Selfless Acts in Health Care

October 19, 2014 6:11 PM

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Selfless Acts in Health Care

Quarantine. The word has been said and written and discussed so much in the past few days, it has become part of our vocabulary. I grew up surrounded by medical terms. My father is a doctor, my mother a nurse, and so somewhat foreign terms were a part of life. The endless news discussing the 21 days of quarantine concerning Ebola made me remember my many years of Latin as well. The word quarantine has in its roots the word 40. Originally, a quarantine was a 40-day period. Forty days without contact from the outside world, without the joys of the everyday. Although for this instance, the quarantine period has been set at 21 days, it is still an understandable burden to bear. The sacrifices made by health care workers are undoubtedly commendable, and we as a nation are so lucky to have the men and women who are willing to take care of those in need even when it puts their own wellbeing and health at risk.

A few years ago my father was given an award, and my brother and I were asked to say a few words on the stage. I shared with them that I grew up with parents that never complained about anything. My father is an OB/GYN, which means that he delivered babies every day of the year anytime of the day. I...

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