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Modern Medicine **Updated**

Posted by Sue on October 15, 2008 in Deep Thoughts, Life |

We hear about the "miracles" of modern medicine and, yes, there are some amazing things being done in the world of medicine.

…and yet?

Why do we still not have a cure for cancer, MS? For that matter, the common cold?

As I write this we have an aquaintance fighting a losing battle for his life. For several months he's had an "unknown virus". I'm not sure what that means except it has weakened his heart, he has pnueumonia, and was put on dialysis a couple of days ago because his organs are failing.

He's not the only one. A few years ago another friend of the family was in the prestigious Mayo Clinic where he, too, had come down with an "unknown virus" and within six weeks he was dead.

We're faced with super bugs, flesh eating bacteria and doctors who are as confused and helpless as the rest of us.

My heart goes out to this man's family. He is only a few years older than I am. He's married and has children, the youngest of which farms with him and was a school friend of our youngest.

It's never easy.

**Update: He lost his battle last night, Saturday the 17th**

11 Comments

  • Nat says:

    Life’s not easy or fair… is it?
    Sad news indeed sending best wishes to the family.

  • kilax says:

    Oh man. My heart goes out to your friend.

    I think about this too. I think there are somethings that will always be “unsolved.”

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this with your friend. You are right, we’ve learned so much in the past 50-100 years and yet there is still so much we don’t know.

  • That is very sad. I will pray for your friend.

  • sizzle says:

    That is very sad news. I’m sorry to hear it.

  • Al says:

    So Sad. The more we learn, the more we understand how little we really know

  • PlazaJen says:

    I’m so sorry.

  • Jan says:

    Sue..I’m sorry to hear about your friend. It’s never easy to lose someone, but it’s much harder when it makes no sense at all.

    Love you, my friend..take it easy as you can, and enjoy your wonderful family.

  • Poppy says:

    I’m so sorry, Sue. 🙁

  • Amy says:

    There is no money in a cure; the only money doctors can make is in prevention. Medicine is a business, sadly.

  • Becky says:

    I’m sorry about your friend. I think that part of it honestly comes down to money, as much as that sucks. If there aren’t enough people that get sick with something, the pharm companies don’t invest in the cure b/c they spend millions on the R&D alone. Now having lost two parents to cancer, I’m amazed that we haven’t come up with something for that — but admittedly the technology has really helped prolong life compared to what it used to be (a co-worker’s mom was told her cancer was inoperable and assumed terminal, but after chemo and radiation, she’s now clear of it).

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