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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:13 PM
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Nobody gets hospitalized for feeling slightly unwell. WHY LIE?
Why can't people just tell the truth? Is there something evil about being ill?
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:14 PM
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1. Is someone famous in the hospital?
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:15 PM
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2. Sorry meant this to be in the 'pelosi hospitalized' lbn
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:15 PM
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3. My sis-in-law was hospitalized last week due to a
GI flu that got her dehydrated fast. One night in the hospital and she was out. Took a few bags of IV fluid to get her hydrated.

I didn't think it was weird. Or "untrue."

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:17 PM
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4. I think it is a legitimate thing to say.
Being dehydrated makes you feel slightly unwell, for example. But you don't know what's wrong. Having a touch of food poisoning could be the same.
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Raschel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:18 PM
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5. It's personal, nobody's business unless the person who is/was ill wants to share it.
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:19 PM
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6. Politispeak at it's best (or unworst).
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 01:19 PM by JohnnyRingo
I don't think I've ever told someone I was "unwell today".
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ReturnoftheDjedi Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:19 PM
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7. when you're in a foreign country, you can't go to your MD so you go to the Hospital
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:20 PM
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8. VIP medicine has a lot of staements like that
I have no clue about her medical history but no, you do not take VIP on foreign visit to the hospital.

That said, you can expect those euphemisms. Translation she needs a checkup for what could potentially be serious. Now I think they have alread released her, I am not sure...
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:20 PM
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9. doesn't that depend on your definition of the word "slightly"?

Better safe than sorry. I hope she is well but if she had some concern then I support her being checked out.


Some people have had heart attacks and not known it. They just feel tired for a while. If you are feeling unwell you should be checked out, and if you are in a foreign country then maybe a hospital is the best choice.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:31 PM
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17. I don't know if Pelosi flew commercial to Rome. I do recall one trip to northern Italy
where everyone on the tour came down with a gastro-intestinal virus. The first guy to have it got it the worst. He was vomiting and had severe diarrhea. Since he was in his mid 70s he was hospitalized briefly for a half day so they could check him out. I remember he was sitting next to me at dinner when he first got sick. Since there were a couple of physicians in our group they made the arrangements to get him into the hospital. The rest of of us had a milder case than his. I remember taking Immodium for several days just to keep on my feet and out of the bathroom...
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:21 PM
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10. if your fever gets too high or you feel lightheaded due to the flu
you head to the hospital.

though the malady may seem typical, when you have certain symptoms, you have to check them out.

if you pull a muscle in your chest and have chest pain, you still go to the ER and they likely do an EKG on you just in case.

if she was lying, she'd still be in the hospital now.
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Shandris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:34 PM
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18. Not in my America, you don't!
Holy Christ, if I considered that just one time per year, I'd have spent my excess budget for 10 months. I'll consider it if I break 105 (although the one time I broke 104.5 I didn't), or if I can't breathe at all AND can't eat anything then maybe, but for feeling lightheaded?

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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:42 PM
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23. Nancy Pelosi probably has the pretty good Federal Employee Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO
and with that coverage, if you need to go to the ER, you can. and she's wealthy anyway.

and in Italy, if you're sick, they probably don't run a credit check before treating you anyway.
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Shandris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:46 PM
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25. True. TBH, I forgot the thread was about her and was thinking about people...
...in general. Sowwy! :)

:toast:
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:23 PM
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11. Depends on their health coverage and wealth status
Certainly the poor or middle class don't, however wealthy politicians sure do.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:40 PM
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21. +1
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:45 PM
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24. Absolutely correct.
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:23 PM
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12. Where is the lie?

She went to the hospital to get checked out and now she is back at her hotel. Jet lag
can do a job on you. It can cause dehydration, dizziness, etc.

I'm don't see where the lie is. Why thew outrage? I prefer to wish Nancy Pelosi the best.
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:24 PM
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13. She's no spring chicken.
Feeling "slightly unwell" at her age could be a sign of other problems. An ounce of prevention and all that, y'know. And, maybe we really didn't need to hear the truth. If she was having a case of severe diarrhea I don't want the mental picture.

Either way...hope it's just routine blechiness.
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Spike89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:24 PM
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14. People do get hospitalized for feeling unwell
There are many possible reasons.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:29 PM
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15. If you are in a foreign country and you are a senior citizen (like Nancy is), you might
end up in the hospital, since you probably do not travel with a doctor. A hospital is exactly the place you would probably go..especially if you are a high-profile visitor. Once there, they chose the best way they could to treat her..admit her and do tests. Apparently she was not in dire straits, since she was released. When she gets home, she'll follow up with her own doctor :)
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:29 PM
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16. "Why Lie?" ummmm... Because they'll take away yer GOP membership card if you don't? n/t
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:37 PM
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19. Why not lie.
... it's just about the only thing the media and the government is any good at.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:39 PM
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20. "Ordinary" people rarely do... VIPs may as a precaution...
that is simply the truth.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:40 PM
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22. if you're a congressperson overseas and get ill, it's a big deal
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abelenkpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:09 PM
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26. Traveling in Italy
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 02:10 PM by abelenkpe
I got very sick. Went to clinic, they sent me to hospital for more tests to make sure I didn't have appendicitis.

Go ahead. Ask me how much it cost.

Nothing.

No, I'm not wealthy.

edited to add:

Not old either. Was 32 at the time.

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