Unexpected News and Advancements in Technology
Yesterday turned out to be quite an interesting, eye opening and slightly scary day. It also turned out to be enlightening and affirming in some of the views I have had in the past in regards to technology which I will go into in just moment.
For around five months I have been suffering with a constant headache and by constant I mean non-stop, no breaks, unrelenting. I guess in a way I have gotten used to it and it is now this constant ache in the background that I am half ignoring but every now and then the pain explodes and at that point it is game over, time to curl up under a duvet and feel like death for a while. After visits to the GP and eventually to a neurologist I had a CT scan arranged in November last year but didn't hear anything in regards to results, I just received another appointment for an MRI scan which I had yesterday.
During the appointment they went through the usual process of confirming who I am - name, date of birth and such but were very surprised when I answered 'not sure' to the question of did I know why I was having an MRI. They called the neurologist down to have a talk with me before they proceeded (apparently I should have received an extensive letter detailing the findings of the CT scan and the neurologists thoughts on how to proceed). He tells me that I have some kind cyst in my brain and that the MRI is to get a more detailed picture of where it is, what kind of cyst it is and most importantly, what to do about it.
I guess I felt a little numb at the news, it certainly wasn't expected but hey at least I now know what is going on with the headaches and that something may well get sorted now. It's all a bit nerve racking but photography is a good distraction so be sure to check out day 6 of Project 365, I have just added it to the gallery now!
Put Technology to Use!
Something that I have been saying for many years now is that the application of technology always seems to fall so far behind its design and innovation - we have the tools for so many years before we start to use them., to apply them in a way that can actually make a difference to society. Me not receiving the letter from the neurologist really brought that home. I appreciate that not everyone is as 'connected' as the next person but we really have reached a stage in our social development where we should grandfather obsolescence rather than make it the norm, we should support it but not have it as the standard. My GP, my neurologist, my sons consultants, my dentist, my daughters high school - everyone, should be able to communicate with me in a way that is more cost effective, environmentally sound, more secure and ultimately more reliable - digitally.
Of course at this stage it should be an opt-in service but it should be there nonetheless yet instead we are stuck with slow paper posting as a means of communicating sensitive and important information. People seem to think that all is well to have bank statements mailed to them and yet are still suspicious of online banking - give me one example of a personal bank account actually being hacked...then consider how many peoples banking details have been obtained through the paper trail left in your bin - you get the picture.
We have so much profound and useful technology at our disposal - how about we start using it!