Mistake or Miracle?

Pete's Princess Pete's Princess
Let's say you go to the doctor and she tells you, you have a rare incurable disease and only have a few months to live. You put your affairs in order, live like there is no tomorrow, etc. Then you are told that you no longer have the disease or perhaps never did.

Would you consider your not dying to be a miracle or a medical mistake?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I would consider it a miracle and be grateful I was not dying
HannahPanda , Bignuf , Teaser , Bme , Castielskitten , gatewayer57@yahoo.com
6  (50%)
I would be angry that the doctor made a mistake and sue the pants off of her for putting me through this
C&K0143 , Lucifer the Cat , Holly Wood
3  (25%)
Other
Aishiteru , Wicked Wahine , RonLee
3  (25%)
Total votes: 12
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HannahPanda HannahPanda
I would consider it a miracle.
10/07/2013
Aishiteru Aishiteru
I would consider it a mistake, but I'm not sure I would sue.
10/08/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Pete's Princess
Let's say you go to the doctor and she tells you, you have a rare incurable disease and only have a few months to live. You put your affairs in order, live like there is no tomorrow, etc. Then you are told that you no longer have the disease or ... More
Been there, done that. Every indication of a really bad cancer a few years ago, and it turned out not to be. It was like getting a second chance at life and it was nothing but happiness.
Sorry...doctors only have the information to go on that tests show them. Rarely are there real "mistakes". However there are periods where multiple diagnoses may be possible and that the gray zone I fell in for a while.
10/08/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Aishiteru
I would consider it a mistake, but I'm not sure I would sue.
I honestly cannot imagine a situation where such a serious mistake could be made. There are simply too many multiple layers of check, double check and triple check, in medicine today. Of course, if you were told you had ANY serious disease, that diagnosis would be followed up with many, many more tests and so the initial misdiagnosis or mistake would have been revealed in short order. This is not 1850.
10/08/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I wouldn't consider it a miracle -- a miracle would be to actually have the fatal disease and have it disappear. However, I would be delighted that I no longer had a death sentence, so to speak!

And what exactly would you be suing for? It's your health, your decision to get different opinions and your decision to alter the way you live your life based on what you hear. I think there is an underlying assumption here that the person living like there's no tomorrow is doing things that compromise their future should they actually live. That is no one's fault but the owner of the body.

I am not saying it isn't understandable that some people would react a certain way and then end up in dire straits, but that would be the individual's decision & responsibility.
10/09/2013
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I honestly cannot imagine a situation where such a serious mistake could be made. There are simply too many multiple layers of check, double check and triple check, in medicine today. Of course, if you were told you had ANY serious disease, that ... More
The converse occurred with my late spouse. She'd gotten a warning that she "might" have cancer and followed it up with a doctor who specialized in that kind of thing. He did a few tests and said not to worry... About a year later she had another test for something else and it revealed that in that year the original cancer had spread and it was then too late for a cure.
10/09/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Quote:
Originally posted by RonLee
The converse occurred with my late spouse. She'd gotten a warning that she "might" have cancer and followed it up with a doctor who specialized in that kind of thing. He did a few tests and said not to worry... About a year later she ... More
Now that is something I've heard before, unfortunately!
10/09/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I wouldn't consider it a miracle -- a miracle would be to actually have the fatal disease and have it disappear. However, I would be delighted that I no longer had a death sentence, so to speak!

And what exactly would you be suing for? ... More
Well said.
10/09/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by RonLee
The converse occurred with my late spouse. She'd gotten a warning that she "might" have cancer and followed it up with a doctor who specialized in that kind of thing. He did a few tests and said not to worry... About a year later she ... More
Oh my. How terrible. Condolences.

What kind of cancer did she have that first lead to a "don't worry" suggestion, then had metastasized to a fatal level?
10/09/2013
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Oh my. How terrible. Condolences.

What kind of cancer did she have that first lead to a "don't worry" suggestion, then had metastasized to a fatal level?
It was lung cancer.
As one would expect, the whole picture is much more complicated than that which could be explained in a few sentences.
If you're actually interested I can tell you the story offline.
10/10/2013
Castielskitten Castielskitten
After seeing many men(for some reason none of the women had it) in my family fall to Cancer, including my own grandfather, and I was diagnosed with any incurable disease and told that I no longer have it, I would be extremely grateful that I got a chance at life again. Granted I probably wouldn't change my life, but I still be extremely happy and grateful, even if it was a little mistake on the doctors part (though I wouldn't be happy about that but what is done is done)
10/10/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by RonLee
It was lung cancer.
As one would expect, the whole picture is much more complicated than that which could be explained in a few sentences.
If you're actually interested I can tell you the story offline.
You saying "lung cancer" kind of say's it all. Some types, such as "small oat cell" can mimic pneumonia or simply allergic pulmonary inflammation, for a while. The radiological picture may be very inconclusive or even "benign". There may be a mild cough and not much else. In a smoker, some of these can be very advanced before real notable symptoms occur. It is all very sad.
10/11/2013
RonLee RonLee
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Originally posted by Bignuf
You saying "lung cancer" kind of say's it all. Some types, such as "small oat cell" can mimic pneumonia or simply allergic pulmonary inflammation, for a while. The radiological picture may be very inconclusive or even ... More
It was not the kind of lung cancer that only smokers get. She never smoked and I never smoked my pipe in the house or even in the car when she was alive.
10/12/2013
Total posts: 14
Unique posters: 7