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03/29/2005 Entry: "Spiritual Stuff"

Well, good news on the Dad front. The doctor up here who told him he had a month or two left is all wet. His cancer specialist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston says he's got a couple of years left, assuming his treatment stays where it's at. And in two year's time, who knows what other treatments will become available? My thought was "If you're a GP, and one of your patients is seeing a cancer specialist at a world renown cancer hospital, would you maybe leave the diagnosis/prognosis up to him?" As Paddy said today, imagine putting someone through a week of thinking you only had a few weeks left to begin with? But anyway, that's over. And I saw Dad today. He looked good--a lot better than he's been looking these last couple of weeks.
Julia asked Susan a day or so a go if she could be baptized. Susan talked to her about what it meant, and asked her why she wanted to do it.

"Because Jesus said we should," was her answer. Good answer, kid. Susan went on to ask her a few more questions, and engage in a little discussion. Then Julia said...

"Can I wear goggles?"

Look, honey, we're not SCUBA diving here! I guess she's not quite ready.

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You have to be very careful at Pen Bay. I don't care what anyone says. They are great at certain things like broken bones and such but they are a small town community hospital. They just don't have the resources to do the big stuff. The problem is that they try to. I know more than a few people who have been on the edge of death at PBMC and have gone elsewhere and recovered fully. I can give names if needed.

I like PBMC for what they do well. Their level of nursing care is first class. Cancer? Heart Surgury? Rare conditions? Take me to Portland/Boston.

Posted by Jim @ 03/30/2005 12:08 PM EST

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