Degrees of definition
Several weeks ago the oncologist told me apparently I was in remission. Great news. We had a follow up appointment last Wed. ,scan etc. after waiting for the scan to be interpetered I saw the oncologist again and after being poked, palpated and scrutinized I was told "good news", you are in total remission". My question, how can you be in total remission? Either you are or aren't, isn't that rather like saying you're dead, oh no, I meant to say you're totally dead or perhaps there are degrees of pregnancy maybe just a little or totally.
I can understand someone saying that he is dumb or dumber than a box of hammers, thats a degree I can understand but remission or totally in remission, don't understand.