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  •  This is why many were freaking out (1+ / 0-)
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    (or various other degrees of alarm) that she would not go to the ER or call.

    I don't know if her condition (dehydration) caused this (does it change thinking/judgement?) or if she was like the heart attack guy. I suspect the former given the way she was typing which was alarming.

    It may be sticking my neck out to say this or sound critical, but one thing I think is important to point out is that if several people (in last night's case, numerous), including doctors and paramedics, insist that you should go to the ER, logic would say that their combined opinion is statistically more probable than your own. Or certainly probable enough that you should not take the risk of not listening.

    I am so glad people didn't quit on our friend last night. I am sure that in many such cases many if not most people do.

    There are times in my life--I have some health problems but they are not life threatening--that I quit on myself and many more where I feel like giving up. Sometimes I do that by thinking things are not a big deal or I won't get physically hurt from something where a part of me knows I will.

    •  You are absolutely correct (2+ / 0-)
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      And if I had been in my right mind I would not have hesitated to go to the ER, especially when I had several doctors and one amazing retired paramedic, plus my mom and life partner, telling me to do so.

      i can't explain the confusion I felt last night. It's all a blur now. But chalk up my ignoring very good advice to me being not in my right mind. (Does that sentence make sense? I've read it three times now and it seems like I've worded it very poorly, but you get the point.)

      And you're not sticking your neck out, at all. As I've told dozens of people today, I am really embarrassed, but had I witnessed what you all witnessed last night, I would have been freaking out, too. I was 100% irrational.

      You are absolutely correct to point that out.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:51:32 PM PST

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      •  I was worried about being blaming (1+ / 0-)
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        but felt it might be useful to point out if someone WERE in their right mind but in denial (as people having heart attacks sometimes are) how irrational it actually is, and that I've reached/convinced people in that state by pointing this out.

        I don't know you at all (I can't keep track of people here for some reason even though I'm on daily so don't have relationships really). But I figured with that typing maybe you weren't just neurologically having some problem physically but were daze or worse.

        You could tell how you were sort of in a daze..sort of even seemed imobilized or unable to take action, like you were walking though molasses. Yet your sentences were reasonably coherent.

        I am so glad that even in your state you were rational enough to post the diary. I am so glad you had people who knew you and didn't give up on you.

        It must be a bit hairy to go read the diary now (maybe don't?). Your typing got worse and worse, like you were sinking into a pit    )-:  and you would be lost )-:

        Please don't be embarrassed. You were sick, seriously ill, and not your self. I've been very dehydrated but still NOT that ill that it effected my thinking. You must have been really in a bad way. Maybe they didn't tell you how bad it was. It makes me furious at that ambulance crew that came and left.

        It wasn't like you were someone who was not listening to everyone because you didn't believe them and thought you knew better than they and how dare they have an opinion (!). Not in your ego I've seen patients like that who don't want to believe...probably because they are in denial. That was NOT what happened. I guess I should be more accepting of those people too.

        You did nothing to be ashamed of. It is not your fault. I said something in the diary that I'd say again. If this was someone else, a friend of yours, I am sure you would see they shouldn't be embarrassed or blame themselves.


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