Wednesday, June 08, 2005

How much do you really want to know?

Over the next few days while I'm at home resting I will try to bring to you some of the more interesting moments I had during my 12 day hospital stint. Here is one such story.

On the first day, since it was my first time at this hospital there were several forms for me to fill out. The secretary of the Board of Education, the aforementioned Ishii-san, was with me to help me.

We got to the last question on one sheet and Ishii-san paused and said, "Hmm, this is a difficult question." I urged her to go on and she said, "Okay, if you have cancer, you have four choices. First, you can be told the truth and your family will be told the truth. Second, you can be told the truth and your family will not be told the truth. Third, you will not be told the truth and your family will be told the truth. Fourth, you will not be told the truth and your family will not be told the truth."

Strange, huh? Well I decided to go with the first option, telling everyone the truth. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I cannot understand options 3 or 4. Personally I would never do option 2 either, but I find it more understandable.

My friends that I've told this story to seem to get a kick out of it. Hope you do, too. More to come.

3 comments:

Jason Fry said...

That's a good story. Maybe we could come up with options like that for all kinds of situations. Might make ministry easier? lol.

First time I've been to your blog. Mind if I add yours to my links section?

Jason

Maggie Ann said...

Hoping you feel better soon. I have had bouts with colitis and I know what kind of misery that can be.

Kim said...

Ann,

Glad to hear you are doing better. I spoke with your mom last night and she was telling me you had "escaped" the hospital life! I'm glad to hear you are doing better. Get plenty of rest.

Kim