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Diagnose: "identify a condition"


cffblog6.jpgJanuary 4, 2018 Thursday)

I arrive at an endoscopy center in Corpus Christi this morning. I plan to be back home this afternoon. Because I will be sedated, I have to have a driver. My son, Dwight, is doing that for me. Others volunteered, and I thank them very much.

I suppose the purpose of this examination is diagnosis. Hopefully, we can find out why I have little appetite, and have lost so much weight.

Diagnosis is part of solving any problem. Everything is not always as simple as it seems. For example, tenants in a multi-story apartment house complained that the elevator was too slow. They had to wait too long for the elevator. If the landlord didn't fix the problem, they threatened to move out. So the landlord installed huge mirrors on each floor in the waiting areas. The potential passengers liked looking at themselves as they waited. It solved his problem; the tenants would stay.

The problem solved was the landlord's. His problem had been the threatened loss of his tenants, but they decided to stay. The main problem of the tenants, however, was not solved, which was a slow elevator. It still creeped from floor to floor, but the riders didn't mind as much.

Hopefully, the doctors will find the real problem today and also hopefully, something can be done about it.
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There are still other methods that can be used if this one today doesn't produce a solution to the problem. Perhaps others will be necessary. That remains to be seen.

I have been exceedingly fortunate to have lived so long with good health. I don't really know how to behave myself as a patient. But I'm learning.


3:00 p.m. - Report: Dwight and I left home this morning at 9:30 and were back home before 2:00 p.m. I had a colonoscopy done in Corpus. The doctor said he did not see anything. By that I suppose he meant he saw nothing that revealed a problem of any kind. Thank you for your love, prayers and concern. I love you all.

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