I am right-hand dominant and my body is wearing out on the right side. My hearing, eyesight and memory are slipping. I am going to die as all of us will some day. I don’t believe in spending time and money to delay the day by a few months or years. Some people are wealthy enough to purchase a longer lives through medical attention and the services of servants. If you use your body less, it won’t wear out as soon. In the wealthy community of Santa Barbara, I cared for patients of advanced age who were in poor health. I wondered then why live a long life without health. I often thought that The Picture of Dorian Grey by Wilde was the ideal way to live, but we humans do not have that option.
Now I live in southern Utah in a community that does not have Santa Barbara’s wealth. The elderly patients I care for seem in better health than the ones I saw in California. It could be a healthier life style or it could be that the less healthy individuals have already deceased. Certainly, here the general population does not have the wealth to afford the best care that America has to offer. Few people do. America has the world’s best health care, but our statistics are not supportive of that claim. Infant mortality here is too high and seniors live years longer in other countries.
Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will rule on Obamacare. Yea or nay, I hope that the decision will lead to Medicare for all.
- Tensions rise as justices kick healthcare ruling to next week (theaveragejoenewsblogg.com)
- Two likely winners in healthcare – Reuters (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration & Festival: 2012 (karenrobiscoe.com)