Sunday, February 10, 2008
It was the military liaison nurse who phoned and asked the right questions. The civilian hospital gets credit for saving David's life and it's the military hospital that is working to ensure the best possible long-term outcome. After spending two days in David's apartment, arrangments were made to move him where he could get the best nutrition and the greatest chance of being able to make a full recovery. I spent another 2 days in Halifax and left with total confidence that he was in better hands than mine. David has never been so grateful to be military. The military is hierarchial and as an able seaman, David is pretty much on the bottom of that hierarchy. The pubic hospital system tries to be very equalitarian. Being equalitarian is a fine ideal but in reality, everyone including the medical staff, is treated like a peon/slave. David's operation ended at 11 p.m. which gives some indication of quality of life conditions for surgeons. If the people caring for you, do not have their health issues respected, the lack of feeling cared about filters all the way down the system. The military treats its officers well and those officers were extremely generous in giving David permission to live above his rank until his health stabilizes. In this case for sure, treating the top well had a positive trickle down effect. And I learned that some economies are very costly. No more handling unexpected expenses by reducing the food budget. We're too old for such foolishness.