Man, talk about Thanksgiving.
So I gave thanks.
- My first post, 11/29/2007, thanked my hospital: Thank you, Beth Israel Deaconess!
- My next, 12/4, thanked my surgeon. (Somehow I’d left him out of the first one.)
- On 12/9 I thanked my insurance company. (Yes, I thanked my insurance company – Harvard Pilgrim, at the time.)
“Occasionally, I’ll use this bully pulpit for a rant … I feel strongly that any statistics about costs and outcomes in a system should have an accountant’s note specifying what proportion of the population goes without coverage in that system, such that they don’t even have an outcome. Until we get honest about that, all we’re doing is chasing a bubble under the blanket.”
Note, this wasn’t about the US reform bill; this was December 2007, a year before Obama was elected.
Seven weeks later I discovered the e-patient movement (“e-Patient? Yes, e-Patient”), renamed the blog from Patient Dave to e-Patient Dave, and “new life” took on a whole new meaning. Today I post mainly here and at e-patients.net – but that was where it started.
Here’s to new beginnings, here’s to Dr. Danny Sands (who introduced me to e-patients.net), and here’s to life. From that great song about uncertainty, joy, and commitment, from Fiddler on the Roof:
Our great men have written words of wisdom
to be used when hardships must be faced
Life obliges us with hardships
so the words of wisdom shouldn’t go to waste!
To us and our good fortune – be happy, be healthy, long life
and if our good fortune never comes, here’s to whatever comes –
Drink l’chaim – to life!
Happy birthday, blogging … you changed my life for good.