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Something’s Been Bugging Me

By: Pat Mastors

Editor’s Note: Pat Mastors is CEO of Pear Health, LLC. She formed the company after her father’s death, due to complications following a surgical procedure. CBS correspondent Andy Rooney’s death earlier this month prompted her to write this in his voice.

Andy Rooney, the CBS News Correspondent, died following complications from minor surgery. (Flickr: Stephenson Brown)

Andy Rooney, the CBS News Correspondent, died following complications from minor surgery. (Flickr: Stephenson Brown)

“I died last week, just a month after I said goodbye to you all from this very desk. I had a long and happy life – well, as happy as a cranky old guy could ever be. 92. Not bad. And gotta say, seeing my Margie, and Walter, and all my old friends again is great.

But then I read what killed me: ‘serious complications following minor surgery.’

Now what the heck is that?

Nobody gets run over by a ‘serious complication.’ You don’t hear about a guy getting shot in the chest with a ‘serious complication.’ Sure, I didn’t expect to live forever (well, maybe only a little bit), but I was sorta going for passing out some Saturday night into my strip steak at that great restaurant on Broadway. Maybe nodding off in my favorite chair, dreaming of reeling in a 40-pound striper. You know, not waking up. This whole ‘death by complication’ thing is just so, I don’t know … vague and annoying.

But then I read what killed me: ‘serious complications following minor surgery.’ Now what the heck is that?
Here’s something else that bothers me. This note I got a few days ago from a lady who says she’s a fan. She talked to a reporter at a national newspaper the other day. Asked the reporter, basically, what kind of complication ‘did me in’? The reporter said, ‘No idea what killed him. Unless someone dies unusually young, we don’t deal with the cause of death.’

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