Thursday, August 16, 2018
Doctor's Perspective

There's more to life than gaining wealth

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

I recently took a trip to Ohio. While I was there I visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I also attended the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. One of the questions that was often addressed was: "What was different about the 318 Hall of Famers than the other 29,000 pro football players?" The answer seemed to come down to dedication to their craft. The same could be said about almost any area of performance. For example, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Tom Cruise all had/have dyslexia. That did not deter them from reaching the pinnacle of their profession. As a matter of fact, Thomas Edison only went to school for a total of 12 weeks at age 10 before he was removed from the classroom. Most people do not know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team after his sophomore year but that did not stop him from becoming one of the greatest basketball players ever. One of the Hall of Fame members was Bryan Dawkins. Anyone who has not seen his speech should watch it online. He described his battles with depression and suicidal thoughts. His message was that there is a light on the other side. You just have to get through it to succeed. It really does not matter what you choose to do in life. In order to be successful, you need to be dedicated which means taking the time that is necessary to do things right. That means you cannot be satisfied simply punching the clock at 9 and then at 5, doing just enough to get by during the day. When I decided to become a pediatrician in the second grade, I knew it meant that I needed to excel academically and I made up my mind to do so. God blessed me with the talent, however, it meant I had to do the work. That carried me through high school, college and into medical school. However, being a good physician takes more than just book learning. In the third year of medical school, it meant putting things together to focus on what was happening with the patients. That took a different kind of dedication, however, still required the same amount of effort. It was just that the effort needed to be channeled a little differently. There is a lot more to life than just finding the right thing to do. There is a need to overcome adversity and to excel at your craft. The goal is not to be rich and famous but to be successful and happy. Money really doesn't buy happiness. Succeeding at what you are doing is much more likely to do that.

Dr. Al-Helou joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network is proud to welcome Georges Al-Helou, MD, to its active medical staff. Dr. Al-Helou specializes in pulmonary and critical care and is accepting new patients at the Nanticoke Health Pavilion Seaford. Dr. Al-Helou received his Doctor of Medicine from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.

He completed both his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine and is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Dr. Elayyan joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network is proud to welcome Ahmad Elayyan, MD, to its active medical staff. Dr. Elayyan specializes in endocrinology and internal medicine and is accepting new patients at the Nanticoke Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in Seaford.

Childbirth classes at Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital hosts childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet for five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week a breastfeeding class. Classes will be held on the following dates: Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; and *Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 (*Tuesdays). The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke's Mother & Baby Care Center. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes and includes a tour of Nanticoke's Mother & Baby Care Center. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Pre-registration is required for either class. To register or for more information, contact Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health clinical educator at 302-629-6611, ext. 2540.

Kidney Health Screening The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware will bring its free KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) screening to the Manage Kidney Disease From Home event, taking place Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Fresenius Kidney Care Dover Home, 1198 S Governors Ave., Dover. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required by calling Kwanda Knight at 302-922-1090. For details about this KEY screening, visit or call 410-726-8732 to speak with Nicole Scharf, associate executive director for Maryland's Eastern Shore and Delaware.