Hi Mel, and David,
I don't mean to suggest an unmoderated group --- it would be chaos in no time, I agree. And religion and politics are topics moderators (and we have wonderful ones looking after us here) need to keep an eye on. Just as they do personal attacks.
However, what the posts above are all about
, as set out clearly in the thread subject line, are first time posters and things they might say about
doctors and hospitals ---- specifically laudatory comments. I don't see the members here as being so unable to make their own judgements that a blanket rule is needed, or helpful.
And, further, in general I'd vote for less concern about
some of the issues that currently prompt moderator intervention. And, yes, religion and politics are two I'd allow a little more leeway on before cutting off. And that's not to stick my head in the sand on what powderkeg issues they can be, just that I'd let the fuse burn a little more because I think any reasoned and responsible discussion of health and wellness in this decade has to address these two topics. And who better to discuss than those of us knowing we might have an earlier than ideal appointment at the Pearly Gates, and dealing with the health system?
I'm not against policemen and agree they need to be vigilant against spammers and hucksters. I'd draw a line in the sand on arguments, but likely closer to the water line.
David, I think you and I would agree that the best interests of the group require some guidelines, and some firm fast out of bounds. We might put them in slightly different places though. You would do so in the best interest of the group, and I would believe mine were in the best interest of the group.
Frankly, if I were a moderator (you've been there) and had to deal with forest fires I might be far more inclined to stomp out embers before they whished into full blown blazes than I am from my comfortable seat on the side lines.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02