Thursday, June 18, 2015
Doctor's Perspective
We all need more than our '15 minutes of fame'

By Dr. Anthony Policastro Way back in 1968 Andy Warhol stated: "In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes." Amazingly, Warhol said this almost 50 years ago. He had no idea what was coming to enable that to happen. Often, people have poor self esteem. They spend their time trying to get others to recognize them. In the past that was difficult to do. However, now it is much easier. YouTube allows people to post videos they have taken. They hope that the videos will go "viral." It is interesting that we have used a medical term to address this phenomenon. The result is that the person's self esteem is heightened for about 15 minutes of their lifetime. This is a good thing for them, however, it is only temporary. Some people think that their tweets on Twitter make them famous. Others take to Instagram. Still others might do something newsworthy enough to land them on television. They might file an off the wall lawsuit or invite a famous person to their prom. They might be a Republican candidate for President in 2016. These days, it seems like everyone is. They all get on the news to have their 15 minutes. But guess what? Come the November 2016 election, there will only be one of them to vote for, everything in between is just fluff. There are other devices. Again, these are all temporary self esteem supports which are exactly the kind of thing that Andy Warhol was talking about. Our self esteem goes far beyond short bursts. As we go through life, we need to be looking at ways to support our self esteem. These ways involve the everyday things that we do. The short burst of 15 minutes is soon forgotten. We get married. Marriage is a two way street. It is something that we need to work on. A successful marriage provides a lot more self esteem than 15 minutes of fame. When we become parents, we get to influence the lives of our children and our grandchildren. These are important moments. When they grow up to be model citizens, there is no better way than that to support our self esteem. On the job, we come in contact with many people. They may be customers. They may be co-workers. We need to ask ourselves whether we come out of these encounters with those individuals being better off for having met and interacted with us. If so we are successfully supporting our self esteem. Even in the community we have the opportunity to interact with many other people. If the result of those interactions is a positive one, then we can also reap the benefits to our self esteem. While each of us might ultimately have that 15 minutes of fame, it is no substitute for the need we have for regular feedback from those around us. Fame should be an ongoing personal thing. That way we can move forward in life feeling good about ourselves.

Hospice 5K Run & Family Fun Walk The Delaware Hospice 5K Run & Family Fun Walk will be held on Wednesday, July 8. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30. The course is around the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford and through the neighboring area. Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt and attend a post event cookout. Medals for winners, door prizes and prizes for the most money raised will be given. Pre-register until July 6 for $20 per person. Day of registration is $25 per person. The family/team rate (group of four) is $70. For more information, visit or contact Peggy Dolby at 302-746-4666 for registration and sponsorship opportunities.

La Red expands prenatal services In 2014, La Red Health Center (LRHC) took steps to expand its prenatal care program and the enabling services (transportation, translation and interpretation) required to support the underserved populations in Sussex County by offering prenatal care at its Seaford facility. The need for prenatal care in the western portion of the county cannot be overstated as Seaford has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. To help with the expansion of prenatal care, LRHC recently hired Gloria Ann Lester, EdD, MSN, CRNP who is a certified women's health nurse practitioner and nurse colposcopist. LRHC also expanded the hours its certified nurse midwife, Coleen Brogan, is available in Seaford.

Both Gloria and Coleen are accepting new patients. New to the behavioral health staff in Seaford is Cindy Cunningham CNS/NP. Cindy is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience. She sees patients from age eight to geriatrics and is accepting new patients. The LRHC expansion of the prenatal care program covers all of Sussex County and, to that end, LRHC has partnered with Beebe Healthcare and Bayside Health for the prenatal care of its Georgetown patients who want to deliver at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. LRHC also partners with Nanticoke Memorial Healthcare for its western Sussex County patients who want to deliver at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. For more information, call 855-1233 or visit

Hospice Memory Cafe The Delaware Hospice Memory Cafe will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 22. This month's meeting will be an outdoor picnic at the John T. West Park in Ocean View, three blocks from the Ocean View CHEER Center. The Memory Cafe is open to the public and free of charge. An RSVP is requested as each guest is asked to bring a dish to share. Memory Cafe provides a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn, and be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey. This program is not an adult day care program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver/family member is responsible for their loved one. For questions or directions, contact Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.

Safe Sitter Classes offered Nanticoke Health Services offers Safe Sitter classes for children ages 11-13, who are interested in learning child care essentials and safety. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, Saturday, July 11 and Monday, Oct. 12. The Safe Sitter course is designed to train teenagers how to be safe baby/child sitters. Components include infant/child development and care, safety, injury prevention, first aid, accident management, rescue breathing and choking management. Cost is $35 per student, which includes the class and all materials needed. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.

New online service for Medicare cards The Social Security Administration has introduced the expansion of online services available through its my Social Security portal. Medicare beneficiaries can now obtain a replacement card if they have lost, damaged, or simply need to replace it online using a my Social Security account. Simply access your online my Social Security account at and select the "Replacement Documents" tab. Then select "Mail my replacement Medicare card." After you request a card, it will arrive in the mail in approximately 30 days. For more information about my Social Security or to establish an account, visit

Parkinson's Support Group relocates Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, announces the relocation of the Nanticoke Parkinson's Education and Support Group. The group now meets the third Thursday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. The group is open to the public. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. This month's meeting is Thursday, June 18. Guest speakers will be Karen Newcomb, M.S. CC-SLP and John Rhoat M.S. CCC-SLP, speech therapist from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, and Mears Campus. Topic will be new therapy for speech. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, Care Giver Resource coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County. For more information, contact Tara Trout at 629-6611, ext. 3838 or Kathy Landis at 856-5187.