March 23rd Questions:
1. If a new medicine were developed that would cure cancer but caused a fatal reaction in one percent of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public? Why or why not? Do you think we’re close to curing cancer? Have you ever lost someone to cancer? If so, please write a short tribute to that person.
We already put children and adults on medications with an 8% chance of “black box syndrome”. When Dude was on Concerta for his ADHD, our doctor made it very clear that the medication held an 8% chance that he could go into a coma or experience sudden death. ADHD stimulant meds aren’t the only medications that carry this risk. Any of the brain chemistry altering medications can. Bipolar medications carry the risk too.
Medications don’t have to carry the risk of black box syndrome to be deadly either. What about the diabetic that takes a little too much insulin? The woman taking birth control pills that doesn’t realize she’s developed a blood clot? The person on sleeping pills that takes cold medication and never wakes up?
So, if a cure for cancer held a 1% chance of death, those are pretty low odds. Childbirth carries a greater risk than that. I think we take greater risks each day by climbing into our vehicles and driving off to where ever it is each of us go every day.
I’ve lost a lot of family to cancer. Unfortunately, I was pretty young when it happened and didn’t know most of them or don’t really remember them. You all know I lost my mother to leukimia when I was 5. To be honest, I barely remember her. I don’t really feel I can write a tribute for her.
2. You discover your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the mistake? Why or why not?
Tough decision. I think the right thing to do is to find the other family and make the decision together. Family medical histories need to be shared if there is to be no switch. Switching is not just hard on the parents, but 0n the child as well. It could be damaging in a way we haven’t fully comprehended yet.
3. Do you think that the world will be a better or a worse place 100 years from now? Explain your answer, please.
I would hope the world would be in a better place in 100 yrs, but we are talking about Man. Would people from 100 years ago say the world is in a better place now? Or would they see that we’re still stuck in the same cycles of war and famine and just have more powerful weapons? Or would they think the world was in a better place during their era? I highly doubt world peace will happen in the next 100 years because it simply goes against human nature.
4. How many pictures do you have on your living room walls? And what are they? (paintings, photographs, sketches, abstract, family, etc). Feel like taking us on a tour of your home? If so, post your video or photos!
I do not have any pictures, photos or even art on my living room walls. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Haven’t found the right artwork yet.
As for a tour, I have plans for that in the future.
(I seem to be rather cynical this morning, don’t I? Maybe I shouldn’t blog before coffee?)
Monday Morning Meme
March 23, 2009 by Oregon Sunshine