Sunday, September 23, 2012

Play it Again, Sam, Sunday {Work the Body, Insure the Body}

Originally published on March 20, 2012

Anyone remember Mary Hart from "Entertainment Tonight"? I remember being gobsmacked hearing she had insured her legs for one million dollars...each! I thought, "Who does that? How stupid!"

I'm re-thinking the "let's insure our body parts" notion. In particular, Doc H's body parts. They're kinda important in our house hold. Let's be real, his fingers, hands, arms, eyes, legs, back and brain are instrumental in paying our bills.

Last week, Doc H slept in a bad position and woke up with a crick in his neck. He went to the hospital looking like he needed a neck brace. A few years ago, he had (what seemed to be) a recurring muscle spasm in his arm. Quietly, I prayed to God hoping it was NOT an early indicator of a debilitating disease such a ALS.  When he couldn't read anything anymore, he broke down and got his reading glasses. When I probed about seeing in the OR he told me it wasn't a problem, because he wore his loops. He has a bum knee right now. I've asked him to make an appointment, but I doubt it will happen anytime soon. It will mean taking a day off work and driving to a far away hospital in a far away land... all in the name of confidentiality.

Why do I bring this up now? Well, yesterday Doc H tweaked his back and as soon as it happened, he immediately started worrying about his day in the OR today. He has a big case where he will have to wear a protective 25 lb. lead vest for hours with a bad back. I feel for him, I really do. I've battled my own back problems for years. It's painful and awful.

And the culprit? The heavy job which crumpled Doc H and made him grimace in pain?

The laundry. I'm heading to the gym. Need to save the body. Keep it strong.

Maybe we should insure my body parts, too.  I'm afraid if I fall apart, this house is falling like a house of cards.


  1. Oh no! I hope he feels better. I've only BEGUN to appreciate the physical demands of the OR, my teeny tiny anesthesia preceptor has to often lift body parts of patients who are morbidly obese and the surgeons are standing in uncomfortable positions for hours upon hours.

    1. This was a re-run from March, so his back is doing much better. However, he does have a bum shoulder at the moment... :(

  2. When I was younger, I thought it would be wonderful if we could store body parts that were under stress somewhere, and then retrieve them when they are well rested (perfect solution to a nagging headache).

    1. Yes, perfect solution to a nagging headache, because I know I don't use my brain all that often! LOL! ;o)

  3. Are we the only spouses that think this way? My husband gets so many pains all over his body from standing in odd positions in OR for hours on end. He had a bad neck for 3 weeks that not only put him in a bad mood but literally had us arguing over whether or not he needed to get to physical therapy. When he wants to use a chainsaw to "fix" stuff at home I tell him his hands are worth several million. If he loses a finger or a limb we are screwed. Better to pay someone a few hundred to do those types of tasks. I think they insure body parts for NFL players...we should look into a surgeon body parts insurance and make money selling policies!:) Glad your husband is feeling better. We spend about $150 every few months on new shoes for the OR. Hubs goes through those things so quickly I wish we could get coupons for shoe purchase from hospital!


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