Simon van Kempen tries to quit smoking

If we can’t take personal responsibility for our own actions, it frankly makes it hard for us to expect that doctors, hospitals, medical insurance companies & politicians will do that for us.

On Tuesday Alex alluded to her dissatisfaction with how patients are given priority & treated in hospitals and what’s really elective surgery.



As I write I am just back from my second visit to our family doctor in a week. Today’s visit was brought on by a strange rash on my lower back whereas last week’s was just the annual physical.



It’s probably only as I get older that I am more motivated to actually seek medical advice when needed. As men, we are notorious for being hesitant to actually take our medical ailments too seriously and thus I think the root of the issue with todays’ medical care lies squarely with men: We who are often so ambivalent about actually confronting our illnesses. And let’s face it: Most legislators are men, who make laws effecting our medical and insurance requirements.



Almost 2 years ago Alex & I joined the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to promote his annual “Take Your Man to The Doctor” Day. (see below)



This was just three months after I had been rushed to hospital with an expected heart attack, and was the impetus for me to finally stop smoking. However after a year I started again and after a further eight-day break this January I am still smoking. If we can’t take personal responsibility for our own actions, it frankly makes it hard for us to expect that doctors, hospitals, medical insurance companies & politicians will do that for us.



 
 
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