Words of the Week(s)

Many patients who have periodontal disease from a young age grow up living with the taste of blood in their mouths. And then they discover smoking…and they love it, because for the first time something is strong enough to mask that taste. (Dr. MF)

This is pretty gruesome, but reminds me as I’ve realized over and over that the illnesses our patients experience are for us PowerPoint slides and clinical test requirements, but for them are true impacts on their lives, things which consume time and happiness and may even do so in a way that they become accustomed to because they’ve never known anything different.

People are living longer…but living longer does not mean living healthier. (Dr. SK, “Periodontal Treatment of Medically Complex Patients”)

Pretty simple line here, but sometimes the most profound realities are just uttered offhand. This simple fact will shape the entire course of health care for the next half century–maybe even for the past half century already. Will we, like Carlos Slim thinks, work for 3 days a week with delayed retirement because we’re living so long?

Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms. (John G. Paton)

JGP and his pregnant wife subsequently ditched the naysayers and moved to an island inhabited by the aforementioned cannibals. They lived there for several decades; learned the language and made an alphabet for it, taught the children, provided medical care, and shared with them the dignity of human life because of the merciful God who made us.

[On our fear of living alone as a cat lady:] Listen to me. Your loneliness now is infinitely better than your loneliness later with a man in the house who has no intention of loving you as Christ loved the church. (Matt Chandler)

About a year ago I was researching hypoallergenic cats for this very reason…but i was okay with it, because this puts into a tweetable form exactly what God revealed to me last summer. And…a couple months later God brought B into my life, who certainly does love me as Christ loves the church. 🙂 Hurrah!

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One thought on “Words of the Week(s)

  1. Yay I love hearing your thoughts Lily! And [because commenting on trivial things takes the least amount of time]: I love how you called your boyfriend “B” – it’s like what a character in Jane Austen / Emily Bronte world might have written in their diary.

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