. Meanwhile, Andy's small intestine extends outside the body and empties into an ileostomy bag. Andy's next medical problem, besides getting the recommended exercise and constantly changing the leaking bag, is that the little piece of protruding intestine is protruding further and further. So the operation to reconnect is moved up a month.
Borowitz's 'Bottom Line' - 'Life really is precious and you have to make the most of every minute.'
My 'Bottom Line' - if this is the kind of care and results one can expect from one of America's top ten hospitals, I'd hate to imagine what goes on in the rest. The really bad news - hospitals and physicians make more money making mistakes than doing the job right the first time!
P.S.: For 99 cents I'll tell you about my botched broken leg operation. Just kidding about the 99 cents, but it really was botched. Like Borowitz it took forever to receive treatment, I went with the assigned surgeon, and fortunately lived to regret it. It took another surgeon (very carefully selected this time), and nearly 9 months before I could walk again without crutches.
Anyway it was a good read because three times I've been told I was going to be put through a temporary colostomy and in all three cases my husband refused the surgery-this put me at great risk but he wasn't going to have THAT in HIS life. This really made me think about those experiences and took me to a several day silence. I did survive cancers, so far, but what I went through was very tough. Borowitz had no cancer, but a sudden awareness of what a very dangerous thing peritonitis and the intestine are, and from that reflects on what an amazing gift life is. He has learned a great and amazing lesson about what we waste time doing rather than living loving one another. He got right to the one thing I've learned.
I can barely rerun those 6 or 7 times I had peritonitis without wondering how I'm still here-or recalling the most intense pain I think you can have. And how I buried all of that, which no one allows me to really share without giving me advise-and they don't know what they are speaking about-, that's tough. A part of me is rejected completely in this world that refuses compassion for the sick or an understanding of shared humanity. That eventually it hits us all-deny all you like. Or that turns in the face of your bravely sharing this vulnerability, to say "you take yourself too seriously." Ok.
It was interesting to read a far more loving experience,because he is supported and loved and doesn't speak of what defined my experiences-the being alone.Makes it a far more joyful read. He took stock in a very positive way.
This is basically a retelling of a twisted colon, complications from surgery in one of the best hospitals around for a guy that got pretty good care and had his life go ok finally. For me, because my issues lasted 15 years, involved incredible pain and are ongoing, in crappy hospitals, it's a bit like knowing someone out there has a tiny bit of insight but really has no idea what it can be like. It made me tear up for a second. He's a quick read and a good writer.
Maybe this is the story to recommend to the person that took you at your most vulnerable-coming out of things like this, and took advantage and made a joke out of "being smitten" with you.Maybe this is for that guy.
But, maybe, nothing gets through to those folks.
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Only Andy Borowitz, (NYT Borowitz Report) could tell a tale of such horror with such wit and humour.
The moral of the story: to live life to the full while you can, will resonate with most. Nobody can really tell what fate awaits us tomorrow!