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Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Passages | 8 comments

Joan Rivers R.I.P: A Sad Ending To An Often Painful Life Story

Joan Rivers’ humor was not for the faint of heart, or the thin-skinned. The sometimes ruthless comedienne, who died on Thursday at the age of 81, took no prisoners when it came to put-down comedy; even a breezy stroll down the red carpet had the potential to become a roast when she was around. You’d be…

  • The older she got (or the older I have become with her) the funnier she was to me and the more I appreciated her.

    Up and down, she passed on a high note. I am missing her.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    Travis smiley did a two part interview with her [ran last week]… it was such a revelation about what she is actually made of… nothing like the public persona. May her daughter especially be comforted; sudden critical situation, deciding to remove aid equipment, can be daunting. I know Melissa had /has lots of support, which is good.

  • sheknows

    She was a very funny lady. Can still remember a couple of her one liners that crack me up.

    She said one very poignant thing I think I will never forget. “laughter is like taking a little vacation”. So true.

    Saddened by her passing and will miss her sharp wit.

  • Shannon Lee

    Sadly, not quite my generation, but she obviously played a major role in bringing women forward professionally, not just in comedy.

    Something tells me that this story is not going to end here. Has there been any talk about what actually happened?

  • The risks of anesthesia goes up dramatically for a patient over 80. As well, she was in an out patient clinic; perhaps not the same response capabilities as a hospital. Her medical history and other underlying conditions might also have made the endoscopy a bit more risky.

  • Shannon Lee

    I was thinking anesthesia too. A little too much and you go into cardiac arrest… not in a hospital? you are in serious trouble. I would never go under anesthesia outside of a hospital… at least voluntarily. I had endoscope work done a couple of months ago.. all good btw … and my heart rate dropped below 40. I have a resting heat rate of 50. Everyone was a little worried at the time. I was 2 minutes away from cardiology, not across the city.

  • I hear you. Five years ago my resting HR was 39. I took it daily in the morning. I had my wisdom teeth extracted at a local clinic and under general anesthesia my heart rate dropped to 32. My wife was in the waiting room and an alarmed staff called her back into surgery where she shared my ‘normal’ data and relative fitness.

    Medical history is key. Family should know. We all should be informed prior to general anesthesia.

    The number of cardiac emergencies linked to general anesthesia are rising. I suspect that is due to the number of out patient surgeries. It has increased exponentially in the last ten years. Why? A combination of cost control and the search for profit.

  • I had an endoscopy three years ago without anesthesia. We simply used a numbing spray. So the ‘snake’ went in through my nose. I can tell you I was a bit freaked out by that but it was totally uneventful. Very easy.

    Apparently, there were no anesthesiologist on the roster at the clinic where Joan had her procedure.

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