A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jason Bohn made the 36-hole cut at the Honda Classic on Friday, but then reported chest pain to the tournament’s medical staff. On Sunday, it was announced (ESPN) that he had a medical procedure.
Here is what the headline stated,
Jason Bohn required stent to repair blocked artery, ‘resting comfortably’
Now, I don’t know who they are kidding. As far as I am concerned, there are two errors in that headline, based on my personal experience of being in the hospital. First, there is no rest in the hospital. They constantly take your temperature, blood pressure, and saturation breathing levels. And that’s just the start.
Just as you might start to nod off, even in the middle of the night, it seemed like they were waking me up. I was always thinking, I wonder if I could hide under the bed and get some sleep?
The second bit of nonsense in that headline is whether he was comfortable. I really don’t know anyone who has ever been in the hospital who claimed that they were comfortable… except for that brief moment or two, right after they give you pain medication.
In every jury trial, I try to discuss physical pain and mental anguish for jurors to consider. In my experience, only those who have really experienced pain can try to put a value on it. I can still hear the old song by Carly Simon, Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. (Lyrics)
One way to quantify pain is to consider what we will pay to avoid pain at the dentist. People gladly pay for Nitrous Oxide and several shots of Novocaine to avoid tooth pain. I remember asking for some of that “laughing gas” that doesn’t really make you laugh. I have heard of some people who claim that they don’t really mind dental pain. I think they are the same folks who would wear braces on their dentures. Just silly!
The flipside of physical pain is the consideration of mental anguish. I think it is really worse. Rose Kennedy was asked how she could stand all the loss in the Kennedy family. She explained that, “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens but it is never gone.”
I believe that there are wounds and injuries that never show on the body that are much greater than anything that shows up on an x-ray or bleeds. Why mental anguish is pain that is really always there just below the surface. Hard to put a value on that damage!
So, the next time that you read or hear that someone is “resting comfortably”, I hope you just shake your head. Those two words are said to make everyone else feel better… not the person who is supposedly “resting comfortably”. Just my two cents!
And our Monday Pic o’ day was sent to me after my Pothole story. It made me laugh ,and not much about a pothole and two flat tires can normally make me laugh. There’s probably a song in there somewhere that could include sticks and stones or cracks in the sidewalk!