Health
Thursday, December 26, 2013
 
Look for reasons just to be thankful for life

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

When we start a new year, we have a tendency to look forward. We sometimes forget to review the good things that have happened over the previous year. From a health standpoint, we tend to take too many things for granted. There is an old joke that provides the following response to the question How are you? The response is: I woke up today so it is a good day. We often take for granted that we not only have another day, but actually have made it safely through another year. Some people have not been that lucky. There are many people who wake up in pain every day. We need to be thankful if we have made it through another year without developing chronic pain. Chronic diseases are common. They include things like diabetes, asthma and emphysema. These diseases require frequent medication adjustments and can create issues with everyday schedules. Chronic kidney disease requires frequent dialysis. We need to be thankful that we have not developed chronic illnesses. As a pediatrician, I have treated many children. Most childhood illnesses are short lasting. They are minor in nature. That is not true for all childhood problems. We need to be thankful that our children and grandchildren have made it through another year without major medical problems. While most people have medical insurance, some do not. Major medical illnesses are one of the most common causes of bankruptcy in this country. If we have medical insurance, we need to be thankful for that. If we do not have insurance, we need to be thankful that we have not had to deplete our finances over a major medical problem. Janus was a Roman god. He had two faces. One looked backward. One looked forward. The month of January was named after him. We should take a lesson from Janus. It is good to look forward to the new year but it is also important to look back at the past year. From a medical standpoint, there are a lot of things we have to be thankful for over the last year. The most important one of those is that we are still alive to be thankful.

Fit for Life Your needs vs wants

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

When we start a new year, we have a tendency to look forward. We sometimes forget to review the good things that have happened over the previous year. From a health standpoint, we tend to take too many things for granted. There is an old joke that provides the following response to the question How are you? The response is: I woke up today so it is a good day. We often take for granted that we not only have another day, but actually have made it safely through another year. Some people have not been that lucky.

There are many people who wake up in pain every day. We need to be thankful if we have made it through another year without developing chronic pain. Chronic diseases are common. They include things like diabetes, asthma and emphysema. These diseases require frequent medication adjustments and can create issues with everyday schedules. Chronic kidney disease requires frequent dialysis. We need to be thankful that we have not developed chronic illnesses. As a pediatrician, I have treated many children. Most childhood illnesses are short lasting. They are minor in nature. That is not true for all childhood problems. We need to be thankful that our children and grandchildren have made it through another year without major medical problems. While most people have medical insurance, some do not. Major medical illnesses are one of the most common causes of bankruptcy in this country. If we have medical insurance, we need to be thankful for that. If we do not have insurance, we need to be thankful that we have not had to deplete our finances over a major medical problem. Janus was a Roman god. He had two faces. One looked backward. One looked forward. The month of January was named after him. We should take a lesson from Janus. It is good to look forward to the new year but it is also important to look back at the past year. From a medical standpoint, there are a lot of things we have to be thankful for over the last year. The most important one of those is that we are still alive to be thankful.

Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes education program on Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hospital. Registration is required. The cost of the four-session program may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-session program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management.  To register and to obtain more information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Grief Support Group Delaware Hospice will hold a free six-week support group for young widows, widowers and life partners (under the age of 60) on Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 7 through Feb. 11, at the Delaware Hospice Millsboro Office, 315 Old Landing Rd., Millsboro. Topics include what to expect when grieving the loss of a special person, ways to cope with grief, the complexities which include support and conflict regarding family dynamics, and ways to live with a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Registration is requested by Monday, Jan. 6, by contacting Carol Dobson, MSW, at 302-478-5707, ext. 1342 or by emailing cdobson@delawarehospice.org