Health
Thursday, December 24, 2015
 
Doctor's Perspective
Keep Christmas in your heart all year

By Dr. Anthony Policastro Keep Christmas in your heart all year I recently saw a Christmas play, "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge." The play was based on an interesting concept. Scrooge had promised to hold Christmas in his heart all year long, however, he was upset that he was the only one in the world that had to do so. His nephew only invited him to dinner once a year on Christmas. People only collected money for charity once a year on Christmas. The spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come only walked the Earth once a year. Christmas is synonymous with generosity. We share time with our family. We buy gifts for friends. We donate to charities. We participate in food drives. It leads to a series of questions. How much time should we spend with our family? The answer is simple. No matter how much time we spend, it will never be enough. The TV show Scorpion addressed this issue on its December 14th show. In the series one of the characters married a dying girl. He spent every minute of the marriage at her bedside. In this episode one of the other characters remarked how short their time together had been. The reply was that while it was short, it was quality time and they spent it together. I wonder how many of us ultimately would want more quality time with loved ones who have passed on. We need to take advantage of that opportunity now. It needs to happen every day. It should not be something we only do at Christmas. Another question is related to how we decide on charitable donations. It is easy to give at Christmas when everyone else does it. It is easy to give at Christmas when those seeking donations are everywhere. But what happens after Christmas when those opportunities are not quite as plentiful? Most people don't seek other opportunities. Most people do not come across those seeking donations outside of Christmas. It means that we need to make more of an effort to support the efforts of those trying to help others. A third question is whether food banks are only necessary at Christmas. One of the lines in the Ebenezer Scrooge play was that "thousands lack the necessaries and hundreds of thousands lack common comforts." That was the case in 1844 London. It is not a lot different now. When I was at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting in October, they indicated many children were going to bed hungry in this country every day. The recommendation was that a question about whether a child ever goes to bed hungry should be added to the well child visits that pediatricians conduct. This is an area that really needs to be addressed on a regular basis. Having a good meal at Christmas alone is not enough. It leaves us with an interesting thought. If Scrooge keeps Christmas in his heart all year long and we do not, then he can look at us and say: "Bah! Humbug!"

New tenants join Health Pavilion Gillis Gilkerson has announced the addition of two tenants to Delmarva Health Pavilion in Millsboro.

Peninsula Plastic Surgery fills 2,100 square feet in a new office space. "We were in the process of looking at space in Millsboro when PRMC offered us a spot in the Health Pavilion," said Jodi Zimmer, practice administrator, Peninsula Plastic Surgery. "It made sense because more than half of our patient population currently being seen in the Salisbury office is from Millsboro and surrounding areas. We know Millsboro is a growing retirement community on the Shore and a demand for our services would already be in place." People's Place Inc., a multi-purpose non-profit organization offering social and mental counseling and resources to Delaware residents, will move into a 2,450 square foot space in the beginning of 2016. There will be six offices for client appointments and a room for children's play therapy. The Delmarva Health Pavilion Millsboro, a two-story multi-purpose medical facility, is a joint project of Gillis Gilkerson and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC). There is 15,000 square feet of space still available to lease.

Changes at Sussex TB Clinic Due to construction, the Division of Public Health (DPH) Tuberculosis and Prevention Control Service at the Sussex County Health Unit, 544 South Bedford St., Georgetown, will be changing its service offerings from Dec. 21 - Jan. 24. Patients needing to see a physician will be directed to Kent County Health Unit Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Clinic, 805 River Road, Dover. All other patients may be seen as normal at the Sussex County Health Unit. Anyone with questions about which location to visit or to learn if you qualify for transportation to the Kent County Unit doctor's office visit during construction, call 302-515-3177. TB remains a serious public health concern in Delaware and throughout the country. There were 22 cases of active TB in Delaware in 2014. The DPH Sussex Clinic reports approximately 5,000 client visits a year for evaluation, the majority of whom have latent TB and are under treatment to prevent the development of active TB. An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of latent cases become active without treatment. For more information, visit dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/tbservices.html.

Diabetes education at Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. The four-session program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting. One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain more information about the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.