A Life Lesson About Time

Phoenix Montoya By Phoenix Montoya, 1st Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Asthma can kill. Six years ago a man died because of negligence. A doctor was accounted for such action but it was never his fault. This is an incident considering the importance of every minute in a man’s life. Time is precious, waste not.

A case file

November 23, 2005
Some Medical Clinic
Some Province, Philippines

7:15 am- A man about 50 years old arrived at the said clinic. He was accompanied by a daughter and was suffering from an asthma attack.

7:30 am- The daughter was interviewed by two pharmacy personnel regarding the patient’s problem. No further action was carried out because of the following reasons:

• The patient was already given a Salbutamol inhalation at home an hour ago.
• Despite the heavy breathing, the patient can still smile and seemed to be okay.
• The resident physician was not in the mood that morning. The pharmacy personnel were reluctant to call on him. Both of them agreed to wait for the secretary to come to work since informing the doctor was the latter’s job.

7:55 am- The secretary finally showed up for work. But, again no actions were performed. By the time, the secretary decided to notify the doctor, he was nowhere to be found.

8:00 am- The clinic personnel recommended a hospital transfer for the patient. But, being loyal to the doctor, the patient declined the idea.

9:15 am- The physician returned to the clinic. Upon, hearing about the patient’s condition, he went to see him quickly and made a referral to the hospital. The patient was already an emergency case.

10:20 am- The clinic received a call from the hospital that the patient reached a critical condition.

11:15 am- The patient was pronounced dead.

Time Is Precious

Life can be very short and death can be unexpected. It’s a pity we take everything for granted, letting our own selfishness and fear eat us up.

How many opportunities have we let go? Thinking there are still others to come.

How many chances have we thrown away of certain things that we can prove to ourselves? Thinking we will never be good enough.

And, how many times did we restrain ourselves from admitting to someone - a lover or a family, of how much we care? Only, the next day find them completely out of our life or worst - Dead.

Every next hour, every next minute in a man’s life is always a mystery. We will never know what will happen next. So, better make everything count. Some of us made mistakes in the past and believe me, wasted opportunities or chances maybe regrettable. It is also a real agony of the conscience when it comes to losing a life, especially when you know that it could have been prevented. The memory is forever haunting.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ October 3, 2010

More articles by this author:
On Quitting A Job: Doing It Ethically
On Choosing The Perfect Job: Knowing Your Job Standards
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author avatar Phoenix Montoya
Phoenix is a drug trader and a small time computer service entrepreneur. She enjoys writing about medicine, animals, music, current issues and other stuff. She is also a fan of creative writing.

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author avatar Set Free
1st Aug 2011 (#)

This post, a life lesson about time is a wake up call. Time is short and we need this reminder.

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author avatar Buzz
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Yeah, true, time easily runs out on short notice. Time to act decisively in times when things are uncertain. Thanks, kabs, for this reminder.

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author avatar Denise O
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Great message to be had in this article. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Retired
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Well, asthma is not something that just suddenly creeps up on you. You have symptoms that come through. The biggest one is a dry cough. If you are a chronic asthmatic you know its time to take your inhaler at that point to prevent a blow up. Always go to the doctor in advance and get your atery blood gas checked and get the nebuliser.

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

This is such a tragic story, with too many who ignored so many warnings...A heartfelt share..

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author avatar Maria Malone
18th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks for the wake up call!

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