Thursday, December 14, 2017
Doctors Perspective
The holidays offer a great time to reflect

By Dr. Anthony Policastro At this time of year we watch Christmas movies. One holiday favorite is Its a Wonderful Life. In this movie George Bailey wishes he had never been born and an angel shows him how many lives he has impacted in a positive way which restores his faith in life. One of the questions we need to ask ourselves is how many people we have impacted in a positive way in our lives. For example, I think about my roles as a husband and father, doctor and physician executive, a military commanding officer and my roles in the communities in which I have lived. We all have similar roles and it is a good time of year to reflect on those. We can look at family and we can ask what kind of spouse we have been and if we can improve. We can also ask what kind of parent we have been and what kind of relative we have been. In some families there are family members who do not speak to each other. In most cases, the initial event was over something silly. Someone has to take the first step to make amends and it might as well be us. We can also look at our jobs. Are we doing the best that we can at work? Is our performance impacting our fellow workers and customers in a positive way? If the answer is no, then there is room for improvement. We can ask if we are doing a good enough job to hold a job which keeps us from depending on unemployment and needing a welfare check. It also allows us to have a pension or other retirement savings which offers us another opportunity for improvement as we move toward retirement. We can ask what our role is in the community. We all need to volunteer to help those around us. We need to ask ourselves if we do that. We also need to find out if there are more opportunities for us to do more. All of these questions lead us down the same road. We need to leave the world a better place than we found it. We do that by helping one person at a time. The next time we watch Its Wonderful Life we should do it introspectively. We need to ask if we would act the same way as George Bailey does toward his fellow man. We also need to ask if we have made a positive impact on the lives of those around us. We need to ask if our time in this world has been truly worthwhile. If that is not the case, we need to take the responsibility to change it. After all, we would not want the world to be better if we had never been born.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to hold stroke caregiver support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke caregiver support group on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. This support group is designed for caregivers of individuals who have survived a stroke. This free one-hour support group allows stroke caregivers to meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking in order to make daily routines easier. Pre-registration is not required and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services at 302-629-6224. To learn more about Nanticokes stroke program, visit

Nanticoke Weight Loss hosts bariatric support groups Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups three times a month at the Nanticoke Training Center located within the Miller Building at 121 S. Front Street in Seaford. These support groups provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and are open to the public. Support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide useful information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. The general bariatric support group is open to all bariatric patients before and after their surgery and is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The post-op bariatric support group is designed for post-op bariatric patients and is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. The nutrition-focused bariatric support group is designed to provide nutritional support to bariatric patients and is held the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.