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What After Surgery….?


Western medicine is amazing at saving lives.   It saves at any cost.  The quality of life it saves might not match the efficiency of saving it.   There are oh so many equipments to keep a life going, medicines galore to ward of any possible illness.  The question of how the life lives after subjecting itself to the medicines and life support machines does not find an easy answer.

If our father’s hematoma was of lesser size, he might not have needed craniotomy.   We are told that smaller hemorrhages get absorbed.  As big as our bleed was, a surgery saved our father’s life, now we are trying to heal him.

Heal him is easier said than done.  A heavy dose of antibiotic will be prescribed for any hint of infection.  If he is coughing, then a chest x-ray is an obvious next step.  Is his chest is clear in the x-ray, but he is still coughing, then it must be the brain – a CT Scan of course would give the answer.  If the scan shows nothing, then we all are stumped.   

There is very little observing the patient and treating, most prescriptions and tests seem preemptive.  All I am saying is that I am glad that my father is alive but we cannot hope for western medicine to heal him. 

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