One of Sister's two cats went missing for 48 hours. Sister was terribly upset. She pleaded on FB for neighbours to check their sheds, she put up signs and posters in the streets, she walked the streets calling out for missing cat. Late at night just across the road she heard a piteous miaow and found Oreo locked in a shed at the rear of a house across the road. Sister had called out to Oreo nearby there before, but didn't hear a response. Oreo was hungry but quite ok.
As I said, Mother has a heart pacemaker now. She says she reluctantly signed the authorisation form under duress. It may be a fair point with that what the pacemaker does was not clearly explained to her. However, Thursday I raised my voice to her on the phone. She said she doesn't like the pacemaker and the cardiac surgeon she saw the day before told her she could disconnect it if she chose to.
But earlier another cardiac surgeon told her she must have a pacemaker. I was becoming very confused. How can a person turn off an an internal medical implant?
She went on to ask the cardiologist what she could do with the pacemaker. He replied, just turn it off and put in your wardrobe or a cupboard in case you change your mind. She was doing my head in.
My voice then rose. What is your problem with the pacemaker? It is not making you ill. You don't even notice it there, aside from a healing scar?
Oh my dearest son, the cardiologist said my heartbeat is too slow now. Not said but by this time I was wishing her heartbeat would stop altogether. I repeated, what is your problem with the pacemaker?
It sits on my bedside table and it might beep in middle of the night and wake me. I put it in my wardrobe so I won't hear it. I was having visions of Mother tearing out a medical implant from her chest. For goodness sake Mother, just for once can you do what expert doctors tell you to do! But the cardiologist I saw yesterday said I don't have to have it, she whined.
After I hung up the phone I had to think this through. She has a heart pacemaker implanted, along with a probably phone 4G connected monitor that continually sends details of what her heart is doing to a cardiologist. It was the monitor she was talking about, not the pacemaker itself. The pacemaker works regardless of monitor. There is still no logic to her not wanting the monitor. Exasperating, but as I say to R when he starts to go on about her, at 87 she is very old, and we need to cut her some slack, but I really wasn't in the mood for such nonsense.