Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"I'm mad as Hell and I'm not going to take this any more."
Peter Finch as Howard Beal, NETWORK

I've got a bulging and herniated disc in my neck.

That's one of my medical problems right now. My doctor, the other pain in my neck, tells me thats okay though. He tells me its okay because I'm 45 years old.

I'm in constant pain. Granted, I'm on all kinds of medicine to combat that pain, but I don't remember anyone ever telling me when I was a little boy that when I turned 45 my neck discs would bulge and herniate and I would wish I would get squashed by a meteor.

WHY is it okay that I have bulging and herniated discs? Because I'm 45? Is 45 the magic number? What if I had been 43? Or 42?

I don't buy it. It's a cop out. It's bullshit. And it makes me mad. When did horrendous pain become age appropriate?

"I'm sorry about the leg, Johnny, but you know, you are 23 now and well..."

When did "We don't know" and "We'll see you in six months" become valid diagnoses?

You've got to rock the boat. You've got to raise your hand and ask "Why?"

You've got to raise your voice and say "I'm sorry. That doesn't work for me."

And that's jody with a "y"

1 comment:

  1. So, if you're 45 you just have to suffer? Yikes. I'm glad my oncologists didn't feel that way.