By Jerry Petermann, 2016
It’s a wakeup call for me. Mind my own business!
I sometimes let my empathy get in the way of good sense, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Let me explain:
Last week after church (150 year old country church in rural Texas) people gathered out in front to talk and share some of their previous week’s joys and tragedies and their plans for the following seven days. In the service, we had heard the preacher ask for the prayers for the sick. One of my friends had been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Having done some intensive research in the last 12 years, I offered him a special crème. He explained to me he was “going under the knife” on the 20th of July and nothing could be done. I asked him if there would be a way to lower his prostate PSA numbers would he be interested. He said yes. I explained that time was extremely critical and tomorrow (Monday Morning) he should come to my office and lab. “I’ll be there bright and early! Let’s see if we can do this…maybe the surgery can be delayed or avoided completely,” he added. “That’s the plan,” I said.
By Jerry Petermann
The other day a friend mentioned during morning coffee that a local man’s daughter who had become a successful doctor in San Antonio, TX had suffered a major heart attack. I winced. This was a girl who had been in high school with my own daughter. It only seemed to have been just a few years ago…
I have coffee two or three days a week at a local café at 4:30 A.M. with my friends of the R.O.M.E.O. Club…that’s Retired Old Men Eating Out. We, as every other morning coffee group of retired people across the
country, solve the problems of the community, the nation and the world. It’s press coverage we lack to get these solutions implemented…no matter.
The heart attack of this young woman again struck home, too close to home. Last week, we buried our founding member’s son-in-law (same age as the doctor) who had passed from advanced cancer (took him in 10 months). Yet, each of us are fairly healthy. We all garden and take life a little less serious – less stressful, most of the time.
By Jerry Petermann, 2016
Tomorrow? Wow! How did I get here? It sure is different than what Walt Disney told us it would be like after the year 2000!
2000! Lunar colonies, missions to Mars and beyond. Everybody has a flying car that flies itself and more. Me, I just take the monorail to work and my wife teaches school from home. Our home is solar powered and there has not been a war in almost 40 years anywhere in the world….and, no one is hungry anymore…..
Well, it was supposed to be like that, wasn’t it? And what about health care? Oh, we were no longer supposed to get sick and it would almost seem dying had taken a permanent holiday.
By: Jerry Petermann, 2016
Curious title? Yes, but illustrative for our discussion.
Often an analogy serves best to make a point. We will explore three.
In the world of pickles and whisky, a wooden barrel is the ideal storage vessel. Some people even advertise how their liquor or beer is aged in oak barrels. Laudable, as they even claim to make their barrels for that very purpose.
Now, in the construction of a well-made wooden barrel, the pieces known as staves, must be crafted with perfection to make a liquid tight construction. Even these “perfect” staves must be held in place by some external force; metal bands, to maintain integrity. Should some other external force be placed on the barrel, in most cases these bands will resist catastrophic failure. However, should an external force be applied to a single stave, the entire barrel might collapse, as together all are strong but individually, they are not.
By Jerry Petermann, 2016
I remember it well. I was 11 years old and was helping load turkeys on to a truck for market well into the evening on our Central Texas farm. NASA had just launched a giant 100-foot-tall mylar balloon into earth orbit. In such an evening, this marvel of modern technology (created to bounce radio signals around the earth) would reflect the setting sun and glow as bright as the brightest star. It would also travel overhead, orbiting the earth every 90 minutes; such a sight!!!
An old farm hand was laboring with us to finish the job just as the satellite passed over in the western sky. I shouted to everyone, “Look, there goes Echo!!!” The old man kept his eyes to the task at hand on the ground. I said, “Mr. Henry, look. The NASA satellite is shining like a star!” He refused to look up. I asked, “Don’t you want to see it?” He kept his head down and simply said, “Don’t believe in that nonsense…”
By Jerry Petermann, 2-4-2016
That title sets you up …doesn’t it?
Everyone knows what aging is…right?
It’s what happens to every single person that has now or will every live. That is true, but it still does not tell anyone what AGING really is or why it happens.
Let’s lay it all out: Science now knows that AGING is nothing more than starving to DEATH slowly.
“WHAT? Granny gets her meals every day…so does Grandpa, Uncle Howard and Aunt Bessie!!! They are not starving!!!” At least that is what their friends and relatives would say. They would be WRONG. They are starving to DEATH. Most likely…so will I….and so will you….
Jerry Petermann, 2015
Just what do we believe and why?
Most of our core beliefs have been formed in early childhood. Then, we spend a lifetime adding, subtracting and generally modifying this basic set of “Impressions”.
Take a person raised by a family who regarded anyone other than their race or ethnicity as inferior. Then, this young person begins a life of meeting, engaging and generally discovering that such notions were wrong, just plain silly or down right hurtful….the basic “Impressions” have to be modified.