Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Speaking The Language

 Although I've long ago (almost two decades) retired from the active practice of medicine, I still "speak the language"--that is, I understand what is being said, and sometimes what is implied. And it's hard for me, at times, to understand why others don't have that same knowledge. But I'm trying.

Our step-son called the other night because his pre-teen daughter had a nosebleed. My wife tells me that she's had them before and knows how to handle them, but this was apparently something new for him. My children, on the other hand, soon picked up from me the dictum (only slightly joking) that they should consult me "if the bleeding was arterial." My step-son didn't speak the language, my children had picked up a lot of it from being around me. There was no right or wrong in this. Just the circumstance in which they had been exposed to certain things.

I guess that was why I took the unusual step of posting this weekend about steroids--I saw misinformation coming out of the mouth of some of our politicians, and got sort of frustrated about it. I don't guess it did much good, but I explained something that was clear to me although not (for whatever reason) to those who twisted the meaning. 

Should those of us who speak the language--whether it be medicine, the constitution, the rules of baseball or whatever--remain silent? Or should we speak up? Let me know how you feel.


Priscilla Bettis said...

Those who speak the language should definitely speak up. It's just information. If it helps "the other side," then it helps to understand the other side. If it helps your own side, then it helps other people understand your POV. I think information is what conversations used to be built on. Now people spin a lot and yell a lot.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I agree--especially the part about yelling a lot. (Was watching the Senate confirmation hearings. Makes me sorry we have a bicameral legislature).

Patricia Bradley said...

I agree with Priscilla, Richard! To hear our lovely news outlets and HR leader, our President has been taking anabolic steroids.

And what you just said about the hearings is why I haven't listened to the hearings.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, agree and agree. Thanks.

DebbieR said...

Yes, I definitely think you should speak up, but don't be surprised if some of them don't listen. Sometimes I wonder if God came down and poked them on the shoulder and told these people something, if they would argue with him lol.

Richard Mabry said...

Debbie--thanks. Yes, I'll continue speaking, although--like you--I sometimes wonder if it does any good.