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November 25, 2008


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This is great. I should share it with my doctor.

Lisa Moon

LOL, this is brilliant! I'm going to share it with my techie, professional nerd friend (and I say that lovingly and respectfully!).

You're quite right, too! When I was reading what you'd written, I thought of a recent incident his team was involved with. My friend works for our provincial government here in BC, Canada. When one of their servers is down, they are _there_ in record time, if not remotely, then in person, doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to get it up and running again (they look after most of the myriad branches of the government, including such huge areas as health and justice dept.).

In fact, on our Thanksgiving, there was an unexpected city-wide power outage. After a while, when the power was not restored and the back-up supplies were running out, this great system of on-call techies was set in motion (with massive protocal, as if it were a natural disaster!) resulting in my friend and many others leaving behind their just made turkey dinners and coming into work on a holiday. They slaved until the wee hours of the morning so that everything would be perfect as usual for all the government employees the next day, virtually all of whom would have no idea that anything had been amiss.

It's amazing how much these brilliant techie folks DO to keep our computerized society running! I note your example of a bank; what would happen if, due to computer error/malfunction we couldn't access our money? A large, national bank perhaps?! Mayhem!

Don't we all wish our doctors could indeed be as systematically thorough and diligent?! I, for one, would like to have my own set protocol for when there is a system failure in Lisa! Automatically, everything would start with the early diagnostics and a team of techies would arrive to take it from there!

Good for you for taking charge and demanding answers. I'll be praying for you to get some real answers, and soon!


Great- just what we need - doctors who are even LESS human, and more like computers, or engineering nerds.

You even admit yourself that it would be impossible for doctors to run all possible tests on everyone - as you said, "There are probably tens of thousands of tests that a doctor could potentially run on a human being." Unlike "techie tests", which are relatively cheap, tens of of thousands of tests would cost millions of dollars. For each person. You are just not being realistic.

People are not computers, that is why there is an "art" to medicine, not just "science." I think most people think the problem in medicine today is TOO LITTLE art, not too much!

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