Tuesday, September 29, 2015
I don't necessarily have a story to share or an excerpt from a particular time, but, on a near daily basis, I come across patients and their families that have no choice but to live rather than exist. In today's Healthcare landscape, most severely ill patients deal with, not only their host disease, but also the ills of a system too complex to manage. I believe it is inherent in most humans to do the right thing, to care and have compassion, but when that becomes lost, systems are put on place to assure its longevity. When that begins to fail, then it is up to some very special humans to remain human and to have the fortitude to believe in what is good and to care enough to care. Many of these types go unnoticed as our headlines never fall short of sensationalizing the other end of that spectrum, but the other end of that spectrum is not courageous. For those that choice to be courageous, I say, "Onward, brutha!"
Saturday, September 19, 2015
A Texas teenager has become the second woman since World War II to be awarded the Silver Star for bravery in combat. Texas medic Monica Lin Brown, 19, used her body to shield five wounded comrades from gunfire while she treated them after their convoy was caught by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, reports the Houston Chronicle.
"We stopped the convoy. I opened my door and grabbed my aid bag," Brown said. "I didn't really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of. I was in a kind of a robot-mode." Brown is scheduled to leave Afghanistan next month. She joined the military to get a college education, said her grandmother, who described the young medic as "a strong young woman and very caring."
Full story here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5605409.html
Lion-Hearted View: We need to be more appreciative of the young men and women of this country who risk their lives to keep us safe. Here is a great example of one of the great women we have on this planet that young girls can look up to. Pass it on!