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Hope or reality?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MJ5150, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Which would you rather hear, or tell someone?

    Example....as a doctor, you are treating someone with a 1% chance of recovery. When speaking to them, do you approach them with the hope of a recovery, or do you simply tell them the chances of them recovering are slim to none?

    Me....I would rather hear the cold hard facts than be filled with a false sense of hope.

  2. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    I prefer facts.
  3. Hmm, perhaps I'm wrong, but I will tell them there's a slim chance...
    When you're ill, it's all about your brain i think....
  4. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    Typically healthcare professionals are big on compassionate honesty.

    Nobody B.S's.
  5. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I would like the truth.
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
  7. Think of it this way - If told the truth, your personal spiritual relationship can take over to do what it has to do to either get well or prepare for your crossing. Get lied to and you are denied both.
  8. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    Was somebody watching Lost last night? :smug:
  9. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Mary Anne, duh.
  10. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    Perhaps inspired by the season primere of Lost?

    BTW, I'm split. Hope is a good thing. Facts are real.
  11. If I were a patient that truly only had a 1% chance of living, telling me anything other than make peace in my life before I die would be a sin. 1% is the closest to none in "slim to none" you can get. 20% is slim.

    If that was the facts, give it to me straight.
  12. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Indeed. :)

    After watching that scene where the main dude had the flashback to treating the woman with the crushed spine, I made the thread. It was interesting to see how he handled it, and then how his dad chastised him for being so harsh. I think I would side with the son, and tell my patient the most likely reality. I would mention the 1%, but I would be sure they understood the 99% part. I wouldn't want them getting any false hopes, just like he told his dad when he was defending his actions.