“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
It’s another grey windy day but at least it’s not raining. Out of boredom and, to maybe kick start an idea into my cranial star chamber, I started searching out YouTube for old TV theme songs. I came across the 1955 version of Davy Crockett. I remember wanting a raccoon cap as a kid but the real Davy Crockett was a “mountain man” turned politician. He became a peoples politician who took a stand along with some other great patriots right up to their deaths at the Alamo. What has happened to that political commitment. Anyway that was a fleeting thought meant to keep myself entertained as I hoped a spark would ignite an idea in my head, so lets go.
I find myself facing a new dilemma’s these days that is all based on that old “if I had of known then what I know now” way of thinking. I had about a dozen surgeries as a kid all with the purpose of walking without braces, new untried procedures at the time, and 4 of the 12 produced the hoped for results. One of the last major surgical procedures I underwent was a hip fusion of my left hip.
A lot of this was “new” ground for the growing speciality of orthopaedics and was a carry on from new techniques used with WW2 vets. Medically there has been a tight tie between the veterans community and the polio generation due to the advancements being made in medicine. My orthopaedic Dr. Vincent Murphy was a retired RCAF pilot and received his medical training courtesy of the military. He was a good man and played a big role in my life from age 8. He enjoyed me because, as he once put it, I had attitude and I was always up for surgery.
Polio kids were surgical try-outs for a lot of new techniques and we auditioned for surgical spots in what was called Grand Rounds. Out-patient Rounds were held every Tuesday at the Children’s Hospital but if your parents got that call for Grand Rounds it was pretty certain you were being admitted. For Rounds you stripped down for the doctor and your parents, for Grand Rounds you stripped down on an examination table in front of half a dozen doctors, another half dozen interns and maybe a dozen student nurses standing in the background taking notes. While they are discussing me like a strip loin, I’m sitting there trying to figure out if I will sign up for Monday night copper tooling or take the leather activity again. Monday nights were Arts and Craft’s night in the hospital. Continue reading “What We Don’t Know We Know…(revised)”