I'm home from my surgery. It went very well, and I didn't need a blood transfusion, tho I signed a consent for one if needed. I was able to talk to my surgeon and three different nurses about JW's and blood transfusions. I had requested that my JW relatives not be told if I did have a transfusion. One nurse seemed unfamiliar with the JW beliefs, so I gave her a background on their views, and the fact that they would be expected to shun and disown me if I accepted a life saving blood transfusion. She was quite shocked that family would treat me that way. The other two nurses and my doctor about turned green when I said all my relatives were JW's, and I did not want the information shared with them, if I got a transfusion. They were very relieved when I said I wasn't a JW any more, and I had a good opportunity to discuss the blood issue and how members are treated for having a transfusion. I was pretty groggy, but I put out some info to at least four more medical professionals about this matter. Every little bit helps!
Back from my surgery; talked to hospital staff about JW's and blood!
Good for you virgochik!
I'm glad your surgery went well! Hope you're back on your feet soon!
Beside turning green what else did they have to say.
Glad you're on the road to recovery.
Good for you Virgo. At one of my wife's chemo transfusions a few weeks ago I got the chance to enlighten one md and several nurses about the jw's and their evil medical teachings.
Turned out one of the nurses sisters was married to a jw and there was a big family fight over his not wanting his wife to take a transfusion.
It turned into quite a discussion.
The admitting nurse was curious why I had a note flagged in the system, not to give out any info about me to anybody but my husband. I explained about my JW family and blood. She had heard of JW's but nothing about their position on blood. I filled her in! My surgeon was unaware that the Dubs had softened their stance to allow Hemopure or blood fractions. She basically felt that working with JW patients made a doctor's job more difficult, and couldn't understand refusal of a life saving treatment. The other two nurses were more upset by the shunning and disfellowshipping of a family member that could happen if someone had a transfusion. That really bothered them, that someone could actually be cut off from their family just for taking blood.
You might give the doctors and nurses a copy of Kerry Louderback-Wood's article, "JW's, Blood Transfusions and the Tort of Misrepresentation along with the Wacktower's Blood Brochure so they can see what the WTBT$ wrote; what Ms. louderback-Wood wrote and then they can look and see what the authors being quoted wrote. That way they can verify who the liars are.
Hey Virgochik, glad your surgery went well!! I hope you're feeling better and I wish you a speedy recovery.
Glad you got to talk to some medical professionals about the blood issue, too, I bet that was an interesting experience. Thanks for sharing it with us!!