Learn to be Bloody Minded – You’ll Live Longer

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Bloody mindedness may not be a popular quality and it may not win your friends among life’s prefects but it is, generally speaking, more of a virtue rather than a curse – especially for the elderly.

`Do not go gently into that good night’ wrote Dylan Thomas in a remarkable moment of comparative sobriety.

The fact is that the bloody minded live longer – especially if they are marooned in one of those appalling places we call hospitals, where the general aim of the staff is to send everyone over the age of 60 down to the morgue as quickly as possible.< br>
You should complain a good deal and ask as many questions as you can think of; you should make a fuss and remind everyone in a uniform or a white coat that you are a human being; you should be forever aware of your dignity and your self-respect.

Sticking up for yourself might not make you popular but you aren’t in hospital to make friends. Influencing people to regard you with more respect will mean that you will be treated better and you will, as a result, be more likely to survive the miserable experience.

Taken from The Kick-Ass A to Z for Over 60s by Vernon Coleman. Available as an ebook on Amazon.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2018