An 82-year-old man, who is usually in good health and eats fragrantly, is envied by the old people around him, thinking that he has reserved a seat for the centenarian and longevity old man.
The children and grandchildren are also very filial, with good food, clothing, housing and transportation. Now that the standard of living has improved, it is necessary to take the elderly to check-ups.
The results of the physical examination were surprising. The elderly who were healthy everywhere were found to have many diseases: high blood pressure, plaques in the neck blood vessels, nodules in the thyroid and lungs, and cysts in the liver and kidneys. The most serious problem is A malignant tumor has grown on the left kidney!
How to do?
After discussion, the family decided to operate on the old man.
When the doctor went through the hospitalization procedures for the patient, he informed his family that due to his older age, high blood pressure and vascular plaque, the operation risk was high, and there was a risk of financial loss.
However, without surgery, there are no other good treatment methods for kidney cancer. When the cancer grows and metastasizes, it may be too late to think about surgery.
The family is still willing to give it a try. Although the old man has no symptoms now, after a while, when the tumor shows pain and hematuria, will he watch the old man suffer?
After being admitted to the hospital, one by one examination: CT, dynamic renal imaging, electrocardiogram, etc. were completed, and finally, the operation was due the next day!
The doctor called the family again to sign the final conversation before the operation. This time, the family backed off!
Spend some money, and the family can still afford it with the support of the new rural cooperative medical system.
If it’s really unfortunate that the old man can’t break through, and the people are gone, the family members will be able to understand although they are in pain. After all, for an old man in his 80s, leaving is not necessarily a relief.
What the family can’t accept is the third situation mentioned by the doctor: the elderly are old and have high blood pressure. The kidney function is already damaged. The operation will inevitably destroy part of the kidney function, and there may be renal failure after surgery. If kidney failure, long-term dialysis may be required!
This is difficult for the elderly and their families who rarely come to the hospital in their entire lives. Isn’t this more painful than death?
In the end, the family refused the operation!
This has caused me to reflect on the necessity of physical examination: physical examination can indeed detect the latent diseases in our body in advance, which is good for the early detection of diseases, but it will also make the people who find the diseases in a kind of contradiction and pain. For some diseases that do not need to be dealt with temporarily, there is the possibility of over-treatment; if not, it will seem like a big stone is hanging over the head, making people uneasy.
In the end, the result of my reflection: physical examination is still necessary. After all, if a disease is found in the physical examination, we still have the right to choose whether to treat it or not; without physical examination, if no disease is found, we can only passively accept no treatment!