Identity Disorder Today
My Experience at Mt. San Rafael
Written by: Kathi Stringer
SRS: September 21, 1988
Written: October 1988
you are about to read is my personal experience at Mt. San Rafael
Hospital. It was written the first and second week after my release
from the hospital while the events were still fresh in memory. The
intention is to express my thoughts and emotions as they occurred
to give insight to such an experience. This could also serve as
a general guide of what one would expect should they elect to have
this type of surgery. Bear in mind that everyone reacts differently
to drugs administered and the situations involved.
About my doctor:
I had the opportunity to talk to several people at the hospital
about Dr. Biber. Curious about his background, I learned he was
a medic in the Korean War. I imagine the experience he received
was invaluable. He wouldn't have time to ask for x-rays or second
opinions. Time was of the essence. With so many wounded, he would
have to act quickly, saving lives, making decisions and acting on
them. Can you even begin to imagine the wealth of knowledge this
man has from this experience alone? I could tell by his level of
confidence that he had been there and back.
He is also a man of great compassion, helping individuals with
a great need in spite of the general opinion which termed the surgery
as "unproven or immoral", as quoted by some doctors. I
thank God he has the strength of character to follow his own insight
to help those of us that cannot help ourselves.
Tuesday: September 20, 1988 (The day before surgery).
I first walked into the hospital with Gail I had a good feeling.
I felt my worry was somewhat over and that they would now take control.
It was up to me to just start relaxing. We walked over to administrations
and announced my arrival. The process was very short, only a few
forms and a financial deposit from me. Just as I finished, a concerned
lady appeared and asked,
"Are you Kathi?"
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