My mother had outpatient cataract surgery on Thursday. It’s amazing the possible upgrades, replacements, enhancements and other medical procedures which can be done these days – even into our old age. But, assuming that healthcare is going universal in the US sometime soon, I can only imagine the complexity of the bureaucracy which will be introduced. From the number and variety of questions that the eye clinic’s intake specialist pleasantly fired off at my mother, I would have thought it was her first visit to that clinic, that she had not paid sums in addition to her insurance, and that computers histories were not instantly available on each patient. If this encounter was any clue, we may hope for longer lifespans, if only to complete the forms and actually be treated by a doctor. Until such time as the system gets hopelessly bogged down, my mother will be able to read and understand, if not be as enthusiastic in filling out forms and questionaires – as long as the administrators realize that she may require their attention by critiquing and circling the questionaires omnipresent grammatical and spelling errors.
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Why "notdonner" for my 'nom d 'guerre'? When we decided to add the dog, Comet. to the household, we didn't change his shelter name, but also couldn't remember it. Since it was the Christmas season, I thought of Santa's reindeer: not Dasher, not Dancer, nor Prancer... not Donner, etc. I don't know too many who are not dog-men. I have often eschewed politics in favor of talking about dogs, existentialism and everyday perspective as one of the dog-people. Not that I don't like cats, I do. But cats tolerate you, while dogs enjoy having you around. While a vice-president of the New York Mets (MLB) organization, and an attorney in New York share the same first and last name with me, I have no greater honor than having served my country as a U.S. Navy Senior Chief. View all posts by notdonner