Chatting with Abe and other generation notes

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By Harold Morgon

Nearly 1,000 members of the Greatest Generation die each day, according to historian Walter Bomeman, writing at foxnews.com. The number apparently applies only to those who were in the military. Spouses don’t seem to count. That’s bizarre. World War II was a complete commitment of the society.
For me the particular recent loss from the Greatest Generation was different. I knew the person. It was my mother, Iverna Morgan. She was 93.
From the earliest days, she got to do something that seems to me useless—spell her name. Mom was the first child when she was born in 1919. But she was a girl. So her dad, Verne, a good guy by all reports, imposed the parental male ego and gave her a derivative funny name. Laying parental ego on kids is a disservice.
Two elements in her medical treatment at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque stand out. The first demonstrates medicine as art, not just science. The docs quickly decided she had an infection, but they could not identify it, even after extensive tests and consulting other doctors. Medicine as art. After 30 hours, the lead doctor called us at home where we chased a little sleep. Mom’s situation was dire, he said. They could not identify the infection. Surgery was the only possible approach.

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