Almost there...

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

So sometimes, medical science is the ultimate contradiction. We know so much and can do so many things, but then we can't even figure out why other things are happening, let alone how to fix them. Take for example, Frank's pancreas. About a month ago it just started hemorhagging for no readily apparent reason. Oh sure, medical texts had all sorts of potential causes, but not one of them even remotely applied to Frank. Luckily, he survived, but it will take him about a year to recover and he'll never be able to eat like a normal person ever again. Just yesterday he was lamenting the loss of Guiness and chocolate chip cookies. On a smaller scale, Rick and I both have this weird skin condition where our feet get odd painful itchy (but not contagious!) blisters for no reason. When I went to the doctor about it years ago, she said "Wait a minute!" and ran out of the room. She came back 15 minutes later with a book and said, "Does this sound like it?" After reading the description, I said, "Yes! So what do we do about it?" She shrugged and said, "Well, nothing. It'll just be that way for the rest of your life. At least it isn't contagious." Sheesh. Meanwhile, we're creating synthetic blood and breathable liquid. Go figure, eh?

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