TeleHealth News


April 5, 2018




Reza Ghadimi

The scorpion appeared from under the sack of beans and headed across the busy bazaar toward me. I was surprised that it escaped the many feet crossing the narrow passageway. I sheepishly smiled to myself and said; "Your luck will run out when you get to me" and slowly raised my foot to squish it. The old man sitting next to me placed his walking stick gently but firmly on my foot and pressed it back to the ground. I turned to him surprised; "The scorpion is the warden of the desert. You should not disturb it." He said with a stern, yet warm and gentle tone.
I was about eight or nine, in the bazaar with my grandmother, shopping. When she went into one of the stalls, I sat on the stone bench outside the store, next to the old man. His warm and fatherly voice calmed my questioning look.
"What if it stings someone?" I asked.
"It will not, unless it is threatened or disturbed. It is its nature to sting in self-defense. To hurt a creature who acts out of instinct is a sin."
Respect for the environment and the world around us is not something you learn from books. It is something that has to be woven into the fabric of life as we grow. My Grandmother use to carefully brush the crumbs off her dinner plate and place it into the garden, saying; "It maybe just a bread crumb to us but it is a full meal to an ant." Such reverence for all living things is vanishing from our cultures. Some feel that today's world of high rises is isolating us from our environment. Making us forget that hundreds of feet bellow our apartments, there is still a living planet supporting our very existence. We no longer value instincts, nature, or the need of others. But instincts are in every living thing, including us humans. Society, religion, and cultural ethics further demand certain actions from us. Sadly, today's world cares less and less for such values and has forced millions of people into circumstances beyond their control. And when they follow their instincts and teachings to protect themselves and their families, they are criticized or worse. Our information technology should make us more aware and caring of our environment not less. But unfortunately that does not seem to be the case.
Healthcare too is a necessity many seek when they are ill or injured. To deny them that help and allow them to suffer is inhumane, no matter which side of the fence they maybe.
Fortunately for us, Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education allow us to provide that needed help to many from the safety of our homes and offices. And maybe if they receive the help they need, they will not cross borders or climb fences. It takes so little to care.


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Of Interest:

Yesterday was the birthday of Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014). Read last year's article about her here.
Some Quotes by Maya Angelou:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everyone."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."


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