Archive for July, 2017


Friday, July 28th, 2017

I was very fortunate to have been in France when I suffered a serious health crisis–a colon perforation.  I was sent to the University Hospital in the city of Tours in which I lived where one of the best surgeons on the planet for that condition operated immediately to save my life.  A second operation was needed a few weeks later.

There was a whole staff of doctors who took care of me (I loved their rounds where the head surgeon gave a sort of lecture to all the people who were caring for me–from surgeons to nutritionists, about a dozen in all were included). Only when I was not only up and about but had been eating again after weeks of having nutrition intravenously did they let me leave.  I felt so cared for and secure there that I did not mind the long stay.  Furthermore, my sister Jacque who lived in Brussels came down to Tours and was at the hospital every day.  They fed her, too.

The nursing staff were wonderful.  One day several of them rushed into my room and asked Jacque and me about “JR and Bobby–pronounced “gee aire et Bobbie (accent on the second syllable of Bobbie).”  They knew I lived in Dallas and thought perhaps I might.  Alas, we had to disappoint them on that matter.  I did, however, tell them about seeing the place where that program was filmed.

In addition to their interest in US television, the nurses were very professional and competent.  France is the place where modern scientific medicine originated.  Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie were French, of course, and medical research and innovation continues as well as excellent medical practice for all at very low cost.  My bill for those two months in the hospital and two surgical procedures was the equivalent in francs of six thousand dollars; the cost of a weekend in the hospital in Dallas at the time.  Also, that included a month’s supply of the medication that they gave me when I left the hospital; they wanted me to continue taking it.

The person on their staff whose title I forget, a doctor who wrote all the reports and did research, gave me a very detailed account of my condition and treatment for my doctor in the US.  When I got home and went to his office,  I translated it for him and left him the original as well.  His reply was “Goodness, I am going to have to be a doctor and write back.”  He wrote an excellent report that I translated into French and sent to the doctors in Tours.

US health care often falls far short of that.  Some people here get excellent medical care, though it usually costs a lot of money, but many people in this country have little or no health care.  What would it take for Americans to demand and get universal health care of the highest quality for all of us that is also relatively low cost?  That is a question I ask repeatedly. If France can do it, we could here in the United States as well.

Senator Introduces Articles of Impeachment of Trump

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Representative Brad Sherman of California introduced H. Res. 438 Articles of #Impeachment of Donald J. Trump for Obstruction of Justice

“Every day Democrats, Republicans, and the entire world are shocked by the latest example of America’s amateur President,” said Sherman. “Ignorance accompanied by a refusal to learn. Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. We’re no longer surprised by any action, no matter how far below the dignity of the office—and no matter how dangerous to the country.”