2010-06-01

Complications

Complications - a brilliant book by Dr Atul Gawande. He takes us through various cases where there was unbearable pain, suffering and in some cases loss.

- some girl all of 18 going to get wisdom teeth pulled and dying because of incorrect process during anaesthesia (the oxygen tube was put in oesophagus instead of trachea)

- someone suffering from excruciating back pain. Doctors not able to identify any physical cause. Consequently, no cure

- another woman had to suffer extreme nausea for over 6 months during her pregnancy. Could not eat or drink or sometimes breathe without vomiting. No cure or care worked.

He discusses many more cases where pain, suffering and loss were more extreme.

Yet, yet, it will be difficult for me (or for anyone) to compare with these and think that my problem is insignifiant compared to these. My problem is as big to me as cancer is to a person who is afflicted with it.

Life is about I/me. And this is how it is.

5 comments:

Raksha Ramachandra said...

First time around here:)
I got the book as a bday gift two yrs back,someone thought it would be an ideal thing to give it to a doc:)kinda liked it...

To each his own..do not worry...whatever the problem..this too shall pass:)

Cheers:)

Vinod said...

"Life is about I/me. And this is how it is." -- Very True!

itheabsolute said...

Hey Vinod

Thanks

itheabsolute said...

Raksha

Thanks for dropping by and your comments.

Good book indeed. You would have understood it better since you are a Doc.

Wasn't talking my state of affairs (problems)...was talking about life and people in general

Take care....

Vinod said...

Hey Vijay, Finished the book over weekend... turnout to be the most interesting read after long time. Thank you very much!

2010-06-01

Complications

Complications - a brilliant book by Dr Atul Gawande. He takes us through various cases where there was unbearable pain, suffering and in some cases loss.

- some girl all of 18 going to get wisdom teeth pulled and dying because of incorrect process during anaesthesia (the oxygen tube was put in oesophagus instead of trachea)

- someone suffering from excruciating back pain. Doctors not able to identify any physical cause. Consequently, no cure

- another woman had to suffer extreme nausea for over 6 months during her pregnancy. Could not eat or drink or sometimes breathe without vomiting. No cure or care worked.

He discusses many more cases where pain, suffering and loss were more extreme.

Yet, yet, it will be difficult for me (or for anyone) to compare with these and think that my problem is insignifiant compared to these. My problem is as big to me as cancer is to a person who is afflicted with it.

Life is about I/me. And this is how it is.

5 comments:

Raksha Ramachandra said...

First time around here:)
I got the book as a bday gift two yrs back,someone thought it would be an ideal thing to give it to a doc:)kinda liked it...

To each his own..do not worry...whatever the problem..this too shall pass:)

Cheers:)

Vinod said...

"Life is about I/me. And this is how it is." -- Very True!

itheabsolute said...

Hey Vinod

Thanks

itheabsolute said...

Raksha

Thanks for dropping by and your comments.

Good book indeed. You would have understood it better since you are a Doc.

Wasn't talking my state of affairs (problems)...was talking about life and people in general

Take care....

Vinod said...

Hey Vijay, Finished the book over weekend... turnout to be the most interesting read after long time. Thank you very much!