Wednesday, February 25, 2009

spoonful of sugar

Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents, and then later on in our life when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. Since at the beginning and end of our lives we are so dependent on other's kindness, how can it be in the middle that we would neglect kindness towards others?
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935)

yesterday started out looking as if it was going to be beautiful day. the sun was shining, the wind was calm and it was tuesday; the day ms t comes over to play. when ms t arrived she was well rested and looking forward to the day ahead. after all if it's tuesday it's library day!

unfortunately, it wasn't too long into story time when ms t announced that her ear hurt. as the day progressed, despite distractions, play, and children's acetaminophen the pain persisted necessitating a trip to the doctor's office. since ms t's mama is a doctor and works at a health center getting in to see a doctor was a snap. a raging ear infection was diagnosed and the course of treatment prescribed.

the easy access to health care ms t experienced should be the norm for everyone. unfortunately it is not. however, I'm heartened by signs that things will improve if we have the will to make it so. earlier this month president obama signed legislation to expand publically funded health insurance for children. it is shameful and a tragedy that the number of uninsured and under-insured americans has continued to rise - year after year. a year ago the census department reported that 47 million americans were uninsured (and many more than that are under-insured), considering the number of job losses and the reduction of benefits that people have experienced as companies try to cope with the economy I cringe to think what the numbers are now. last night president obama reiterated his commitment to health reform.

health care for all. I wonder if obama can pull a picard and get us, his crew, to 'make it so!'

17 comments:

John Hayes said...

A wonderful quote, & a wonderful post-- love the Star Trek Next Generation reference-- if only it could be that easy. I too am hopeful that Obama will bring much needed reform in this area.

Lover of Life said...

I really loved this post. As for healthcare - we can only hope!

Letitia B said...

I really liked this post. Beginning of this working parents across Georgia received letters that our children's health care was in jeopardy. Thankfully we kept out state supported insurance! I don't have coverage yet but My kids do!The Mary Poppins was a nice touch!

R.L. Bourges said...

ouh, pauvre petit chou! Tell Ms T her friend in France is sending her tons of bisous, bisous, bisous.

It used to drive me wild in Florida when I saw the campground owner's wife with her three little ones and NO family physician. The doctor's SECRETARY used to bring her drug samples because they were friends - but with no medical diagnosis done, nothing. Madness.

Here's hoping the legislation gets translated into real, real measures for real kids.

(and one more bisou for Ms T. Oh heck, one for you too.) :-)

Oh yeah, Picard. My favorite quote in the bunch, at least for today is: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot (with a spoonful of honey, in my case.)

Barbara said...

All children should be covered, for sure! I hope Ms. T is feeling much better. Did she get the pink medicine (amox)?

Adam said...

ms. t doesn't look like a happy camper in that photo:( i hope she feels better!

Roy said...

"Number One, make it so." Ah, if only. I hope Ms T is doing better!

Colette Amelia said...

poor ms. T. Those ear infections are not nice.

I find it amazing on how we determine our nation's economic health...while GDP and profits were growing more and more people's lives were getting more hard.

We here in Canada who have health care keep thinking we need to privatize to get more benefits...now how a Cuba for a country to model? more doctors and a large part of their system is based on health...not sickness.

tut-tut said...

Mouse, that is one great photo. It really captures the entire office visit. I hope you enter it somewhere for consideration.

Obama, save us. L will need wisdom tooth extraction this summer, I believe. But that's not covered by anything..

Cinnamon said...

I hope Ms T feels better soon.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone for the get well wishes for ms. t - between all the healing energy sent her way, the wondrous nature of amoxicillin, and her mama's tlc I'm happy to report ms. t is doing great!

thanks for the comments and care....

Megan said...

I'm glad she's feeling better! And I have great hopes for health care. Great hopes.

Linda Pendleton said...

I am optimistic that Obama will correct this healthcare issue.

flawsnall said...

I love this picture/post! She is a the cutest thing! Love the locks!!!!

Avid Reader said...

really great post. I just watched that little girl from the video in the old Disney movie Thomasina--a great cat film.

Michael Rawluk said...

How beautiful those photos from the past are. Treasures.

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