A Grandma Takes Power

A Grandma Takes Power

From Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul

A Grandma Takes Power

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

When my grandmother was eighty-nine years old she was having problems with her heart. My family went with her to the cardiologist who told her that she had a serious heart condition that required surgery. However, the eminent physician warned that because of my grandmother’s age, complications could arise. He went on to say that because of her age, my grandmother would have a 40 percent chance of having a heart attack during the operation, a 35 percent chance of having a stroke, a 30 percent chance of dying on the operating room table . . .

My grandmother, shocked, quickly interrupted the doctor and said, “Doctor, as long as you’re talking about statistics, I have one for you: THERE’S A 100 PERCENT CHANCE OF YOU NOT OPERATING ON ME!” With these words, my grandmother got up and left the doctor’s office.

My grandmother might be stubborn, but she’s no fool. So the next day she went to another doctor where he, too, told her she needed surgery. He also stated that her age might cause a problem, BUT he was telling her in a way that was positive as opposed to the negative way of the previous day.

My grandmother then asked the doctor, “If I were your mother, what would you recommend?”

The doctor walked up to her, smiled, put his arm around her, and said, “Mom, let’s have the operation!”

She had the operation and came out fine! Her positive attitude (which is vital to her and everyone) added many wonderful, happy years to enjoy life and her family.

Michael Jordan Segal

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