Signing Your Life Away


I had surgery last week to remove a basal cell carcinoma. It’s a common outpatient procedure but the consent form I was given to sign when I checked in listed out all the worst-case scenarios: I might be disfigured, I might bleed to death, etc.

After signing it, I took the form back up to the nurse and said “This information is so alarming that I changed my mind about doing the surgery. See you later.”

“Ha ha,” she chuckled. “You’re signing your life away.”

“Yes . . . maybe you’re not supposed to say that.”

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