Some of you guys may remember I had major surgery 18 months ago. At that time the surgeon arranged a radioactive glucose scan to determine whether or not a lump in my lung was malignant.
And what happened? He forgot to follow up on the scan result, didn’t he?
Now, finally, as a result of my own inquisitiveness, I have learnt that not only was the lump probably malignant, but also that the cancer has possibly spread. Further tests are needed.
If malignancy is confirmed and it has spread, it’s incurable.
The outcome may have been different if the scan had been followed up 18 months ago.
If I was 20 years younger, I’d be suing that surgeon for malpractice. As it is, at my age of 76, his mistake may be a blessing in disguise. This could be the quick way out, avoiding years of discomfort and pain brought on by all the other ailments that beset us as we age. I’ll be refusing treatment except for palliative care.
My message to you is to never, ever trust a doctor.