There are clear distinctions between conditions that require hospitalization. Consumer reports surveyed one woman who experienced three different ailments that led to hospital admission.
Our models: Our childbirth model was a 2007 natural, premature delivery. Like the other conditions, this was unplanned. The stroke was a 2009 carotid artery dissection, which was even more unexpected than the other two conditions. And the cancer was a 2012 cervical stage 1B, with a preventative radical, laparoscopic hysterectomy.
The acquisition of the conditions all start with sex. In the case of childbirth, the responders remember exactly the onset of the condition; it was at the Jersey Shore, on a warm summer’s day, and we had just steamed up the...in any case, it scored high. With the stroke, acquiring the precondition was as easy as being born, since it is a genetic condition. The exact moment cancer was obtained cannot be determined, and any positive feelings that may have resulted in gaining the condition was negated by many angry exchanges between responders and spouses, so it receives a lower score.The stroke, being a complete surprise, required zero advanced preparations, scoring highest on this criterion. The cancer was diagnosed three months prior to the surgery, and required a litany of doctors appointments and a charming bowel prep, practiced twice. The childbirth was diagnosed less than six months before the hospitalization, and involved normal baby and birth preparations, as well as honeymoon and marriage planning. Marriage planning was complicated by girth of bride and stress of parading down aisle visibly pregnant, so it received the lowest score.
The stroke registered the most negative after-effects of the three conditions. The joy that the responder’s child brought outweigh the stress and worry of offspring. Cancer will hopefully just be a small blip on the radar, requiring diligence and attention for the rest of the responder’s life, but not affecting her with any long-term negative effects. Stroke affects the brain, and since the cause cannot be pinpointed, will stress out our responder for the rest of her life.The length of hospitalization was longest for the stroke, and unbelievably shortest for cancer, however, the hospital stay was rated as the best for childbirth because the recovery of both mother and baby was quick and comparatively painless than that of cancer.
The mental anguish related to the conditions associated with childbirth were thought to be severe at the time, but the anxiety and stress were more severe for stroke and cancer. The duration of the pain was less for childbirth was much less than for cancer or stroke, but the intensity was much, much greater.