CHERISH HEALTH WHILE YOU'VE GOT IT.
by James A. Marples.
Only a few people know, I've been having a flare-up of a neurologic illness caused by past head injuries. Just days ago, I was at my doctor's office and met a gentleman (a fellow patient) who said the very same thing. I have sought prayers from anyone. I've had Methodist ministers and Catholic priests praying for me. Today, in the postal mail, I received an Airmail letter from the Vatican, from Fernando Cardinal Filoni, head of the papal Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. I appreciated him saying: "...be assured of my prayers for your health" . Further, he offered his blessings for all my family. I've had several doctors and nurses in the family (past and present) . I am grateful for advances of modern-medicine; yet I often wish that Medicine could regain more focus on the Doctor-Patient relationship it once had. Modern bureaucracy exists too; I'm not talking payments, but time-constraints of exams; "referrals" and some specialists not accepting referrals. Some medical-people get burnt-out by more document recording than in seeing patients. Some ill patients are stymied, unable to navigate the healthcare maze. Patient-numbers have replaced patient-names. I champion new medical technology and wish it were blended with old-fashioned tender human attentiveness enabling a more "user-friendly" atmosphere, benefitting Doctors, Nurses, and patients.. We have a great health-system in America: It's mainly the finer points that need to be tweaked and reformed.
James A. Marples.