Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Praise for Emergency Rooms
Monday (yesterday) I had an appointment with a plastic surgeon at Kaiser. He looked at the wound and pointed out that it was already starting to heal. His recommendation, which I accepted gladly, was to continue to let the healing proceed by itself. He predicted that it would take about four weeks to heal.
My finger will continue to have a gauze bandage for a while. That's fine with me. I know it's healing.
This episode in my life illustrates how valuable to me a good hospital emergency room can be. If I had been unable to obtain medical help for several hours, the wound might have become badly infected and I would have lost most, if not all of the finger. This ties in with my own belief about government. I follow the advice of our greatest President, Abe Lincoln, who said that government should do for the people those things that the people can not do for themselves. Prompt medical attention is one of those things.