TeleHealth News


December 8, 2016




    "Bubbles!" The little girl shouted with excitement swiping at the soap bubbles in front of her. But as other bubbles rose out of her reach, she became upset watching them float away. Her disabled body made it difficult reaching far. Soon she lost interest and pushed the hand holding the soap bottle away.
     Her mother tried calming her; "Honey they are just playing with you."
     "I don't want to play with something I can't hold or catch," she said tearfully.
     She had MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and with the limited treatment options of the time, she was confined to bed or wheelchair. Many debilitating diseases had no treatment and the little knowledge available on their care were out of the reach of most healthcare providers.
     Several years later, while serving in the US Air Force, I was a member of our unit's ATH (Air Transportable Hospital – Air Force's equivalent to Army's MASH unit). We were deployed to Amman, Jordan after the Jordanian Civil War in 1970. We treated many casualties of that war. But one young girl of about ten left a lasting memory. She had lost a leg in the bombing. We were trying to evaluate her, but her incessant screaming and crying made it difficult. At one point, I lost my temper and snapped at her that we were just trying to help her.
     "You want to help me" she shouted back, "take your bombs away and give me my leg back."
     I was taken back and felt terrible. Over the next couple of months, after many surgeries and skin grafts, we were able to save a short stump. I made friends with her and made her happy when I built her a prosthesis with a broom handle, before leaving Jordan.
     Diseases and wars have kept our profession very busy in the last hundred years. Today stories coming out of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan bring back many unpleasant memories to people like myself. I am sure the medics of our armed forces have their hands full with all kinds of problems today. But if there is anything to be thankful about is that advances in communication technologies such as Telehealth, Telemedicine and Tele-education make it possible to bring help to our healthcare providers and patients in a timely fashion and allow sharing of ideas and treatment options with experts all around the world. I hope and pray that with these wonderful tools in our hand, we maybe able to bring some sanity to our troubled world and find a peaceful way to live with each other. [R. G.]


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 Of Interest:

    There are over 200 different strains of “cold” viruses.
     The word influenza comes from an Italian phrase “influenza di freddo” or “influence of the cold”.
     In drier environments, droplets hang around in the air longer for others to breathe in. In fact study has shown that the virus is best transmitted at low humidity and not transmitted at all once the humidity reaches 80%.
     There is no real "flu season” in tropical climates, due to high humidity
Ref: UN WHO - Journal PLOS


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