Health Care After Doomsday

On December 21, 2012, my wife and I happened to wake up at 4:00am.  As we were talking, the power went out.

Being familiar with apocalyptic predictions for that date based on the Mayan calendar, we looked at each other with an eerie feeling.  I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”

As you probably know, the world didn’t end.  Our power came back on in a couple of hours.  There was a tomorrow and I’m confident there will be many more.

In thinking about that morning and its implications on health, I remembered a famous comment by the great jazz pianist, Eubie Blake.  Near the end of his 96 years, (he’d been a smoker for 85 of them) he quipped, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

Since it looks like we’re all going to be living longer here on the earth, health care still matters.  Some survivors of 12/21/12 are currently striving to follow through on New Year resolutions to be healthier.  And they’re reaching for that common goal from many different angles. 

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