To remain healthy, stay out of hospitals !

The 'super bug' Clostridium difficile, found in hospitals


I have a heck of a time.....

......getting my dog into the vet's office. He's smart. For awhile he's cool and thinks we are going to the creek, but his first inclination, when I didn't bring my camera and lap-top, gives him pause and the crying settles down a bit. He must be formulating.

Then when I don't make the prescribed turns and the trees and woods start to disappear and turn into buildings, more cars, people and traffic lights, he gets the idea where we are really going on this outing. But he doesn't give up, he still whimpers a bit and remains rather excited and goes from window to window to stick his head out, almost as if he keeps denying the dreaded thoughts he's getting, and keeps himself hopeful. (like being politically correct)

Then when I make the last turn, with no creek in sight, no frolicking geese, no squirrels dashing to the trees for safety, no sound of the little waterfall and no fisherman in sight, he can no longer hide himself from the truth. He's quiet. He lays down. Tail motionless, and he tries not to look at me. I can't look at him, and feel guilty. It seems easier getting him out of the car when I tell him, "don't worry, Bentley, this isn't 'the last day.' But as soon as I open the front door to the office and all the smells and the sounds of other dogs hit him, he's damn near a basket case! And I don't blame him.

I feel the same way when I have to go to the hospital for humans. And not even the hospital. I get the 'willies' going for my check-up. That smell, real hospital or not, affects me just like my 'fur faced' friend. You know the smell. There's no other like it. It's certainly not a good healthy smell. And the sounds. You know the sounds. They aren't good healthy sounds in there, no matter how much you try to 'shit yourself.' But there's no reason it should be any different in there. This is where all the sick people go. It smells sick in there, and with all the moaning, groaning, sneezing, hacking, coughing, crying, etc., it sounds sick in there. This isn't a place that anybody, fur-faced' or not, would want to be, at least in their right mind. And good money or not, I could never be a doctor or a nurse. Imagine coming to this sick place every day for twelve hours or more. It's no wonder doctors and nurses are always sick, and have the highest suicide rate. It doesn't get any better. There's no end to the sick people. And if you have a building where there's always sick people in it, day in day out, it doesn't take a doctor, or rocket scientist, to figure out that this place isn't a healthy place to be....even if you are sick.

~ LBN-COMMENTARY ~ by John C. Goodman: Hospitals are dangerous places to be. At least if you are a patient. My colleagues Biff Jones and Pam Villarreal and I estimate that as many as 187,000 patients die every year for some reason other than the medical condition which caused them to seek care. We also estimate there are 6.1 million injuries caused by the health care system, including hospital acquired infections that afflict one in every 20 hospital patients. We estimate the economic cost of this loss of life and limb at between $393 billion and $958 billion in 2006 dollars. These amounts are equal to between 18% and 45% of all health care spending.

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

....and I think it gets to your head. Granny always said, "if you hang around ducks long enough, pretty soon you'll begin to act like them."

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Thanks for providing a great laugh on a very serious subject.

Like you, I avoid hospitals 'like the plague' (pun intended), because that's where one WILL catch the modern version of it. Even if one is only a visitor and not a patient. Last year, despite using extra caution NOT to touch any surface previously touched by unwashed hands and holding my breath in the lift going up to a relative's room so as not to inhale airborne super-bugs, I still became infected with a bug that laid me low for the better part of two months.

My dog's behavior, btw, was the same as Bentley's before and during *absolutely necessary* visits to the vet.

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

So sorry to hear about your bug you caught. Yes, very true, I take something serous better if it's in jest. I watch 'The Hospital' at least four times a year, and 'Network' about that many times.

Nice to hear from you again.

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

You're right Mr. John, something about hospitals is very unappealing. I spent a lot of time in hospitals in my life; lived there practically ... and I still lost some very close people.

I don't do hospitals or doctors. I trust my immune system - that's my doctor.

All the best and say "Hello" to your furry friend for me.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Mr. Happy, I agree. Trust your immune system...and trust your own instincts to tell you when it's not working properly. After all, who knows a body better than the person living in it.

My mother was a medicine junkie...had prescriptions from each of three doctors sent to different pharmacies so that none knew what she was taking at any given time. Definitely not a case of 'better living through chemicals'. Because of her, it takes an Act of Congress to get me to take even an aspirin. Unless it's a migraine, I'll usually just tough it out. Meaning I've developed a pretty sturdy immune system. Since I never get sick, I was urged to get a blood test to determine the exact bug that got me while visiting my friend last year. Hello... No way was I going back to a hospital for the test and risk leaving with a different strain of superbug on top of the one I already had!

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Well, can't add anything to what you 2 have said, only: if most people thought like us the 'quacks' would be out of business, at least until our Gov. makes it mandatory to go there and illegal to think like this. I can hear the popular chant now, "say no to the immune system."

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

These days "government" is just another word for the growing number of congresspeople (and the Roberts court) owned by Big Pharma and the healthcare industry's lobbyists...

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

At least you view things with a sense of humor John, so essential today if you plan on being a survivor! With or without a Hospital stay! ;-) My sister has been a Nurse for her entire life and she confirms how incredibly scary it is to have to stay there - even over night! Good Job....

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Funny, my Daughter is studying to be a nurse and she has yet to comment on her dadio's hub. She's going to be a pediatrician, so maybe she'll be spared from all the horror, the horror, the horror.

shygirl2 5 years ago

My momma would agree with you on this one...she hates the hospital, having been in one so many times. It's not just the bill that gets ya. lol! I always would catch something from it, after visiting her there. It is a lonely place, the food is awful and sometimes the help is not so helpful. I found when I went in years ago...I actually felt worse. Great hub! Up and awesome, plus useful! :D

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Thanks for the compliment, shygirl. A lot of people feel this way, it's a wonder hospitals are still in business. HE

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funride 5 years ago from Portugal

Health-care around the world is sick... in fact it`s the humankind who is sick... all of us!

Thanks for helping with this therapy - laughing! One of the best remedies ;)

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

As a former nurse (mostly OR) I agree with you. I told my parents early on to avoid hospitals at all costs UNLESS one needs surgery. Can't avoid it then. At least now there are many outpatient surgery centers which are better for more minor operations. Not as many bugs to pick up in places like that.

I like your lighthearted style in writing about a serious subject. Useful and funny!

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Yea, I get away with a lot more when I say it in jest. If I didn't it would be sarcasm, and that, for more people, is too hard to swallow, and grounds for divorce, or at least taking the child away and home to Mommy. But it is the truth and it is quite serious.

Joshua526 5 years ago

Smell is a real issue at the hospitals,makes me sick.

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Thanks for stoppin by, Joshua526. Hope I find you well today. Stay well, stay away from their drugs, and you wont have to go to that God-forsaken place -

Health is everything, dude.

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