Thursday, March 02, 2017
I Always Wanted To Do That!
My father had an appointment with his cardiologist on Monday. It was time to check the battery in his pacemaker and listen to her lecture him yet again about taking better care of himself - at 89 years of age. My father has never been a big fan of doctors, he hates hospitals and has an even lower opinion of nursing homes. I never really realized how sarcastic my father could be until the Thanksgiving a decade ago that he was in the hospital waiting for his first pacemaker to be installed.
He goes to the doctors - because they have so far kept him alive. But he also knows that his adventure is nearing an end. He has metastasizing lung cancer, a weak spot in his aorta, and his kidneys are barely able to keep him functioning. In consultation with various doctors he has chosen to not treat any of these, the treatments would dramatically lessen his quality of life, and he would be unlikely to survive the treatments. I fully support his choice, he knows what he is doing and what it means.
So my sister takes him to the cardiologist. His appointment is for 11:00 AM, they ask him to be there by 10:30 so the tech can check the pacemaker before he sees the doctor. They arrive at 10:15, within 10 minutes they take him in and check his pacemaker. Good news, it appears to be functioning well and he has over a year left on the battery. He sends my sister the waiting room and goes back to wait for the doctor. About 11:20 he comes out to the waiting room, goes into the toilet for minute. When he comes out he says to my sister - lets go. She asks him, what did the doctor say? He says, she didn't, I am tired of waiting. Nothing the doctor is going to is going to change anything, I have waited long enough.
In the car on the way to lunch, he looked at my sister and said, "I always wanted to do that!"
Have you ever gotten tired of waiting and walked out?