Thursday, July 19, 2018
Doctor's Perspective
The current moment in time is a brief one

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
We know that everything is relative, however, we do not always recognize that. We do not always act that way. I recently heard a song called Enjoy the Trip which was from a Broadway musical. The song was about a bullied high school student who used to hide in a bathroom stall. One day a 60-year-old janitor found him there and he asked the student why he was hiding and the student told him. At that point the janitor made an observation about high school. To the boy, high school represented four of his 18 years or almost 20 percent of his life. The janitor had a different perspective. High school represented four of his 60 years. It was nothing but a blip in his early life. It would be the same for the young high school student someday. The student would probably not even remember the names of the boys who were bullying him, so the janitor's advice for the student was to "enjoy the trip." As a high school student, we have a similar tendency. We look at how things are going at the present time. If they are going well, we take it for granted. If they are not going well, we think the world is against us. However, the current moment of time is a brief one. It will soon pass us by. We will be presented with moment after moment in our life. All will pass and become part of our memories. When that happens, we need to decide how to look back at them. Are they fond memories? Funny stories? Or, do we remember the things that upset us? If we do, all that will do is upset us again. There are two parts to this. One part is how we choose to feel right now and the other is how we choose to feel about things in the future. Both of these parts are in our hands. We get to do the choosing. We can choose to be an optimist and remain happy or we can choose to be a pessimist and remain unhappy. The fact is that those people who are unhappy most of the time choose to be that way. We only get one chance at each moment in time. In the long run, that is just what it is - a moment in time. We can enjoy the trip or not. The direction in which we go is up to us. Everything is relative.

Diabetes prevention class Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, July 30 and Monday, Aug. 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. This course is designed for individuals age 18 and over who have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Utilizing resources developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), this course provides individuals with basic tools to help them make appropriate lifestyle changes and reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Cost is $20 per person and a physician referral is required for registration. For more information or to register, contact Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Department at 302-629-6611, ext. 2288. To learn more about diabetes services at Nanticoke, visit

Heart failure support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a heart failure support group from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in the Nursing Conference Room. This free support group is designed for individuals with heart failure, as well as their families and caregivers to share stories, tips and tricks with others with this disease. Nanticoke is engaging with speakers to provide education, community resources and emotional support to those who have heart failure. This month's meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Richard Simons, cardiologist at Nanticoke Cardiology Associates. Attendees are encouraged to bring their medications to receive a free pharmacy consultation. For more information or to register for this event, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2428.

Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. This month's meeting is Thursday, July 19. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is not required. For more information about this support group or to learn more about services provided by Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services, call 302-629-6224 or visit