posted on Sep, 8 2012 @ 11:17 PM
Typically, I am very tolerant of religions. I have my opinions, and may express them freely. This does not mean that I harbor any ill feelings or
will interact negatively with anyone. It is just a matter of philosophy, which I personally hold in high regard. On occasions where I am speaking
personally with someone who is not up for discussion on these matters (but rather is seeking a pulpit from which to operate), I retreat and just try
to get out of the situation. One thing is for certain: militant viewpoints are unalterable through rational discussion.
Nonetheless, I find myself in a difficult situation where my feelings on the topic of religious beliefs is likely to cause some issue in my own
personal life. Over the last 3 days my best friend (truly, my only friend) has been in and out of consciousness in ICU. He has internal bleeding,
and is not in a condition which allows them to explore for the location. It is presumed to be GI, likely at the junction of upper and lower (he is a
gastric bypass patient from about 18 months ago). Not to bore you with needless details...just some background.
He is not "religious", although he does harbor behaviors related to his religious programming from his childhood. Being raised Jehova's Witness,
his religious programming is a bit different than your average Christian. One of the major doctrines of his church's faith (and I said "his
church's faith" loosely, as he was excommunicated from the only church he ever attended for some nonsense that JW's tend to excommunicate people
over like wearing his drawers to high or his loafers too light...I don't know which) is that you cannot receive a blood transfusion. Out of habit,
purely out of habit, he checked that box when he was being rushed through admissions, already running on about 6.2L of blood. Obviously, he was in no
condition to make that decision at that time....nonetheless....
...it took some miracles to get him into a condition that he was cognizant enough to realize that he was going to die if he didn't accept blood. Of
course, he was unconscious for a majority of the time, so it was hard to make him aware of anything. But the internal bleeding must not be bad
enough when he doesn't eat that the NPO status he had for 48 hours while he was unconscious allowed him to regenerate enough blood to "wake up".
And he almost passed out again when it was explained to him that he almost died, that he has a bad bleed internally, and that it is presumed to be in
the pyloric sphincter region. When he eats it agitates it and make it bleed. Profusely. About 30 minutes later he expels blood from the back.
When I say "almost died" I am serious. I almost lost my only real friend (well...other than my wife and kids). We have known each other for 20
years, a little more. All because of a time before that 20 years when he was indoctrinated into a belief system.
Be VERY wary of what you teach your kids. It may kill them one day. His mother regrets ever introducing him to the church after this incident.
And he still isn't in the clear, as his RBC is still very low, and they have yet to determine and repair the cause of the bleed. But it seems as
though that is a matter of process, with the primary risk being that of surgery (the doctor is confident, and says he has seen this a few hundred
times...they are at "the methodist" hospital in San Antonio).
I sure would have hated to have his mother knowing that her instruction to him as a child was the cause of his death. I love her like my own
mother. Had he not regained consciousness, he would have bled to death and the doctors would have been powerless to stop it.