Thursday, December 16, 2004


Short blog today. I'm exhausted. I had to take my sister to Cleveland for surgery. She's doing okay. There were no complications and the doctor said that everything went just as it should have. She is in quite a bit of pain though, so I feel bad for her.

It's been a long day. I couldn't sleep last night until after midnight, and I had to leave for Cleveland at 3:00 this morning. I'm pretty much beat. Hospitals are draining anyway. I'm not going to complain about it though, because my sister will be released tomorrow or the next day, and our troubles (for the time being) will be over. A large percentage of the people I shared a lobby with today will not share our good fortune.

I met the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic today. That is to say, I said hello to him, and when he asked if my experience was going well, I was polite and responded that my experience had been a good one. Today actually was a good day. I was kept well-informed of my sister's status all along, and we were very fortunate in that she was given a room assignment only three hours after she hit the recovery floor. Many people were kept waiting all day for a room; some patients will be kept on the recovery floor all night because of hospital overcrowding. The last time we went to the Cleveland Clinic, they put my sister to sleep, then forgot about her and didn't notice she was still laying in pre-OP until hours after her procedure should have been done. It was wonderful. Today went much more smoothely than that.

The CEO of the Clinic had had a meeting with McDonald's today. Apparently, the CEO is one of the world's leading cardiac specialists, and he has a (pardon the pun) beef with McDonald's. He doesn't like that so much fast food is made so readily available to patients and visitors at the hospital, and he's trying to boot all the fast food restaurants out. McDonald's isn't having any of it.

In this case, I'm all for corporate America. Go McD's! While I understand that a grease burger is damn tempting when compared with the bland gruel hospitals serve their patients, it seems like the answer to the problem should be improving the hospital's food and not blaming the availability of (relatively) edible fast food. I guess I'm still a bit of a Libertarian at heart; I think that people have the right to make their own choices on fundamental, personal matters such as these. I know that you have to draw the line sometimes, but I just don't like people who try to nanny grown people into submission.

My parents bought me Greek food tonight. Have I mentioned lately how great my parents are? My dad took my sister to Cleveland for me yesterday, so I wouldn't have to be there for sixteen hours both days. He's picking her up for me tomorrow too, so that I don't have to drive up to Cleveland in the morning and then down to Columbus in the afternoon.

Jasmin is also great; she's going keep Ty for me tomorrow so the baby doesn't have to go all the way down to the Deaf School with me and back. It's especially nice since the poor little guy has been so sick lately. He went to the specialist in Columbus today, but I haven't been able to find out yet what the doctor said.

Anyway, I'm very sleepy. I'm going to make some calls and then hopefully sleep. Sleep would be heavenly.