Quick Hitters

Posted: November 18, 2005 in Everything

This week marks 6 years that my wife and I have been ministering at and been ministered to by the Bering Drive Church. We are glad to have made so many wonderful, thoughtful friends.

Someone in our house has a birthday coming up. She keeps walking around saying, “Two”.

I’ve been too busy to blog frequently…Sorry!

This article may be the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard (or read):

A woman receiving treatment for diabetes at a state-run hospital in eastern India lost one of her eyes after ants nibbled away at it, officials said on Tuesday.

The patient recovering from a post-surgery infection shrieked for help as the ants attacked her on Sunday night, but nurses told her it was normal to feel pain from the infection.

On Monday, the patient’s family saw a gaping hole with swarming ants in it when they lifted the bandage on her left eye.

Authorities of the Sambhunath Hospital in Kolkata said they were probing the incident.

“It’s not uncommon for ants to attack diabetic patients. We have set up a committee to investigate the unfortunate incident,” hospital superintendent A. Adhikary said.

Scampering rats and stray cats and dogs sharing bed space with patients are not uncommon sights at India’s overcrowded state-run hospitals that are used by millions of poor and middle-class people.

Now, does state-run medicine should good to you? I thank God for insurance. The premiums are high, but I can demand service in a hospital because I’m paying for it. At the same time, this is a painful reminder of how the least of these are treated in our world and we ALL need the opportunity and availability to sue when mistreated.

  1. Clay Harryman says:

    Ya know, I read that article as well. Man, when it said that you have to share beds with stray dogs… UGH!

    It reminded me of a sketch on Benny Hill. He was a doctor operating on a patient. He pulled something out and looked at it quizzically. Then you heard a cat, and he threw whatever it was to the unseen cat. I wonder if that happens in Kolkata hospitals?


  2. R Debenport says:

    Glad to see that you haven’t given up your blogging habit completely. I was beginning to get worried! Rebecca

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