Greetings...it's been awhile...As school is finishing up for Charleston County Schools, I hope everyone is busy finalizing their summer plans. How great does that sound...Summer Plans!
We've come a long way since last summer.
This time last year the country was facing riots across many major cities, with spiking Covid numbers. While Covid may never disappear, it does seem as though we are at least learning to live with it, and without masks! American have gotten their vaccinations, and Covid numbers in terms of cases, hospitalization, and deaths are all down.
Unfortunately, now that the dust is settling, the ugly truths about the politicization of Covid are getting harder to deny. No longer are the lab origins of Covid considered a complete right wing conspiracy, and finally, Dr. Fauci seems to losing some appeal to the American public.
Admittedly, the term "practicing medicine" should remind everyone that medicine is not an exact science. We are constantly "practicing" to do a better job caring for and saving patients. So, it is not unreasonable for those in the medical establishment to change recommendations for or thoughts about any disease as more information becomes available.
However, when Dr. Fauci claims as recently and this spring on national tv that Covid came from nature, yet information has surfaced that a year earlier he told a European conference that the virus may have come from a lab, it seem like more than flip flopping.
More and more evidence points to the Wuhan lab as the source of the pandemic, but more troubling is evidence that Dr. Fauci and the National Institutes of Health gave funding to the Wuhan lab for research on coronaviruses. Makes you scratch your head, right?
And a study has been published reporting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid after all!
We live in a world obsessed with social media, with many people of all ages posting selfies and glamour shots, TikTok and YouTube videos, all wanting their five minutes of fame. Dr. Fauci, a geeky 80 year old doctor, achieved rock star status last year. Sort of crazy, when you think about it.
As a society, we love celebrities and putting people on pedestals; we love the "beautiful people." And then we love the tabloid reports that tear these same people down, whether it's their divorce's, substance abuse problems, money woes, etc. Just last week I learned that the beloved University of Michigan football coach, Bo Schembechler, has been accused by his son of covering up a sex abuse case, along the lines of Penn State's Joe Paterno.
So, sadly, another one of the gods of college football wasn't much of a god after all.
Maybe the lesson of all of this is that any one person should not be held out to be the Holy Grail. There is a great little book I read a few years ago that discusses these topics.
The title is a bit offensive, and frankly misleading, but I think it's a worthwhile read. It's called, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.
I believe that we should all "seize the day," be the best we can be in our family life, work, school, hobbies, and that the end game should not de stardom for the sake of stardom. We seem to have lost this in our Kardashian culture.
I hope everyone has a great day and week. And until we meet again, I am leaving you the links to 2 songs that sparked my creative juices for today's blog:
Dr. Heidi Williams MD